‘Stone Love’: Underrated Album and Artist


“My sunshine has come / and I’m all cried out / and there’s no more rain in this cloud.” Ah, the soulful, sultry pipes of Angie Stone were such a lift and a factor in the now deceased neo-soul movement within R&B. Angie Stone exemplified the sub-genre that sought to keep soul alive and well…

Review: Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’


Rick Ross keeps a good thing going strong on LP number six  Rick Ross • Mastermind • Def Jam • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Six albums in, the best way to describe Rick Ross is that he ‘is what he is’.  Ross’ high watermark artistically was his fourth LP, 2010 masterpiece Teflon Don. …

Review: Ace Hood, ‘Trials & Tribulations’


Ace Hood⎪ Trials & Tribulations ⎪ Cash Money (Republic) ⎪⎪ July 16, 2013 Executive producers: Khaled Khaled; Ronald “Slim Tha Don” Williams; Bryan “Baby Birdman” Williams; Dwayne “The President” Carter “I woke up in a new Bugatti”.  One of the more catchy, arguably ‘epic’ lyrics of 2013 you might say.  Why? That I dunno, but…