‘Way Too Early’ 56th Annual Grammy Winner Predictions


So the Grammy nominations just came out, and guess who is already putting his two cents in about who’s gonna win? This guy is! Yep it is technically ‘way too early’, but who cares? How about some December predictions for what’s gonna go down in January? The Big Four Record of the Year “Get Lucky”,…

Chart Moves, July 17, 2013: Jay-Z Gets It Done In Royal Fashion


Chart Rewind J. Cole’s Born Sinner did a rare thing by ascending to no. 1 following a bow at no. 2 two weeks prior.  He did so with an unimpressive 58,000 copies, which speaks volumes of the lackadaisical album sales week.  Wale fell from no. 1 to no. 2, selling 50,000 copies of The Gifted,…

Comparison: Summer Hip-Hop – Who Wins The Battle for Best Album?


Summer 2013 has been a hip-hop summer indeed.  On June 18, three hip-hop heavyweight albums bowed courtesy of J. Cole (Born Sinner), Kanye West (Yeezus), and Mac Miller (Watching Movies With The Sound Off).  The following week, July 25th , saw the bow of Wale (The Gifted), arguably one of Maybach Music Group’s best.  Then…

Review: Jay-Z, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’


Jay-Z⎪ Magna Carta Holy Grail ⎪ Roc Nation ⎪⎪ US Release Date: July 9, 2013 “I’m the modern day Pablo / Picasso baby…” Huh? So Kanye West has proclaimed himself a ‘god’ (“I Am a God“Yeezus) and Jay-Z is now likening himself to Pablo Picasso.  Is there something in the air here or am I…

Ranking Jay-Z’s Last FIVE Albums…Including ‘Magna Carta’


Don’t call it a merely a ‘reblog’ (it is partially).  I have now had the opportunity to listen and review the highly anticipated Magna Carta Holy Grail; a full review is due to post after this particular post.  Previously, I ranked Jay-Z’s last four albums prior to Magna Carta.  Now that I have Jay’s most recent effort…

Ranking Jay-Z’s Last Four Albums Prior to Magna Carta…


Not all of us were one of the lucky ‘sons of guns’ who received a free copy of Jay-Z’s new album Magna Carta Holy Grail via a Samsung app. There are few times in my twenty-something life I ever regret being an Apple user (‘all Apple e’erything!), but July 4, 2013 was one of them….