Posts by Mike Burns

The Year in Hip-Hop 2018

While 2017 was the year where all of our worst social, political, and cultural fears became true and general anxiety disorder became a lifestyle for many of us, hip-hop remained an odd sort of “safe space.” The year began with fears about a new generation of teenagers with prefix heavy rap names who had never heard of REDMAN ruining the entire game, and ended with a slew of top notch records by excellent rappers. Even the old heads didn’t have that much to complain about this year. Sure, we had to survive the six-month LIL YATCHY fever, but much like
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This Year in Hip-Hop 2016

ALBUM OF THE YEAR    A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service  While I have held that Tribe is my favorite hip-hop group consistently for the past 20 years, it would be more accurate to say that for Tribe represents what hip-hop is in a platonic sense. Sonically innovative, socially and politically aware, lyrically fierce, a clear sense of geography (Linden Blvd.), and a healthy dose of both humorous and obviously untrue sexual boasts (R.I.P. Phife) all add together to make this group the most important collective in hip-hop history. That said, when I
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