BEST OF 2021 CLOWNS

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This was a significant improvement over 2020. From moving to NYC, meeting some of this generation’s best artists, photographing live music again, to breaking my rib in the mosh pit. Here was the soundtrack to isolation, fear, power, and growth in 2021.

ON THIS PAGE YOU CAN CLICK ANY OF THE PHOTOS, TEXT, OR TITLES FOR A LINK TO THE POST WHERE I WROTE A REVIEW FOR THE ALBUM…

12. VINCE STAPLES – VINCE STAPLES 

Vince Staples, the album by Vince Staples is an album about Vince Staples. While digesting the Long Beach, California native rhymes over the production coming once again from Kenny Beats, there is a fascination that comes from the seaside burial that Staples develops.”

 

11. TYLER THE CREATOR – CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST 

“Basically, it is impossible not to smile on Call Me If You Get Lost and to feel this pride for the definition of a true visionary. Tyler, The Creator not only creates a desire to be associated but also a strive to do better for yourself.”

 

10. SPY – HABITUAL OFFENDER 

“Sending messages to the audience instead of the police or press, SPY is the rambunctious killers of sound that together collide on HABITUAL OFFENDER to be brutal and act without mercy.”

 

9. YOUR OLD DROOG – TIME

“Much like punching a clock, music can be present and require nearly no attention to hear but not actually listen to. Your Old Droog on TIME is required to be actively listened to with minimal distractions, so tap in and see what TIME is all about.”

 

8. JPEGMAFIA – LP!

“The internet could either be mankind’s biggest enemy or his greatest ally, in JPEGMAFIA’s case; the latter exists. Through the technically “Online” version of his newest project LP!, there is a discrepancy between being a musical genius and an auditory push toward blurred lines of aggression.”

 

7. BADBADNOTGOOD – TALK MEMORY 

“Eight tracks to reach just around the 42-minute mark takes Talk Memory to be less about the cognitive and more about the lasting impact. Not to be a broken record at this point but BADBADNOTGOOD shows immaculate progression and creates one of the strongest releases not only of their career but of this year as well.”

 

6. WESTSIDE GUNN – HITLER WEARS HERMES 8: SINCERELY ADOLF

“Taking from guns to Givenchy, from Palm Angels to stove pots; no matter what setting Westside Gunn is in, he thrives and captures the ears. As the Fendi ski mask gets hung up in the rafters, Maison Margiela replaces the pistol grips and makes Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf a conquering handle on the audience.”

 

5. KING KRULE – YOU HEAT ME UP, YOU COOL ME DOWN

I DID NOT REVIEW THIS, BUT I MEAN COME ON… THIS ALBUM IS SO FUCKING GOOD

 

4. BOLDY JAMES – BO JACKSON

“Based on the range of creating action from storytelling, Boldy James is captivating; especially when The Alchemist is on the production side of things. While this is not their first meeting together, audiences can only pray that it is not the last either.”

 

3. EMMA RUTH RUNDLE X THOU – THE HELM OF SORROW

“Through the stained iris of Baton Rouge’s Thou and Los Angeles’ Emma Ruth Rundle, there is a real beauty to isolation. Their 2020 release May Our Chambers Be Full was one of the strongest releases of the year and came through to hold an alliance that embodied pure metallic dreams.”

 

2. MACH-HOMMY – PRAY FOR HAITI 

“As tracks pile on like shells from the Armed Forces of Haiti, Mach-Hommy packs relative and illustrative wordplay instruments between the metal bars of iron and the gunpowder behind bombs. In any way, Pray For Haiti is a project that quickly becomes a contender for one of the best experiences of the year, leaving Jean-Jacques Dessalines to be proud of his Haitian brother Mach-Hommy.”

 

MATT’S MUSIC MINE’S NUMBER ONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1.  KING WOMAN – CELESTIAL BLUES

“But still, as monuments seem to crumble in their wake, King Woman takes Celestial Blues and counterpunches to become its own sentient being. Not a sequel to their other records, King Woman writes their own version of Faust but gives more than just souls as a result.”

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