Highlights: Kid Cudi, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’


★★★★ Alternative, Left-field rapper Kid Cudi returns to form with an ambitious new album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. At one time, Kid Cudi was “kind of a big deal.” In 2009, he captivated the world with odd-ball album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day.  The album was driven by surprise, left-field hit,…

The Downfall of Kid Cudi: A Sad Tale


As a music critic, one has to master the art of judgment, specifically which albums to review and which ones to pass on. In December 2015, something spoke to yours truly in regards to passing on a particular album. What was the album worthy of skipping – prejudging before judging it via review – Kid…

7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday


Yes, this post may have arrived a day late, but some folks celebrate 4/20 – better known as the day to celebrate marijuana – every day. So, with that kept in mine, here are some songs that are guaranteed to “get you lifted” – some not necessarily from the ganja. 1) John Legend, “Let’s Get…

Playlist: Favorite Songs From March Album Releases


March was a rich month for music releases.  After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout.  Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album).  After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a…

Ranking Kid Cudi’s Albums From 2009 – 2014


Kid Cudi is one of the most unique artists of recent times.  He’s classified as a rapper, but he’s definitely from the left-field breed.  Ultimately, Scott Mescudi is incredibly eclectic, and for hardcore fans, they wouldn’t have the artist without his eclectic spirit. Over the course of five years, the Kid has managed to release…

Review: Kid Cudi, ‘Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon’


Kid Cudi’s surprise fourth LP is both ‘creative’ and ‘off-putting’ Kid Cudi • Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon • Republic • US Release Date: February 25, 2014 Describing Kid Cudi as merely “one of a kind” might be the biggest understatement ever…change that – it is the biggest understatement ever.  Album release by album…

Schoolboy Q Takes Oxymoron To No. 1


Ah, who doesn’t love a good ‘come-up’ story? Schoolboy Q has reason to celebrate as his third LP Oxymoron takes over the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  Apparently, them “Collard Greens” were pretty potent, as 139,000 people decided to add Oxymoron to their music collection.  139,000 copies isn’t the ‘end all…

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 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…