Posts by Gary Suarez (@noyokono)


Madvillainy unlocked the promise of the rap album as a living document

A look at the seismic impact of Madlib and MF Doom’s 2004 joint LP

daddy yankee

Daddy Yankee’s Barrio Fino legitimised the art of reggaetón, inspiring a revolution

Daddy Yankee’s third studio album seeded the culture of reggaetón for a cross-cultural boom. 15 years later Latin dance music owes Barrio Fino a major debt.

21 Savage I Am I Was

21 Savage

I Am > I Was Epic / Slaughter Gang
Kanye West Ye album review

Kanye West

Ye GOOD Music / Def Jam

20 years on, Big Pun’s Capital Punishment continues to inspire a new generation of Bronx rappers

With gritty tales from the South Bronx streets, the rapper’s debut made the Latinx hip-hop perspective go platinum

Supporting Indies in the Age of Streaming: A New Year’s Resolution

2017 revealed a striking conformity among our online listening habits – isn’t it time we did more to support independent artists and labels?


Revival Aftermath Entertainment

Retrospective: In Rainbows

Gary Suarez remembers the disruptive intentions of Radiohead’s release strategy, ten years on


4:44 Roc Nation / UMG

Young Thug

Easy Breezy Beautiful Thugger Girls 300 / Atlantic

Lil Yachty

Teenage Emotions Motown / Quality Control


Culture Quality Control / 300 / Atlantic

Gucci Mane

Everybody Looking Atlantic Records


Still Brazy 400 / CTE / Def Jam