Review: August Alsina, ‘Testimony’


R&B newbie August Alsina shows tremendous potential on full-length debut Testimony  August Alsina • Testimony • Def Jam • US Release Date: April 15, 2014 The moment has finally arrived for up and coming New Orleans contemporary R&B singer August Alsina to take center stage. Sure, the 21-year old represents the new generation who prefer…

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 1 (#100 – 76)


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…

Playlist: Bangers That Get It Poppin’ At The Club… (Part 2)


Who says that a twenty seven year old trained musician with a masters degree in music theory/composition can’t throw down to a banger? Nobody, so don’t judge me!  I have compiled a list of  twenty club bangers (not BANGERZ) and have divided it into two parts.  See you at the club snitches! 11 August Alsina…

Review: August Alsina, ‘Downtown: Life Under the Gun’


August Alsina Is One Tough Mudda mudda on Downtown August Alsina • Downtown: Life Under the Gun • US Release Date: August 20, 2013 August Alsina first thrilled me on a single I just happened to purchase out of curiosity on iTunes, “I Luv This Sh*t”.  To me, the single was mmm mmm good, not because of the…

Kendrick Lamar: That’s That Rap Trend ‘I Don’t Like’


Who would’ve thought that a Mayer Hawthorne song would be a vehicle for darling rapper Kendrick Lamar to express something he doesn’t like? I suppose if it had to be a song by such an unexpected source, at least it was approriately titled. “Crime”, the source of Lamar’s dislike, appears on Hawthorne’s most recent effort, Where…

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…

Review: Logic, ‘Young Sinatra – Welcome to Forever’


Logic Delivers Exceptionally on …Welcome to Forever Logic • Young Sinatra – Welcome to Forever  • Released: May 7, 2013 Prior to his inclusion in 2013’s freshman class in XXL Magazine, I was aware of who Gaithersburg, Maryland rapper Logic was.  That is likely more noble than some folks, completely unaware of the MC.  BUT I hadn’t…