Highlights: Wale, ‘Shine’


Wale delivers his most commercial album to date with ‘Shine.’ Unfortunately, ‘Shine’ won’t go down as a classic by the D.C. rapper.

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…

Bobby Shmurda Sounds Lukewarm on ‘Shmurda She Wrote’


Bobby Shmurda • Shmurda She Wrote (EP) • Epic • US Release Date: November 10, 2014 Looking at the track list for Bobby Shmurda’s EP Shmurda She Wrote, one can’t help but to roll their eyes. Sure, it’s unfair to judge an album by its cover – in this case the songs – but it’s…

Hoodie Allen Spits Sex, Swag and Pop Culture on ‘People Keep Talking’


Hoodie Allen • People Keep Talking • Hoodie Allen, LLC • US Release Date: October 14, 2014  “Hair Just like Elvis, hands on her pelvis / but let me delve in.” Those lyrics are the first impression the listener is privy to on East Coast, pop-rapper Hoodie Allen’s full-length debut, People Keep Talking. Throughout the…