Review: G-Eazy is Confident & Hungry on ‘These Things Happen’


G-Eazy • These Things Happen • Blueprint/G-Eazy • US Release Date: June 23, 2014 Throughout album These Things Happen, Bay-area rapper G-Eazy can be described as cocky and confident. From the onset, G-Eazy comes out swinging, establishing that he’s “the man.” Sure, he comes off arrogant at times given his swagger, but he also always…

Review: Joe Keeps Things Grown & Sexy on ‘Bridges’


Joe, Bridges – a review  Joe • Bridges • Plaid Lover / BMG • US Release Date: June 23, 2014 R&B singer Joe is incredibly prolific in his output, particularly as of late. Once an extremely successful multiplatinum major label artist, following 2007 album Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me, Joe has released new albums, independently distributed,…

Linkin Park Rock Hard on ‘The Hunting Party’


Linkin Park • The Hunting Party • Warner Bros • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 “All you f*cking lames go… careful what you shoot because you might hit what you aim for.” Apparently, that’s how Linkin Park rolls on latest LP, the aggressive The Hunting Party. Don’t get it twisted – Chester Bennington and…

Lana Del Rey Hauntingly Captivates on ‘Ultraviolence’ 


Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence – a review Lana Del Rey • Ultraviolence • Interscope • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.” Depressing, depressing, depressing! The aforementioned lyrics are the norm throughout alternative singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey’s latest album, Ultraviolence. The album is an incredibly moody affair…

Lyrical Review: Sam Smith, ‘In the Lonely Hour’


British R&B singer Sam Smith comes in swinging for debut album In the Lonely Hour. Most of the effort is about all about one-sided love – “non-love” as Alicia Keys once put it on her Unplugged album (2005). While Smith may have been on the wrong side of love, his album is relatable to any…

Review – Kai Exos, ‘Telegraph’


Toronto Newcomer Kai Exos Shows Tremendous Promise on Debut ‘Telegraph’ Kai Exos • Telegraph • VMP Group • US Release Date: June 10, 2014 In 2005, R&B singer Leela James sang a song titled “Music”, which had some harsh criticisms towards current music. To quote the “old soul” contemporary R&B singer, “Can’t even turn on…

Review: 50 Cent, ‘Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win’


Animal Ambition proves to be a ‘lukewarm’ 50 Cent LP at best  50 Cent • Animal Ambition • G-Unit • US Release Date: June 3, 2014  “Got them straps and long clips filled up with lead / so when we count on the paper it better be correct”. Yep, this lyric (from “Animal Ambition”) basically…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing June 3, 2014


Perhaps the music industry was spoiled by May releases – perhaps that’s it.  The first week of June is loaded with releases, BUT only two seem like sure bets – Miranda Lambert’s Platinum and 50 Cent’s long-awaited fifth album, Animal Ambition.  The question seems to be, how much will either of these albums move?  Regardless,…