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Killer Mike Lets a Diverse Group Loose on 'Underground Atlanta'new

The two-disc set is charming and solid all the way through, and features highlights from such lesser-known talents as Rich Kidz ("Bowling") and Prynce Cyhi ("Don't Go Outside"), as well as winners from veterans including Pastor Troy and Trillville, whose "I Be Off Dat" recalls the group's crunk-era glory.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  09-22-2009  |  Reviews

Brandon Patton's 'Underhill Downs' is Full of Smoothly Produced, Heavily Overdubbed Tracksnew

Though his debut Should Confusion was released near the beginning of the decade, Staten Island, N.Y., singer/songwriter Brandon Patton didn't put out his second album, Underhill Downs, until now, owing to his steady gig as bassist for nerdcore rapper MC Frontalot.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  08-25-2009  |  Reviews

As a Party Record, '8Dazeaweakend' Can't Be Beatnew

Serving as the soundtrack to Dallas Austin's new film of the same name, 8Dazeaweakend tells the story of a confused, trust-funded Atlanta girl who decides to party her brains out over the weekend before going in to see a psychiatrist on Monday morning.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  08-25-2009  |  Reviews

Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels Rolls With Life's Impromptu Flownew

It's not McDaniels' voice that makes conversations with him strange, it's his habit of trailing off on confusing, lengthy digressions. For example, rather than speaking directly about his recent visit to the White House, he launches into a seven minute diatribe about foster children.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  07-21-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Suddenly, Hip-Hop Can't Hate on Soulja Boy's Swagnew

The spoils (and spoilers) of success were expected. But who knew he'd earn credibility, too?
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  06-18-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

'10,000 Apples' Is Energizing and Intelligentnew

St. Louis MC Gotta Be Karim recently relocated to Atlanta, and he brought his brand of gritty, inventive, underground rhymes with him. On 10,000 Apples he gives listeners a primer on his style.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  06-03-2009  |  Reviews

These Are the Halcyon Days of Dirty South Hip-Hopnew

Bubba Sparxxx and DJ Greg Street succeed by showcasing the materialistic, giddy grooves that have come to characterize the current rap era on The New South.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  05-21-2009  |  Reviews

Former Grandaddy Frontman Jason Lytle's Solo Debut is Spare and Beautifulnew

Lytle has had a difficult time of things over the years, confronting financial troubles and substance abuse. But it's easy to identify with his pain since it's expressed so movingly here.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  05-13-2009  |  Reviews

Super Chron Flight Brothers' 'Indonesia'new

Indonesia is dense and apocalyptic-feeling, with bits of electronica, dub and samples from the Smiths thrown in.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  05-06-2009  |  Reviews

Bill Callahan's Latest Is More Accessible, At Least Musicallynew

The songs on Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle may have sprung from Bill Callahan's parting with fellow indie-folker Joanna Newsom, but this album will be remembered long after the gossip is forgotten.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  05-06-2009  |  Reviews

Jim Jones: Jack of All Tradesnew

Dipset alum Jim Jones' many projects include an off-Broadway show, a workout DVD, a documentary and a mockumentary. Once in a while he actually puts out some music, and his major label solo debut Pray IV Reign is an often-decent, occasionally-excellent effort.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  04-10-2009  |  Reviews

Funky Punk: 'I'm Rick James'new

Much of Rick James' studio output isn't particularly memorable. Yet as a performer he's wholly original, making his new collection of live performances and videos, I'm Rick James: The Definitive DVD, more essential than his actual albums.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  04-10-2009  |  Reviews

J Dilla's 'Dillanthology, Volume 1'new

Before he died from cardiac arrest three years ago, J Dilla was the quietest of hip-hop legends. Fortunately, he’s experiencing something of a posthumous renaissance, and some of the most popular cuts from his early career are captured nicely on Dillanthology, Volume 1.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  03-18-2009  |  Reviews

Grandmaster Flash's 'The Bridge'new

Hip-hop has changed dramatically since "The Message," but many believe not for the better. Flash would do well to follow his own vision instead of attempting to keep up with the inferior producers and DJs whose careers he made possible.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  02-25-2009  |  Reviews

Matt and Kim's 'Grand'new

Brooklyn duo/couple Matt and Kim's latest, Grand, sounds a bit gimmicky upon first listen. But Grand remains as satisfying on the tenth spin as the first.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Ben Westhoff  |  01-28-2009  |  Reviews

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