G-Eazy Elevates His Game On ‘When It’s Dark Out’


G-Eazy • When It’s Dark Out • RCA • Release Date: 12.4.15 Gerald Gillum, better known as G-Eazy had a solid year in 2014, dropping a successful debut album, These Things Happen. What better to celebrate a breakthrough album than dropping another one while the fire is hot? G-Eazy does just that with When It’s…

Travi$ Scott, ‘Rodeo’ – Review


Travi$ Scott showcases potential, not a homerun on debut Rodeo  Travi$ Scott • Rodeo • Epic • Release Date: September 4, 2015 As either a professional music critic or a lover of music, you’re not always going to LOVE every album – that’s just the nature of the beast. Some albums make themselves incredibly difficult…

Review: Yelawolf Delivers An Eclectic Effort With ‘Love Story’


Yelawolf • Love Story • Interscope • US Release Date: April 21, 2015 It’s no shock that Alabaman rapper Yelawolf’s first major label tanked. If it wasn’t known, Yelawolf makes listeners aware: “One, my last record flopped / two, it wasn’t my time.” Whether 2015 is Yelawolf’s time, only time and sales will tell. Regardless,…

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…

Ranking Rick Ross’ Six Studio Albums


On March 3, 2014, Rick Ross released the sixth album of his career, Mastermind.  At this point, Rick Ross has established himself as one of the more consistent rappers, scoring four number one albums, one number two album (Teflon Don missed no. 1), and five gold-certified albums.   Six albums in, an examination of where Ross’…

Retrospective Review: Kanye West, ‘The College Dropout’


The College Dropout sounds as fresh as ever, ten years later.  Kanye West • The College Dropout • Roc-A-Fella • US Release Date: February 10, 2004 “Sometimes I feel no one in this world understands us / but we don’t care what people say.”  True that, true that.  The aforementioned quote from “We Don’t Care”…

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…

Review: Pusha T, ‘My Name Is My Name’


Pusha T captures a darker portrait of life exceptionally on his ‘official’ solo debut Pusha T⎪ My Name Is My Name ⎪Def Jam ⎪⎪ US Release Date: October 8, 2013 To call ‘street life’ captivating would probably be an incredibly irresponsible statement to make.  What isn’t an irresponsible description is that Pusha T delivers and…

Review: Juicy J, ‘Stay Trippy’


Juicy J Benefits from Being True to Himself… Even if That’s Irresponsible…  Juicy J⎪Stay Trippy⎪ Columbia⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 27, 2013 “I make money all day, then I ball with the profits / n***as hate on me, I tell em hatin’ n***as stop it…” It’s not the most endearing or intelligible lyric I’ve ever…