25 Best Rap Songs of 2015

After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes with witch at times. Enough rambling – you don’t need any writing diarrhea – here are the 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015!

1) Kendrick Lamar, “Alright” (To Pimp A Butterfly)

What might be most impressive about “Alright” is the fact it grabbed a nomination for Song of the Year at the 58th annual Grammys.

2) Drake, “Hotline Bling”

The song itself is fire, but add in the video and Drake’s dancing and it’s that much more awesome! 

3) Kendrick Lamar, “How Much A Dollar Cost?” (To Pimp A Butterfly)

“How Much A Dollar Cost?” is clearly the deepest rap song of 2015 and honestly, one of the deepest songs regardless of genre.

4) Big Sean featuring Drake, “Blessings” (Dark Sky Paradise)

Hey, we felt as “WAY up” as Big Sean and Drake did on this gracious jam.

5) Future featuring Drake, “Where Ya At?” (DS2)

It’s pretty simple with this one: “Where ya ass was at?”That’s pretty much all that’s uttered in this catchy jam.

6) Kendrick Lamar, “The Blacker The Berry” (To Pimp A Butterfly)

Kendrick can do no wrong. Literally, he can’t. Third. Song. On. This. List.

7) Logic featuring Big Lenbo, “Young Jesus” (The Incredible True Story)

Hey, going “back to the 90s” never felt/sounded better than in Logic and Big Lenbo’s hands.

8) Wale featuring Usher, “The Matrimony” (The Album About Nothing)

According to Wale, “The Matrimony” is the “realest shit I ever wrote.” He just might be right. If nothing else, it’s definitely deeper than “Clappers” was.

9) Future, “I Serve The Base” (DS2)

Future “served the base” after he “Thought it was a drought.” All of it involves drugs of course. See “The Plug” later for the continuation.

10) Kendrick Lamar, “King Kunta” (To Pimp A Butterfly)

Nobody’s cutting your legs off Kendrick – has it been mentioned you’re a rap savior (no false idolatry of course!)

11) Drake & Future, “Diamonds Dancing” (What A Time To Be Alive)

“Diamond, Diamond, Diamond, Diamonds on me dancing” – Nuff said.

12) Meek Mill featuring Tory Lanez, “Lord Knows” (Dreams Worth More Than Money)

Say what you will about Meek Mill, but he knows how to “go H.A.M.” on an opener. He does just that on “Lord Knows,” which samples Mozart. 

13) Dr. Dre featuring Candice Pillay, Kendrick Lamar & Marsha Ambrosius, “Genocide” (Compton)

Would it shock anybody if it were asserted that Kendrick Lamar makes this song? The superb production doesn’t hurt either!

14) Mac Miller, “100 Grandkids” (GO:OD AM)

“When I first made 100 grand, thought I was the shit…” Regardless of whether he is or isn’t , the song is the SugarHoneyIceTea.

15) Ludacris, “Beast Mode” (Ludaversal)

People slept on Ludacris’ Ludaversal, but they missed out on a treat with “Beast Mode,” which finds the MC as unapologetic and brash as ever!

16) Drake & Future, “I’m The Plug” (What A Time To Be Alive)

Need to be educated on who ‘the plug’ is? It’s Future. Yeah, it may technically be Drake and Future, but it’s mostly Future. See DS2 if you need confirmation.

17) Tech N9ne featuring B.o.B & 2 Chainz, “Hood Go Crazy” (Special Effects)

While Tech N9ne had his share of lamentations on Special Effects, the swagger-laden “Hood Go Crazy” wasn’t the least bit sad.

18) Pusha T featuring The-Dream, “M.F.T.R.”

As Pusha T tells it, these days, folk just want to be “more famous than rich” for some reason. Go figure!

19) Jadakiss featuring Lil Wayne, “Kill” (Top 5 Dead or Alive)

It was a nice surprise to get Jadakiss back following a lengthy six-year hiatus. It might’ve been even better getting a reinvigorated Lil Wayne on his fiery verse on “Kill.”

20) A$AP Rocky featuring Joe Fox, “Holy Ghost” (At. Long. Last. A$AP)

It is crystal clear that A$AP Rocky and the church don’t go together on “Holy Ghost.” Who cares though – it’s one of the best songs off the rapper’s sophomore album, not to mention one of the best rap songs of 2015.

21) Meek Mill featuring Drake, “R.I.C.O.” (Dreams Worth More Than Money)

Ah, it was “RICO” that served as the catalyst for the fallout between Meek Mill and Drake. While that’s part of the reason the song was included on the list, most of the reason why it appears here is because it’s a great song, period.

22) The Game featuring Drake, “On Me” (The Documentary 2)

Sampling Erykah Badu’s classic “On & On” was enough to earn “On Me” a spot on this list. Of course, “On Me” goes above and beyond its lush backdrop. Oh and BTW, Kendrick Lamar is featured on it…just saying!

23) Rick Ross, “Ghostwriter” (Black Market)

As Rick Ross tells it, “it be so lonely at the top.” What more can you say?

24) A$AP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson, “Everyday” (At. Long. Last. A$AP)

Definitely the most soulful A$AP Rocky joint ever right – the legendary Rod Stewart and Miguel? Yaaaaasssss!

25) Lil Dicky featuring Snoop Dogg, “Professional Rapper” (Professional Rapper)

Yeah, this is the type of song choice for a best of list that gets stones cast at you. Are there arguably better songs than the pseudo-comic rap that is “Professional Rapper”? Yes, but can you deny the infectiousness of this Dicky/Snoop Dogg collab?

R. Kelly, The Buffet © RCA

R. Kelly Is Up To His Old Tricks on ‘The Buffet’

R. Kelly, The Buffet © RCA

R. Kelly • The Buffet • RCA • Release Date: 12.11.15

R. Kelly has never had a problem with being prolific – apparently, he wrote 462 songs for his latest album, The Buffet. After listening to The Buffet, one has to wonder what percentage of those 462 songs involved sex. Likely the percentage is high given the prevalence of sex throughout the course of The Buffet. But enough about Kelly’s obsession with ‘doing it,’ how does The Buffet stack up as its own entity and compared to Kelly’s previous output? It has its moments, never blows you away, and doesn’t come close to Kelly’s most distinguished work. 

“The Poem” sets the tone in salacious fashion – would we expect any less from R. Kelly? The most cringe-worthy part is when R. Kelly slurps like he’s slurping up a drink…geez! “Poetic Sex” naturally follows, chocked full of innuendo as only R. Kelly could execute it. Much like the “The Poem” preceding it, it’s a stretch and clumsy, particularly the cliché horn-dog lyrics, with the charge led by “My lyrics got a big d*ck and I just f*cked the sh*t outta y’all.” Hmm, real romantic there Kells…

“Anything Goes” featuring Ty Dolla $ign finds Kelly continue to ignore the fact he’s closer to 50 as opposed to being in his 20s. To each his own, but even as slick as “Anything Goes” is, isn’t hard to believe R. Kelly’s authenticity at this point? “Let’s Make Some Noise” keeps things sexy, amplified more thanks to Jhené Aiko’s guest appearance. The ‘sex’ ballad is respectable for what is, at least contextually within The Buffet. But still, this is explicit overkill! We get it already Kelly – you enjoy sex! Trey Songz didn’t invent it, you did because you’re a “sex genius.” Phew!

“Marching Band” proves that R. Kelly can compare any and everything to – you guessed it – SEX. Whether it makes you shake your head or laugh, give Kelly credit for “Marching Band”…or not. In addition to Kelly’s lyrics “She blow me like a tuba / I beat it up like a snare drum,” Juicy J delivers a bullet: “In the lobby Four Seasons with like ten or twelve broads / all head to my suite, it’s a million THOT march.” SMH!

If nothing more comes from the Lil Wayne and Jeremih assisted “Switch Up,” we learn that Kelly thinks “You done got way too comfy / girl you ain’t the only one that want me / hit you with the switch up.” “Wanna Be There” featuring Ariirayé is a moment of redemption following Kelly’s empty sexcapades – it marks are reunion with his formerly estranged daughter and his commitment to be better. 

Following “Wanna Be There,” there seems to be an upgrade of sorts, at least where subject matter is concerned. “All My Fault,” “Wake Up Everybody,” “Get Out of Here With Me,” and “Backyard Party” are more soulfully driven and less dependent on sex to fuel them. The best of the quartet are “Wake Up Everybody” and “Backyard Party.” “Wake Up Everybody” is sensual without being oversexed, while “Backyard Party” is tried-and-true R. Kelly – think Chocolate Factory or Love Letter neo-soul. 

“Sextime” may be shallow, but it’s lush and stands taller than say “Poetic Sex.” The standard edition of The Buffet concludes with “Let’s Be Real Now” featuring Tinashe. For those who like to splurge, the deluxe edition of The Buffet adds five tracks: “I Just Want To Thank You” featuring Wizkid, “Keep Searchin’,” “Sufferin’,” “I Tried” and “Barely Breathing.” The best of the bunch is “Sufferin’,” an enjoyable, well rounded throwback soul cut.

The verdict on The Buffet is as aforementioned; the album has its moments. At times, R. Kelly tries too hard, hence making the first portion album way oversexed. Once he settles in with some dashes of soul and backs off of all things profane, The Buffet is much more enjoyable. A classic – no, never, but definitely an improvement over Black Panties if nothing more!

Favorites: “Let’s Make Some Noise,” “Marching Band,” “Wake Up Everybody,” “Backyard Party” and “Sextime”


The Game, The Documentary 2.5 © Entertainment One

The Game Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘The Documentary 2.5’ (Review)

The Game, The Documentary 2.5 © Entertainment One

The Game • The Documentary 2.5 • Blood Money / Entertainment One • Release Date: October 16, 2015

West Coast MC The Game has been ‘on a roll’ in 2015. First, he kept it real on The Documentary 2, arguably among his best albums in years. Now he drops the ½ – better yet the .5 – sequel’s continuation, The Documentary 2.5. With The Documentary 2 clocking in at 74 minutes, one has to ask the question, how in the world can there be a Documentary 2.5? Ultimately, The Documentary 2.5 is even longer, running 77 minutes! Who does that these days…The Game apparently! The good thing is that The Documentary 2.5 has plenty to sink one’s teeth into, just like The Documentary from 2005, and The Documentary 2. Here are some highlights!

“Magnus Carlsen” features West Coast musician Anderson . Paak, who also appeared on Dr. Dre’s Compton album. Maybe more notable about the first full-length track on the set is the prominent Stevie Wonder sample. This isn’t unlike “On Me” from The Documentary 2 (featuring Kendrick Lamar), where Eryah Badu’s “On and On” was inescapable to the ear.

On “The Ghetto,” The Game pairs with Nas as well as will.i.am, whom he paired with on The Doctor’s Advocate (“Compton”). Nas fits right in, as the production is non-flashy with that old school sensibility that the MC has oft been backed by over the years. Even stronger is the soulful “From Adam,” which pairs The Game back with Lil Wayne. Game and Wayne previously had a minor hit with “Red Nation” from R.E.D. How does “From Adam” stack up comparatively? It arguably trumps the aforementioned; despite the fact Weezy has something of a subdued role. The Game’s ‘real talk’ is the draw, not to mention the throwback production.

On “Gang Related” what stands out is the hook, where the game uses the letter “B” as opposed to “C” when he spits, “I seen some BRAZY sh*t, my n***a…” Why a “B” instead of a “C”? Because the Bloods don’t use the letter C, something that YG informed the world on “Bicken Back Being Bool” from My Krazy Life. Authenticity for sure, sigh.

“Last Time You Seen” is another shining moment, with the Game honestly referencing the many dead and gone. He mentions 2 Pac (the main attraction), Biggie Smalls, and Hussein Fatal, dropping brilliant rhymes like “So many n***as in caskets, then turned ashes / some get shot, some Hussein Fatal in car crashes / I think it’s a conspiracy theory, Illuminati…” He gets a rock solid assist from Scarface and Stacy Barthe.

It’s not all grimy and dark – a portion of The Documentary 2.5 dives into sex, triggered by “Intoxicated” where ‘DJ EZ-Dicc is “killing you softly with intoxication and a song that’s guaranteed to put some dip in your hip.” “Quiks Groove” follows in feel-good fashion, much like, well, sex.

“My Flag/Da Homies” is malicious, unapologetic, and The Game on autopilot. It doesn’t hurt that the ever-popular DJ Mustard handles production duties – always good for a hit track. Arguably, “Da Homies” is the crème de la crème, particularly the infectious, yet ‘no BS’ hook: “The homies in the cut that’s on E, n***as turnt up and we ‘bout to hit the street / the homie on probation, make him sit up in the back / ‘bout to hit the weed spot and get another sack.”

The Documentary 2.5 packs a mighty punch at the end. “Like Father Like Son 2” follows up the original installment from The Documentary, featuring Busta Rhymes. “Life” samples Whitney Houston and finds The Game references the Charleston Church shooting, Farrakhan, Christianity, and NBA player Klay Thompson among other things. ‘Course it is closer “El Chapo” that steals the show – a killer collaboration between Game and Skrillex.

Ultimately, The Documentary 2.5 is as awesome as The Documentary 2. It’s too long, but at least what’s being offered is top-notch, West Coast gangsta rap. The Game definitely sounds reinvigorated in 2015.

Favorites: “From Adam,” “Last Time You Seen,” “My Flag/Da Homies,” “Life” and “El Chapo”



Review: A$AP Rocky Aims Bigger on Sophomore Album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’

A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA A$AP Rocky • AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP • RCA • US Release Date: May 26, 2015 

After crashing onto the scene with a mixtape in 2011 and his major label debut in 2013, New York MC A$AP Rocky returns with his sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. While A$AP Rocky isn’t necessarily the deepest MC in the game (particularly referencing girls), on his latest album, at times the thoughts are deeper, the music more eclectic, and A$AP more of an idiosyncrasy within the rap game.

“Holy Ghost” featuring Joe Fox kicks off the album in secular fashion – sacrilegious by all mean. Despite it’s title, A$AP Rocky denounces religion (“They ask me why I don’t go to church no more / cause church is the new club and wine is the new bub”), characterizing clergy and church officers as hypocrites essentially (“The pastor had a thing for designer glasses…the ushers keep skimmin’ the collection baskets”). Ultimately, Rocky is the latest MC to assert ‘god’ status.

“Canal St.” featuring Bones is named after the famed street in Manhattan that’s incredibly busy, noted for its shopping opportunities, with many bootleg products. Rocky interestingly likens promotion of himself in rap to hustling in the second verse: “Rap game like the crack game, swear it’s all the same, hustle / whippin’ soda through the pot, watch it bubble…sellin’ coca on the charts, watch it double.”

“Fine Whine” featuring Future, Joe Fox & M.I.A. is nothing short of ‘druggy.’ From the lethargic, enigmatic production for the majority, A$AP’s lower-pitched vocals, to a killer reference to British pop-soul musician Duffy (“Wasted money on syrup and honey, she think she Duffy”), “Fine Whine” is definitely captivating.

If the “Fine Whine” weren’t enough, Rocky tops it with “L$D,” a play on both the psychedelic drug and “Love, sex, dreams” which the acronym technically stands for. Rocky sings here, which adds to the spaced-out vibe that truly serves as a something of a ‘tone poem’ depiction of the effects of the drug of both LSD and being infatuated.

Rocky returns to spitting on “Excuse Me,” which brilliantly samples legendary R&B/doo-wop collective The Platters. Rocky rides the beat like a champ, easily delivering one of AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’s gems. If “L$D” was too outside the box, “Excuse Me” combines its more nonlinear aspects with sharp rhymes. The brief, but malicious “JD” follows, finding Rocky putting himself on a pedestal. Keeping things short and sweet, A$AP Rocky still means business on “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (LPFJ2)”: “I’m a Lord motherf***er, better greet him if you see him.”

“Electric Body” is certainly shallow in regards to its content – strippers. One of the more troubling references comes from guest Schoolboy Q: “I could whip that b**ch like Ike…” “Jukebox Joints” is more impressive, thanks to stronger rhymes from A$AP Rocky, not to mention the soulful, sampled production. Kanye West, who produced the standout, appears at the tail end of the song, receiving the best portion of the backdrop. Was it a great verse? No, but don’t let West’s so-so performance ‘kill the vibe.’

“Max B” is chocked full of notable things. One is the cost and the hardship of the street life, whether it be incarceration, death, and/or the possibility of never receiving a ‘second chance’ because of poor actions. “Max B” takes its name after the rapper of the same name who is sentenced to 75 years in prison for a multitude of offenses. Interestingly, “Max B” seems to reference A$AP Rocky’s own transformation and references his late brother.

On the acidic “Pharysyde,” its no surprise after hearing it that A$AP Rocky drops a trippy line like “it’s the irony how LSD inspired me to reach the high in me / used to never give a damn now I don’t give a f**k entirely.” “Wavybone” features Juicy J and UGK – and yes by UGK that includes both Bun B and the late Pimp C. Juicy J handles the simple but infectious hit, not to mention his own, explicit verse, highlighted by lyrics like “Your girlfriend a groupie like Trident she wanna chew me.”

“West Side Highway” is synonymous with sex, while “Better Things” definitely amps up misogyny from the MC’s perspective as he talks some serious, un-gentlemanlike trash. “M’$” features some of the best production work of AT.LONG.LAST. A$AP. Rocky covers his bases here: hooking up, the late A$AP Yams, and arguably most of all the “M’$” or money. As the Wu-Tang Clan one rapped, “Cash rules everything around me.” Lil Wayne affirms the importance of money and sex: “Money talk and dogs bark” and later, “But girl I’mma treat you like cake til I get a sweet tooth toothache.”

Following interlude “Dreams,” Penultimate smash “Everyday” arrives in all its glory, featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel, and Mark Ronson. Produced by Ronson, a sampled Rod Stewart and a soulful Miguel decorate “Everyday” with a fantastic hook. Keeping things compelling, there is an unpredictability about “Everyday” exemplified by a switch up prior to A$AP Rocky’s second verse. “Back Home” concludes AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, featuring A$AP Yams and Yasiin Bay.

All in all, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP is another compelling album from A$AP Rocky. The effort is a lot to take in, but shows some versatility on A$AP Rocky’s part. This is an album that requires more than one listen to grasp everything, which may wear on some listener’s patience. Still, if you give it a chance, there are plenty of goods to takeaway from AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP 

Favorites: “Holy Ghost,” “L$D,” “Excuse Me,” “Jukebox Joints,” “Wavybone,” “M’$,” “Everyday” 


Tech N9ne, Special Effects © Strange Music

Review: Tech N9ne Delivers Epically Eclectic Effort with ‘Special Effects’

Tech N9ne, Special Effects © Strange Music

Tech N9ne • Special Effects • Strange Music • US Release Date: May 4, 2015

Tech N9ne is one of a kind. Yep, this is a cliché characterization that could be used to describe almost any musician, but in the case of Tech N9ne, it’s true. He ranks among the most eclectic rappers in the game, with most of his eclecticism coming from being an underground presence as opposed to a commercial figure. As of late, Tech N9ne has naturally built a more faithful commercial fan base, hence why many of his albums have consistent debuted in the top echelon of the Billboard 200. N9ne’s latest effort Special Effects is no different – it landed at a familiar spot – number four on the albums chart.

Special Effects is a big album – ambitious in scope and overextended in regards to duration. Even if its 80-minute run is overlabored, Tech N9ne offers an album that is strong from start to finish. Given his stylistic restlessness, Tech N9ne incorporates a little bit of everything on Special Effects and by everything that includes classical music as well!

On “Aw Yeah? (Intervention)” Tech N9ne ‘goes off,’ literally. He says it best himself: “I’mma yell while I’m walking through this hell cause I’m furious.” The sentiment of “Aw Yeah? (Intervention)” is anger, finding the rapper struggling with the loss of his mother. This is confirmed on the exceptional “Lacrimosa,” which like the Mozart requiem movement that fuels it, is a memorial of sorts (“Zoned out cause my mother is gone…my duty go if I’m moody yo, get up and get the song out…”).

The classical influence of “Lacrimosa” is completely worn off by the ‘Sunday Evening’ portion of Special Effects led by “On The Bible,” which is unquestionable hardcore, street-based rap. “Bible” is used as a source of morality within the title and contextually, but ultimately, there is little sanctified about “On The Bible.” “Shroud,” another winner (featuring Krizz Kaliko), is eerily dark, as N9ne raps, “This is darkness accumulated / over the years and heartless buffoons that made it.” Things grow their most disturbed on “Psycho B**ch III” featuring Hopsin. Honestly, no explanation is needed: “You’re just a shady b**ch, on the daily on some crazy s**t / you don’t f**k around with a lady, it’ll be a blaze where your Mercedes sit.”

“Wither” is nothing short of epic. Featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot, has rap dude ever rocked out harder? This is one of the better metal/rap combinations you will ever here as both artists feed off of each other’s energy. “Wither” is the final full-length closing out ‘Sunday Evening’ before “Hood Go Crazy” dominates the ‘Monday’ portion of Special Effects. The production work of “Hood Go Crazy” allures and hypnotizes the listener before N9ne further ‘blesses’ the standout with his blunt rhymes. He gets some help from B.o.B. and 2 Chainz. How does N9ne follow it up? – With a joint featuring Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti, and Big Scoop (“Bass Ackward”).

‘Tuesday’ features just one song, “No K” featuring E-40 and mainstay Krizz Kaliko. Arguably Wednesday’s joints stand out more, including the Eminem guest spot on “Speedom (WWC2)” and the malicious, haunting groove of “Yates” featuring Marcus Yates. Of course N9ne eats up the production and the competition, proclaiming, “Lately I’ve been like f**k rap… cause all these tough cats really don’t have no nutsacks / trust that ‘nough scratch does back much wackness / flush that s**t…” On ‘Thursday,’ one of the more ‘pop-oriented’ records appears via “A Certain Comfort” featuring Kate Rose.

The remainder of Special Effects is consistent without outperforming the very best. For example, “Life Sentences” is another solid showing, but could never supplant “Psycho B**ch III.” Similarly, the classical touches of “Dyin’ Flyin” are stunning, but not quite enough to usurp the valedictory “Lacrimosa.” Still, that choir at the end though coupled with those strings – gorgeous and chilling!

Ultimately, Strange Effects is another superb album from Tech N9ne. Is it perfect? – No, but its pros (including ambition) easily outweigh its cons (mostly length). Yes it’s too long, but at least Tech N9ne knows how to do an album up right and keeps his audience engaged. Truly, there is something for everybody to spin over and over. For yours truly, its “Lacrimosa” and “Hood Go Crazy.”

Favorites: “Aw Yeah? (Intervention),” “Lacrimosa,” “Shroud,” “Psycho B**ch III,” “Wither,” “Hood Go Crazy,” “Yates,” “A Certain Comfort.”


Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour © Capitol

Playlists For All Occasions!

Fall Out Boy, American Beauty/American Psycho © IslandAre you getting bored of listening to music the same way? Well, there’s a playlist for that – well most likely there is! This year, yours truly has penned all sorts of playlist evergreen posts, some of which appeared on the brentmusicreviews.com and some that appeared on Starpulse.com. Since the brentmusicreviews.com playlists posts are, well right here, here are the playlist post that have appeared between January and April 2015 (May 3, 2015 to be precise) – 12 of them folks!

1) 15 Awesome Songs With Odd Titles 

Of course Isaac Hayes“Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic” made the list! Lady Gaga, Fall Out Boy, and Sly and The Family Stone were among others who delivered awesomeness with odd song titles. Check it out! 

2) 15 Truly ‘Beautiful Songs

This playlist evergreen post was characterized by its pulchritude… get it, pulchritude? Beautiful songs come courtesy of Joe Cocker, Christina Aguilera, and James Blunt among others.

3) 15 Songs That Are Truly ‘All About The Booty’ 

Give Meghan Trainor a lot of credit for this post. She doesn’t take all the credit – Bubba Sparxxx, Sir Mix A Lot, and Nicki Minaj deserve plenty of credit too.

4) 12 High-Flying Songs To Brighten Your Day 

Who doesn’t love the Paul McCartney/Wings classic “Jet?” Sure, it’s silly, but it definitely puts a smile on your face. So does Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets,” Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle,” and rapper Jim Jones“We Fly High.”

5) 15 ‘Drunken’ Songs: Music Written With A Lack Of Sobriety In Mind 

Country music definitely made the cut many times over on the most drunken post I’ve ever penned. Besides some “Day Drinking” from Little Big Town and being “Drunk On A Plane” with Dierks Bentley, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were “Drunk In Love” while Jesse McCartney participated in “Punch Drunk Recreation.”

6) 15 Songs With The Word Crazy – The Craziest Songs Ever!

Is Paul Simon “Still Crazy After All These Years?” Of course he is. And is Beyoncé still “Crazy In Love” with Jay-Z? Seems like it – rumors aside of course! Cee-Lo Green would also get into the action with Gnarls Barkley’s megahit “Crazy.” 

7) 15 Songs Worth The ‘Wait’ 

To quote Rihanna, “The wait is over!” The same could be said for Kings Of Leon’s exceptional “Wait For Me” while Gwen Stefani wants to know, “What You Waiting For?” After all, “You’re still a super hot female!”

8) 15 Songs You Can ‘Believe’ In

“I Believe I Can Fly” do you? R. Kelly does. Mali Music believes in God (“I Believe”), Cher believes “in life after love” (“Believe”), while Steve Wonder asserts “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever).”

9) 13 Songs With ‘Only’ In the Title (Volume 1)

Sam Smith knows “I’m Not The Only One.” Adele will be your “One And Only.” Hootie & The Blowfish “Only Wanna Be With You.” Catch the drift? It’s all about ONLY people! And this is just the first volume!!! 

10) 10 ‘All Time Low’ Songs in Musician’s Careers

We all know that Lil Wayne should’ve left “Da Da Da” alone – or better yet, the whole rock album (Rebirth). Similarly, Cowboy Troy’s “I Play Chicken With The Train” was cringe-worthy.

 11) 10 Songs That Raise Eyebrows

Honestly, “F**ked My Way Up To The Top” leaves little to the imagination Lana Del Rey. Also, has Adam Levine sounded much hornier than he does on “Animals?” Literally doesn’t it seem like he’s about to pounce?

12) 12 Songs Using The D-Word

It definitely didn’t take a “Whole Damn Year” (Mary J. Blige) to write this post. After all, there’s so many “damn” songs that use the D-word within their title – couldn’t resist sorry! In addition to MJB, this “D-Word” post wells K. Michelle, Nickelback, and Future among others.


Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb © Odd Future

Notable Lyrics: Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb

Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb © Odd Future

Tyler, the Creator • Cherry Bomb • Odd Future • US Release Date: April 13, 2015

Tyler The Creator has never been one to hold back. Nope, the 24-year old underground rapper is arguably the rawest of the raw, exemplifying the mantra IDGAF. As brash as Tyler may be, his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb is explicitly brilliant. Besides his superb production skills, it is TTC’s biting, memorable rhymes that make his latest album notable. Here are 14 notable lyrics extracted from Cherry Bomb! 

1) “I hope you little n***as is listening / Them Golf Boys is in this b*tch like an infant / the blind n***as used to make fun of my vision / and now I pay a mortgage and they stuck with tuition / so special the teacher asked if I was autistic / and now I’m making plates, you just washing the dishes”– “DEATHCAMP”

You’ve got love Tyler’s wordplay here. There’s a little bit of everything including opposites, anti-educational stance, special education, and overall prominent status.

2) “I’m going harder than coming out the closet to conservative Christian fathers / when it’s a lot at stake carne asada let’s be honest, I’m really morphing / name the album Cherry Bomb because Greatest Hits sounded boring” – “DEATHCAMP”

Sure, the reference to gay and conservative Christian is the ‘meat’ of this lyric, but what about Tyler’s clever use of “stake” and “carne asada,” Mexican “steak”? 

3) “God, goodness gracious / I can’t wait to see the look y’all n***as faces / that boy T is nuts, surprised his thoughts isn’t chaffing / f*ck them crackers up at Mountain Dew them n***as is racist” – “Buffalo”

While anytime the word “chaffing” is used is both too much information yet fascinating, the bomb is when Tyler references the whole Mountain Dew commercial fiasco.

4) “And I ain’t bring no extra baggage for this trip / but I do bring a terror like I hate America” – “Pilot” (Verse 1)

Simple – Self-explanatory and controversial, right?

5) “Come and light my fire, I’ll blow your f**kin’ face off / N***a I’m a god damn pilot / and I decide when we gon’ take off / let’s get it” – “Cherry Bomb” (Verse 1 & 2)

This is a play on words once more. “Light my fire” generally references one of two things: the literal or sexual innuendo. It works in either context here, though follow up “blow your f**kin’ face off” seems to be more literal.

6) “The holy grail of your body, when you be kissin’ missus / This is a kid from Africa, you, you are the kitchen / I come quicker than pitches from Sammy Sosa…” – “Blow My Load” (Verse 1)


7) “Your p***y tighter than door hinges / I munch you like sandwiches… Face Time your c**t, I will jack off my d**k / I go hard, s**t / I might need an ice pack on my wrist…” – “Blow My Load” (Verse 2)

Again it’s all S-E-X.

8) “Back when Left Brain had the hightop fade / and we would go skate on them concrete waves / and now I switch gears to hear the cylinders pump / the beat dumb don’t get it twisted boy my board’s in the trunk” – “2Seater” (Verse 3)

He’s got a sick, sporty ride, but he hasn’t left behind that skateboard or upon deeper examination, his past – them good ole days!

9) “Can’t a n***a get some f**king chaos in here? / I’m the truth and the dare / and you can get your ass beat like a kick in a snare” – “The Brown Stains of Darkeese Latifah Part 6 – 12 (Remix)” (Part 8)

Tyler The Creator loves to ruffle feathers. He’s brutally honest – he doesn’t care who he offends or ‘flips the bird’ to.

10) “A six year difference is a ten year sentence / and with the pigment on my skin / I don’t want to be another statistic / you bring me joy… / and you fill a void that was once missing / and I can say I’m in love” – “F**king Young / Perfect” 

She’s not legal apparently even though the age difference is only six years. He doesn’t want to get in trouble. Ultimately to him, she’s “perfect.”

11) “They say I’m nutty, a picnic basket / I’m short of a sandwich / a peanut butter, Boyce Watkin’s a f****t” – “SMUCKERS”

Tyler, it’s not very nice to call people names. While TTC’s choice of word is inappropriate, it’s understandable why he doesn’t have much love for Dr. Boyce Watkins.

12) “My trigger finger wise but my nine dumb / middle finger blind so it’s f**k A-N-Y one / f**k, skate and die son, a hundred ways to die son / I’m starin’ at a tramp on lean, make my eye jump” – “SMUCKERS” (Lil Wayne)

Lil Wayne is definitely ‘On’ here. Autopilot baby!

13) “My garden’s full from breaking these hoes / a handful of green and a couple of stones / your lawnmower’s foreign, you rent a home / but n***a, how much of that s**t do you own?” – “Keep Da O’s”

Oh Tyler, you love to play on words don’t you? Gardens and hoes – both innocent things in one light and filthy in another – sigh. Then through in the weed, drop the obligatory ‘foreign’ reference’ and this set of lyrics is perfect.

14) “Let’s move to California / right now (pack your bags, go pack your bags) / I have wings on my back, so we don’t (take the plane, have to take the plane)…” – “OKAGA, CA”

Two words – “California Dreamin’.”

Chase Rice, Ignite the Night © Columbia Nashville

10 Random and Ridiculous Songs 

Chase Rice, Ignite the Night © Columbia Nashville

Not every song is eloquently penned with substantial or outward depth – this is definitely true in modern musical times. Some songs are born from a random place and because of little context or the idiosyncratic artists/songwriters; the final product sometimes comes over, well ridiculously. Sometimes ridiculous isn’t even the appropriate word – sometimes the results show great ambitiousness, uniqueness or maybe even misunderstood genius. Regardless of the characterization, the 10 songs that grace this list are all captivating, thanks to being either random, ridiculous, or a mixture of both.   

1) System of A Down, “She’s Like Heroin” (Hypnotize, 2005)

System of a Down, Hypnotize © Sony

The best way to describe “She’s Like Heroin” is it is a trip. Without being analytical, the listener has the question what the heck System of a Down is getting at. Examine closer beyond the manic if memorable “A$$! Selling a$$ for heroin,” and it seems it’s tale of how desperate one is for sex and drugs – specifically heroin. The genius of this song is how SOAD balance seriousness, silliness, and a captivating listen.

2) Paul McCartney & Wings, “Jet” (Band On The Run, 1973)

Paul McCartney & Wings, Band On The Run © HEAR MUSIC

“Jet” is a rock and roll classic – no one will dispute that! Furthermore, no one will dispute the fact that Paul McCartney is the [bleeping] man. But, what exactly is the song actually about? Honestly, it’s sort of silly. Jet is supposedly about a puppy, though later McCartney suggests its about a pony – go figure. Cleverly, McCartney sings throughout, “And Jet, I though the major was a lady suffragette.” Get it – ‘jet’ rhymes ‘suffragette’ that has nothing to do with anything. https://youtu.be/HFjTN11CnNY

3) Nicki Minaj, “Roman’s Holiday” (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, 2012)

Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded © Cash Money

Nicki Minaj is one of a kind – this is an undisputed truth. “Roman Holiday,” the opener for her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded definitely affirms that characterization. Sure, “Roman Holiday” isn’t the first instance Minaj’s ‘Roman’ personality has appeared, but arguably it’s the most, um, odd. When a song opens abruptly with lyrics “Take your medication, Roman / take a short vacation, Roman / you’ll be okay,” then you know you’re in for a ‘trip.’ Her 2012 Grammy performance of “Roman’s Holiday” certainly raised eyebrows…

4) Panic! At The Disco, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out)

Panic! At The Disco, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out © Decaydance

When your debut album is entitled A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, you KNOW there has to be a ‘random’ sometimes ridiculous element to the music. That is definitely the case for Panic! At The Disco’s breakthrough single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” The lyrics are wedding-centric, with folks in the wedding criticizing the bride and the groom’s reaction. This is evidenced by the bold line, “The poor groom’s bride is a whore.” Even as memorable as that lyric is, the most memorable is definitely, “Haven’t you people ever heard of closing a goddamn door? / No it’s much better to face these kinds of things / with a sense of poise and rationality.”

5) Tyler, The Creator, “Goblin” (Goblin, 2011)

Tyler The Creator, Goblin © XL

Underground rapper Tyler, The Creator is definitely among the most unapologetic in the game. His entire Goblin album – his major introduction to most – confirmed he gives no f**ks. It’s one thing to be brash, but opening joint “Goblin” finds Tyler conversing with his therapist over the course of seven minutes. That seven minutes is definitely NSFW, with a brutally honest line like “College wasn’t working and I wasn’t working / so I was at home jerking…”  you get the point.

6) Asher Roth, “Lark On My Go-Kart” (Asleep In The Bread Aisle, 2010)

Asher Roth, Asleep In The Bread Aisle © SRC

Everyone knows Asher Roth for two things: (1) his love for weed and (2) his chill hit “I Love College.” While “I Love College” would be Roth’s one breakthrough, its parent album “Lark On My Go-Kart” actually maybe more intriguing. The lyrics are ridiculous, suggesting Mr. Roth is already ‘flying high as a kite.’ So what’s the song about – carefree, adult fun – smoking and sex.

7) Father John Misty, “Holy S**t” (I Love You, Honeybear, 2015)

Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear © Subpop

Characterizing Father John Misty as ridiculous would be a ridiculous statement in itself – he’s among today’s most brilliant musicians. But “Holy S**t” is written in random fashion, which solidifies its brilliance. Furthermore, “Holy S**t” is ‘ridiculous’ in the sense Misty raises all sorts of random situations and things. “Age-old general roles / infotainment, capital / Golden bows, and mercury / Bohemian nightmare, dust bowl chic…” Truthfully, the title is appropriate from both Father John Misty’s perspective as well as the listener’s – it’s a lot to take in, inciting the reaction, “holy s**t!”

8) Rae Sremmurd, “Safe Sex Pay Checks” (Sremmlife, 2015)

Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife © Interscope

Oh boy! Apparently living the Sremmlife is something else – or just pretty simple. Rae Sremmurd delivers one of the most ridiculous songs with an undoubtedly catchy title. These are the same dudes that have “No Type” so why is it really shocking that they characterize life as being about sex and money? Give them credit for the fact they are all about ‘safe’ sex. Still, isn’t there more to life than that?

9) Chase Rice, “Jack Daniels and Jesus” (Ignite The Night, 2014)

Chase Rice, Ignite the Night © Columbia Nashville

There are so many country songs that could be grouped in the realm of both the random and ridiculous. How many songs have been written about sexy trucks and tractors? But even greater is when it comes to alcohol, a prominent theme that gets ever so overexposed. Here the overexposure just might be affecting Chase Rice’s salvation. After all, he’s “Taken a ride in the devil’s Cadillac / I’ve been so high I thought I wasn’t coming back / and just when I think I’m too far gone / ringin’ in my head’s the 23rd Psalm.” Priorities Chase, priorities? 

10) Lil Wayne, “Abortion” (Tha Carter IV, 2011)

Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV © Cash Money

First and foremost, abortion itself is a polarizing issue. Traditionally, it’s not practice to name songs with such controversial titles, etc. But this is Lil Wayne, who doesn’t come over as particularly, um traditional. Anyways, “Abortion” has little to do with the hot button topic. The most notable reference comes by way of lyrics, “I know your name, yeah / your name is unimportant / we in the belly of the beast / and she thinking ‘bout abortion.” Ok so, what’s the song about exactly? Well it seems to be the hardships of life and being successful through obstacles.

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

12 Hellish Songs

Marilyn Manson, The Pale Emperor © Loma Vista

Nick Jonas said it best: “It’s my right to be hellish / I still get jealous.” Yes, “Jealousy” is certainly sinful and can land you in, well Hell. But this playlist-driven post really isn’t about jealousy, Biblical matters, or even as much about hell itself other than each song title features ‘hell’ in it (or in the case of Drake’s “HYFR,” it stands for the word hell). Here’s 12 Hellish songs – make sure to repent after reading and listening!

1) AC/DC, “Highway To Hell” (Highway To Hell, 1979)

“Hey Satan / paying my dues / playing in a rock band…” Yep, judging by the lyrics of the AC/DC classic, the band seems to have their tickets booked for the fiery pit. They screwed, or should I say, they’re damned… 

2) Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell” (The Wall, 1979) 

“Feel the bile rising from your guilty past / while your nerves in tatters / as the cockle shell shatters / and the hammer batter down the door / you better run.” Pink Floyd definitely make you feel uncomfortable with the lyrics of “Run Like Hell,” so much so that you do want to run. Ah, the realistic nature of the concept album/track. 

3) Drake featuring Lil Wayne, “HYFR” (Take Care, 2011)

What do you get when you put Drake and Lil Wayne on the track? Helpings of raunchiness – and of course an epic collaboration. Although the questions raised in the hook might annoy Drake and Wayne, the bold answer is, well explicit: “Hell yeah…f*cking right.” 

4) All American Rejects, “Gives You Hell” (When The World Comes Down, 2008)

Ten words: “When you see my face / hope it gives you hell.”

5) Kanye West, “Hell Of A Life” (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Family, 2010)

Apparently, Kanye West doesn’t need anymore excesses in his life: “No more drugs for me, pussy and religion is all I need / Grab my hand and baby we’ll live a hell of a life.”

6) Eminem featuring Dr. Dre, “Hell Breaks Loose” (Relapse: Refill, 2009)

“Hell Breaks Loose” is a solid additional track on the reissued version of Eminem’s Relapse, Relapse Refill. It describes the unapologetic, controversial MC perfectly. Because “Shady came and just crushed the game /It’s really not even fair to them, cause they pale in comparison…”

7) Schoolboy Q, “Hell Of A Night” (Oxymoron, 2014)

Party time: “When the sun falls, then the moon lights, might be a hell of a night.”

8) A$AP Rocky featuring Santigold, “Hell” (Long.Live.A$AP, 2013)

According to A$AP Rocky, “Heaven need a villain like Hell need a newer idol.”

9) Avril Lavigne, “What The Hell” (Goodbye Lullaby, 2011)

“All my life I’ve been good but now / I’m thinking ‘What the hell’ / All I want is to mess around…” So, she wants to hook up with no strings attached?

10) The Black Keys, “Hell of a Season” (El Camino, 2011)

Those Kentucky Wildcats became 14-0 as of a much closer than expected victory versus the Ole Miss Rebels (89-86 OT). Random, but the title of The Black Keys joint is “Hell of a Season,” right? 14-0 is a great start.

11) Raphael Saadiq, “Go To Hell” (Stone Rollin, 2010)

In the case of Raphael Saadiq, he’s trying to avoid the fiery pit: “Here’s the situation, the devil knows me well / see I’m trying to do my best, not to go to hell.”

12) Marilyn Manson, “Birds of Hell Awaiting” (The Pale Emperor, 2015)

You can’t have a ‘hell’ list and not have Marilyn Manson included, right? “Birds of Hell Awaiting” hails from Manson’s 2015 album, The Pale Emperor (Available January 20).

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint © Motown/Universal

Nicki Minaj, ‘The Pinkprint’ – A Review

Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint © Motown/Universal

Although Scattered, Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Proves Captivating
Nicki Minaj • The Pinkprint • Republic • US Release Date: December 15, 2014 

“Oh my gosh, look at her butt!” Yep, that bold phrase managed to dominate the airwaves as one Nicki Minaj managed to one-up her own edginess as an MC. If “Beez In The Trap” from her previous album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded wasn’t enough, one of today’s most adventurous artists outdid herself, lifting a Sir Mix-A-Lot sample in the process. “Anaconda” would only build anticipation for what was sure to be some kind of album. The Pinkprint is just that – all over the place! That said who does ‘all over the place’ better than Nicki Minaj? 

“All Things Go” initiates The Pinkprint much more seriously than previous albums. A stark contrast, the maturity of “All Things Go” is off-putting. Even so, the song serves as a revealing opener and definitely takes the album in a different direction than most anticipated. Similarly, follow-up “I Lied” eschews “anacondas” in favor of heartbreak and a comparable level of sensitivity that characterized the opener. Sensitivity doesn’t keep Minaj from dropping some ‘bombs’ (“If it was a record, it would have been classic / but f*ck you though, orgasmic”), but it all seems to contribute to more ‘depth’ via emotion and intensity.

On “The Crying Game” continues the devastating nature of heartbreak, though does so with more groove and rhythm compared to the previous joints. Throughout, Minaj spits some legit rhymes, including “Welcome to the crying game where you lose your soul / where it ain’t no easy pass, you got use to the toll / ain’t no cruise control, you ‘bout to lose control…” Again, give credit to Minaj’s bold opening statements through a more subtle, more refined approach.

The tone changes, unsurprisingly with “Get On Your Knees” featuring Ariana Grande. How big is the change? “Got a bow on my panties because my ass is a present…I be laughing when you beggin’ me to just put the head in…” Risqué, sexed-up Nicki returns full-throttle, and honestly, there’s nothing wrong with it, particularly given the three more ‘respectable’ cuts that arrive ahead of it.   On “Feeling Myself,” Minaj is definitely confident, per lyrics like “B*tches ain’t got punchlines or flow / I have both and an empire also.” The confidence only grows with an assist from Beyoncé. Hit – of course.

So, consider “Get On Your Knees” and “Feeling Myself” the warm-up one of the album’s nastiest, boldest numbers, “Only.” The restraint and softer side of earlier cuts is erased as Nicki Minaj and her all-star cast – Chris Brown, Drake, and Lil Wayne – “go in.” Is it irresponsible – definitely, but it’s hard to resist being sucked in by its sinfulness, particularly ‘Drizzy’s’ verse.

“I’m in this b*tch, I’m getting money,” Minaj asserts on “Want Some More,” a big-time brag-fest. Brash and unapologetic throughout its course, Minaj wipes away her sensitivity in the least. Among the best lines is “That’s why I’m throwing shade, like it’s sunny,” though “These b*tches suck, so I nickname these b*tches BJ” is as raw as things come – no pun intended.   The production work on “Four Door Aventador” is superb, separating itself from rest of the album. That doesn’t mean the catchy track is the crème de la crème per se, but it does earn the listeners attention.

“Favorite” follows, featuring the distinct sexed-up tenor of Jeremih, who sings, “You know that you need a rider, babe.” Keeping it sensuous, Nicki Minaj unsurprisingly embraces the vibe, brilliantly exemplified by a double entendre such as “I’mma have you coming in my palace / London, Tokyo, Paris, let me update your status.” Ultimately, this track is oxymoronic, delivers with softness, yet still edgy. The beginning of “Buy A Heart” is dominated by Meek Mill, who cleverly quotes himself (“They say it’s levels to this sh*t…”). Ultimately, the song feels a bit undercooked – it seems to be missing that extra oomph.

“Trini Dem Girls” is tropically infused, definitely a change of pace from the majority of The Pinkprint. While this cut doesn’t rep the best of the best, it does give Minaj a fine background to rap, sing, and do her thing. Obviously, the raunchy, number two hit “Anaconda” is the main attraction, as Minaj joins the rampant trend of adoration for the butt that dominated 2014 – ask J. Lo, Kim Kardashian, or Miley Cyrus. The best way to describe Anaconda – raw, unapologetic, bold, and “Bootylicious.” It is definitely a sexual overstatement.

“The Night Is Still Young” lightens the mood following the controversial “Anaconda.” Living up to its energy and irresponsibility is an elephantine task, but “The Night Is Still Young” sports the typical Dr. Luke/Cirkut sound, which is another sound change of pace. On the high-flying chorus, Minaj sounds particularly strong vocally. Keeping things ‘lighter,’ Minaj’s underrated “Pills N Potions” follows, the complete opposite of more cutting-edge numbers like “Only” or “Anaconda.” Even though “Pills N Potions” didn’t receive the same attention or acclaim, it is another solid NM record overall.

Penultimate cut “Bed Of Lies” serves as yet another pre-release single, this time featuring Skylar Grey. Less intriguing than the elite, solidness still characterizes this kinder, gentler number. “Grand Piano” ends the standard edition of The Pinkprint, which itself clocks just a couple minutes shy of the 70-minute mark. The deluxe edition adds three tracks – “Big Daddy,” “Shanghai” and “Win Again” – which move The Pinkprint to just under 80 minutes.

Overall, The Pinkprint has plenty that bodes well in its favor. It is a scattered album, but the same could be said about Nicki Minaj artistically. Minaj isn’t content just to do one thing, so her restlessness artistically translates across all three of her albums. Sometimes she opts for gentle fare, while other times she plays right along with the boys in the game, spitting some of the rawest rhymes you’ll ever hear. Then other times, she wants to sing about heartbreak, showing her more feminine, sensitive side. Minaj is complicated, but all in all, she does complicated well.

Favorites: “All Things Go,” “I Lied,” “Get Down On My Knees,” “Feeling Myself,” “Only,” “Anaconda,” “Pills N Potions”