J Stalin is a Bay Area rapper with a smooth, puffy face and a mournful baby-gangster aura — hearing him snarl about crack deals gone wrong and ordering hits on his enemies carries a jarring weight when you hear it delivered with such conviction from a painfully young voice. He has been gathering a larger fan base in his home town of West Oakland CA, as he mixes this compelling voice with day-glo, Miami Vice-inspired 80s synths. Guilty By Association is an hour of glowering, uncut street rap, nothing but grim-faced threats and sneered boasts, alongside Harlem rapper and former Dipset affiliate Hell Rell: "My Life" vibes alongside an uncharacteristically laid-back, lounged-out track.
By Hua Hsu on 08.28.13 in Collections
Before there was a family, there was the Dungeon — otherwise known as Rico Wade's mom's basement. It was in the magically stank Dungeon — described by Cee-Lo as "a crawl space with a bench that held a stack of blankets"...
By Nate Patrin on 08.27.13 in Reviews
Expectations are intrusive enough when you're dealing with a reunion from a long-dissolved beloved musical act. With the new Goodie Mob album, Age Against the Machine, that reunion is coupled with a reinvention: 14 years...
By Jayson Greene on 08.22.13 in Reviews
When Odd Future crashed the party in 2010, they seemed, momentarily, like marauders. Now that the Golgi Apparatus of the music industry has more or less broken them down for useable parts — a cartoon show, a pop-up cloth...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 07.29.13 in Collections
Headed to Chicago but still not sure who you want to see in Grant Park? Fear not: We've boiled the brain-busting Lollapalooza schedule down to 15 essential sets.