The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Danny Brown – ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’ (Warp Records)

Although perhaps not as cutting-edge as ‘Atrocity Exhibition’, ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’ is Danny Brown’s most consistent effort.

REVIEW: Chance The Rapper – ‘The Big Day’ (self-released)

Chance The Rapper’s first official album ‘The Big Day’ showcases Chancelor Bennett’s obvious talents, and addresses maturity and responsibility, but buckles under the weight of its ambition.

REVIEW: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Bandana’ (Keep Cool / RCA)

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib join forces once again for their second collaboration LP ‘Bandana’, which sees them explore each other’s worlds even more thoroughly.

CLASSIC ’90s: Nas – ‘Illmatic’

Arguably the greatest hip-hop album of all time, Nas’ 1994 debut ‘Illmatic’ is a perfect distillation of the genre’s essence.

CLASSIC ’80s: De La Soul – ‘3 Feet High And Rising’

One of the greatest monuments to hip-hop’s golden age of the late Eighties, De La Soul’s colourful and idiosyncratic 1989 debut ‘3 Feet High And Rising’ remains seminal.

PLAYLIST: An Introduction to Brainfeeder

To mark the 10th anniversary of Flying Lotus’s experimental hip-hop and jazz label Brainfeeder, here’s an introduction to one of the most cutting edge labels.

CLASSIC ’90s: Lauryn Hill – ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’

Although she has still not followed it up, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ remains one of the most influential American records of the Nineties.

CLASSIC ’80s: N.W.A – ‘Straight Outta Compton’

‘Straight Outta Compton’, the incendiary 1988 debut album by N.W.A, has defined 30 years of hip-hop in a way that no other album or artist has.

REVIEW: Eminem – ‘Revival’ (Aftermath / Shady / Interscope)

Marshall Mathers’ latest attempt at resuscitating his credibility on his ninth Eminem album ‘Revival’ tries hard, but leaves very little impression on the listener’s memory.

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