Jay-Z, 4:44 | Top 5 Songs


Rap icon Jay-Z returns after a four-year hiatus with ‘4:44,’ arguably, his most personal album to date. He’s on autopilot.

Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases


Risk sometimes equals reward. In the music business though, risk can also be career suicide. For these eight artists and their respective albums, the artists/labels took the gargantuan risk of the non-standard album release. Some of these efforts arrived sans single, meaning that support and sales came by way of name, word of mouth, and…

Favorite R&B Albums From 2004 – 2014


The time has come for the unveiling of my favorite R&B album of 2014. But first, how about examining some of my favorite R&B albums over the past 10 years. In 2004, I graduated from high school and began college in the fall – I’m so old. Anyways, staying on script, here are some favorite…

Review: John Mayer, ‘Paradise Valley’


John Mayer Does John Mayer, and quite well… John Mayer⎪Paradise Valley⎪Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 20, 2013 A John Mayer album always draws its fair share of buzz, period. 2012 effort Born and Raised didn’t quite wrangle in the same hype of previous efforts such as Heavier Things (2003) or Continuum (2006), but it…

Review: Earl Sweatshirt, ‘Doris’


Earl Sweatshirt impresses on Doris Earl Sweatshirt⎪Doris⎪Odd Future / Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 20, 2013 Underground rap as a style has plenty of virtues.  It tends to offer an additional element of uniqueness that contrasts more mainstream, commercial rap styles.  That isn’t to say that underground rap supersedes the styles, but it offers…