DJBooth Features - Album Reviews


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Tuxedo Music: Jake One is Now One of the Best Producers Breathing

I'm a production freak... Don't get me wrong, I love me some rapitty-raps, but for me production is always the first thing my ears focus on. If the beat doesn't get me chances are I won't make it through... Read More
Posted one day ago
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Earl Sweatshirt Finally Finds Himself on “I Don’t Like Shit”

Can you imagine the mindset of Nasir following up Illmatic? Wu-Tang after 36 Chambers? Snoop after Doggystyle? It has to be a psychological battle against hype, one that Earl Sweatshirt has struggled with since returning from... Read More
Posted one day ago
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How Action Bronson’s “Mr. Wonderful” Album Finally Made Me a Fan

(Art via Mr. Birthmark) Before I was rapping Action Bronson lyrics at the grocery store - "I'm rocking very loose pants!!!" - I fell in love with Action Bronson the human being. Between his absurd videos,... Read More
Posted 2 days ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Action Bronson’s “Mr. Wonderful”

Since the day it popped up on my Twitter timeline, Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly hasn’t left my ears. I’ve been unraveling the layers, getting lost in the groove, and filling my soul with the funk. I forgot... Read More
Posted 6 days ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”

Holy. Moses.  I'm not sure what's happening in life right now. It feels like my parents invited me over for Thanksgiving dinner, but when I showed up instead of serving turkey and mashed potatoes... Read More
Posted one week ago
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The 1 Thing You Need to Hear This Week: HD’s “The Greay(t) Area” Album

This here rap thing is kind of like the NFL Draft. In the NFL, through rigorous testing, arbitrary mock drafts and of course game tape, hundreds of "experts" try their hand at predicting the futures of young men with... Read More
Posted 2 weeks ago
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Take 2 Album Review: Lupe Fiasco’s “Tetsuo & Youth” (Lupe Back?)

Yesterday someone accused me of procrastinating on this follow-up review for Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth, and they were right. I was procrastinating. Honestly, I was hoping that if I just melted into the shadows,... Read More
Posted 3 weeks ago
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CRASHprez is a Good Kid in a Racist World

Music can be entertaining, enjoyable, but also an emotional crutch when life becomes a lemon stand. Whenever my soul needed medicating, music was always there to give me a double dose of relief. You can lean on your favorite... Read More
Posted about 4 weeks ago
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“Music Saved My Life, Again”: The Story Behind Fashawn’s “The Ecology”

Fashawn's new album, The Ecology, almost didn't happen because Fashawn almost gave up, twice. Before his 2009 project, Boy Meets World, Fashawn was on the verge of packing in his musical aspirations. He had a... Read More
Posted one month ago
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1 Listen Album Review: Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise”

After a few months of writing at DJBooth, I finally got assigned to conduct my first ever "1 Listen Album Review" for Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise. On most days I like Sean, but I've always... Read More
Posted one month ago