A few rap projects from 2017 that I slept on, just discovered or didn't listen to quite enough.
From Kendrick Lamar to Fleet Foxes, here are my favorite albums of 2017.
Kelela, a second generation Ethiopian-American, stealthily asserted her way on the music scene in 2013. I remember getting hip to her music around 2014 while scouring Spotify’s many playlists for new deep cuts to add to my ever growing playlist. Kelela’s musical roots are influenced by the styles of popular UK genres including grime, house, … Continue reading Kelela – Take Me Apart
At only 23 years of age, Archy Marshall has made a name for himself in music circles across the world despite his modest catalog. The ambitious London based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has developed a unique blend of jazz infused punk rock that features elements of trip-hop. Since his humble beginnings of recording under … Continue reading King Krule – The OOZ
When people think of Paramore, they’ll probably associate with them in one of two ways, the emo punk-rock band who made a name for themselves in the early 2000’s with their alternative, Warped Tour vibes, or as the pop-rock band with super catchy hooks and cheerful sound. Needless to say, this Tennessee originated band has … Continue reading Paramore – After Laughter
Best known for their breezy smash, summer-hit, “Pumped Up Kicks”, Foster the People have done it again with a heavy hitting record. The Los Angeles group is led by a musician who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark Foster credits the ultimate California band, The Beach Boys, with first piquing his interest in music and … Continue reading Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club
P.O.S. (Stefon Alexander) is one of the founding members of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective known as Doomtree. The group is well-known as one of the most staunchly independent groups, and they formed their own record label and publisher (Doomtree Records and Doomtree Press, respectively) in the 2000s. With each successive release, P.O.S. gained more momentum … Continue reading P.O.S – Chill, dummy
Exceptional albums too good to overlook in our Best of 2017 series.
It's finally December, which means for the next couple weeks every publication will be unveiling their favorite songs and albums of the year. Even though so many of these lists are watered down with mainstream releases and big name artists, they are still a fun way to reflect on the year that was and have … Continue reading Announcement: Best of 2017 Series
Eight great, low key projects that may have slipped by your ears this year.