Thoughts: Nicki Minaj, “Pills N Potions”


Minaj’s “Pills” Contrasts edgier, more controversial single “Lookin’ Ass”  Nicki Minaj • “Pills N Potions” • Cash Money • Single Release Date: May 21, 2014 “Pills n potions / we’re overdosin’ / I’m angry but I still love you,” sings Nicki Minaj on the hook of her latest single, “Pills N Potions”. She continues singing…

Review: Young Money, ‘Rise Of An Empire’


Young Money’s Rise Of An Empire is a fail… an ‘epic’ one if you will  Young Money • Rise of An Empire • Cash Money / Motown • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 It is incredibly difficult to be unbiased towards compilation efforts prior to listening.  Honestly though, the compilation often incurs issues that…

Review: Drake, ‘Nothing Was The Same’


Nothing Was The Same Gives Drake Another Juggernaut Drake⎪ Nothing Was The Same ⎪Republic⎪⎪September 24, 2013 Years ago, who would’ve foreseen the new breed of hip-hop, one combining super relaxed tempo, elements of contemporary and alternative R&B, and emo sensibility?  The answer is no one, but I speak for the music community that we are…

Review: Jay Sean, ‘Neon’


British-Asian pop and contemporary R&B artist Jay Sean continues to struggle to find an artistic identity stateside on his fourth studio album, Neon. Okay here’s the deal. British-Asian pop/R&B artist Jay Sean has never really established commercial grounding in the U.S.  Yes, “Down” was a no. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but his…

DJ Khaled, Kiss The Ring – Extended Analysis


Introduction… DJ Khaled has always been a hard person to pinpoint. Is he merely a DJ or is he also a producer and occasional rapper? Even with 2012’s Kiss The Ring (released August 21, 2012), those questions still loom heavily. Regardless of his status or placement within hip hop circles, what is definitive is “he’s kind of a…