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,…

20 Best Rap Albums of 2013


2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica.  Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked.  Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013.  This excludes…

Review: DJ Khaled, ‘Suffering from Success’


Khaled’s Not ‘Suffering from Success’, perhaps suffers from a lack of innovation…  DJ Khaled⎪ Suffering From Success⎪ Cash Money ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 22, 2013 If there is one reservation I (and likely others) have with DJ Khaled’s albums, it is that generally they all seem ‘one-dimensional’.  Maybe that is a harsh critique, or…

Short Take: Goodie Mob, ‘Age Against The Machine’


Goodie Mob stretch the definition of the standard rap album Goodie Mob⎪Right Records⎪Age Against The Machine⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 27, 2013 Goodie Mob’s first new album since 1999 is nothing short of a fascinating listen.  Face it, the minute it begins, it’s obvious who took the reins… one idiosyncratic, unique genre-bending artist named Cee…