Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Downtown © Macklemore LLC

The Perception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (And Their Return…)


Let’s keep things 100% real – ALL-THE-WAY-REAL! For a share of hip-hop fans, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis became a sore subject a couple of years back. What did those guys ever do to anyone? Nothing personal of course, but they shocked the world by beating out Kendrick Lamar for every rap Grammy. Ah, that’s where those hard feelings come into play. Honestly, even Macklemore himself … Continue reading The Perception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (And Their Return…)

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8 ‘Genesis’ Songs 


No not the band silly – but rather “in the beginning!” Honestly, some of these songs have little to do with beginning, but whatever. “It is what it is” as the old saying goes. 1) Eminem, “We Made You” (Relapse, 2009) “We Made You” really has nothing to do with “the beginning” – just Eminem going H.A.M. as always. Genesis lyric: “You’re a rock star … Continue reading 8 ‘Genesis’ Songs 

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Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’


Tech N9ne • Special Effects • Strange Music • US Release Date: May 4, 2015 Tech N9ne is one of a kind. Yep, this is a cliché characterization that could be used to describe almost any musician, but in the case of Tech N9ne, it’s true. He ranks among the most eclectic rappers in the game, with most of his eclecticism coming from being an … Continue reading Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’

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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, if Yelawolf was aiming for a commercial album, Love Story … Continue reading Review: Yelawolf Delivers An Eclectic Effort With ‘Love Story’

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Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five


It was a quiet week, but there are still takeaways to be made so HERE THEY ARE! 1) Taylor Swift makes it nine weeks at number one with 1989. Shocker right? 2) The new Billboard 200 tabulation formula has been great for Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, whose respective albums sit at #2 and #10 this week. 3) Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint has spent its … Continue reading Chart Takeaways: The ‘SremmLife’ is Upon Us At Number Five

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12 Hellish Songs


Nick Jonas said it best: “It’s my right to be hellish / I still get jealous.” Yes, “Jealousy” is certainly sinful and can land you in, well Hell. But this playlist-driven post really isn’t about jealousy, Biblical matters, or even as much about hell itself other than each song title features ‘hell’ in it (or in the case of Drake’s “HYFR,” it stands for the … Continue reading 12 Hellish Songs

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Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?


The Grammy nominations have been announced. Now it’s time to dig in (early) and predict who wins within the urban categories – aka R&B and rap. Names to remember – Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Eminem. There are others, but wouldn’t many agree the three heavyweight vets have a great chance of being victorious?   Best R&B Performance: “Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z (Beyoncé)* “New … Continue reading Grammy Predictions: Who Wins in the Urban Categories?

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Who Should Win Grammys: Winning Predictions Before Nominations!


Grammy nominations haven’t even occurred yet, but in my mind, there are scenarios already brewing. After looking at the categories and looking back over the year, here are some key categories and who I think will come out on top. Yeah, this is a dumb post as there are no nominations yet, but at least it’s a fun dumb post that has some realistic possibilities. … Continue reading Who Should Win Grammys: Winning Predictions Before Nominations!

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Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title


Don’t call this list profound, call it profane! Corny yes, but true! All of the songs on this list feature every college guy’s (and probably girl’s) favorite expletive in some form – that would be the f-word if you were confused. So, here goes the list! 1) 2Pac, “F*ck The World” (Me Against The World) 2) A$AP Ferg featuring A$ton Matthews, B-Real, Fredo Starr, Onyx … Continue reading Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title

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12 Awesome Rap Rhymes from 2014


2014 has been filled with some exceptional one-liners courtesy of any number of rappers. While rap music in 2014 has been as strong as it has been in past years, it still has had its moments and definitely its memorable lines. Here are 12 awesome rap rhymes from 2014 in no particular order.  1) G-Eazy featuring Remo, “I Mean It” (These Things Happen) “You really think … Continue reading 12 Awesome Rap Rhymes from 2014