Shock-rappers Odd Future may have been the hip-hop rookies of the year, but this fiercely independent Southern duo were the year’s secret MVPs. The One…Cohesive is classic Southern hip-hop in many respects, from ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova’s vivid tales of having “a jones in my bones for the streets” and constantly dodging prison to Block Beataz’ rich, lava-lamp-slow production. But, as they profess on the symphonic epic “Inner Circle,” G-Side are more than just OutKast copycats: “Y U Mad” might be the only hip-hop jam to feature a full minute of solo classical piano.
By Hua Hsu on 01.05.12 in Spotlights
Thumb-tacked to the wall of my room in my parents' house is a list I printed out in the year 2000. Hiphopsite.com, an online hip-hop record store had produced a list of the 100 most anticipated releases for the upcoming...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Nate Patrin on 11.21.11 in Reviews
G-Side's Huntsville-rooted, codeine-hazed strain of Southern rap has been steadily acclaimed over the course of their last couple albums, and the surface-level theory for this is that they've hit on a crucial crossover a...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.