Review: A$AP Rocky Aims Bigger on Sophomore Album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’

 A$AP Rocky • AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP • RCA • US Release Date: May 26, 2015  After crashing onto the scene with a mixtape in 2011 and his major label debut in 2013, New York MC A$AP Rocky returns with his sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. While A$AP Rocky isn’t necessarily the deepest MC in the game (particularly referencing girls), on his latest album, at times the thoughts are deeper, … Continue reading Review: A$AP Rocky Aims Bigger on Sophomore Album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’

Jhené Aiko, Sail Out

10 Memorable Tracks from November

Need ten jams to spin? Here’s my list of ten of November 2013’s hottest joints! 1)  Lady Gaga featuring R. Kelly, “Do What U Want” (ARTPOP) “Applause” may have been a bust of sorts, but Gaga got herself together with the help of one of R&B’s most salacious presences, R. Kelly.  Playing on words, “Do What U Want” accomplishes Gaga’s love for double meanings.  If examined … Continue reading 10 Memorable Tracks from November

Review: Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.: The Epilogue’

Bun B closes his Trill series superbly  Bun B ⎪Trill O.G.: The Epilogue ⎪Rap-A-Lot ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 11, 2013 “It’s over, it’s over!” Why you ask? “‘Cause the best is back… b**ch!” That’s right, veteran MC Bun B has released the fourth effort of his Trill series, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue, which follows Trill (2005),  II Trill (2008) and  Trill O.G. (2010).  The … Continue reading Review: Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.: The Epilogue’

MGK, Lace Up: Album Analysis


Not being a ‘smart aleck,’ but every time that I hear the statement that “Bad Boy don’t

stop,” I chuckle a little. No disrespect to Diddy as I am a fan who actually purchased his most recent albums Press Play as well as Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris (quite underrated), but Bad Boy since its heyday has been incredibly unstable.  The label sparks a new run and then falls off once again.  I hope for talented newbie MGK and also French Montana that the label has some more ‘traction’ this time. MGK’s debut album Lace Up, like preceding EP Half Naked & Almost Famous is released via Bad Boy but distributed via

Bone Thugs N Harmony are pre-eminent midwest rap proponents hailing from Cleveland

Interscope, quite a stable label.

MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) holds his own with the best in a crop of new MCs, race regardless.  MGK’s agile, wordy flow epitomizes midwest rap, something that has been missing from rap.  Let’s face it, midwest rap has generally gotten less notoriety or attention. Bone Thug N Harmony had their peak, but don’t perform nearly as well commercially as they once did.  Like MGK, Bone Thug N Harmony hail from Cleveland, OH.

Lace Up turns out to be a solid album.  There are more than enough start studded guest

Lil Jon appears on “Lace Up,” the title track.

spots (Bun B, Lil Jon, Waka Flocka Flame and DMX among them) and the production is generally exceptional throughout (Drumma Boy, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Alex Da Kid, and Boi-1da amongst producers).  There are no overt misses, even when some songs are stronger than others.  Despite the guests artists, MGK is never over shone, which is the mark of a talented artist.  The  standard edition of the effort yields thirteen cuts, including the popular “Wild Boy” while the Deluxe yields 16 (and the iTunes version yields 17).

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