Astronautalis: Super Star Freestyler

KralTunes for @tonightatdawn “If Beck were a decade or so younger and had grown up more heavily immersed in hip-hop,” Thats how hip hop veteran ASTRONAUTALIS’ (Charles Andrew Bothwell ) style has been described since his debut waaaaay back in 2003.  While the proclamation  is not without warrant, it certainly is not completely justified, asContinue reading “Astronautalis: Super Star Freestyler”

Iman Omari, For A Limited Time

@KralTunes “Part hip hop, part bluesy trip hop instrumental, and perfectly produced 8 tracks”. If my boss @tonightatdawn let me get away with writing one line reviews for albums, that would be all I need to say about HIGHER-LOOPS, the latest release from Iman Omari. In a unique marketing strategy, this album is only availableContinue reading “Iman Omari, For A Limited Time”

Best of 2014, Part DEUX

Here’s the first part of the list I’m sure you have all been driven crazy in anticipation for the second part?! Without further ado, let us continue with the most important list you’ll see during this ten minute span: 5.  GAZELLE TWIN–UNFLESH UNFLESH is the sonic equivalent of a violent assault; a soundscape dominated by electronic buzzingContinue reading “Best of 2014, Part DEUX”

BEST OF 2014, Part Un

Text by @KralTunes Just hear those sleigh bells ringin’ an… Yes, it’s that time of the year (at least for the first time) for the annual best of list that everyone will no doubt bitch and moan about relentlessly, as if these things matter to anyone (except that 2014 ROLLING STONE list, which BTW, wasContinue reading “BEST OF 2014, Part Un”

SHADY XV: Get That Money

@KralTunes In honor of Marshall Mathers’ record label turning 15 years old comes SHADY XV, a hip hop compilation album performed by various artists of the Shady Records brand.  For someone that loved the first 3 EMINEM albums, but quickly lost interest after ENCORE‘s release,  I was hoping for some rekindling of the old SLIM SHADYContinue reading “SHADY XV: Get That Money”

Run The Jewels 2

Text by @KralTunes American hip hop duo Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) have returned to right all that is wrong with the world with one of the most bad mama-jama rap albums I’ve heard in a long time.  Now I may not be a connoisseur of the rap game, and my track recordContinue reading “Run The Jewels 2”

BANG BANG…Flying Lotus

Text by KralTunes Unlike the bulls eye-like focus on his previous album, Until the Quiet Comes, You’re Dead! finds the maestro in familiar territory on his 5th album. FLYING LOTUS (Steven Ellison) brings us an even more fly by the seat of your pants in an album reminiscent of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. You’re Dead!Continue reading “BANG BANG…Flying Lotus”

Milo, A Toothpaste Suburb

Text by KralTunes Lets play a game…you drop as many pop culture references from the past 20 years as you possible can, and we’ll see if you can match the amount delivered by our own Milo on A Toothpaste Suburb. I know who I’m putting my money on. Immediately, I can tell Milo is notContinue reading “Milo, A Toothpaste Suburb”

Beast Coast: The Underachievers- Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium

Text by Joe K. When it comes to Hip-Hop, FLOW is half the battle.  You can spend 6 minutes rapping about doing the dishes, but, as Chris Rock so eloquently put it, “If the beat is right, she will dance all night”.  Fortunately, there are those artists that attempt to offer lyrics of substance ratherContinue reading “Beast Coast: The Underachievers- Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium”