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SPIN R&B Report: Yuna Props Up Woozy Soul With Smelling Salts, Laura Mvula Meets Pop Halfway

While the world spent much of this year waiting for Frank Ocean, R&B continued to evolve. This season’s picks illustrate that there’s a thriving crop…
Mosi Reeves / August 26, 2016

Review: Rae Sremmurd Dim the Fun, Along With the Lights, on ‘SremmLife 2′

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: August 12, 2016Label: EarDrummers/InterscopeLast year, it was impossible to go anywhere — a nightclub, a rooftop barbecue, even the supermarket…
Mosi Reeves / August 10, 2016

Review: NAO Fumbles Toward Ecstasy on ‘For All We Know’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 29, 2016Label: RCABritish R&B singer Neo Joshua has charted a slow — yet inexorable — path to her…
Mosi Reeves / July 29, 2016

Life After Death Row: A Guide to Snoop Dogg’s Post-‘Doggystyle’ Career

The quarter-century-long career of Calvin Broadus — a.k.a. Snoop Doggy Dogg — is full of contradictions. He’s a husband and father whose devotion to his family is…
Mosi Reeves / July 8, 2016

Review: Come Test Death Grips and Get Sliced on ‘Bottomless Pit’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 06, 2016Label: Third Worlds / HarvestFour years ago, Death Grips exemplified the anti-corporate violence and rugged individualism of…
Mosi Reeves / May 11, 2016

SPIN R&B Report: Tweet Flutters Back Into View, K. Michelle Puts the Real in Reality TV

Yes, there’s more to R&B in early 2016 than Anderson .Paak. The Los Angeles dynamo has been rightly lionized for blending hip-hop, pimpish soul, and…
Mosi Reeves / April 15, 2016

Review: Open Mike Eagle and Paul White Get Up Close and Well, You Know, on ‘Hella Personal Film Festival’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: March 18, 2016Label: Mello Music GroupIf the late, lamented revolutionary poet Gil Scott-Heron was a college-bound poet today, he…
Mosi Reeves / March 21, 2016

Kendrick Lamar Has Already Won in Every Way, But Sure, He’ll Take a Grammy Too

Back in 2009, just as Kendrick Lamar began to gain notice on blogs such as 2dopeboyz.com, he offered this lyric on "I Am (Interlude)," from…
Mosi Reeves / February 11, 2016

The Roots Save Their Sour Notes for the Quizzically Bleak ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: May 20, 2014Label: Island Def JamIn this post-Internet age of cross-platform synergy as condo down-payment survival, the Roots have…
Mosi Reeves / May 19, 2014

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Craft a Deft, Eccentric Street-Rap Epic on ‘Pinata’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: March 18, 2014Label: Madlib InvazionPiñata, the full-length collaboration between 21st-century gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs and 31st-century producer Madlib, lulls…
Mosi Reeves / March 13, 2014

Janelle Monae’s ‘The Electric Lady’ Strives to Match Her Sci-Fi Ambitions and Pop Smarts

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: September 10, 2013Label: Bad BoyJanelle Monáe's ongoing multi-album Metropolis project is a post-millennial homage to Fritz Lang's roaring twenties…
Mosi Reeves / September 9, 2013

AlunaGeorge’s Hit-or-Miss ‘Body Music’ Proves That Killer Alt-R&B Singles Don’t Always Add Up to a Killer Album

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: July 30, 2013Label: IslandBody Music, the full-length debut from British duo AlunaGeorge, could have made an excellent EP. The…
Mosi Reeves / July 29, 2013

Run The Jewels, ‘Run the Jewels’ (Fool’s Gold)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 26, 2013Label: Fool's GoldRun the Jewels may be the first time NYC rapper/producer El-P has abandoned his perfectionist's…
Mosi Reeves / July 8, 2013

Kid Cudi, ‘Indicud’ (Republic)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: April 16, 2013Label: RepublicWill Kid Cudi ever find true happiness? That dilemma lies at the crux of Indicud, an…
Mosi Reeves / April 19, 2013

Serengeti, ‘Saal’ (Graveface)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: February 12, 2013Label: GravefaceDavid Cohn, who raps under the name Serengeti, is a vignette expert. He can summarize a…
Mosi Reeves / February 14, 2013

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