DJ Khaled, Grateful | Highlights


DJ Khaled returns with the most star-studded album of his career with ‘Grateful.’ At nearly 90 minutes, it’s jam-packed with hits.

Review: Madonna Sounds Fierce on ‘Rebel Heart’


Madonna • Rebel Heart • Interscope • US Release Date: March 10, 2015 There is and will only ever be one Madonna. Anytime Madonna performs or releases a new album, everybody is interested to see what the cutting-edge pop legend is going to do – specifically how she is going to reinvent herself. While Madonna’s…

One Favorite from Each Common Album Post-2000


Common is easily among one of the most respected rappers in the game. His contributions to Midwest rap, specifically the Chicago scene, are gargantuan. July 22, 2014 sees the release of the MC’s 10th studio album, Nobody’s Smiling. In celebration of Common’s enduring career, here’s a list of favorite songs from Common’s seven post-2000 albums;…

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: The Roots, ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’


The Roots continue to ‘transcend’ the confines of hip-hop on the ambitious …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin The Roots • …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin • Def Jam • US Release Date: May 19, 2014 The notion that “hip-hop don’t stop” is certainly a true statement as the genre hasn’t really ended, but…

Playlist: The 50 Best Rap Songs of 2013


Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below…

Review: Eminem, ‘Marshall Mathers LP 2’


Eminem keeps hip-hop ‘alive and well’ on MMLP2  Eminem⎪The Marshall Mathers LP 2 ⎪ Aftermath⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 5, 2013 It seems like a decade since hip-hop was considered to be “dead” – well it’s nearly been a decade actually.  Nas went so far to memorialize the genre on his 2006 album Hip Hop…

Playlist: Favorite August Tracks To Launch You Into September


As September approaches, we all need some good tunes to jam to, right? I have prescribed ten that tickled my fancy (or came pretty darn close to doing so) in August 2013. Sure, Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” made a fair share of noise, but others rule the roost on my list. Enjoy!…