A$AP Ferg, Still Striving | Top 5 Songs


★★★★ East coast rapper A$AP Ferg comes back strong with his third studio album, ‘Still Striving.’ One word: bangers.   Cutting right to the chase, A$AP Ferg didn’t have the most success with his sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper.  Despite an awesome title and some solid moments (“Hungry Ham!”), folks did not partake of…

25 Best Rap Songs of 2015


After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes…

Lil Dicky, Professional Rapper (Review)


Lil Dicky delivers a humorously, entertaining debut with ‘Professional Rapper’ Lil Dicky • Professional Rapper • CMSN/David Burd Music • Release Date: July 31, 2015 Music is nothing short of a liberal art; it can range from being traditional and conservative, to being incredibly unorthodox and progressive. Music lovers naturally have artists they adore and…

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: A$AP Rocky Makes It Two Straight #1 Albums


A$AP Rocky surprised everybody by releasing his sophomore album one week early. It’s a good thing – it earned him another #1 album. That and 24 more exceptional chart takeaways – you don’t wanna miss ‘em folks!!! 1) A$AP Rocky scores his second career #1 album with At.Long.Last.A$AP. Had A$AP Rocky NOT dropped his new…

25 Chart Takeaways: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Takes #1  


Pitch Perfect 2 has taken over the world – or at least this week’s Billboard 200! That takeaway and 24 more! 1) The soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2 unsurprisingly takes the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. 2) Though Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind falls just one spot to #2, the percentage drop in overall…

Review: Snoop Dogg Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘Bush’


Snoop Dogg • Bush • Columbia • US Release Date: May 12, 2015 How does a legendary MC continue to keep it G in his early 40s? He reinvents himself or at least retools. Snoop Dogg does just that on Bush by embracing his soulful, funkier side, while easing up on his edgier, more explicit…

7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday


Yes, this post may have arrived a day late, but some folks celebrate 4/20 – better known as the day to celebrate marijuana – every day. So, with that kept in mine, here are some songs that are guaranteed to “get you lifted” – some not necessarily from the ganja. 1) John Legend, “Let’s Get…