The Downfall of Kid Cudi: A Sad Tale


As a music critic, one has to master the art of judgment, specifically which albums to review and which ones to pass on. In December 2015, something spoke to yours truly in regards to passing on a particular album. What was the album worthy of skipping – prejudging before judging it via review – Kid…

Review: Zedd Delivers Pleasant Sophomore Album With ‘True Colors’


Zedd • True Colors • Interscope • US Release Date: May 18, 2015 Cutting straight to the chase, Zedd’s sophomore album True Colors is an enjoyable, pleasant listening experience. The pleasantry that it is, that characterization alone doesn’t necessarily make True Colors particularly distinctive per se; many songs run into one another. That isn’t to…

Most Forgettable Albums of 2015 (So Far)


Not every album is memorable – in fact many albums can be like “watching paint dry.” Yeah that’s harsh, but true. Some of the albums on this list have earned their title as the most forgettable albums of 2015, while others are forgettable with some redeeming qualities. Regardless, these albums could’ve stood to have stepped…

Review: Twenty One Pilots Deliver On the Ambitious ‘Blurryface’


★★★★ Up-and-coming Ohio band Twenty One Pilots deliver a tour de force on their ambitious second LP, ‘Bluryface.’ Sometimes the best albums come out of left field.  Such efforts are free-spirited and devoid of conformity. For burgeoning alternative duo Twenty One Pilots, 2015 is The year the Ohioan collective breaks through. Critical soundness isn’t always…

Review: Action Bronson Shows Incredible Potential On Mr. Wonderful  


Action Bronson • Mr. Wonderful • Atlantic • US Release Date: March 23, 2015 The time has finally arrived for former XXL Magazine freshman Action Bronson – his major label debut Mr. Wonderful dropped in late March 15. Naturally, when a Caucasian MC arrives, the question still arises, how legit could this dude be? The…

2015 Albums With Disappointing Sales


Some big names have dropped albums in 2015. Some have been successful (Drake tops that list), while others have seen much less enthusiasm in the sales front. Here are nine albums that have yielded disappointing numbers commercially. Some of these are solid albums, but a great album doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to sell well….

Review: Raheem DeVaughn Maintains Consistency on ‘Love Sex Passion’


Raheem DeVaughn • Love Sex Passion • Entertainment One • US Release Date: February 17, 2015 Who’s among the most consistent R&B artists in the game? That would be Raheem DeVaughn, who recently dropped his fifth studio album, Love Sex Passion. Still on his independent flow, rather than being signed to Mass Appeal, DeVaughn is…