Stuff #15

I reviewed Victor LaValle's 2010 novel, Big Machine (here), as well as blurbs about Kool G Rap and Large Professor (here and here) for Passion of the Weiss. I also wrote previews for Earl Sweatshirt and Andrew Ervin's latest novel, Burning Down George Orwell's House (here and here), for Washington City Paper.
  1. Large Professor – "Opulence"
  2. Young Thug & Birdman – "Constantly Hating"
  3. Mystery Kindaichi Band – "Mystery Music"
  4. De La Soul – "Forever"

Stuff #14

I reviewed Wale's Album About Nothing, covered Rick Ross's video for "Phone Tap," and curated a Jiggy-themed mixtapeall for Passion of the WeissYou can read those articles here, here and here, respectively.
  1. Earl Sweatshirt – "Mantra"
  2. Big Twins – "2 4 6"
  3. Big Twins & Godfather III – "We Mafia"
  4. Curren$y – "Lemonade Mimosas"
  5. Chuck Inglish – "Damage"
  6. Agallah – "Elevation Music"

Stuff #13

I took a look back at Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's much-lauded book, Random Familyfor what will hopefully be a recurring columnYou can read that hereI also covered songs by Project Pat, Boldy James and Kool Keith for Passion of the Weiss. You can read those blurbs here, here and here.
  1. Roc Marciano – "Patina"
  2. Method Man – "The Oath"
  3. Money Makin' Nique & OG Maco – "Air Max 97"
  4. Agallah – "Friends Keep Thinking"
  5. Action Bronson – "Galactic Love"

Stuff #12

I wrote a brief thing about George Pelecanos for the Washington City Paper. You can read that blurb here. I also covered songs from Agallah, Gunplay, Charlie Wilson, and Curren$y, as well as the theme song from a new web series called Money and Power for the good folks over at Passion of the Weiss. You can read those blurbs here, here, here, here and here.
  1. Harold Vick – "H.N.I.C."
  2. Vince Staples – "Screen Door"
  3. Husalah – "Husalah Shine"
  4. Bobby Digital & Method Man – "NYC Everything"
  5. Raekwon – "Kids That's Rich"

Stuff #11

I reviewed Boots Riley's newly published screenplay, Sorry to Bother You, as well as Prodigy's 2008 LP, Product of the 80s, for the good folks at Passion of the Weiss. You can read the articles here and here. I also compiled a winter mixtape and wrote a short blurb about a go-go-inspired Wale loosie for Passion of the Weiss. You can check those out here and here.
  1. Blu – "Cobb"
  2. Miguel & Kurupt – "NWA"
  3. Husalah – "The Fox Without a Tail"
  4. Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – "Generation Gap"
  5. Capone-N-Noreaga – "Happy Hate"
  6. The Alchemist & Fashawn – "The Plantation"

Stuff #10: Year-End Edition (Greatest Rap Songs of 2014)

This year, I wrote a blurb about the Jayson Werth Garden Gnome giveaway for the annual encyclopedia issue of the Washington City Paper. You can check that one out here. In music news, I covered Curren$y, Vince Staples, and Shy Glizzy for the Passion of the Weiss year-end lists. You can check out their best album and best song lists here and here.

Also, prior to all the year-end hoopla, I wrote about Willie The Kid, Capone-N-Noreaga, Hus Kingpin, SlumLord88, and compiled a fall mixtape for Passion of the Weiss. You can read those here, here, here, here, and here. My personal favorites are listed below, for propensity. See you next year.

Greatest Rap Songs of 2014: Zip

Stuff #9

I wrote blurbs about Nas, Gunplay, and Large Professor for Passion of the Weiss. I also made a slight contribution to the official D.C. Manual of Style and Usage over at the Washington City Paper. You can read the articles here, here, here, and here. Another new development: the good folks at Passion of the Weiss have finally re-launched with a slick new layout, and each of the regular writers have their own profile page. You can check mine out here.
  1. Vince Staples – "Hands Up"
  2. O.G. Maco – "W4R"
  3. Rakim – "My Melody (Marley Marl Remix)"
  4. Diamond D – "Superman"
  5. BadBadNotGood – "The Velvet Room"
  6. Imam Thug – "The Bridge 2000"
  7. MF Doom – "Caskets"

Stuff #8

I wrote a blurb about the upcoming 18th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival for Washington City Paper's new Fall Arts Guide. Prior to writing this, I'd never realized that Fitzgerald was buried less than a mile from my old apartment in Montgomery County. I drove or jogged past it multiple times every day for more than two years. A few weeks ago, I walked through the cemetery. At the foot of his tombstone, his enthusiasts left rose stems, composition books, fountain pens, and most interestingly, an old-timey magnetic compass. It was pretty cool to see.

On a lighter note, I also spoke with yU, very briefly, about the lead single off the forthcoming Diamond District album. You can read the articles here and here.
  1. Mary Love – "Power Of Love"
  2. Boldy James – "Something To Cry For"
  3. Boldy James – "Play It Cool"
  4. Prodigy – "Hoodie Weather"
  5. Rza & Kool G Rap – "Cakes"
  6. Dan Carlin – "Blueprint For Armageddon IV"
I probably wrote a few things for my home away from home, Passion of the Weiss, but the website is temporarily down until next week. But don't fret! They're gearing up to relaunch in the near future, perhaps next week, with a slick new layout.