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Review: 21 Savage Hits the Limits of Nihilism on Issa Album

On record, a compelling version darkness is often just a half-step away from ennui. The Atlanta rapper 21 Savage managed to stay closer to the former…
Brian Josephs / July 14, 2017

Review: Sheer Mag’s Excellent Need to Feel Your Love Proves They’re Far More Than Thin Lizzy Homage

The steady rise of Sheer Mag from Philly garage band heroes to Rolling Stone profilees feels in some ways a reaction to the trend of gauzy guitar-oriented bands…
Jeremy Gordon / July 14, 2017

Review: Haim Stick to Their Soft Rock Strengths on the Dense, Romantic Something to Tell You

Given Haim's reputation for immaculately tasteful artistry, any missteps long curated away, it is sometimes hard to forget they once appeared on a Calvin Harris…
Katherine St. Asaph / July 13, 2017

Review: Broken Social Scene’s Hug of Thunder Is a Welcome Return From Indie Rock’s Most Ambitious Romantics

Seven years after their previous album, and a decade and half removed from the record that earned their spot in the canon of 2000s indie,…
Andy Cush / July 7, 2017

Review: TLC’s Crowdfunded Comeback Album Is a Missed Opportunity for a Storybook Ending

There’s a history of legacy albums, released long after an icon’s peak, that serve as testaments to bygone greatness. Then there are off-balance projects like…
Clover Hope / July 5, 2017

Review: Laurel Halo Heads in Exciting New Directions on the Warm, Reflective Dust

Part of what’s always made Laurel Halo unique is that despite her origins in electronics, nothing about her music really ever adheres to inherited convention.
Rob Arcand / July 5, 2017

Review: JAY-Z Reclaims His Greatness on the Honest, Sharp 4:44

JAY-Z is a concept that comes at Shawn Carter’s expense. His ego caused him to shoot his brother over a stolen ring, stab a record…
Brian Josephs / July 3, 2017

Review: Radiohead’s OKNOTOK Gives OK Computer a Moving, Unvarnished Prequel

There was almost another album’s worth of material behind Radiohead’s most significant album OK Computer, and uniformly, it is good. One might expect that as…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 26, 2017

Review: On the Excellent Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples Bleeds Onto the Dance Floor

The thing about black narratives is that they never really solely belong to black people—their validity often depends on what use it is to a…
Brian Josephs / June 26, 2017

Review: Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls Is His Strongest, Most Unified Project In Years

Perhaps the last Atlanta street-rap mixtape that brought to mind the sounds of a college quad on a summer Friday afternoon was Rich Homie Quan’s If You…
Winston Cook-Wilson / June 21, 2017

Review: Mobb Deep – Hell on Earth

This review of 'Hell on Earth' originally appeared in the January 1997 issue of Spin. In light of Prodigy's passing, we are republishing it now. …
Sacha Jenkins / June 20, 2017

Review: Mobb Deep – Murda Muzik

This review of 'Murda Muzik' originally appeared in the November 1999 issue of Spin. We are republishing it now in the light of Prodigy's passing. …
Joe Gross / June 20, 2017

Review: Mobb Deep – The Infamous

This review of  'The Infamous' originally appeared in the August 1995 issue of Spin. We are republishing it now in the light of Prodigy's passing. …
Chris Norris / June 20, 2017

Review: Prodigy – H.N.I.C.

This review of Prodigy's 'H.N.I.C.' originally appeared in the November 2000 issue of SPIN. In the light of Prodigy's passing, we are republishing it here. …
Neil Drumming / June 20, 2017

Review: 2 Chainz’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Could Only Have Been Made By Him

The summer of 2012 saw a mainstream revival of Southern rap that helped give French Montana his biggest hit via a 2 Live Crew sample, provided Juicy J with a…
Brian Josephs / June 19, 2017
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