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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 the album.  Maybe it was because it was more experimental … Continue reading A$AP Ferg, Still Striving | Top 5 Songs

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Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G., The King & I | Highlights


Faith Evans releases a new studio album, ‘The King & I,’ collaborating with her late hubby, The Notorious B.I.G. The effort exceeds expectations. Continue reading Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G., The King & I | Highlights

A$AP Rocky, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP © RCA

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 with witch at times. Enough rambling – you don’t need … Continue reading 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015

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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 others they loathe or can’t follow. That’s the way of … Continue reading Lil Dicky, Professional Rapper (Review)

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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 on the Billboard 200. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been … Continue reading R&B in 2015, By The Numbers (So Far)  

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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 album a week early, Taylor Swift would’ve likely earned a … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: A$AP Rocky Makes It Two Straight #1 Albums

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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 sales/impact is steeper than such a minimal drop in chart … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Takes #1  

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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 persona. Normally ridding of the f-bombs and misogynistic references might … Continue reading Review: Snoop Dogg Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘Bush’

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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 Lifted” (Get Lifted, 2004) Sorry weed lovers everywhere! The “high” … Continue reading 7 High Songs To Celebrate 420 Any and Everyday