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: 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: B.o.B., ‘Underground Luxury’


  B.o.B. • Underground Luxury • Atlantic • US Release Date: December 17, 2013 B.o.B. delivers a so-so effort on third LP Underground Luxury B.o.B. had a hot start off to his rap career back in 2010 when The Adventures of Bobby Ray debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts, eventually being certified…

3 Album Sequels That Didn’t Live Up To The Original


It’s hard enough to make a blockbuster album the first time.  What’s even more arduous is following up a blockbuster and trying to achieve a similar level of commercial and critical success. Something that artists have done that surprises me personally is to opt for their follow-up album to be a ‘sequel’.  I mean why…

Review: 2 Chainz, ‘B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time’


2 Chainz Does Dumb Surprisingly Well on B.O.A.T.S. II 2 Chainz⎪ B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time⎪Def Jam⎪⎪US Release Date: September 10 Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go… 2 Chainz is crazy! Like totally cray cray.  Honestly, B.O.A.T.S. II: #Me Time should be a disaster (add a profanity of choice in front of ‘disaster’). Somehow…

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…

Review: Rich Gang, ‘Rich Gang’


Is ‘Rich Gang’ wealth without substance?  Rich Gang⎪ Rich Gang ⎪Cash Money⎪⎪ US Release Date: July 23, 2013 Featured artists include: Ace Hood; Birdman; Busta Rhymes; Chris Brown; Cory Gunz; Detail; Flo Rida; French Montana; Future; Gudda Gudda; Jae Millz; Lil Wayne; Limp Bizkit; Mack Maine; Mystikal; Nicki Minaj; R. Kelly; Rick Ross; Tyga “Something…

Review: Ace Hood, ‘Trials & Tribulations’


Ace Hood⎪ Trials & Tribulations ⎪ Cash Money (Republic) ⎪⎪ July 16, 2013 Executive producers: Khaled Khaled; Ronald “Slim Tha Don” Williams; Bryan “Baby Birdman” Williams; Dwayne “The President” Carter “I woke up in a new Bugatti”.  One of the more catchy, arguably ‘epic’ lyrics of 2013 you might say.  Why? That I dunno, but…

Impressions: T.I.,Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head


T.I. (Clifford Harris, Jr.), has definitely had his share of issues with the law; this is definitely an understatement.  His 2010 effort No Mercy was essentially promoted by numerous singles being released prior to the effort as T.I. had been sentenced prior to its December 7 release to an additional 11 months in prison. No Mercy…