Prince, ‘HitNRun Phase One’ – Short Take Review


Prince’s Eccentricity Lives On Via ‘HitNRun’ Despite Imperfections Prince • HitNRun Phase One • NPG • Release Date: September 14, 2015 Ah, the return of “The Purple One.” These days, Prince doesn’t seem too concerned about a fancy rollout of new material. Then again, who does seem to care about intensive promo? Because of a…

Review: A$AP Rocky Aims Bigger on Sophomore Album ‘AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP’


 A$AP Rocky • AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP • RCA • US Release Date: May 26, 2015  After crashing onto the scene with a mixtape in 2011 and his major label debut in 2013, New York MC A$AP Rocky returns with his sophomore album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP. While A$AP Rocky isn’t necessarily the deepest MC in the game (particularly referencing girls),…

Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases


Risk sometimes equals reward. In the music business though, risk can also be career suicide. For these eight artists and their respective albums, the artists/labels took the gargantuan risk of the non-standard album release. Some of these efforts arrived sans single, meaning that support and sales came by way of name, word of mouth, and…

Review: Kid Cudi, ‘Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon’


Kid Cudi’s surprise fourth LP is both ‘creative’ and ‘off-putting’ Kid Cudi • Satellite Flight: Journey to Mother Moon • Republic • US Release Date: February 25, 2014 Describing Kid Cudi as merely “one of a kind” might be the biggest understatement ever…change that – it is the biggest understatement ever.  Album release by album…