Ranking 8 of the Most Surprising Album Releases


Risk sometimes equals reward. In the music business though, risk can also be career suicide. For these eight artists and their respective albums, the artists/labels took the gargantuan risk of the non-standard album release. Some of these efforts arrived sans single, meaning that support and sales came by way of name, word of mouth, and…

2 Things Kanye West Must Tweak Ahead of New Album


A recent Billboard article, “Kanye West Will Release New Album ‘Most Likely in September’; Readies ‘All Day’ Single,” discusses Kanye West’s upcoming album and its uncertain release date.  Based upon the article, it would seem that the direction, as well as major details about the forthcoming album aren’t concrete.  Perhaps Mr. West is just being…

Playlist: 10 Secular-Minded Religious-Referencing Rap Songs


“I know we in church, and the way that I’m thinking wrong”, Compton MC Game spits on “Hallelujah”. Earlier, on the same album (Jesus Piece) on a track entitled “Church”, Game spits as follows: “I’m tryin’ to go to church / get some chicken wings, after that hit the strip club / see some hoes,…

5 Big-Time Rappers Whose Stock Needs A Lift


Sometimes artists go through a dry spell. In rap in particular, hotness just doesn’t last forever. I mean, wouldn’t LL Cool J still be a hot commodity commercially if that were the case (no shade LL, no shade)? Here, I have identified five big-time rappers who need good things to happen for them in the…

Review [Highlights]: Future, ‘Honest’


Future’s second album proves to be much better than expected  Future • Honest • Epic • US Release Date: April 22, 2014 I’ll give credit where credit is due – Atlanta MC Future has stepped up his game on his second major label LP, Honest. That doesn’t mean that the content is the deepest ever…

‘Way Too Early’ 56th Annual Grammy Winner Predictions


So the Grammy nominations just came out, and guess who is already putting his two cents in about who’s gonna win? This guy is! Yep it is technically ‘way too early’, but who cares? How about some December predictions for what’s gonna go down in January? The Big Four Record of the Year “Get Lucky”,…

Comparison: Summer Hip-Hop – Who Wins The Battle for Best Album?


Summer 2013 has been a hip-hop summer indeed.  On June 18, three hip-hop heavyweight albums bowed courtesy of J. Cole (Born Sinner), Kanye West (Yeezus), and Mac Miller (Watching Movies With The Sound Off).  The following week, July 25th , saw the bow of Wale (The Gifted), arguably one of Maybach Music Group’s best.  Then…

Chart Moves, July 10, 2013: Hip Hop Rules, Joe Top Debut


Chart Rewind Last week on the charts (July 3, 2013), Wale debuted at no. 1 with The Gifted, selling a respectable 158,000 copies.  J. Cole remained at no. 2, though sold 72% less with 84,000 copies sold of Born Sinner.  Kanye West fared much worse compared to an ‘overperforming’ J.Cole, dropping a steep 80% in second week sales and falling from no….

Kanye ‘Sings The Blues’ [Over Yeezus’ Sales]


80 is the number that is causing Kanye West’s heart to sink. Why would 80 have such a powerful effect on one of today’s most confident, outspoken rappers? Because Mr. West’s sixth solo album Yeezus dropped an ugly 80% in sales in its second week.  It’s one thing that he found himself unseated from the…