Summing Up J. Lo’s ‘A.K.A.’


Jennifer Lopez • A.K.A. • Capitol • US Release Date: June 17, 2014 “Just want you to know my name by the time we exit / wanna feel like I’m brand new.” Ooh la la – J. Lo, we already know your name, girl! After a three-year hiatus, Jennifer Lopez returns fiercely with new studio…

Retrospective Playlist: 10 Memorable Rap Songs from 2004


As I get older, I find myself clinging onto my youth.  Sure, I’m not ancient by any means (though sometimes I wonder), but I can see my collegiate years slipping further and further away from recent times, sigh! 2004 was my senior year of high school/freshman year of college.  It was a huge music year…

5 Big-Time Rappers Whose Stock Needs A Lift


Sometimes artists go through a dry spell. In rap in particular, hotness just doesn’t last forever. I mean, wouldn’t LL Cool J still be a hot commodity commercially if that were the case (no shade LL, no shade)? Here, I have identified five big-time rappers who need good things to happen for them in the…

Review: Iggy Azalea, ‘The New Classic’


Aussie newcomer Iggy Azalea shows potential on her debut rap LP  Iggy Azalea • The New Classic • def Jam • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 “Oh what, a white girl with a flow ain’t been seen before?” Um, well, not really – at least not that much?  Fact – you can name how many…

Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Sentenced to Life in Prison


As Snoop Dogg once rapped in reference to his own trial,  “Murder Was The Case” indeed for Vybz Kartel, a popular Jamaican dancehall artist.  Kartel has been sentenced to life in prison after previously being convicted for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams according to the Associate Press.  Apparently Williams’ murder was one of extreme…

56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: The Big Four


Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th.   Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues.  After sitting on it…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Complete!


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

The 100 Best Songs of 2013: Part 4 (#25 – 1)


After a year filled with numerous albums and even more songs, choosing 100 of the best is an incredibly difficult task.  Like with the best albums of 2013, there will be surprises as well as snubs.  Sometimes the snubs are oversights while at other items there are just so many notable songs that some just…

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…