Posts By Alphonse Pierre

Lil Tecca: Virgo World

On the 18-year-old New York rapper’s debut album, a pocketful of catchy melodies and bubbly rhythms don’t make up for a lack of anything interesting to say.

Bizzy Banks: GMTO, Vol. 1 (Get Money Take Over)

On his debut mixtape, the Brooklyn drill rapper performs with hungry urgency, as if prosperity is around the corner for everyone except him.

YL / Zoomo: Born Again

The NYC rapper YL’s music is full of slice-of-life details that capture the feel of aimless youth.

J.I. the Prince of NY: Welcome to GStarr Vol. 1

The Brooklyn rapper follows in the footsteps of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Lil Tjay, crafting sweetly melodic songs about pain and young love.

Sahbabii: Barnacles

The weirdest of all ATL weirdos returns with more songs about hippos and sex.

Pop Smoke: Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon

The 20-year-old rising star was the voice of Brooklyn drill when he died. On his debut album, executive-produced by 50 Cent, his voice shines through despite a raft of unnecessary features.

Chloe x Halle: Ungodly Hour

On the slinky follow-up to their carefree debut, the R&B sisters take greater risks with their production and their writing.

42 Dugg: Young & Turnt 2 (Deluxe)

The whistling, shit-talking Detroit rapper has found nationwide appeal without abandoning the core elements of his city’s homegrown style.