Posts By Dean Van Nguyen

Nef the Pharaoh: Mushrooms & Coloring Books

On his new mixtape, the Vallejo upstart sounds a little too eager to break out of his home base.

Nef the Pharaoh: Mushrooms & Coloring Books

On his new mixtape, the Vallejo upstart sounds a little too eager to break out of his home base.

Lil Durk: Love Songs 4 the Streets 2

A sequel to his 2017 tape shows the one-time rising star of Chicago drill again offering a sobering depiction of life outside of rap myths.

Caleb Giles: Under the Shade

The 21-year-old Bronx native belongs to an exciting new generation remaking NYC rap in their own image. On his third album, he grapples with present-day poverty and everyday life.

Octavian: Endorphins

The rising London rapper flexes his versatility with a musically diverse set that feels more like a major studio debut than the mixtape it’s billed as.

The Coathangers: The Devil You Know

The punk trio’s unfussy production and precise vocal harmonies are a testament to their well-earned longevity.

AJ Tracey: AJ Tracey

The debut from grime’s rising star is a mixed bag but still peppered with hits, inviting elements of dancehall, pop, trap, and garage to the same house party.

Luthorist: Hueco Mundo

The solo debut from one of the Dublin rap group NUXSENSE’s core emcees, backed by ghostly beats from producer Sivv, represents the clearest iteration of the group’s aesthetic yet.