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by Paul Attard Music What Would Meek Do?

Maxo Kream | Brandon Banks

Brandon Banks is to Maxo Kream what Culture was to the Migos a few years back: a major step forward in terms of personal growth and artistry that signals the growing ambitions of each respective artist. While Maxo’s last project, Punken, was a serviceable collection of Huston-flavored trap anthems, the responsibility…

by Josh Hurst Kicking the Canon Music

Waylon Jennings | Honky Tonk Heroes

Waylon Jennings may not have invented outlaw country, but with Honky Tonk Heroes he gave the movement its clearest distillation of purpose; its manifesto, its aesthetic framework, even its narrative vocabulary. Naturally, for a movement so rooted in myth-making, there’s an important backstory. Jennings, along with his pal…

by Paul Attard Music What Would Meek Do?

Polo G | Die a Legend

Listening to Polo G is a deeply humbling experience — that’s something you can’t honestly say about a lot of young rappers’ music without having the label of ‘corny’ being slapped right alongside it, as being sentimental is a slippery slope into self-pity. Just look at…

by Joe Biglin Music What Would Meek Do?

Goldlink | Diaspora

There’s no denying the constant underlying groove in Goldlink’s Diaspora. He’s an artist indebted to dance music: just take “Zulu Screams,” whose intro sublimates the energy from a menacing Zulu war chant into a pulsing house beat. His understated delivery works in tandem with plucky, but…

by Paul Attard Music What Would Meek Do?

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib | Bandana

When they first announced their intentions to team-up nearly a decade ago, the concept of producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs collaborating seemed unorthodox: the great discoverer of seemingly lost samples working with a hard-hitting MC from Gary, Indiana, with none of the kooky absurdity of an MF…

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