Highlights: Kid Cudi, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’


★★★★ Alternative, Left-field rapper Kid Cudi returns to form with an ambitious new album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. At one time, Kid Cudi was “kind of a big deal.” In 2009, he captivated the world with odd-ball album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day.  The album was driven by surprise, left-field hit,…

Nick Weaver Brings The Heat On ‘Prowler’


Often, us as music lovers – and sometimes critics too – tend to flock to major-label or big-named indie artists are the first source for reviewing music. Why? It’s easy and these artists are well established or moderately established. Sometimes, however, the biggest “gems” come with burgeoning artists, many known or establishing themselves at the…

Review: Yelawolf Delivers An Eclectic Effort With ‘Love Story’


Yelawolf • Love Story • Interscope • US Release Date: April 21, 2015 It’s no shock that Alabaman rapper Yelawolf’s first major label tanked. If it wasn’t known, Yelawolf makes listeners aware: “One, my last record flopped / two, it wasn’t my time.” Whether 2015 is Yelawolf’s time, only time and sales will tell. Regardless,…

Review: Lupe Fiasco Delivers Epically on ‘Tetsuo & Youth’


Lupe Fiasco • Tetsuo & Youth • Atlantic • US Release Date: January 20, 2015 Cutting straight to the chase, Lupe Fiasco’s fifth studio album, Tetsuo & Youth is arguably the MC’s most epic album yet. Sure, Food & Liquor will forever by the Chi-town MC’s ‘ace in the hole,’ but Tetsuo & Youth is…

Review: Nick Weaver Impresses on His Lyrical ‘Yardwork’ EP


Nick Weaver • Yardwork (EP) • Release Date: January 6, 2015 Contemporary hip-hop/rap music transcends race, gender, and any number of stereotypes. No longer is the genre based merely upon experiencing the hard-knock life of the streets or hustling – the scope of the music has evolved and grown considerably. That is what makes Seattle…

Sadistik Slaughters on the Impressive ‘Ultraviolet’


Sadistik • Ultraviolet • Fake Four Inc • US Release Date: July 1, 2014 Too few musicians exemplify a mantra of “dare to be different.” No ‘shade,’ but so much of today’s music seems over-focused on trendiness and conformity, and fueling the next hit album or record. ‘Coming up,’ particularly in hip-hop circles, seems to…

Thoughts On Drake’s “0 to 100 / The Catch Up”


Drake’s latest track has its moments, not without flaws  drake • “0 To 100 / the catch up” • cash money Anytime a new single drops from Drake, it’s big news. The World Wide Web has been abuzz with the news of Drizzy dropping “0 to 100/ The Catch Up”. Remember when a little joint…

Music Shopping List: 13 Albums to Consider May 6, 2014


April left a lot to be desired as far as the number of ‘blockbuster’ album releases that graced the music industry. Hopefully, the first official releases of May 2014 adds some spark to an incredibly slow music market in 2014. Tuesday May 6 is a big release day filled with a number of options. Again,…

Review: Asher Roth, ‘RetroHash’


 It’s pretty safe to say Asher Roth is one high mellow dude on RetroHash Asher Roth • RetroHash • pale fire • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 “That party last night / was awfully crazy, I wish we taped it / I danced my a** off / and had this one girl completely naked,”…