Published Work

Below you may find links to published work, which for your convenience has been categorized by publication. Please feel free to check back periodically for links to new works that have been published.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Favorite Mixtapes of October 2015

— My first appearance on Tiny Mix Tape’s monthly mixtape review feature; I write about Doughboyz Cashout’s BYLUG World mixtape.

Review of Young Thug’s Slime Season 2 Mixtape

– With Slime Season 2, Thug falls closer in line with hometown luminaries like André 3000 than ever before, bringing his Lil Wayne comparison to a death knell.

Album Review of Ty Dolla $ign’s Free TC

– But despite looking to set the world on fire with Free TC, his debut album, Dolla $ign spreads himself too thin and mostly stumbles over his own lofty ambitions.

Favorite Mixtapes of November 2015

— For this installment of Tiny Mix Tapes’ monthly mixtape column I write about Young Scooter’s Married to the Streets 2 and Waka Flocka Flame’s Flockaveli 1.5.

Album Review of Rick Ross’ Black Market

— A grounded, more “personal” Rick Ross isn’t anywhere as interesting as the action-movie antihero Ricky Rozay.

2015: Favorite 50 Songs

— My first appearance on Tiny Mix Tapes’ year-end list for 2015; I wrote blurbs for Galcher Lustwerk’s “I Neva Seen” and D’Angelo’s “1000 Deaths.”

2015: Favorite 50 Music Releases

— I blurb about Tiny Mix Tape’s eighth favorite album of 2015, Future’s DS2.

Album Review of Jeremih’s Late Nights: The Album

— Jeremih retreats even further from the spotlight he seemed predestined for, carefully crafting an album that surprisingly finds tranquility in the 28-year-old’s thrill-seeker ways.

Album Review of Lil B’s Thugged Out Pissed Off

— Somehow, after all these years, this bizarre rapper still manages to keep his niche brand of #based music sounding fresh and exciting.

Chocolate Grinder: Lil Yachty – “Minnesota”

— The rising Atlanta rapper’s new song is part ode to the thirty-second U.S. state, part nonchalant flex on the haters.

Review of Future’s Purple Reign Mixtape

— This is the artist many were introduced to last year, full of raw passion and unfiltered humanity, and Purple Reign is as elegiac as those coarse mumbles can possibly get. This review also marks my first Eureka! entry for Tiny Mix Tapes.

Favorite Mixtapes of January 2016

— For the January 2016 installment of TMT’s monthly mixtapes feature I blurb about new tapes from rappers Kodak Black and 21 Savage.

Album Review of Kevin Gate’s Islah

— Like Future and Young Thug before him — with DS2 and Barter 6, respectively — Gates establishes himself as a career artist by pursuing uncompromising individualism before sales-shoring safety.

Review of Young Thug’s I’m Up Mixtape

— Seasoned fans will be hard-pressed to dismiss I’m Up as a release chock-full of throwaways, but it’s truly a testament to Young Thug’s radical talents as a rapper for keeping an audience thoroughly engaged, even when the studio experiments aren’t always entirely convincing.

Favorite Mixtapes of February 2016

— For the February 2016 installment of Tiny Mix Tapes’ monthly tape column I blurb about the latest release from rising Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci.

Album Review of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

— Many of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’s flaws could’ve very well been forgotten, or at least temporarily swept under the rug, had the actual music been good.

Album Review of Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered.

— This latest release from Kendrick Lamar acts not only as an extended universe for To Pimp a Butterfly, but also as a portal for the drastic changes in the rapper’s persona and musical style between his last two full-lengths.

Album Review of Flatbush ZOMBiES’ 3001: A Laced Odyssey

3001: A Laced Odyssey is a musical alchemy intended to depict vivid colors and bizarre, indescribable patterns, and Flatbush ZOMBiES materialize a surprisingly gorgeous and downright frightening object that captures the feeling of mystery of music on drugs in the Big Apple.

2016: First Quarter Favorites

— I blurb about one of Tiny Mix Tape’s first quarter favorites, Future’s Purple Reign mixtape.

Album Review of Young Thug’s Slime Season 3

Slime Season 3 is as celebratory, emotionally rich, and life-affirming as a good funeral should be but never is. And this isn’t the end; it’s only the beginning of a brand new chapter.

Favorite Mixtapes of March 2016

— For the March 2016 installment of Tiny Mix Tapes’ monthly tape column I blurb about the debut mixtape from Oakland rapper Kamaiyah.

Review of Lil Uzi Vert’s Lil Uzi vs. The World

Lil Uzi vs. The World is essentially why so many kids want to become rappers when they’re young and impressionable: songs like “Canadian Goose” and “Ps & Qs” are perfect for driving too fast, smoking too much, and cutting class.

Favorite Mixtapes of April 2016

— For the April 2016 installment of Tiny Mix Tapes’ monthly tape column I blurb about the new mixtape from Detroit rapper DeJ Loaf.

Review of Drake’s VIEWS

— Should Drake never craft a flawless album, it should hardly matter. Someone will eventually put together a best-of compilation that will be almost impossible to cram onto a single disc. For now, VIEWS isn’t The Blueprint, but Drake is still miles better than much of his peers.

Pretty Much Amazing

Drake’s Poem to Toronto Finds Him Caught Between Two Worlds

— My first contribution to Pretty Much Amazing; a review of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

Young Thug Focuses His Alien Brand of Sentimentality and Swagger on Barter 6

— Young Thug’s entire approach to his music has never sounded so polished and potent.

The Hot Take #7: Disclosure, Miguel, Tame Impala and More

— My first appearance on Pretty Much Amazing’s weekly singles review feature. Here I discuss and grade Miguel featuring Wale, Vince Staples, Snoop Dogg featuring Stevie Wonder, and Titus Andronicus.

The Hot Take #8: Jamie xx, Charli XCX, Mac DeMarco and More

— I discuss and grade songs from Jamie xx featuring Young Thug, Giorgio Moroder featuring Charli XCX and Mac DeMarco.

Experimentation as Window Dressing: ASAP Rocky’s At Long Last ASAP, Reviewed

— There’s no other way to cut it: Everything about At Long Last ASAP is half-assed.

Review: Future’s Dirty Sprite 2

— Future’s DS2 is an exclamation mark on an already booming rap career.

Review: Migos’ Yung Rich Nation

— With a little help, Migos do some heavy lifting on debut album.

Dr. Dre’s Reemergence on ‘Compton’ is the Detox We Needed, Not Wanted

— Dr. Dre—rapper, producer, entrepreneur, and founding member of N.W.A—is suddenly putting out his first album in sixteen years. And it’s not Detox.

Travis Scott’s ‘Rodeo’ Isn’t Worth the Price of Admission

— If anything, Rodeo is a fine example of what happens when appealing studio experiments and unnecessary embellishments make their way onto an album without fine stitching.

What a Time to Be Alive, Indeed

— In the end, What a Time reminds us that music is best when it’s enjoyed when in the company of others.

The Game’s Chest-Beating Machismo Is Not Double Album Worthy

— Both discs seem to serve one primary purpose, and that’s to divert the attention away from Game’s unbroken flow (or lack thereof) with an inflated budget courtesy of new label partners, eOne Music.

Review: Justin Bieber’s Purpose

Purpose marks Bieber’s fateful step towards an independent personality—free of inhibitions, unconcerned with teeny-bopper conventions—and except for some middling moments, it’s mostly successful.

The 15 Best Mixtapes of 2015

— I blurb about fifteen of my favorite mixtapes of 2015 for Pretty Much Amazing’s year-end festivities. The list includes tapes from Gucci Mane, Future, Kevin Gates, and Young Thug.

The Hot Take #20: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Drake, Bon Iver, James Blake

— I discuss and grade new songs from Kanye West, Beyoncé, Drake, and Kevin Gates.

Review: Future’s EVOL

— Where previous releases found Future imbuing music with a kaleidoscope of human emotions, EVOL merely projects them as afterthoughts; all stylistic and empty.

The Hot Take #22: M83, Anohni, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar

— For Pretty Much Amazing’s twenty-second installment of The Hot Take, I discuss and grade new tracks from M83 and Kendrick Lamar.

Review: Denzel Curry’s Imperial

— Denzel Curry’s latest album, Imperial, applies new findings not only in the form of strikingly prismatic and colorful sonic dimensions but in the lyrics as well, which explore a young artist attempting to make sense of a sick society in the Information Age.

Review: Deakin’s Sleep Cycle

— Understanding the power of music, Sleep Cycle bursts with optimism, a love for life, and occasionally even oozes with an otherworldly, transcendental substance from its proverbial pores.

Review: ASAP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper

— Music fans aren’t usually very accepting of an artist changing their sound or image, which Ferg is certainly aware of, but on this new album he essentially forces them to realize that a rapper can express different aspects of themselves at different moments.