[Single] Review: Future, “I Won” (ft. Kanye West)


Future Continues Relying on Autotune on Latest Single “I Won” Future featuring Kanye West • “I Won” (Single) • Epic • Release Date: April 8, 2014  Future has to be one of hip-hop’s more divisive artists – and NO I’m not throwing any shade.  It’s not because of the content of his music, but rather…

Review: Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’


Rick Ross keeps a good thing going strong on LP number six  Rick Ross • Mastermind • Def Jam • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Six albums in, the best way to describe Rick Ross is that he ‘is what he is’.  Ross’ high watermark artistically was his fourth LP, 2010 masterpiece Teflon Don. …

Retrospective Review: Kanye West, ‘The College Dropout’


The College Dropout sounds as fresh as ever, ten years later.  Kanye West • The College Dropout • Roc-A-Fella • US Release Date: February 10, 2004 “Sometimes I feel no one in this world understands us / but we don’t care what people say.”  True that, true that.  The aforementioned quote from “We Don’t Care”…

Thoughts On The 2014 People’s Choice Award Music Winners


 On Wednesday, January 8th, the 2014 ‘awards’ season went underway with the ‘prestigious’ People’s Choice Awards.  Not partaking of the event personally (college basketball takes precedent, sorry), being the pop cultural junkie that I am, I naturally watched the buzz afterwards.  As interesting as the film and TV categories are themselves, this particular post will…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 3 (#50 – 26)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 1 (#100 – 76)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

20 Best Rap Albums of 2013


2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica.  Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked.  Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013.  This excludes…

Playlist: The 50 Best Rap Songs of 2013


Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below…