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Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered Tops on Billboard 200 (Chart Takeaways)


Kendrick Lamar may have surprised with the release of Untitled Unmastered but it’s no surprise he earned the top spot on the Billboard 200. Who else graces the Brent Music Reviews chart takeaways this week besides the West Coast MC? 1) Kendrick Lamar is a beast – simply unstoppable. Not everybody can release a surprise album with success. Kendrick doesn’t have that problem. Untitled Unmastered…no … Continue reading Kendrick Lamar’s Untitled Unmastered Tops on Billboard 200 (Chart Takeaways)

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25 Best Rap Songs of 2015


After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes with witch at times. Enough rambling – you don’t need … Continue reading 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015

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Travi$ Scott, ‘Rodeo’ – Review


Travi$ Scott showcases potential, not a homerun on debut Rodeo  Travi$ Scott • Rodeo • Epic • Release Date: September 4, 2015 As either a professional music critic or a lover of music, you’re not always going to LOVE every album – that’s just the nature of the beast. Some albums make themselves incredibly difficult to love or are difficult to listen to. Sometimes those … Continue reading Travi$ Scott, ‘Rodeo’ – Review

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Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’


Tech N9ne • Special Effects • Strange Music • US Release Date: May 4, 2015 Tech N9ne is one of a kind. Yep, this is a cliché characterization that could be used to describe almost any musician, but in the case of Tech N9ne, it’s true. He ranks among the most eclectic rappers in the game, with most of his eclecticism coming from being an … Continue reading Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’

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10 Best Songs by Game


On Tuesday, October 14, West Coast rapper Game dropped latest studio album, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf. While Game’s numbers have downgraded as of late commercially (who hasn’t), the rapper has had quite a run that has included three #1 albums. Across all his albums, Game has delivered some sensational songs – more than the 10 gracing this list. That said, personally, these would … Continue reading 10 Best Songs by Game

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The ‘Birthday’ Album: Celebration Playlist


So… two years ago, I composed a post that was titled Three Songs With The Word “Birthday” In Them To Celebrate My Birthday. Now two years later, also on my birthday, I’m celebrating with an expansion of that brief playlist. Call this the ‘Birthday’ Album – a playlist comprised of 14 songs celebrating my birthday. Some are truly great birthday songs, while others are left field … Continue reading The ‘Birthday’ Album: Celebration Playlist

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20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs – Starpulse.com


Today Im Proud to announce my New Partnership as "Brand Ambassador" for the #1 Vapor co #Mcig MCIG.org …LETS VAPE! A photo posted by Rick Ross / Yung Renzel (@richforever) on Jun 24, 2014 at 6:31am PDT Once upon a time, there was this popular Christina Aguilera song called “Dirrty”.  That song has nothing to do with this list of  “20 Of the Dirtiest Rap Songs,” but I … Continue reading 20 Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs – Starpulse.com

Review: Various Artists, ‘Now 50: That’s What I Call Music’


Now 50 makes better musical choices compared to previous ‘Now’ compilations Various Artists • Now 50 • UMe • US Release Date: May 6, 2014 Another ‘glorious’ Now That’s What I Call Music compilation has graced the music industry – Yippee (*says in a sarcastic voice*)! The series to its credit does a great job of filling the more casual, big-thinking music lover’s collection with … Continue reading Review: Various Artists, ‘Now 50: That’s What I Call Music’

Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’


 Derülo’s over-reliance on sex and swagger holds the album back at times Jason Derülo • Talk Dirty • Warner Bros • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 It has been a minute since “Whatcha Say” had this music enthusiast excited about new pop/R&B artist Jason Derülo. Nah, I wasn’t a ‘fan girl’ as any number of YouTube personalities might put it, but I did think … Continue reading Review: Jason Derülo, ‘Talk Dirty’

Viral Video: Sam Tsui Covers Jason Derülo’s “Talk Dirty” Like A Champ 


First things first! I have a love/hate relationship with R&B – or urban-pop singer – Jason Derülo.  Some of his music I dig, while some of his work I kick to the curb, or off my listening rotation.  Derülo’s self-titled debut EP had some good tracks on it, specifically “Whatcha Say” with its Imogen Heap sample and the sick “Riding Solo”.  When Derülo released his … Continue reading Viral Video: Sam Tsui Covers Jason Derülo’s “Talk Dirty” Like A Champ