“An early form of You’re Dead! was the length of a double album — a large mass of brief tracks that, for Steven Ellison, possibly signified nothing more than his fifth Flying Lotus album. As the producer and keyboardist spent more time absorbing and shaping the recordings, the title, initially comic in meaning, gained emotional [...]
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“After an amicable split with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, Kid Cudi’s third official album landed on Island proper….[I]t’s an entertaining, vibrant, and artistically filling album, so consider it a ‘presents’ effort and enjoy the show.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog
“[T]his is the moment [West] becomes a swashbuckling Salvador Dali figure, chopping down all that’s conventional with highly imaginative work and crass, attention-grabbing attitude. Unlike Dali’s separate delivery of the two, Yeezus is an extravagant stunt with the high-art packed in, offering an eccentric, audacious, and gripping experience that’s vital and truly unlike anything else.” [...]
“The Money Store is an important record that’s also compelling, loaded with kinetic blows against the empire and fully stuffed with that attractive maverick spirit.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog
“[A] very ’70s and very psychedelic album — Russian Roulette is the Alchemist going solo and thematic, constructing tracks by sampling old Russian records — jazzy, psychedelic, soulful, and otherwise — and grabbing some dialog from ’80s movies that were cold war-themed. His final touch is the jaw-droppingly excellent guest list that contributes to these [...]
“Ellison’s trademarks — skittering and rustling percussion atop slightly irregular drums that knock and thud, for instance — factor almost as much as ever, but his slight adjustments and increased restraint make this his most accessible and creative release yet.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog
“Offered the opportunity to direct a karate flick — and with all the freedom, funding, and flash that an executive producer like Quentin Tarantino would allow — Wu-Tang leader and kung-fu fanatic RZA must have been like a kid in a candy store. Still, the soundtrack to his directorial debut is classic, restrained RZA, as [...]