MGK Keeps It Real on Sophomore Album ‘General Admission’ (Review)


MGK • General Admission • Bad Boy / Interscope • Release Date: October 16, 2015   “Yeah b*tch, yeah b*tch, call me Steve-O…I’m a wild boy, f*ck an eighth I need O’s.” Sigh, those ferocious words gave Cleveland MC Machine Gun Kelly, often referred to as just MGK, a big hit with “Wild Boy”. “Wild Boy”…

Review: Kid Ink, My Own Lane


The Kid’s Got Potential…  Kid Ink • My Own Lane • RCA • US Release Date: January 7, 2014 The breakthrough rapper of January 2013 was A$AP Rocky, who riskily released his first notable album, Long. Live. A$AP during the dead of January.  The move boded well for A$AP, who easily debuted atop the Billboard…

Review: Sleeping With Sirens, ‘Feel’


Sleeping With Sirens • Feel • Rise Records • US Release Date: June 4, 2013 One thing that is appreciated from artists is moxie.  ‘Moxie’ can also be polarizing (take the ever controversial Kanye West for example), but even so, it definitely makes following a band or a solo artist more exciting.  Post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens definitely possess that…

Kickstarting 2013: Evaluating New Rappers in 2012


So every year a new breed of MCs debut the next hottest thing. 2012 yielded a whole crop of new rappers – some promising and some ‘whacker’ than others. I’m assigning a grade to each new MC and justifying why I believe they deserve to be praised or scrutinized. Kendrick Lamar No reason to start…

Chart Moves: Macklemore at no. 2, Maroon 5 Stay Put, Jason Aldean’s Got Next


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Garner Biggest Debut Mumford Close to Platinum Certification Three Weeks In So yeah, Mumford & Sons continue their little folk exploration thingy by ruling the Billboard Album chart for a third straight week.  Expected to sell about 90,000 copies, they sold 96,000 – Overachievers. They are expected to concede next week to country’s…

MGK, Lace Up: Album Analysis


Introduction Not being a ‘smart aleck,’ but every time that I hear the statement that “Bad Boy don’t stop,” I chuckle a little. No disrespect to Diddy as I am a fan who actually purchased his most recent albums Press Play as well as Diddy-Dirty Money’s Last Train To Paris (quite underrated), but Bad Boy since…

New Releases 10.9.12: MGK, Ellie Goulding, All Time Low Released among others…


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 features a couple of new album releases.  None of the releases gracing the music world this week are say humongous ‘blockbusters,’ but there are some interesting ones.  Kiss releases the follow-up to their comeback album, MGK ‘laces up,’ while Ellie Goulding claims “Anything Could Happen.”  MGK, Lace Up (Bad Boy/Interscope) MGK’s full-length debut materializes after hitting hard with “Wild Boy” featuring Waka…

DMX, Undisputed: Album Analysis


Background Once ubiquitous rapper DMX (of “Party Up (Up in Here)” fame) releases 2012’s Undisputed, his first studio effort since 2006’s underperforming Year of the Dog…Again.  DMX was once a preeminent force on the hardcore/east coast rap scene, scoring five no. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 (’98’s It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, 99’s…