The Chronicles of the Underrated: Angie Stone


In every genre of music, there are three big tiers of artists. The top tiers of artists are those that are commercially/relatively commercially successful and often beloved or at least respected by critics. The bottom tiers are those who have been unable to make it and generally are loathed by critics. Then there’s that middle…

Jazmine Sullivan Picks Up Where She Left Off on ‘Reality Show’ 


Jazmine Sullivan • Reality Show • RCA • US Release Date: January 13. 2015 Things don’t feel right when there’s a void do they? Throughout R&B music, voids are felt quite frequently. How about the extended hiatuses that both Maxwell and D’Angelo partook of between albums? When both artists reasserted themselves, they fulfilled something that…

Review: Vampire Weekend, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’


Vampire Weekend • Modern Vampires of the City • XL • Release Date: May 14, 2013 Members: Ezra Koenig (guitar, vocals), Rostam Batmanglij (guitar, keys); Chris Baio (bass); Chris Tompson (drums) New York indie-band Vampire Weekend might have been the coolest Ivy Leaguers ever when their  2008 self-titled debut arrived. Single “Oxford Comma” was the ‘talk of the town’ when frontman Ezra…

Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: Album Analysis


Introduction Lupe Fiasco as a musical artist is both predictable and unpredictable. He is predictable in the sense that listeners can expect cerebral and socially conscious lyrics – often indiscernible upon an initial listen.  Lupe Fiasco is certainly slated in the intellectual rap sub-genre, along with Common, The Roots, Mos Def, and sometimes Nas (Life…