Review: Mariah Carey, ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’


 After a five year hiatus, Carey ‘brings the heat’ on comeback LP Me. I Am Mariah… Mariah Carey • Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse • Def Jam • US Release Date: May 27, 2014 Nearly five years ago, Mariah Carey released a solid, if not necessarily flashy album in Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel….

Review [Highlights]: Future, ‘Honest’


Future’s second album proves to be much better than expected  Future • Honest • Epic • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 I’ll give credit where credit is due – Atlanta MC Future has stepped up his game on his second major label LP, Honest. That doesn’t mean that the content is the deepest ever…

Review: Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’


Rick Ross keeps a good thing going strong on LP number six  Rick Ross • Mastermind • Def Jam • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Six albums in, the best way to describe Rick Ross is that he ‘is what he is’.  Ross’ high watermark artistically was his fourth LP, 2010 masterpiece Teflon Don. …

Review: Miley Cyrus, ‘Bangerz’


Bangerz is both flawed and lacking in cohesion, but ‘captivating’ nonetheless…  Miley Cyrus⎪ Bangerz ⎪ RCA ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 Somewhere between embracing the most irresponsible aspects of hip-hop culture and completely destroying  her formerly wholesome image,  Miley Cyrus has recreated herself just as she envisioned it… a cutting-edge, pop artist unafraid…

Brandy, Two Eleven: Album Analysis


Intro/Background Sportin’ Them Platinum Plaques Brandy Norwood had a popular run during the 1990s (1994’s Brandy and 98’s Never Say Never) and in 2002’s Full Moon. All three of the aforementioned albums share something notable: All were certified as platinum or better.  Brandy’s 90’s album were multiplatinum R&B gold while 2002’s Full Moon certainly did…

DJ Khaled, Kiss The Ring – Extended Analysis


Introduction… DJ Khaled has always been a hard person to pinpoint. Is he merely a DJ or is he also a producer and occasional rapper? Even with 2012’s Kiss The Ring (released August 21, 2012), those questions still loom heavily. Regardless of his status or placement within hip hop circles, what is definitive is “he’s kind of a…