Vivian Green, ‘Vivid’ – Review


Vivian Green Shines Vividly on ‘Vivid Vivian Green • Vivid • Make Noise • Release Date: August 7, 2015 “People often say she’s so underrated / but I’m blessed, I’m blessed, I’m blessed.” Indeed, Vivian Green is one of R&B’s most underrated artists, but she has never let that dictate the quality of her output….

R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  


  R&B is not dead. Yes, the topic of the ‘impact’ of R&B as a major player has been questioned and argued often on brentmusicreviews.com – maybe too much. But, R&B is ailing commercially. Part of the fuel for the argument against R&B’s role as a major player is how poorly the genre is performing…

25 Chart Takeaways: Big Sean Scores His First #1 


The Detroit rapper got it done – Big Sean scores his first #1 album. That takeaway and 24 more! 1) Big Sean finally landed at the top. After two albums debuted at #3, the MC’s third album Dark Sky Paradise debuted at #1. 2) Kid Rock settles for the runner-up spot, but First Kiss sells…

The Best Albums of 2015 – Late February Update 


As February 2015 becomes March, more albums have been released and you know what that means: my analytical ears get busy and my pen (keyboard) begins publishing my thoughts. Ultimately, 2015 has been a solid year for music as of yet and all of the albums that grace this early ‘best of’ list are worth…

Review: Raheem DeVaughn Maintains Consistency on ‘Love Sex Passion’


Raheem DeVaughn • Love Sex Passion • Entertainment One • US Release Date: February 17, 2015 Who’s among the most consistent R&B artists in the game? That would be Raheem DeVaughn, who recently dropped his fifth studio album, Love Sex Passion. Still on his independent flow, rather than being signed to Mass Appeal, DeVaughn is…

Playlist: 12 Songs to Jam into June


Can you believe that it is June already (Circa June 4th specifically by the time this posts)? My, oh my how time flies these days! What better way to celebrate being a month older – and maybe more importantly summertime – than a playlist, right (do you feel me)? Here are 12 songs that made…

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…

Review: Asheru, ‘Sleepless in Soweto’


Asheru’s Thoughtful Rhymes Shine on Sleepless in Soweto  Asheru • Sleepless in Soweto • Guerrilla Arts Ink • US Release Date: November 12, 2013 http://www.asheruworldwide.com Perhaps the best way to describe Gabriel Been – aka Asheru – is a true ‘Renaissance Man’.  In other words, Asheru is a well-rounded individual.  Sure, he’s a talented MC,…

Musical Leftovers That Probably Shouldn’t Have Been Ignored


Being the human that I am, I couldn’t possibly review or analyze every single album – dang it!  Like Lil Wayne and Young Money once rapped, “I wish I could love every girl in the world…” (In amended form mind you). Well not that I wouldn’t want to “love every girl in the world”, but…