The Chronicles of the Underrated: Angie Stone


In every genre of music, there are three big tiers of artists. The top tiers of artists are those that are commercially/relatively commercially successful and often beloved or at least respected by critics. The bottom tiers are those who have been unable to make it and generally are loathed by critics. Then there’s that middle…

Review: Big K.R.I.T. Delivers A Gem On Cadillactica


Big K.R.I.T. • Cadillactica • Def Jam • US Release Date: November 10, 2014 On his debut Live From The Underground, Meridian, Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. kept things old school – a good look for the rapper/producer. That said Live From The Underground didn’t exactly rack up the sales or RIAA certifications. Still, despite its…

Review: Kem Shows Consistency, Little New on ‘Promise To Love’


Kem • Promise To Love – Album IV • Motown • US Release Date: August 25, 2014 As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” On his fourth album Promise To Love – subtitled ‘Album IV’ – Kem makes few changes to his formula. Four albums in, the adult contemporary R&B…

10 Steamy Soul Classics (Volume I)


So R&B artists of the day get the devil because of the explicit sexual nature of their material. It’s a fair assessment as sometimes the question has to be asked, is there any more ‘emotional’ components to relationships besides just hooking up. Listen to Trey Songz’s latest album Trigga, and finding something centering around genuine,…

Review: Joe Keeps Things Grown & Sexy on ‘Bridges’


Joe, Bridges – a review  Joe • Bridges • Plaid Lover / BMG • US Release Date: June 23, 2014 R&B singer Joe is incredibly prolific in his output, particularly as of late. Once an extremely successful multiplatinum major label artist, following 2007 album Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me, Joe has released new albums, independently distributed,…

Review: Shaliek, ‘Blood Sweat Tears’


 Shaliek’s fondness for old school soul makes LP Blood Sweat Tears a winner. Shaliek • Blood Sweat Tears • Pendulum Records • US Release Date: May 27, 2014 I know I have this thing about quoting Randy Jackson (there is no bromance or anything like that), but this forthcoming quote from the ‘dawg’ is a…

Retrospective Playlist: 10 Memorable Rap Songs from 2004


As I get older, I find myself clinging onto my youth.  Sure, I’m not ancient by any means (though sometimes I wonder), but I can see my collegiate years slipping further and further away from recent times, sigh! 2004 was my senior year of high school/freshman year of college.  It was a huge music year…