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August 13, 2019

           

It was the turn of the century, and Nas had just revitalized his career with an album that made reference to his groundbreaking debut that established himself as hip-hop royalty. Stillmatic was released in December of 2001 to commercial success and critical acclaim, following the mixed and polarizing reactions that It Was Written, I Am…, and Nastradamus misguidedly received in years prior. T...

January 7, 2018

TOP 10 RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUMS OF 2017

10) KRS One - The World is MIND

Pegged as his 13th studio album [not including the Boogie Down Production classics and other collaborative projects] KRS-One released The World is MIND in 2017 and it’s better than even his most loyal fans could imagine. Yet as groundbreaking as it is to drop a debatable classic 30 years into your career, when you think about it there’s really no good reason to su...

January 7, 2018

TOP 10 POP/ROCK/R&B ALBUMS OF 2017

10) Eric Roberson - Wind

Eric Roberson is one of the best kept secrets in R&B and if you know you know… as this year he dropped the second (and third) installment of his Earth-Wind-Fire trilogy, and you best believe that this is simply more heat for the catalogue. God In You 🔥🔥🔥 Claire 🔥🔥🔥 Love Her 🔥🔥🔥 and Sky Is Green in particular is one of the best records I’ve ever heard, where as...

January 7, 2018

TOP 20 RAP/HIP-HOP RECORDS OF 2017

20) French Montana - Famous

“Even though the world was meant for you...I hope you don't get famous” Jay Z clearly got good taste because he apparently hit French up and told him this was his favorite record off his new album, and like Hov I see the appeal as well. By no means is this your quintessential Hip Hop record but it’s smooth, melodic, and incredibly relatable, where it’s general theme...

January 7, 2018

TOP 20 VERSES OF 2017

20) Lil Wayne ft Drake - Family Feud (both verses)

“Super Bowl goals, I'm at the crib with Puff, he got Kaepernick on the phone, he in a whole different mode” To close the year Wayne recruited Drake to cover Jay’s Family Feud record, and while the internet is collectively rejoicing on Drake’s notable verse, I have to say that honestly Wayne comes correct on this as well. This is very close to classic Dedica...

January 5, 2018

TOP 20 POP/ROCK/R&B RECORDS OF 2017

20) Lana Del Rey ft Sean Ono Lennon - Tomorrow Never Came

“Cause I adored you, I just wanted things to be the same, you said to meet me up there tomorrow, but tomorrow never came” The “Summertime Sadness” singer just put out her second studio album titled Lust For Life, and the best record is indisputably this duet with Sean Ono Lennon - who if you couldn’t tell is the only child of the legend...

January 4, 2018

Top 10 Music Videos of 2017

10) Jay Z - The Story of OJ

“Y'all on the Gram holdin money to your ear, there's a disconnect, we don't call that money over here” Big Baller talk on this one, yet as tough as this record is you need to spare me on all the ‘million dollars worth of game’ he’s ‘giving us for free,’ as some of the insightfulness is a lil overblown but even still I respect the motivation. The best layer to this record ho...

December 30, 2016

Top 10 Pop/Rock/R&B albums of 2016

Honorable Mentions: The Dream - Jewel EP (unreleased); Ari Lennox - Pho; The Weeknd- Starboy; Tory Lanez- I Told You; Tinashe- Nightride; Alicia Keys- Here; Childish Gambino - Awaken My Love!

10) Beyonce - Lemonade

Beneath all the hysteria and high drama the Beyonce album of 2016 was one of her least memorable in terms of music, yet it still had undeniable jams like Sorry, All Night, a...

December 30, 2016

Top 10 Rap Albums of 2016

Honorable Mentions: DJ Khaled - Major Key; Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP; Isiah Rashad - The Sun’s Tirade; A Tribe Called Quest - Thank You 4 Your Service; De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody; Neef Buck - Forever Do Me 8; Smoke DZA - Don’t Pass Trump The Blunt

10) Dave East - Kairi Chanel

It’s really now or never for the Harlem MC, and although 2016 didn’t solidify his spot he definitely moved his chess...

August 3, 2016

What if Kendrick was from Fayetteville? I know, I know, I know… y’all aren’t trying to hear this… but if you keep reading you may be surprised what you see. First things first it goes without saying how significant their geographical locations really are, as Cole has always repped his city of Fayettnam and even used his childhood address as the title of his last album - while Kendrick has similarly repped Compton throughout hi...

July 24, 2016

The art of showmanship, a skill that has captivated the hearts and minds of the human race for centuries, is of course as prevalent today as it’s always been. All the way from Broadway to Hollywood there are millions of artists who make an impact on culture, using a variety of different means to showcase their abilities as the rest of us concede in admiration. These people are far from ordinary and stand out from the crowd ble...

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