Review: Sleep, ‘Oregon Failure’


Sleep’s Uplifting Rhymes Make Oregon Failure LP Shine Sleep (of Oldominion) • Oregon Failure • Sleep of Oldominion LLC • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 As music listeners, many of us tend to gravitate towards commercially successful and sounding artists, often because it is trendy and what we are exposed to the most. Particularly…

50 Cent & Trey Songz Miss The Mark on Single “Smoke”


50 Cent ft. Trey Songz • “Smoke” • G-Unit • US Release Date: April 1, 2014 50 Cent’s best days as a relevant MC seem far behind him, at least judging by his blasé, uninspired comeback single, “Smoke”.  Assisted by an equally lackadaisical Trey Songz,  “Smoke” manages to compare sex and smoking – preferably blunts…

Review: Young Money, ‘Rise Of An Empire’


Young Money’s Rise Of An Empire is a fail… an ‘epic’ one if you will  Young Money • Rise of An Empire • Cash Money / Motown • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 It is incredibly difficult to be unbiased towards compilation efforts prior to listening.  Honestly though, the compilation often incurs issues that…

Review: Kid Cudi, ‘Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon’


Kid Cudi’s surprise fourth LP is both ‘creative’ and ‘off-putting’ Kid Cudi • Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon • Republic • US Release Date: February 25, 2014 Describing Kid Cudi as merely “one of a kind” might be the biggest understatement ever…change that – it is the biggest understatement ever.  Album release by album…

Review: Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’


Rick Ross keeps a good thing going strong on LP number six  Rick Ross • Mastermind • Def Jam • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Six albums in, the best way to describe Rick Ross is that he ‘is what he is’.  Ross’ high watermark artistically was his fourth LP, 2010 masterpiece Teflon Don. …

Review: Schoolboy Q, ‘Oxymoron’


 Oxymoron proves to be a dark, captivating, yet sometimes difficult album to listen to  Schoolboy Q • Oxymoron • Top Dawg/Interscope • US Release Date: February 25, 2014 Schoolboy Q keeps things 100 on Oxymoron – he keeps it real “from the jump” (catch the Drake reference?).  In fact, the MC keeps things so ‘real’…

Review: Kid Ink, My Own Lane


The Kid’s Got Potential…  Kid Ink • My Own Lane • RCA • US Release Date: January 7, 2014 The breakthrough rapper of January 2013 was A$AP Rocky, who riskily released his first notable album, Long. Live. A$AP during the dead of January.  The move boded well for A$AP, who easily debuted atop the Billboard…