SZA – Sobriety

SZA – Sobriety

The TDE songstress SZA, whom I personally consider to be one of the most perfect humans on the earth, teamed up with producer Thundercat for a smooth R&B cut, “Sobriety.” While SZA’s effortless angelic vocals over Thundercat’s groovy bassline may seem light as a feather, the subject matter is anything but. As the name might […]

Trip x Kevin Abstract – Anxiety

Trip x Kevin Abstract – Anxiety

I had a lot trouble writing about this track, but I knew I had to do it. It’s kind of backwards, but I find it much more difficult to write about songs that I identify with so fully and completely. Maybe it’s because in order to do so I have to open up and write […]

Lincoln Jesser – Golden

Lincoln Jesser – Golden

I have to admit that I was a little late to the game with Lincoln Jesser. I first heard “Tops” only a few weeks ago, but I immediately fell in love. It was one of those songs that I found too late to write about and was way too upset that I couldn’t. Since then, […]

[Video] Arca – Xen

[Video] Arca – Xen

I am taking a Queer Theory class this semester. This is not so surprising for your average Senior English Major, but when you go to a certain Catholic university on a hill that’s a perfect place for eagles to perch, it’s a small miracle (still can’t turn tap-water to Franzia, though). In the class we […]

CVIRO & GXNXVS – Benjamins

CVIRO & GXNXVS – Benjamins

So just to clear the air for those like myself who have trouble converting strings of letters with X’s and V’s in the place of vowels into real, pronounceable words, that’s “Cairo” and “Genius.” While the teaming up of Australian singer CVIRO and producer GXNXVS is certainly a spelling teacher’s worst nightmare, it’s a perfect […]

Public School – Don’t Wake Me Up

Public School – Don’t Wake Me Up

So I had intentions to write about this a while ago, and I think said intentions may have gotten lost in my massive piles of school work somewhere along the line. However, it’s been a couple weeks and I still can’t get this track off my mind. Los Angeles based Public School teamed up with […]

A$AP Ferg – This Side (Feat. YG)

A$AP Ferg – This Side (Feat. YG)

Sampling UK rapper Danny Seth’s “I Arise Because,” producer The Fam provided the string-laced instrumental for A$AP Ferg and YG to rap about there side of the street. Reminiscent of Vince Staples “Humble” (“I’m from the side of the curb where the birds get flipped,”) “This Side” is a gritty, trap-infused track where Harlem and […]

[Video] Schoolboy Q – Hell of a Night

[Video] Schoolboy Q – Hell of a Night

TDE narcotic guzzler Schoolboy drinks a solo cup full of sludgy blended-up drugs in Jon Jon Augustavo-directed visuals for “Hell of a Night.”