Posts By Sheldon Pearce

Aminé: Limbo

On his new album, the Portland rapper rediscovers the appealing lightness that made him famous.

Liv.e: Couldn’t Wait to Tell You

Short and fleeting yet bound by a shared aesthetic vision, these 20 songs capture in-between feelings—anticipation, longing, eagerness, hesitation, indecision—with sensitivity and specificity.

Blu & Exile: Miles: From an Interlude Called Life

Blu & Exile finally offer a worthy spiritual successor to their seismic 2007 debut with a sprawling double album about the cultural forces that shape us.

The Streets: None of Us Are Getting Out of This Life Alive

On the Streets’ first album in nine years, the UK rapper returns to the simple snark of his early music, but his youthful misadventures have been replaced by the jaded pronouncements of middle age.

Gucci Mane: So Icy Summer

Buried somewhere in this overstuffed, 80-minute crew compilation is Gucci’s best album in years.

John Legend: Bigger Love

The R&B star’s latest ode to the power of love bursts with positive energy, but there’s an emptiness beneath.

Prince: Up All Nite With Prince: The One Nite Alone Collection

This reissued box set from Prince’s unloved early-’00s period provides proof of his astounding skill as a performer and the depth of his catalog even in its shallow end.

Run the Jewels: RTJ4

On their fourth installment, Killer Mike and El-P are back to tune up the ruling class and the racist police state, this time streamlining the process and settling into their most natural rhythm.