58th Annual Grammy Nomination Predictions – The Urban Categories  


  Ah, more speculation about Grammy nominations! This go-round, how about a look at those urban categories? The frontrunners? Could it be D’Angelo, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar? Best R&B Performance The Weeknd, “The Hills” (Beauty Behind The Madness) D’Angelo, “Sugah Daddy” (Black Messiah) Tyrese, “Shame” (Black Rose) Miguel, “Coffee” (Wildheart) Tamar Braxton, “If I…

If the Grammys Were Held In September… [Part 2]


Pop, Rock, Urban & Country Categories  Let’s keep it short and sweet – if the Grammys were held in August, would these be the nominees. Here are some thoughts on specific categories, including pop, rock, R&B, rap, and country. Cheers! Pop Best Pop Solo Performance:  The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Face” Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”…

‘Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone’ [Review]


  ‘Nina Revisited’ is a Rarity – A Legitimately Exceptional Tribute Album Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone • RCA • US Release Date: July 10, 2015 Tribute albums can be a music critic’s worst nightmare. Why? Because often, the artists paying tribute just don’t have that same “oomph” or don’t match the sensibilities…

Is R&B A ‘Major Player’ Anymore?


With each and every year, R&B seemingly continues to lose footing – yeah it’s the same old sermon preach year after year. Once a preeminent genre that was dominating radio, album sales, and overall market impact, R&B as a whole seems to have lost its way. While R&B has been cooling off for years, the…

Lil Mama Has Lost Her Mind on “Sausage”


Has Lil Mama lost her mind? After hearing “Sausage,” the answer is a resounding, indisputable YES SHE’s LOST HER MIND – throw in the “hell” for emphasis and intensifying purposes if you wish. The first thought that came to mind was WTF – what is the “Lip Gloss,” “Shawty Get Loose” rapper aiming for? More…

Playlists For All Occasions!


Are 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…