Album Review: Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight sees Travis Scott trading in the vibrant layers of Rodeo for relatively muted colors, emphasis on relatively.


Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight – Travis Scott

Travis Scott has displayed two great strengths through his career. He is an expert mood curator, gracing only the most prime of instrumentals (and tweaking the lesser ones until they’re right), placing guests in the perfect environment, using smoke machines and neon lights to frame his signature mysterious and angst-dripping sound. He has also been a maximalist – think “3500” from his excellent and overflowing debut, Rodeo. Continue reading “Album Review: Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight”

River Tiber And Fifty Shades of Indigo

One play through Indigo makes clear why the dark and anxious sensibilities of River Tiber are a hot commodity in the modern realm of syrupy Toronto hip-hop. Unfortunately, Paxton-Beesley’s knack for adding coat upon coat of paint is often overshadowed by the oppressive atmosphere of the album.

Who is River Tiber?

If you knew of Toronto born-and-based musician River Tiber a.k.a. Tommy Paxton-Beesley before Indigo, it was likely through diligent monitoring of the Toronto hip-hop scene. An early version of River Tiber’s “No Talk” was sampled by Boi-1da and Frank Dukes for the back half of Drake’s “No Tellin’”, a standout tracks on an album full of successes, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. Continue reading “River Tiber And Fifty Shades of Indigo”