Life is Good
Sounds Like: A blistering set of 18 tracks, all pretty hard, and all bloated with over-confidence and painfully misogynistic swagger—proof he is not the best emcee alive.
Free Association: Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse can’t save this sinking ship.
For Fans Of: Big Daddy Kane + Eric B. & Rakim, Eminem x Game, Kelis’ success.
The Very Best
(Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music)
Sounds Like: Afro-pop done all the way! Hyped and energetic beats mixed with celebratory African shouts and singing that’s enchanting to anyone who has ears.
Free Association: While everyone attempts to use Africanism, these guys do it justice.
For Fans Of: Animal Collective x Diplo, Fool’s Gold + Amadou & Mariam, Af-ri-cah.
Yellow & Green
Sounds Like: One of the only “metal” bands that delivers consistently excellent LPs for the metal freak and the non-fan alike. They give it tempos, melodies and texture.
Free Association: Almost makes us want to grow our hair out for the headbanging.
PW's Music Issue 2014