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Jack Risbridger

The DMV rapper confidently applies his pop-attuned sensibility and lightning flows to a variety of Black musical styles on his debut album Read more

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Album review: Snotty Nose Rez Kids' Trapline. On their new album, the Haisla Nation duo build on the biting and celebratory sound of their first two mixtapes, but this time louder and prouder. Read more

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EP review: Just John x Dom Dias, Don III – The rapper/producer duo cover a ton of ground in the third of their EP trilogy, all with a thrilling unpredictability. Read more

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Anissa Photography

As her new book On The Come Up hits shelves, the American novelist discusses the state of rap, Kanye West and women's fight for inclusion in the genre Read more

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Album review: Clairmont The Second, Do You Drive? The 20-year-old Weston rapper stays on his own path, regardless of current trends, and it's totally transporting. Read more

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The Atlanta rapper has previously kept his hard trap and softer, more melodic songs separate, but his new album successfully combines the two Read more

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Steven Taylor

Review: Earl Sweatshirt's Some Rap Songs: The album could be a blueprint for the future sound of hip-hop, but for now, it’s unlikely the avant-garde lyricism will dominate RapCaviar anytime soon. Read more

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Album review: Anderson .Paak's Oxnard: The album is less cohesive and introspective than his modern day classic Malibu, but it's still a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating ride. Read more

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Album review: Vince Staples's FM! While many new hip-hop albums are full of bloat, Staples packs blunt, clever verses, elastic flows and two solid guest appearances into just 22 minutes. Read more

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Album review: Wrld On Drugs, the inter-generational collaboration between Future & Juice WRLD, seems like a match made in drug-rap heaven, but it sounds more like a cash-in than the masterpiece it could have been. Read more

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Album review: On Lil Wayne's long-awaited The Carter V, he shows he can still hang with contemporary rap flows and sometimes improve on them. Read more

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On Lou Phelps's new album, 002/LOVE ME, executive produced by his brother Kaytranada, the Montreal rapper is comfortable revelling within the crevices of beats rather than lording over them Read more

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Lil Berete, the current pride of Regent Park, could stand to personalize his northern trap style on his debut mixtape Icebreaker, but the potential here is vast. Read more

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Anton Mak

Despite being the highest-grossing genre in the world, hip-hop often struggles for space on local stages Read more

Features

Album review: Nicki Minaj's Queen. Her inconsistent mix of romantic vulnerability and cartoonish boasting is starting to get old. Read more

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Prime Boys' debut album Koba World is both celebratory and mournful – the Toronto trio's first music since their manager and friend Koba Prime's murder in a Queen West shooting. Read more

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Jeremy Rodney-Hall

Jazz Cartier's new album Fleurever, reviewed: On his third full-length and first on a major label, the Toronto rapper is efficiently and single-mindedly focused on success – almost too focused Read more

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Adam Pulicicchio

While local Toronto radio stations are re-embracing up-and-coming musicians, some are finding it cheaper and more accessible to go around the dial. Belly, Tasha The Amazon, Simon "Stretch" Yonannes and Paul "Mastermind" Parhar weigh in. Read more

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The hip-hop superstar's double album doesn't take chances, but at 25 tracks, it's a masterful summation of his strengths as a rapper and singer Read more

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new album as The Carters, Everything Is Love, reconciles infidelity and betrayal, but also humility vs. hubris and the realities of Blackness vs. the privileges of wealth. Read more

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