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Matthew Trammell

Reporter

  • Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon

    "It should be in the Bible/Middle finger up to the people who don't like you," Kid Cudi declares on his first release since splitting from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. He's a cult hero comfortable enough in his weirdness to keep fans cheering and foes guessing: While inconsistent spacedusted instrumentals coat the first half of this self-produced […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Because the Internet

    On his second album, actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino wields his nerdiness with newfound confidence, spitting meditations on Internet culture with fluency and ease. The Community star (a.k.a. Donald Glover) drops winking bars like "Never gonna reach a million/Eventually, all my followers realize they don't need a leader," while the click-worthy upstarts Chance the Rapper, Kilo Kish […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Travis Scott Takes an Evil Trip on 'Sh*t on You' - Premiere

    Kanye West's disciple has plenty of his own talent and bite

    • Music
  • Bang Part 2

    Chief Keef's Bang Pt 2, the sequel to the breakout mixtape that made Keef 'hood-famous in his native Chicago and beyond, opens with a sample from the chilling end of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me." On Gaye's ballad, an eerie choir signifies just how dark things had become – here, Keef slops the sample into […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Summer Knights

    Brooklyn's own Joey Bada$$ emerged as a Flatbush folk-hero since stomping onto the scene last year, and his latest mixtape maintains the nostalgic boom-bap that defines his Beast Coast brand. But Nineties NY hip-hop was about oversized personalities and intricate stories, and Joey lacks both. "Cats used to yawn on his raps, now look at […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Smart Ass Black Boy

    Last fall, Texas native Fat Tony dropped the borough anthem "BKNY," in which he visits Bed-Stuy for the first time to hook up with an intern from his label, and never leaves. His proper debut maintains this winking outsider’s perspective, blending Houston’s screwy samples and 808 claps with the quirkier tropes of NYC's current fringe. […]

    • Album Reviews
  • Kanye West Previews 'Yeezus' in New York

    Rapper plays his new LP for friends and journalists

    • Music
  • Tyler, The Creator Lets the 'Wolf' in at Intimate Brooklyn Show

    Odd Future MC previews introspective new material

    • Music
  • D'Angelo and Questlove Let Loose in Brooklyn

    Duo reveal the depth of their bond with improvisational set

    • Music
  • Toro y Moi Bring Date Night to Brooklyn

    Buzz band romance Valentine's Day crowd

    • Music