Playlist: Favorite Songs From March Album Releases


March was a rich month for music releases.  After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout.  Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album).  After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a…

Review: Young Money, ‘Rise Of An Empire’


Young Money’s Rise Of An Empire is a fail… an ‘epic’ one if you will  Young Money • Rise of An Empire • Cash Money / Motown • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 It is incredibly difficult to be unbiased towards compilation efforts prior to listening.  Honestly though, the compilation often incurs issues that…

Review: Kid Ink, My Own Lane


The Kid’s Got Potential…  Kid Ink • My Own Lane • RCA • US Release Date: January 7, 2014 The breakthrough rapper of January 2013 was A$AP Rocky, who riskily released his first notable album, Long. Live. A$AP during the dead of January.  The move boded well for A$AP, who easily debuted atop the Billboard…

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: Rich Gang, ‘Rich Gang’


Is ‘Rich Gang’ wealth without substance?  Rich Gang⎪ Rich Gang ⎪Cash Money⎪⎪ US Release Date: July 23, 2013 Featured artists include: Ace Hood; Birdman; Busta Rhymes; Chris Brown; Cory Gunz; Detail; Flo Rida; French Montana; Future; Gudda Gudda; Jae Millz; Lil Wayne; Limp Bizkit; Mack Maine; Mystikal; Nicki Minaj; R. Kelly; Rick Ross; Tyga “Something…

Three Rappers Who Must Step Their Game Up On Their Next Album


Sometimes in a ballgame, you just can’t get it done. The San Antonio Spurs were just so close to pulling an upset over a previously forgone conclusion that the Miami Heat would win a second consecutive championship.  The same could be said about the underdog Michigan Wolverines, who were electrifying from behind the arc to…

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…

Chart Moves: Paramore, Brad Paisley


Paramore & Paisley Rule The Charts Paramore seem to be adapting to the post-Farro brothers life (Paramore Split Gets Nasty: Josh Farro Calls Former Band – MTV.com) better than expected as according to billboard.com the band’s latest effort, Paramore dethrones Justin Timberlake for no. 1 (Paramore Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart). Paramore, now consisting of Hayley Williams (vocals),…

Quick Take: Tyga, Hotel California


Tyga ⎪ Hotel California⎪ Cash Money Classics⎪⎪ US Release Date: April 09, 2013 Rapper Tyga had a breakout hit with “Rack City”, one of the nastier rap tracks of 2011 and easily the MC’s biggest hit on Careless World: Rise of the Last King.  Rather than returning ‘later than sooner’, Tyga returns relatively quickly with that…