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by Joe Biglin Foreign Correspondent Music

Higher Brothers | Five Star

The Higher Brothers’ 2017 album Black Cab is one of the most confident debuts in recent memory, rap or otherwise. On that project, the Brothers adapted the Migos’ formula over heavily trap-inspired instrumentals, as a foundation upon which to build their ethos — which…

by Joe Biglin Music What Would Meek Do?

Keith Ape | Born Again

Keith Ape, a hyped rap prospect from the genre-eclectic 88rising house, delivers a consistent sound on his debut EP, Born Again. The technical aspect to Ape’s rapping is phenomenal — and the cultural fusion is eminently fascinating. Ape and all the fuck-the-system rappers featured here…

by Joe Biglin Music What Would Meek Do?

88rising | Head in the Clouds

88rising is a media conglomerate that’s been methodically sowing seeds of future brand-dominance, with bombastic SoundCloud rapper collaborations (Ski Mask the Slump God), meme-to-musician re-inventions (Rich Chigga and Pink Guy becoming Rich Brian and Joji), and now a debut compilation album of transparent intent: Head…

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