20 year old emo me is looking down at this choice, laughing and smiling(and crying...JK). Caught these guys at the end of 2013 and was instantly hooked. To me, the music is a cut above the rest of the new emo bands. At this point in life, I prefer my heartbreak over a bed of beautifully arranged music than some poppy punk. It's hard not to be entranced by Conor Murphy's vocals when he howls lyrics like "I swear I'm a good man/So why don't you love me back." Don't let the "E" word detract you from listening. **Note: this is a re-release. Originally released in Mid-November '13.
This really is a marriage made in heaven. Freddie and Madlib bring their game to the next the level. Perfect guest spots including Danny Brown, Raekwon and Freddie's drunk uncle, Big Time Watts. The rhymes are hard and the beats are hypnotic. A tribute to Harold's is one of the many standouts, but Freddie's jaw dropping diss track towards Young Jeezy stands out the most. Gibbs simply DESTROYS Jeezy on "Real." Piñata 2 is A MUST.
Breakthrough dance moves of 2014. Every track truly could be a single, but "Seasons" is probably the single of the year. And Sam is the Man Of The Year. The man who gave us the "Reverse 80's" dance move should be rewarded. He is an inspiration and so is the album.
The past couple years everybody was thinking Azealia was batshit crazy. But it's totally insane that her former label did not want to release this album. Major props to her for sticking to her guns and believing in her own music.