Is Tyler The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’ Indeed a Bomb?  


Tyler, the Creator is known for his unapologetic underground rap with jazz-infused hip-hop production backing him. To say the least, Tyler is a controversial figure, as many rappers are. His brash, unapologetic style is arguably among the rawest in the game, particularly on his sophomore album, Goblin. Still, despite skeptics and a poorly conceived Mountain…

Notable Lyrics: Tyler the Creator, Cherry Bomb


Tyler, the Creator • Cherry Bomb • Odd Future • US Release Date: April 13, 2015 Tyler The Creator has never been one to hold back. Nope, the 24-year old underground rapper is arguably the rawest of the raw, exemplifying the mantra IDGAF. As brash as Tyler may be, his fourth studio album Cherry Bomb…

Review: Sleep, ‘Oregon Failure’


Sleep’s Uplifting Rhymes Make Oregon Failure LP Shine Sleep (of Oldominion) • Oregon Failure • Sleep of Oldominion LLC • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 As music listeners, many of us tend to gravitate towards commercially successful and sounding artists, often because it is trendy and what we are exposed to the most. Particularly…

Music Shopping List: 13 Albums to Consider May 6, 2014


April left a lot to be desired as far as the number of ‘blockbuster’ album releases that graced the music industry. Hopefully, the first official releases of May 2014 adds some spark to an incredibly slow music market in 2014. Tuesday May 6 is a big release day filled with a number of options. Again,…

Review: Asheru, ‘Sleepless in Soweto’


Asheru’s Thoughtful Rhymes Shine on Sleepless in Soweto  Asheru • Sleepless in Soweto • Guerrilla Arts Ink • US Release Date: November 12, 2013 http://www.asheruworldwide.com Perhaps the best way to describe Gabriel Been – aka Asheru – is a true ‘Renaissance Man’.  In other words, Asheru is a well-rounded individual.  Sure, he’s a talented MC,…

Review: Childish Gambino, ‘Because the Internet’


Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet is one of 2013’s most ambitious albums  Childish Gambino • Because The Internet • Glassnote • US Release Date: December 10, 2013 The saying in basketball is “you live by the three, you die by the three.” What does a basketball saying have to do with a hip-hop you ask?…

Review: Deca, ‘The Ocean’


A ‘household name’ he’s not, but Deca has plenty to offer Deca⎪The Ocean ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 24, 2013 Facebook          Twitter         Website          YouTube Deca is certainly no household name – that is a fact.  Regardless, the Denver, Colorado born MC definitely has skills….

Review: Earl Sweatshirt, ‘Doris’


Earl Sweatshirt impresses on Doris Earl Sweatshirt⎪Doris⎪Odd Future / Columbia ⎪⎪ US Release Date: August 20, 2013 Underground rap as a style has plenty of virtues.  It tends to offer an additional element of uniqueness that contrasts more mainstream, commercial rap styles.  That isn’t to say that underground rap supersedes the styles, but it offers…