Listen to selections from this list via two Beats Playlists: Vol. Ben Frost puts a lot of thought into his music, technically and conceptually. His song titles and interviews pack his dense, throbbing scrawls with allusions to everything from biochemistry to Ghostbusters. This is somewhat ironic, as the main capacity of his music is to overwhelm rational thought. It registers in the limbs and viscera, not in the mind. The result has a rough but elaborate physical presence—something huge and shuddering running on filthy kerosene, about to snap a belt or throw a bolt and maim the operator. But Frost is never overpowered by his brawny, chaotic material. However strong it is, his will is stronger, and gales of distortion bend to his command with clarity and definition.
AllMusic 2014 Year In Review
As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical content, soundscapes, and their effect on the culture. From Los Angeles to New Orleans, from Atlanta to Brooklyn, from Gary Indiana to one specific street in Fayetteville, artists put in some serious work making complete bodies of work. Freddie Gibbs, along with features by Raekwon , Danny Brown , Mac Miller , Domo Genesis , Earl Sweatshirt , Scarface and more, sound so at home, it's amazing that more rappers don't use MadLib's production -- and probably more amazing because they don't. A trip through the 's mood -- even with the same tropes we find in modern day rap -- is a welcome departure from the retreads that hit iTunes or inboxes on the regular in Here's hoping Gibbs and MadLib decide that 17 tracks is just not enough. A few people championed him and his efforts.
The two-disc album comes with all of the key ingredients: catchy, ominous beats and gritty, visceral street tales. Most important, the LP serves as a testament to the undying chemistry between Prodigy and Havoc. Detroit-native Black Milk continues to pay homage to his home city, which remains buried in bankruptcy, over soulful beats he, alone, produced in his unwavering do-it-yourself fashion. Unlike most of his earlier releases, Black Milk finds the right balance between letting his beats speak full volume and letting his voice overpower that. The final product is one of the best from an artist who gradually refined his sound over the past nine years. Los Angeles-natives The Alchemist and Evidence showcase their longtime friendship with their first collaborative release under the fitting group name the Step Brothers. The album is packed with plenty of bizarre references and obscure samples to satisfy music nerds, but far from nerdy in its composition. The Philadelphia natives may be at their darkest point here and the impression is far from fleeting.
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