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…

Review: J. Cole, ‘Born Sinner’


J. Cole⎪ Born Sinner ⎪ Roc Nation / Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: June 18, 2013 “Never got to church to worship, but please be merciful.”  That’s Jermaine Cole’s ‘repentant’ sentiment on the title track of his highly anticipated sophomore album Born Sinner.  Cole may not have been ‘angelic’ on his debut Cole World –…

Review: Logic, ‘Young Sinatra – Welcome to Forever’


Logic Delivers Exceptionally on …Welcome to Forever Logic • Young Sinatra – Welcome to Forever  • Released: May 7, 2013 Prior to his inclusion in 2013’s freshman class in XXL Magazine, I was aware of who Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper Logic was.  That is likely more noble than some folks, completely unaware of the MC.  BUT I hadn’t…

Grammy Dissection, Part 4: Rap Categories


Introduction It’s been a few days, but I wanted to continue with my Grammy dissection series. This go-round, I’m analyzing the rap categories.  There are plenty of solid nominations here.  The most likely victors are Drake, Jay-Z & Kanye West, and possibly Nas. Best Rap Performance “HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right),” Drake featuring Lil Wayne…

Genre Series: 15 Rap Songs You Shouldn’t Miss from 2012


So along with my Grammy nomination prediction/analysis series, I am examining memorable songs that I have encountered throughout the year in various genres. To start the series off with a bang, I’m initiating with one of the most ‘colorful’ genres, rap.  With Rap music, you just never know what outlandish lyric will captivate or how much the minimalist…

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…

Why Am I Addicted to “Birthday Song”?


2Chainz’s “Birthday Song,” which features Kanye West, is getting the ‘repeat’ treatment from myself.  The question that I ask myself is WHY? W-H-Y? “Birthday Song” is just another song in a ‘birthday’ series that has struck my fancy.  First it was “Birthday Sex” by R&B artists Jeremih, then it was the addictive, naughty “Birthday Cake,” performed by Rihanna and later a remix featuring Chris…