Highlights: Various Artists, ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’


★★★★ Lin-Manual Miranda and a star-studded cast strikes gold with ‘The Hamilton Mixtape,’ a compilation of covers, reinterpretations, and newbies. Hamilton was kind of a big deal…just a little bit.  With the musical continuing to allure America, Lin-Manual Miranda and an all-star cast fittingly assemble a mixtape based upon it. The Hamilton Mixtape is by…

13 Best Rap Albums of 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of…

Best Rap Albums of 2014 – November 2014


With the year winding down, opinions –lists – begin being assembled detailing the year’s best albums. Rap hasn’t had the same kind of years it has had previously, but there have been some noteworthy releases. Consider the top of this best rap albums list to be truly top-heavy. Here are the best rap albums of…

The Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)


Numerous albums have been released in 2014.  That said, finding the true gems of the year means separating the best from the worst and the truly elite from the best.  It was no easy task, but below you’ll find the link to my best estimation (so far) of “The 25 Best Albums of 2014.”  Make…

The Black Keys’ Turn Blue tops the Billboard 200; Jackson settles For No. 2


In a tight race for the “Number One Spot” (slick Ludacris reference, right), The Black Keys outsell Michael Jackson to secure top honors.  Turn Blue sold a respectable 164,000 copies, besting the 157,000 copies that Jackson’s Xscape sold.  While Jackson was unable to add another no. 1 to his collection, peak-wise, Xscape lands a spot…

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…

Music Shopping List: 8 Albums To Consider Purchasing May 19, 2014


May continues to eclipse the new album release output of April. The week of May 13 was filled with several highly decorated releases. The off-cycle release date of Monday May 19, 2014 is no different, with several notable releases at the top. The biggest release – likely Coldplay’s highly anticipated Ghost Stories, the band’s sixth…

Forthcoming Albums To Anticipate (August 2013 Onward)


As we are transitioning into the late summer, the album releases become increasingly more ‘blockbuster’ like.  Face it, the end of the year is always loaded.  We don’t know all of the releases that will materialize yet, but we already have a rich group of new albums we will be spinning beginning in August. 1…

Grammy Dissection, Part 4: Rap Categories


Introduction It’s been a few days, but I wanted to continue with my Grammy dissection series. This go-round, I’m analyzing the rap categories.  There are plenty of solid nominations here.  The most likely victors are Drake, Jay-Z & Kanye West, and possibly Nas. Best Rap Performance “HYFR (Hell Ya F***ing Right),” Drake featuring Lil Wayne…