M.I.A. vs. Everybody: how female rap fights the world system
Matangi "Maya" Arulpragasam - a girl born in London in a family of Tamil activists, famous for her daring deeds and remarkable talent. Singer, producer, clipmaker, designer, artist, rapper, loving…

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Basics of psychoacoustics
The task of the sound engineer, together with the composer and performer, is to create a sound image and transfer it to the listener with the help of sound recording,…

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"Long.Live.A $ AP" after 5 years
Long.Live.A $ AP, released exactly five years ago, is an extremely rare example of how a young promising artist managed to sit on two chairs at once. Usually, guys like…

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almost impossible

Mnogoznaal – Hotel “Cosmos”

Albums are called synteypes (from the word cinema) for good reason – the performer believes that visual perception is important in his music, that is, the imagination, with which the listener will draw pictures in his head in Maxim’s scenes. But it is common for any film to end, and the Cosmos Hotel ends at the moment when it only begins to unfold before the listener. 25 minutes of timing is not enough, but it is better to do less and well than more and overdo it.
“In the hotel” Cosmos “cold and darkness” – a line that can be easily associated with something familiar. Surely, everyone remembers some abandoned building in his hometown, from which you, dear reader, were completely uncomfortable. Continue reading

PHARAOH – “REDЯUM (DULLBOY EP)”

This is a dirty, uncompromising and aggressive sound with a constantly pressing narrative, and for some reason it is precisely such compositions that succeed Gleb best.
The last year’s PHARAOH hit “Diko For example” was positively appreciated by almost everyone, so to speak, by rap historians. This is not the most popular track of a Moscow artist, but perhaps one of the most important moments in his musical career: foreign profile publications started talking about him, and the spectacular video clip even reached TheNeedleDrop, the most popular reviewer. Continue reading

Kanye West & Kid Cudi

Kanye, having lost the responsibility for his words in an infantile manner, recorded, together with Kid Kadi, an album about how catharsis and liberation make us return to childhood. Having ceased to defend their freedom in the world around them, they recorded seven gospel ballads about the struggle for internal freedom, the struggle against personal demons.
At the end of April, when Kanye was tweeting and making public round-the-clock, I wrote a short note that he was a “free” person in a certain sense, mainly because he was not responsible for his words. By chance it somehow happened that for his two plates (“Ye” and “Kids See Ghosts”), released this month, the topic of freedom turned out to be central. Continue reading

RUSSIAN RAP AS A DETONATOR OF THE REVOLUTION
A lot has already been written about the reasons that prompted young people to come out to protest against corruption, but one of the main aspects - the impact on…

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Who will protect the music?
The author of the article "The Age of Electronic Music" believes that the music for acoustic instruments, the highest achievement of which he considers symphonic music, is in the past.…

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Top foreign nonformat albums
A bit late, but still publish our top for 2017 from the best foreign releases that do not have (or have a minimal) relation to hip-hop and are usually published…

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