Posts By Sheldon Pearce

Nina Simone: Fodder on My Wings

Long considered an outlier in her catalog, Nina Simone’s newly reissued 1982 album is an intimate and immense portrait, a culmination of Nina Simone’s frustrations molded into a jarring personal statement.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit ODB’s debut classic, a masterclass in winging it.

Jay Electronica: A Written Testimony

After years of waiting and mounting hype, Jay Electronica’s fantastic debut is a mystical, distinctive work that nearly lives up to all the lore surrounding the rapper.

Lil Baby: My Turn

The Atlanta rapper tries to tell the story of his rise to fame on his guest star-packed new album, but the music is all work and no inspiration.

Kamaiyah: Got It Made

Free of her stifling major-label contract, the Bay Area rapper sounds rejuvenated, delivering fiery screeds on self-reliance of all sorts.

BTS: Map of the Soul: 7

The K-pop group’s latest is part memoir, part fan service, and part amateur psych eval. They can still tap into something enchanting, but the glimpses of personality here are fleeting.

Lil Wayne: Funeral

With his big legacy album Tha Carter V out of the way, Weezy is back in the booth and cruising, experimenting with an array of styles and a dizzying maze of wordplay.

J Hus: Big Conspiracy

The London rapper’s second album is smoother, preciser, and more measured. We see J Hus as a lost son of Gambia, an adult-in-progress, a talented pop polymath, and just a guy who has a lot of sex.