Rap, Hip-Hop, and Soul Album Reviews

DAMN.
by Kendrick Lamar

This Pulitzer-Prize winning album is a modern Black American theodicy. Lamar explores the problem of evil through the lens of the Old Testament. 

genre: Rap/hip-hop

BRICK BODY KIDS STILL DAYDREAM


by Open Mike Eagle



This is Open Mike Eagle exploration of a complicated relationship with the place called home.

Genre: art rap

I TELL A FLY
by Benjamin Clementine

A strange comment on a U.S. work visa application led to one of this year's most compelling–and unusual–concept albums. 

Genre: Avant-Garde

 

AROMANTICISM
by Moses Sumney

In a society that glorifies romtanic love, being alone is seen as failure. But for this artist, solitude is a pathway to authenticity. 

Genre: electro-Soul

THE ORDER OF TIME
by Valerie June

According to Valerie June, spiritual growth is commensurate with our ability to understand how time works.

genre: soul

SOUL OF A WOMAN
By Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

 

 

In 2016, three musical legends hammered out their final albums in the face of death, but only one of them stayed focused on a brighter future.

GENRE: SOUL