TMI! 14 Songs That Reference ‘Riding Solo’


Before you read any further, this article has a dash of taboo controversy – fair warning! And to dispel any rumors or myths, this is not about the infectious Jason Derulo song where he’s “trying to get his sh*t together.” Just a friendly disclaimer! You could say that today, society is at a much more…

Review: The Roots, ‘…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin’


The Roots continue to ‘transcend’ the confines of hip-hop on the ambitious …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin The Roots • …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin • Def Jam • US Release Date: May 19, 2014 The notion that “hip-hop don’t stop” is certainly a true statement as the genre hasn’t really ended, but…

Into July Playlist: 20 Tracks from June 2013


What better way to live it up in July than to relive some of the musical highlights that characterized June? Most of these 20 tracks are taken from album releases in June, with the exception of one standout single without an album and a few tracks from May 28th albums.  Regardless, if you have nothing…

Chart Moves, 6-19-13: Black Sabbath, Hip-Hop on Deck


Chart Rewind Queens of the Stone Age saw their comeback album …Like Clockwork claim the no. 1 debut on the Billboard Albums Chart with 91,000 copies, unseating the two week reign of Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories. Random Access Memories didn’t fall far, just the no. 2 spot with 62,000 copies sold.  More importantly, they sold a total just shy of 500,000…

Tracks: One Top Song Pick from Five Albums Released June 11, 2013


I partook of five albums during the week of June 11, 2013.  While I am near-finished listening to Black Sabbath’s 13 and haven’t given my homeboy Harry Connick, Jr. The proper ‘love’ yet (Every Man Should Know),  I’ve heard enough to share a favorite or minimally a song I’m really ‘high’ on… maybe I should’ve…

Review: The Lonely Island, ‘The Wack Album’


The Lonely Island⎥ The Wack Album⎥ Republic⎥⎥ US Release Date: June 13, 2013 The Lonely Island are Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone  ‘Being on a boat’ is kinda cool, but it gains more appeal when some comical, parodied rap-swagger is thrown in (“I’m on a boat, motherf****r!”).  Youth everywhere were captivated by proclamatory…

Chart Moves June 12, 2013: The Queens Rule


Chart Rewind Last week, June 5, 2013, Daft Punk continued to ‘rule the roost’ with Random Access Memories adding another 93,000 copies in sales bringing the total to 432,000 copies.  Alice in Chains saw their fifth album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here sell 61,000 copies to bow at no. 2.  Still respectable numbers, the band’s previous album (which happened to be a comeback…

Ranking Ten New Singles (From Week of May 20, 2013)


So, I chose ten singles of varying genres to review and rank, released mostly from the week of May 20, 2013 (give or take, etc.)  The rank is “10” being my least favorite and “1” being my champion single… or something like that. no. 10  The-Dream, “High Art” featuring Jay-Z (from upcoming album IV Play) [Island] “I…

The Lonely Island Return With “YOLO”


The Lonely Island have had their fair share of parodying everything over the course of two albums. Being the comedic enthusiast that I am, I indulged in both Incredibad and Turtleneck & Chain. And guess what, I don’t regret it one bit! “I’m On A Boat” was nominated for a Grammy (shocking right?) while “Jack…