Say what you will about the Luke Cage series as a whole, which I did, but there’s one thing we can all agree on, and that’s the soundtrack was bananas. People began to wonder when Marvel would officially release it for mass consumption, well our prayers have been answered, as the licensed tracks have been made available to stream as of today. Continue reading Luke Cage Soundtrack Available To Stream RIGHT NOW
It Just Might Be Okay
2006 was a strange time for hip-hop. The shiny suit era had ended only a few years earlier, but the genre was reaching new heights of decadence and braggadocios content. But much like the housing crash that would come just two years later, 2006 was about the time cracks started to show in the plated armor of music. Artists weren’t going multi-platinum on name value alone, and most musical outings tried their damnedest to fit the mold of “ringtone rap”. It was in that climate, among the “I Like That’s” and “This Is Why I’m Hot’s” that a spitfire MC from Chicago released his debut album, Food & Liquor to the masses, and was heralded as the “hip-hops savior“. Continue reading Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor Turns 10 Years Old Today: A Look Back At The Polarizing MC’s Ode To Blerd Life
In With a Bark, Out With a Whimper
Well, it’s “official”. Rapper/Actor/Host and Insta-ranter, Shad Moss (a/k/a Bow Wow, f/k/a Lil’ Bow Wow) will retire from music after his forthcoming album NYLTH. While the news may have been something of great importance and relief to the former 106th & Park host, it was met with the same indifference that has pretty much defined the rest of career. Moss’ success in entertainment is undeniable, but when the responses to your “retirement” are various versions of “I thought you retired ten years ago” it’s safe to say, Shad got fired on his day off many moons ago, he was just the last to know. Continue reading The Curious Case of Shad Moss
Might Could Be The Real Deal
The wait may finally be over as the rumor-mill has kicked into overdrive, and multiple sources state that the follow up to 2012’s Channel Orange will drop on Friday, August 5th. Frank Ocean fans have been let down before, so there is plenty of skepticism to go around, but damnit, lets get a little excited that there just might be some new Frank Ocean music coming sooner rather than later. Continue reading We Finally Have A Release Date for Frank Ocean’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’
Drake Has Borrowed Too Many Feelings
Strange as it may seem, Drake, who is known for being one of the more sensitive rappers to hit the scene, may be in rare form on his fourth studio album, Views. Never one to shy away from stories of lost love, betrayal, and comeuppance, Views sees him hitting all the familiar beats with a velvet covered baseball bat. If Drake feels like you’ve wronged him, then there’s a song for you on this album, I just wish the delivery was something close to interesting. Continue reading Album Review: Drake – Views or How Drizzy Learned to Love Again…
Lost in the Cinematic Groove
About seven years ago, I was a college student looking to kill some time while not studying. Clicking links on various sites to assist me in my quest of procrastination, I came upon Pogo’s “Alice” mix, a not so simple re-edit of in film audio from the Disney classic, Alice in Wonderland. It’s a dreamy little track that matches the tone of the film perfectly. The “oh’s” and “ah’s” match the innocence of Alice’s voice. The track just works. Fast forward several years, and Pogo has made quite a name for himself, remixing not only Disney films, but any spare audio he can find. It’s that talent for existing sound and original tweaks that brings us Star Charts, a solid mix of samplers, sounds, and fury to ride through the beginning of the new year.
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Sometimes You Can Go Back Home
J. Cole has been on the precipice of greatness since his first album, according to himself anyway. That’s not to say that he’s delusional, but more that he understands the eminent pressure put on him by his fans and the hip-hop community at large. You’re signed by Jay-Z, doing features with TLC, and rubbing elbows with some of the best in the game (Kendrick Lamar, Wale & Drake). Where Cole falters as an artist, and on his album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is his lasting appeal. He’s an artist that’s aware of how good he’s supposed to be, but inconsistently delivers at that level.
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