Review: Rorschack featuring T.O.N.E.-z, Handcuffs


 Rorschack featuring T.O.N.E.-z • Handcuffs • MalLabel • Release Date: March 3, 2015 What happens when a Los Angeles producer (Rorschack) pairs with an Emmy-nominated rapper (T.O.N.E.-z)? The answer is sheer magic of course – what did you think, chaos?   Rarely it seems the worlds of hip-hop and EDM collide, at least stateside, but perhaps…

Review: Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’


Arctic Monkey’s AM Depicts Deep Infatuation At Its Best Arctic Monkeys • AM • Domino • US Release Date: September 10, 2013 Listening back to The Arctic Monkeys’ exceptional debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, it is amazing how the amount of maturity the band has exhibited since then.  That maturity…

Review: Jake Bugg, ‘Shangri La’


Bugg’s second album has its moments, less thrilling than his debut…  Jake Bugg⎪ Shangri La⎪ Island ⎪⎪US Release Date: November 19, 2013 After his self-titled debut album appeared in the U.S. In 2012, Jake Bugg drew rave reviews as a the modern day Bob Dylan almost instantly.  Sporting an acoustically-driven sound with his distinct, if…

Review: Bun B, ‘Trill O.G.: The Epilogue’


Bun B closes his Trill series superbly  Bun B ⎪Trill O.G.: The Epilogue ⎪Rap-A-Lot ⎪⎪ US Release Date: November 11, 2013 “It’s over, it’s over!” Why you ask? “‘Cause the best is back… b**ch!” That’s right, veteran MC Bun B has released the fourth effort of his Trill series, Trill O.G.: The Epilogue, which follows…

Comparison: Summer Hip-Hop – Who Wins The Battle for Best Album?


Summer 2013 has been a hip-hop summer indeed.  On June 18, three hip-hop heavyweight albums bowed courtesy of J. Cole (Born Sinner), Kanye West (Yeezus), and Mac Miller (Watching Movies With The Sound Off).  The following week, July 25th , saw the bow of Wale (The Gifted), arguably one of Maybach Music Group’s best.  Then…

Review: Harry Connick, Jr., ‘Every Man Should Know’


Harry Connick, Jr.⎪ Every Man Should Know ⎪ Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: June 11, 2013 Produced by Tracey Freeman & Harry Connick, Jr. “…Every man should recognize, what she’s saying with her eyes / and help her with burdens to bear.” These are the gentlemanlike messages Harry Connick, Jr. conveys on his country/pop gospel…

Review: Kelly Rowland, ‘Talk A Good Game’


  Kelly Rowland⎪ Talk A Good Game ⎪ Republic ⎪⎪US Release Date: Jun 18, 2013    Executive Producer: Kelly Rowland   “While my sister was on stage, killing it like a motherf****r / I was enraged, feeling it like a motherf****r…” Whoa! Kelly, where this coming from? Talk A Good Game seems to be the ‘edgy’ reactionary…

Review: Mac Miller, ‘Watching Movies With the Sound Off’


Mac Miller⎪ Watching Movies With the Sound Off ⎪ Rostrum ⎪⎪ US Release Date: June 18, 2013 Official Website: www.macmillerofficial.com Introduction “In kindergarten, used to put some condoms in my cubby / in case one of these hoes tryna f**k me…” Hmm, not sure how a five-year old accomplishes that, but sure.  That’s Mac Miller; brash and filled…

Review: The Lonely Island, ‘The Wack Album’


The Lonely Island⎥ The Wack Album⎥ Republic⎥⎥ US Release Date: June 13, 2013 The Lonely Island are Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone  ‘Being on a boat’ is kinda cool, but it gains more appeal when some comical, parodied rap-swagger is thrown in (“I’m on a boat, motherf****r!”).  Youth everywhere were captivated by proclamatory…

Review: French Montana, ‘Excuse My French’


French Montana ⎪ Excuse My French⎪Bad Boy / Interscope ⎪⎪ US Release Date: April 21, 2013 Intro Bad Boy was once a flourishing, vivacious label.  Since those illustrious ‘glory years’, success hasn’t had the same sustainability for Sean “Diddy” Combs.  Once again the ‘10s brings a resurgence of the label, with MGK’s 2012 effort Lace…