Review: Rick Ross, ‘Mastermind’


Rick Ross keeps a good thing going strong on LP number six  Rick Ross • Mastermind • Def Jam • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 Six albums in, the best way to describe Rick Ross is that he ‘is what he is’.  Ross’ high watermark artistically was his fourth LP, 2010 masterpiece Teflon Don. …

The Mariah Carey #Beautiful Remix Is… Um… Something


Mariah Carey featuring Miguel & Jeezy⎪#Beautiful (Remix) ⎪ Island So let’s talk briefly about this “#Beautiful” (Remix), which happens to be the second remix of the song. Hmm, what to say, what to say, what to say.  My puzzler is puzzling… My sole question would be, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS MARIAH CAREY DOING? This…

New Music: 50 Cent, “Major Distribution”


Okay most people know I’m blunt. 50 Cent has had a ‘dry spell’ for some time. Albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre were both commercial and critical triumphs. “In Da Club” was the jam back in ’03 – dominating radio that fall as I was beginning my senior year of high school.  And “Candy Shop” was an incredibly dirty no. 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…