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    The Genius Of White People Party Music

    April 16th, 2014

    So I’m a little late with the review due to a computer crashing, but there’s no reason why I shouldn’t still share the awesomeness of White People Party Music!

    The Genius Of White People Party Music

    White People Party Music! Don’t get offended, it’s all in good fun and the truth is there was no better title for Nick Canon’s new album. I was skeptical at first and who could blame me. Nick Cannon has never been a huge music icon. Yea, he’s successful from his many ventures but who can honestly say they’re a Nick Cannon fan?

    The Genius Of White People Party Music

    Well it looks like Nick Cannon found his lane. He’s an intelligent man who knows where his target audience is. The album starts off with a few generic top forty pop tracks with the first one coming with production from Afro Jack. Normally this is the kind of album I would tear down and call generic and typical in normal copycat fashion. I digress because as this album progresses I see it for the true genius beneath the surface.

     The Genius Of White People Party Music

    Nick found a way to attack his target audience and have fun while he’s doing it. With great White People Party Music songs like “F#$k Yo Birthday” ,“Phucking Awesome”, “White Lady” and “OJ” are wildly creative, on point and yet they still don’t stray from typical pop music.

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    For me the album started on track 4 “Pajama Pants” feat. Future. This was the point where I was truly able to see Nick’s vision coming together. It’s spot on and I just want to go back to college and get invited to a kegger.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you’ll see me personally jamming this album while I’m rolling down the street, but in it’s own right it’s a masterpiece and the best thing Nick has ever put together in his music career.

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    A feature from his protégé Colette Carr on “Feel The Music” reminds me of what a disappointment she is and if Nick can put an album together this well then what happened to her below average 2013 debut. Her mixtape two years prior was fresh and creative and it’s been all down hill from there, but that’s another story for another day. In the mean time, Nick Cannon’s April 1st release is deserving of a perfect 10 score even if it’s not your kind of music. The creativity, the sense of humor and the above par production included. It couldn’t have been done better!

     

     

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    7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman

    April 15th, 2014

    7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman

    At this point I’m sure everyone has heard the news that late night host David Letterman has announced his retirement. Marvel Comics has already launched a campaign for their list of comic book characters that would make for strong replacement candidates. It’s only an entertaining fantasy as we all know, none of these fictitious characters are in line for the job, but never the less I have a more realistic approach.

     7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman

    Why don’t we bring something new and fresh to late night television? It will never happen but one can dream. Just what if we could spice things up a bit?

    The question is what if the new host of late night was someone from the hip-hop community. Someone who would attract a younger audience and bring a vibe like never before. If a rapper was to get this job who would fit the bill?

    I asked the question and now I’ll give my short list. Here is my list of MCs that would make great late night host candidates.


    7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman

    1. Ludacris

    Well qualified is the Atlanta born MC that got his start as a radio personality under the name Chris Lover Lover. Not a bad bullet point for his resume. He has strong acting background and a personality that lights ups the room. He’s been known to crack a joke or two and we all know that the late night host must possess a strong sense of humor. He defiantly ranks high on our list of candidates.

     7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman


    1. Snoop Dogg

    With his record sales fading and popularity not what it once was, the legendary Snoop Dogg is still a household name. True the studio might be foggy and filled with smoke and this may turn away some anti marijuana viewers, but I figure we’re heading in the direction of legalizing it so why not. Everyone knows his familiar face and lingo. He’s sure to bring a charisma that will make young America tune in.

     7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman


    1. T.I. (Tip Harris)

    Another Atlanta-based MC with a strong resume and acting background. If you’ve never seen a T.I. interview, I suggest you watch one. His personality always steals the moment and he’s very comfortable in front of a camera. How could you not at least consider T.I. for the job?

    7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman


    1. EVE

    I had to throw a female MC in the mix and though EVE isn’t as relevant as she once was you can’t deny her charm and resume. She spent time starring in her own sitcom and it’s sounds like the perfect time to start a new chapter in career.

     7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman


    1. Ghostface Killah

    This Wu-tang original may not have the comedy and acting background that the other candidates possess but his character is unmatched. If you’ve never listened to a Ghostface album in its entirety or seen one of his extended interviews you may be scratching your head at my choice. The quality that I look forward to is the fact that the audience will die from laughter and I don’t think Ghost will think it’s funny. I have the feeling that Ghostface is serious about his words of wisdom even though most of time he makes no sense to his listeners.


     

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     7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman

    1. Eminem

    I would love to see Eminem get the job and we all know his sense of humor and charisma, but lets be honest that’s a lot curse words to bleep out. His unpredictability could be a problem for primetime television. I can only imagine his interview for the job. When asked if he could watch his mouth on air he replied with “What? Take my f$c#in% eyeballs out and turn them around”. It’s probably not going to work.

     7 Rappers Qualified to Replace David Letterman


    1. Kanye West

    I’m certain he wants the job more than any other candidate, but no network wants to be at risk for Kanye moment. I can only imagine the lawsuits and controversy he would bring to the network when he gets the urge to speak his mind. With that said I’m sure ratings would be through the roof. We would have to tune in because no one ever knows when Kanye is going to snap and give us a surprise.

     

    Now let’s be honest with our selves no rapper is going to take over for David Letterman but it’s always fun to dream.

     

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    Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    March 18th, 2014

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    Welcome back to another addition of the Music Week in review. The coolest place on earth well all the cool kids kick it at. You could be anywhere in the world right now but you’ve choose to be here with me.

     

    I give my own thoughts on every album that is released on the world wide web every week but don’t just take my word for it. My goal is to give you a few cool facts about the artists and their albums while spreading awareness about some of the good music that has been released that may have fell between the cracks of the mainstream and went unnoticed.

     

    For the real addicts of music, I understand the daily fight to chase the high from the very first hit that you ever experience. As your tolerance level rises that fix becomes harder and harder to find. A high that at time seems impossible to achieve. We work together to make sure that no one is caught looking the other the way when great music hits the street.

     

    Here is the February catch up post that includes notable albums released in February that I missed in the review.


    Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    Stat Quo – ATLA: All This Life 2/25/14

    Mr. “Statlanta” was once signed to Eminem’s Shady Records. He was building buzz and working with games elite. With a highly anticipated album on the way Eminem vanished from music and resurfaced in the news recovering from a drug overdose. Oh the possibility and what would have been. No use in crying over spilled milk. Stat has never given up on his dream and has continued to release music independently. His latest release is a good old school Atlanta ride. He gives a tribute to Outkast and brings feature guests Scarface and Devin tha Dude along. I call it good hip-hop music.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


     Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    Joe Ryan – 1879 2/13/14

    This one slipped passed my radar. I jammed it a few times in February but forgot to review it. I’ll slide it into the catch up post. A modern r&b and rhythmic sound that is fun and energetic with a touch of hip-hop. I can hear a lot of auto tuning and pitch correcting in his vocals so it raises the question of whether he can sing live or not. Either way a decent writing job and complimenting production. In the end there are more positives than negatives and it’s worth the listen.

     

    Score 6 of 10


    Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    Ginette Claudette – Tainted Emotions 2/25/14

    With her debut album and New York based singer/song writer made a pop/r&b album that sounds like top forty radio. I don’t think she truly has the top forty hits that will break the mold but the foundation is there. A feature from rising star Rico Love and production that is what you would expect from an urban-pop artist. The album flows and stays in its lane never taking a creative left turn. The album is fair and average. I was looking forward to some risk but honestly pop has never been about taking risk.

     

    Score – 6 of 10


    Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    Russian Red – Agent Cooper 2/25/14

    The Spain born indie/folk/pop singer releases her highly anticipated third album and for my outside pick I’m personally head of heels for this odd little Spanish fly. Her innovative sound and lyrics are definitely something you have to have an open mind to grasp, but if you need something outside of the box, here’s a good place to start.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


     Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    Major Lazer – Apocalypse Soon (EP) 2/25/14

    The electronic sounds of Major Lazer return with an EP featuring guest vocals from Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul and more. If your familiar with the electric music project that is Major Lazer then you know there similar to a modern version of Daft Punk. They have they’re own sound and everything they release is entertaining. If nothing else you have to hear the track with Pharrell.

     

    Score – 7


     Music Week in Review: February Catch Up Featuring Stat Quo, Russian Red and More

    Erik Hassle – Somebody’s Party (EP) – 2/28/14

    What an amazing display of art from this Swedish pop star on the rise. An alternative r&b and soulful sound that sounds to me like he’s heavily influenced by Prince. A short project of just 6 sounds but this is an injection you won’t regret. I look forward to his first full-length album in hopes that he continues to impress and innovate.

     

    Score – 8 of 10

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    Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    March 17th, 2014

    Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

     

    There once was a day when you had to go to a record store to purchase music. Someone’s actual job was to hang out in record store all day, read album credits, stock music, listen to music and talk about music with customers and co-workers. Another cool part of that job is he had the chance to hear every album first before it came out.

     

    When a customer walked in the store with 20 dollars in his pocket and could not decide between the new OutKast record and the Bone Thugs and Harmony he would ask that cool cat at the desk.

     

    Well I’m attempting to remain that guy. We may not be in the record store anymore and no one reads the booklet that comes with the album anymore, but I’m still here to make sure you know what the scene is looking like out there.

     

    Here are the notable albums released between 3/11/14 and 3/18/14


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    Young Money – Rise of an Empire 3/11/14

    Young Money/Cash Money family is back to make a statement. Led by Lil’ Wayne I was impressed by a majority of the project. I’ve been disappointed by recent releases by Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj and worried that their better years were behind them. This project is packed with gems from Drake, Lil Twist, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Jae Millz, Birdman, Euro and the whole family. Oh how hard it is to put together a good computation album that features so many different artists from different backgrounds. Sounds like Lil’ Wayne had the recipe. A great sampler of the team and preview of what we can expect.  A good album from start to finish.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


    Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    YG – My Krazy Life 3/18/14

    Now don’t judge this guy off his hit singles. It’s his debut full length album so I understand all you have to go off is his radio singles like “Toot and Boot It” and current single “My Hittas”. Forget you’ve heard those songs and believe me when I say his album is a complete display of talent and an ode to the west coast gangsta rap. Album includes a rendition of Dogg Pound’s “Lets Play House” visual story telling songs and production that becomes progressively better as the album moves forward. Guest vocals from TY Dollar $, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Young Jezzy, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q and more.

     

    Score – 9 of 10


    Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Sprit 3/11/14

    The most commercially successful album of his career. He has already scored two top 10 singles and a great first day of sales and downloads. Aloe Blacc is not a new face uncase you’ve been sleeping. This old soul has been releasing album after album and feels good to see him achieving this kind of notoriety at this point in his career. The album exceeds expectation. His soulful Blues/r&b/ folky sound has been teleported from the 60s and remixed to fit our modern times. My only beef with this album is that the album starts off with the pop attempts. The better portion of the album is in the middle. Over all it’s a winner and I do recommend this album.

     

    Score – 9 of 10


     Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Clyde Carson – Playboy – 3/4/14

    It’s off to the bay area to engage in some classic north west coast production and lyrical content that doesn’t stray to far away pimping lifestyle. Clyde has a laid back lazy flow over old 70s soul samples and 90s west coast mob music drums and synths. It’s a classic 90s bay area sound that fans of that era will enjoy rattling the trunk of the Cadillac. It’s an easy listen but nothing stands out as unique or great but it rides like his core fan base expects.

     

    Score – 6.5 of 10


     Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Ghetts – Rebel With A Cause 3/9/14

    One Of UKs most anticipated rappers, releases his debut studio album after several mixtapes. Yes he has a strong English accent but please don’t let that discourage you from this great album. The production can be described but nothing ridiculous. His delivery is aggressive and violent and his lyrical content is angry and passionate. The album is complete and satisfying.

     

    Score – 8.5 of 10


     Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Ledisi – The Truth 3/11/14

    Fun Fact: her name means “to bring forth” in Yoruba, a language spoken in West Africa. With her third LP the jazzy r&b singer gives fans her consistent brand of music. In my opinion she’s an incredibly average artist that sings over dated 90’s production and nothing pop out. The album has its positive moments but it’s not on my list of recommends. Her fan base has kept her alive this long so I know there is an audience out there that has anticipated this album but I can’t lie about my feelings of boredom when it comes to this album.

     

    Score – 5 of 10


     Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata 3/18/14

    Freddie Gibbs has continued to stay consistent with his features and guest appearances throughout the world of hip-hop; his ESGN album released last summer and constant touring. His gritty, deep strong delivery is a match for Madlib’s sample heavy beats and all I can do is solute. It’s the perfect balance of gritty, jazzy production and flawless execution. Guest appearances include Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt of Odd Future, Scarface, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Mac Miller and more.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


     

    Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Marsha Ambrosius  – Fvck & Love EP   3/8/14

    Another English artist and former lead vocalist of the group Floetry. Her voice is unmatched, her range is inhuman and it’s a shame UK hides this much soul in their back yard. I have no idea why she isn’t a bigger star in the USA. This is only a 6 song EP released for free download but words cannot express how much of an R&B/Soul masterpiece this is. This EP is an experience and I encourage all R&B fans to download this free EP if you are not already hip.

     

    Score – 9 of 10


     Music Week in Review: 3/11-3/18 Featuring Aloe Black, Young Money, YG and More

    Black Milk – Glitches in The Break (EP)

    A real hip hopper that Detroit based independent MC is! His latest project features 9 sample heavy tracks that focus on lyrics instead of hooks and a classic hip-hop sound that he has wallowed in well in his career. There is not much I can find to say other than it’s a stand out project and the beautiful thing about being independent is you don’t have to impress the radio or the club. He just does whatever he wants to the mic. His 2013 album was a good album, this one is mostly space filler and experimental sounds.

     

    Score – 6 of 10

     

    To be continued…

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    The Art of the Mixtape: A-Z Breakdown

    March 12th, 2014
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    The Art of the Mixtape. In this new music era mixtapes are a huge part of the hip-hop and r&b genre. Recently I’ve seen and heard a lot of questions posed about mixtapes through word of mouth, blogs and social networking platforms. Questions like what’s the difference between an album and mixtape? And why do rappers release mixtapes? The truth is there is no one reason but these days as far as the fan is concerned most albums are basically free albums.

    Here’s my quick A-Z Breakdown. In the old days, a mixtape was a DJ mix where DJs would not only showcase their work, but also break new records and they often re-mixed songs and mix matched popular vocals to beats from other popular current hits.

    Fast-forward to todays fast pace consumers demand market. In order to understand the mixtape you have to understand the recording process. To mass-produce, distribute and market an album on a national, let alone a worldwide level, it takes a boatload of money. Someone has to foot the bill. Before a label, distributor, sponsor or investor puts up this kind of money; they need to believe on paper they will see a return in their investment.

    Just because an artist is signed to a label, it doesn’t mean the label will release their record to the public. In fact most artists signed to a label will never see a release date. What an artist has to do is work hard, work overtime. They need to build a buzz, build a fan base and prove to the label that they are worth the investment. In many cases the free mixtapes is a good start.

    Next is the process of recording. Artists signed to a label are under an extreme amount of pressure to record songs that impress the label executive, A&Rs, DJs, radio stations and etc. All this while trying to stay true to their art and maintain some sense of artist integrity. For that 14-track album that was released an artist may have recording 50 to 100 songs. For example Michael Jackson admitted to recording 300 songs for the Invincible album alone. Of course Mr. Jackson was way to large of an icon to waste his time on mixtapes but you get the point.

    Also when purchasing production from music producers, it could get expensive paying for that much production so producers sell beats in two ways. They lease the beat to an artist for little to no money. This means the producer still owns the beat and the artist is just borrowing it. Then if the artist wants to release the beat then the artist pays for the beat to be exclusive and gives points of his album for future revenue. Beats may also contain samples that need copyright clearance. Well, a free mixtape needs no clearance.

    What do you do with all those songs that you have recorded that are not going to be on the album? You give it away to the fans on a mixtape. This helps you build a buzz before your album drops as well as keeps an artist relevant in-between albums. You don’t have to pay out money for those exclusive beats, clear samples or in many cases get approval from the label.

    These are just a few reasons why an artist values the right to release mixtapes or what I like to call free albums to public.

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    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    March 11th, 2014

    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

     

    With no further delay here is the Mixtape Catch Up. A quick review of the notable mixtapes released between February 21st and March 8th.


     

    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    CyHi The Prynce – Black Hystori Project 2/24/14

    Signed to Kanye West’s Good Music Label you should be happy to know that Kanye West is the executive producer of the mixtape and it is a masterpiece. A concept masterpiece that was meant for black history month and CyHi wastes none of his time on space fillers. This is seriously the best mixtape he’s done yet since being signed to Good Music. If you are a hip-hop fan I encourage you to download this mixtape and if it’s your first dance with CyHi, well it’s a great start.

     

    Score – 10 of 10


    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    JR Writer – The Return Of Greatness (mixtape) – 2/23/14

    The former member of the once prolific Dipset has released two studio albums and 14 mixtapes since 2003. His latest release is consistent with his battle rap style that sounds like a continuous exercise and shaping of the blade. Don’t expect catchy hooks or a wide range of subject matter. This is JR at his best arranging witty punch lines and clever metaphors with every line he spits. The production compliments his style well and he gives fans his consistent brand of music.

     

    Score – 6.5 of 10


    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Snoop Dogg – That’s My Work Vol. 3 (mixtape) – 2/27/14

    The latest installment of Snoop’s Mixtape series is the weakest link out of the pack. It’s not out of character it’s just little lazy compared to the last two installments. It actually should have been a Snoop Dogg and Daz album due to the fact that Daz features on almost every track. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad album just not as good as the last two mixtapes. It’s always good to hear that Snoop still rides with the click of rappers that he came into the game with. Features on the project include Warren G, Daz, Kurupt and Soopafly.

     

    Score – 6 of 10


    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Mingos – No Label 2 (mixtape) – 2/25/14

    Once again these guys have contaminated my headphones and left a bad taste in my mouth, but before I tear them apart let me acknowledge the fact that they have a buzz and are gaining steam with every release. This mixtape is already certified gold so there is obviously a core audience that completely disagrees with me when I call them trash. My problem is they have nothing to rap about and I can’t tell any of them apart. Every rapper on the Quality Control click sounds like nothing but basement noises to me and they hurt my ears. Lots of chanting about being rich and how they love being dope dealers and all they want in life is keys of cocaine and stacks of money. That’s fine if that’s what they want but do they have to remind me in a child’s “are we there yet” manner over and over for an hour. Enter at your own risk, but the production is generic and redundant and the lyrical content is non-existent. In my opinion they can stop bragging about not having a label because I couldn’t see a label even attempting to sign them with their noisy brand of imitation Rich Homie and Future sounding hooks lack of rhyming skill.

     

    Score – 3 of 10


     Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Uncle Murda & GMG – Ain’t Nothing Sweet (mixtape) – 2/21/14

    Impressed by this “street” mixtape from this New York native. Uncle Murda gives a versatile style and sound and an overall entertaining experience. The project is up and down though. There are songs that in my opinion they could of kept to themselves but the good outweighs the bad. Appearances from Troy Ave, Maino, Raekwon and more.

    Score – 7 of 10


     Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Papoose – Cigar Society 3/5/14

    This battle-tested rapper is staying busy and shedding light on the signing of his first record deal and how it was the worst decision of his career. He just gave us a mixtape about a month ago and he’s already back for more. Appearances by Cassidy, Onyx, Raekwon and Prodigy of Mobb Deep Compliment him well. The production is fair but you have to be a fan of Papoose to really respect his music. His aggressive delivery definitely sets him apart from other rappers. There are good moments on the mixtape but overall it’s just fair. Not his best work, but just enough to stay relevant and keep his core fan base interested.

     

    Score – 6.5 of 10


    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Raheem Devaughn – King of Loveland 3/3/14

    Radio Raheem gives us an r&b project that is filled with more covers then original songs but that is not a statement meant to discredit his brilliant voice. It rides well and is a project I recommend you at least hear. He covers songs including Wale’s Bad and Janelle Monae’s Prime Time. His versions do have original lyrics and vocal arrangements. It’s not his best work but it’s serviceable and just enough to hold off fans between projects.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


    Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Bizarre – Lace Blunts part 2 – 3/2/14

    Eminem’s D12 group are rumored to be working on a new album and only time will tell if they can give us the same quality of music minus the late MC Proof. In the mean time Bizarre is still working and the new mixtape continues to give him a solo voice. Never to be confused with a lyrist, this of course is not the music for you if you want to hear skillful or intelligent lyrics. He’s often off beat and says things that may be disturbing to most. Anyhow Bizarre is what you what you call comedy relief. He’s had better lyrics especially when in the presence of the rest of the group. If you want my opinion he’s trying to hard on this one. The first half of the album is a terrible generic rendition of what ATL rappers would call trap music. The mixtape gets better production wise down the stretch. As for his lyrics, well he’s a terrible rapper and that’s not going to change. It features Ritz, King Gordy and Young Zee among others and they all sound super stars compared to Bizarre. Giving all of the bad feed back on Bizarre’s MC skills it’s still enough decent songs on the mixtape to at least say it’s a pinch over average. With that said you have to sit though the flaws to hear the artistry.

     

    Score – 5 of 10


     Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Turk – Reflamed 3/4/14

    Started his career as one of the original Hot Boys along side of BG, Lil Wayne and Juvenile Turk is still working on his craft as an independent solo rapper these days. What happened to Turk you may ask? He left Cash Money with the rest of the Hot Boys group because they weren’t receiving royalties or so the rumor goes. Turk disappeared and did a bid in the penitentiary while the rest of his band members all had successful solo careers on different levels. Well Turk is back and a little too late. His made up word for an album title, his terribly average flow and need to yell out “Original Hot Boy” on every track is just not enough to stand out amongst the world of current rap artists all competing for attention. He’s not a bad rapper, but he’s not special either. He really just reminds us why he is the lesser-known rapper from the Hot Boys. He’s in the mediocre zone, a terrible place to be.

     

    Score – 5 of 10


     Week in Music: Mixtape Catch up featuring CyHi The Prynce, Snoop Dogg, French Montana and More

    Chinx and French Montana – The Jack Move 3/7/14

    French looks to be one of the hardest working rappers of the year through his features and mixtapes. I find myself mentioning him every week. I do believe the sole propose of this mixtape is to co-sign on Chinx as an artist but the two feed off each other nicely. It’s called The Jack Move because they are doing just that. Jacking not just beats but songs and making them their own. It’s more of the classic way of doing a mixtape. It’s has great moments as well as boring moment. Overall, A job well done could be said about many of the rappers version of covers.

     

    Score – 6.5 of 10


     

     

    That about raps it up. Look for this weeks album review.

     

     

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    Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more

    March 3rd, 2014

    Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more


    More humid than a church pew on Sunday and quiet, so deathly quiet. What is this you may ask? It’s called narration. A literary device that allows one to establish tone, exposit information and in a nutshell it’s a lively way to draw in the readers hopefully grasping their attention for the long haul. As a fringe benefit it gives me purpose in the world of music and self-expression that really needs no visuals. – DEADPOOL or some of it, I completely butchered his words to make it fit into my own agenda.

     

    Yea, I know I’m quoting Stan Lee’s Comic Books but it felt so fitting.

     

    2014 is in full effect with all of the future classics and highlights of the year on the way. Still catching up form the previous week and preparing to move into the future; our work is cut out for us. So with no further delay here is the Music Week in Review by yours truly.


     Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more

    Pharrell – G I R L – 3/3/14

    A breath of fresh air will sweep through the land on March 3rd like a miracle gust of hope! Hopefully a highly contagious airborne pathogen that will infect many artists in the industry causing them to step up their creativity and release classically original stand out masterpieces this year. Masterpieces that will inspire us all. Pharrell released the year’s first album of 2014 in the running for album of the year. This is a brilliant piece of work that my words couldn’t begin to do justice for. R&B/Soul/Pop and just some old school love blended together on this one for a masterpiece that should stand the test of time.

     

    Score – 10 of 10


     Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more

    Ashanti – Braveheart – 3/4/14

    The once princess of Murder Inc. has been rebranding herself as indie artist over the past few years. Her 2013 Christmas release was more then decent and left room in the hearts of long time fans to hold out hope for Ashanti’s album release this year. We’ll not much has changed for the once loved R&B singer. She sounds like she’s still hanging out with Irv Gotti. Maybe some of you are happy about that but I’m personally disappointed. The album sounds dated and there is very little growth from her previous projects. I’ve never been a fan of her song writing skills. Her lyrics are more “ABC” then ever. The album features appearances from French Montana, Jeremih, Beenie Man and Rick Ross and has moments that are better than others, but overall it’s typical and average at best.

     

    Score – 5.5 of 10


     Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more

    Rick Ross –Mastermind – 3/3/14

    I’ve never been a fan of rappers that build their careers off of glorifying the business of distributing narcotics and the boasting of drug money. This rapper in particular actually named himself after the original poster boy of Crack Cocaine Ricky Ross. And not a poster boy in music, but actual Crack Cocaine. If you don’t know that name outside of rap, do your research about Ricky Ross and how the government under the Ronald Regan administration played it’s part in flooding the country with crack, which created a world wind of poverty, gang violence and broken homes. All of that non-sense to the side, Mastermind’s lyrical content is just that, but ironically trust me when I say it’s not only Rick Ross’s finest hour, but also the best rap album released in at least the past year. Another instant classic from the superior production to the creative interludes that help the album flow like a film. Appearances from Zero, Scarface, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, French Montana, Meek Mills, Jay-Z, The Weeknd and more.

     

    Score – 10


    Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more

    Mark Battles – Black Einstein – 2/20/14

    One of my catch up albums that I’ve reached a little late, but he still made the cut. A very simple and somewhat old school rhyming style he brings, but it works for him. His album features good, not great production, but I actually enjoyed his story and views expressed through lyrics over his brand of hip-hop. The album features appearances from Wale, Joe Budden, French Montana and Currency.

     

    Score – 7


     Music Week in Review March 3rd: Featuring Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and more

    Kid Cudi – Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon 2/25/14

    What an eccentric journey this album is. Close your eyes and expect to leave earth for a while because Cudi was defiantly not attempting to score radio hits or climb the pop charts. Actually I’m not even sure you can put this album in the hip-hop category. It’s like the modern day version of a Pink Floyd album. I hate to compare an album to a Pink Floyd album given their track record but if I had to find a modern day album that could compare with Darkside of the Moon I would say Cudi at least attempted it. Some of the songs on this album don’t even have lyrics, yet he makes it work. One thing it is for sure it’s original and it’s too early to tell if it’s genius or trash. It’s one of those albums that must be heard in its entirety several times and over time to truly form an opinion. For now he gets points for creativity.

    Score – 8


     

    A very good couple of weeks it’s been and as promised there will be many posts to come surrounding the same period. We haven’t even touched mixtapes and already two classic releases for March. To be continued…

     

    Upcoming on the next post later this week new comer Sage the Gemini, Stat Quo, Snoop Dogg, Nina Nesbitt and more.

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    Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    February 26th, 2014

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    Since I’ve been doing this blog I’ve been killing myself to keep up with new music releases. I’ve always kept up with new music, but just because I’ve downloaded it doesn’t mean I’ve always listened to it right away.

     

    On top of all that, it’s the Internet age where everyone has access to new music as soon as it touches the web. So I believe it’s time to evolve this blog and like I ask artist to do with they’re music, it’s time to grow.

     

    It’s time I look ahead a little bit and review albums before they come out instead of a week behind. Also I’m going to post in separate segment, multiple posts instead of one big one. I’ll work out the kinks along the way. Of course I’ll have to catch up for a few post on last weeks material, but we’ll get there.

     

    Here is a quick review of music released after February 16th, 2014 and my thoughts.


     Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Red Café – American Psycho 2 (mixtape) 2/17/14

    Bad Boy artist Red Café’s second installment of American Psycho is still not up to the Bad Boy standard and I don’t think he’ll hit the height of P. Diddy endorsement at this rate. He can rap, but in this business punch lines and ridding a beat properly isn’t enough to succeed. If the rumors are true and Bad Boy is really closing they’re doors, I doubt Interscope is ever going to release his album after the fact. It’s just a mediocre project that doesn’t stand out in any way. I’m rooting for you Café but you should hire a muse cause this so so music is not working. Right now the general public is saying Red who?

     

    Score – 5 of 10


    Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Jae Millz – 1990+ (mixtape) 2/17/14

    As a member of the infamous Young Money crew, it must really suck to be the one no one knows. Jae Mills has been around for a while and gained respect from the underground NY scene well before Young Money. In this music business the record labels do nothing for you unless you have your own movement. We watch other Young money artist like Tyga, Drake and Nicki Minaj demand respect through the mixtape market and work like inhuman mechanical tools and check this, they depend on Young Money for nothing. They all have they’re own teams outside of Young Money. Jae should soak up game and surround himself with a team that can push him forward and quit complaining about the game not being about lyrics anymore. No one cares we know you can rap. We need songs! As for the mixtape, it’s dope! All classic 90s hip-hop beats with Jae spiting punch lines and metaphor over tracks from OutKast, Wu-tang, Camp Lo, Naughty By Nature and the list goes on, but still no songs. Sounds like the format to become Young Money’s “bench rider” of the year! I’m not hating, I’m saying get up and do something about it.

     

    Score – 6 of 10


     Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Juvenile – The Fundamentals 2/15/14

    Began his career as a Cash Money Hot Boy alongside of Lil Wayne and BG. Juvie has been known in the past to produce hits and cult classics with every album in the past, however I was dreading pressing play, because the preconceived notion was “here is another washed up rapper trying to stay relevant.” Actually the album had its upsides, yet as whole it was rollercoaster ride. At times he sounded like he was trying to hard and came off corny. Other times he displayed skill as if he hasn’t lost a step. At any coast there we’re no big radio hits on this one and I do believe his mainstream appeal at this point is next to none. The album features appearances from Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti and for actual Juvenile fans it’s a descent serviceable album.

     

    Score – 6 of 10


    Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Sean Paul – Full Frequency 2/18/14

    The return of Reggae/pop artist Sean Paul came as a surprise to me. Not because he’s still active but the simple fact that he sounds like he never stopped running the charts. The album is constant and flawless. There is no risky or experimental music that crosses over to new audiences but he does exactly what he is supposed to do. The album features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Gong Marley, Iggy Azalea, Juicy J and Two Chains. It’s Sean Paul at his best, producing pop hit after pop hit and staying relevant.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


     Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Doppelgangaz – Peace Kehd 2/18/14

    If your not hip to this dual, its hip hop the way it was intended to be experienced. I hate the fact that rappers of the current error find it ok to do music that you can’t distinguish from the rest. Each artist should have they’re own sound and they should provide intangibles that only that specific artist can provide. This group does just that. Their dark production and unique rhyming belongs to them and them only. This is how you build an underground cult following. They stand apart from the rest and that’s not to say that they are the best but to say they do their own thing in their own lane. The Lyrics are creative and innovative and the album gets progressively better through out the duration.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


    Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Phantogram – Voices – 2/18/14

    My outside pick wasn’t as impressive as I anticipated. The production feel of the album was hard to classify and am not sure if it was all over the place or well rounded. One moment it was a hip-hop feel and the next it was English pop. I actual love the production but the vocals wore on me. The music sounds great at points, but others the vocals are like figure nails scratching the caulk board. It’s a long ride filled with sounds and influences from every genre and they aren’t afraid to take risk so I can’t fault them for experimenting. I just wish it had more of theme. After all the negative feedback that I’m delivering I’m still giving the overall project a decent ratting. It’s highs out weighs the lows.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


     Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    School Boy Q – Oxymoron – Release date – 2/25/14

    The much anticipated album from TDE member School Boy Q was much more “Gangsta” then I predicted it would be. Both Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad took a bit of conscious approach with their stories of gang life. School Boy Q holds nothing back and gives a southern Cali gang life style for the new generation. The production is aggressive with lyrics to match. The deluxe version of the album is worth selecting over the standard because the bonus songs are legit. I Personally expected more lyrically but overall it’s not a bad album.

     

    Score – 8.5 of 10


     Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Prodigy – The Most Infamous  -2-18-14

    The album was more like a collection or greatest hits for Prodigy. Outside of Mobb Deep albums Prodigy hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to solo albums. His first album H.N.I.C. and Einstein we’re both produced by Alchemist and were instant classics. The two of them work well together, but the rest of Prodigy’s albums have been boring and poorly produced. The majority of this project fits that boring mode. He just doesn’t have the intensity that he is capable of giving us in his delivery.

     

    Score – 5 of 10


     Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

    Candice Glover – Music Speaks  – 2/18/14

    This American Idol winner was actually apart of three straight seasons. She was eliminated in season 10 and 11 before wining the whole contest in the 12th season. I think that is phenomenal and is the definition of dedication. Not sure what direction they we’re looking for with this album though. It a decent R&B album filled with big and slow Ballads, but to be completely honest, I fell asleep on the album twice. Oh how I love the voice but such a slow ride. I wanted to love it but the truth is it’s a thin line that this album sits on. Either you love it or your board by it. It’s literally all ballads.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


    Music Week in Review Feb 18th-25th: featuring Beck, School Boy Q, Sean Paul, Candice Glover and more

     Beck – Morning Phase – 2/25/14

    One of the most experimental artist of the last 20 years, Beck is a real risk taker. He has experimented with just about every genre and never put out the same album twice. Every time he releases an album he reinvents himself. This time around he has giving us a soft rock/ 60s folk sound. No what I hoping for but a good album overall.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


    More reviews coming later this week!  To be continued…

     

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    Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    February 19th, 2014

     

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    The comic book business is an industry that has been thriving since the late 1930’s and hasn’t slowed down since. DC comics introduced us to the world’s first superhero Superman in 1938 and the rest is history.

     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    The comic book industry belongs to two companies DC and Marvel. The two share 80 present of the comic book industry. Those amazing superhero’s are not just on the pages of comics any longer they have expanded to mediums like TV, video games and films among others. DC comics, now owned by Warner Brothers, exclusively releases their films through Warner Brother.

    Marvel on the other hand primarily owned by Disney, but some of the characters have film rights owned by other companies such as Sony and Fox. When it comes to comics, videogames, animation, merchandise and TV both companies have strong product and in-depth content and storylines that keep us all attached.

    Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

     

    The one market where two companies stand light years apart is on the silver screen. Marvel is capitalizing on the growing interest and revenue in superheroes on the big screen. DC, not so much. Marvel has kept us entertained. The genius idea to tie storylines together to create the Avengers has been breaking the box office over and over again. A Captain America film, 3 Iron Man films, The incredible Hulk, two Thor films the actual Avengers film all tie in together to create one big ongoing storyline.

    Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    If Marvel can smell that box office money what’s wrong with DC. Their movies are far and few between. They continue to reboot Batman and Superman but refuse to unleash the catalog. This year DC dose not have one feature film scheduled to hit theaters and only one scheduled for next year. The film for next year is the sequel to last years Man of Steel (Superman) and is to feature Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

     

    Is it DC that is not interested in giving us a feature film or is it Warner Brothers that refuses to compete with Marvel on the silver screen?

     

    Marvel is feeding us like never before. They are releasing so many films that super hero blockbusters are no longer just summer movies. Being a comic book fan myself I really do hold out hope that DC gets on the ball and opens up their catalog of superheroes to the big screen.

     

    DC aside, I choose to celebrate Marvels lineup. They will be lighting up the theater similar to ways the have been all decade. Here is the line-up of films based on comic books scheduled to be released in theaters.


     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    Captain America: The Winter soldier

    April 4, 2014

    It’s the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and the latest installment of the ongoing Avengers storyline. The film features major rolls from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson).


     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

     

    May 2, 2014

    The sequel to the resent reboot of Spider Man stars Jamie Foxx and Emma Stone. Many people were confused and irritated at the reboot that came on the heels of the previous Spiderman trilogy starring Toby Maguire. I personally thought it was necessary. The reboot is darker and closer to the actual comic book storyline.


     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    May 23, 2014

     

    Starring Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence.

    The film is to pick up where last years The Wolverine left off. As a Comic book fan and X-Men being my favorite I’ve read the original comic with the same title. It’s Kitty Pride that gets sent back in time in the comic but in this film they are sending Wolverine instead. I figured seeing how Wolverine is the cash cow of the franchise.

    The movies were not released in chronological order and there were many inconsistencies throughout the series, but Fox refuses to reboot the series. I am amp about this film. I want to personally watch all of the X-men films in chronological order as opposed to the order they were released. If you would like to revisit or catch up in chronological order as well, but don’t know the order I will list them for you.

     

    1. X-Men: First Class
    2. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Actually it takes place before and after first class)
    3. X-Men
    4. X 2
    5. X-Men 3: The Last Stand
    6. The Wolverine
    7. X-Men: Days of Future Past

     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    August 1, 2014

     

    In there first ever feature film the stage is set with an all-star cast featuring Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Glen Close and more. I’m not all that familiar with this comic book series but I have faith that the film will satisfy.


     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    Fantastic Four

    March 6, 2015

     

    Fox is rebooting the Fantastic Four series and it is much needed. The last Fantastic Four films were terrible in my opinion. They were corny and the films lacked action. Well see if they can get it right the third time around.


     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    May 1, 2015

    The whole gang back together. Starring Scarlet Johansson, Robert Downey J.R., Samuel Jackson, James Spader and more.

    The next chapter to the Avengers saga that started with Captain America and mark my words when I say it will set the new record for first week box office numbers on opening weekend.


     Marvel Madness: Films Based on Marvel Comics Coming Soon

    Ant Man

    July 31, 2015

    Starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglass.

    Ant Man comes as a surprise to me out of all of the characters in the Marvel Universe. I never expected to see this guy on the big screen. There must be a reason, I’m guessing someone wrote a great screenplay.

     

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    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    February 18th, 2014

    In todays market there is so much music to dig through with the Internet being the main distribution tool for media. You can only imagine how difficult my job can get searching the Internet for notable music releases.

     

    Artists are releasing music exclusively through their website or on mixtape sites as well a exclusive releases for stores like Target and iTunes. Then there is all of the independent music releases that fly under the radar. Skimming through all of those avenues and looking for good music can be a fulltime job but in the end it’s worth it.

     

    It was Valentines Day last week and many R&B artists did their best to make it a special week with exclusive Valentines Day releases for the fans to enjoy. I was ranting earlier this year about a lack of R&B last year and hoping that this year would be a big year for R&B. Well we got off to a nice start for this week and it was the first week since I’ve been doing this blog that the R&B releases out numbered the hip-hop.

     

    Here ‘s a quick review of the music that was released between the dates of February 10th through February 14th.

     


     

     Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Currency – The Drive in Theater

    A free download from Currency was released. The New Orleans native started out his career signed to No-Limit records and was also signed to Cash Money records at one time, but does much better on his own. Jet Life records is his label and that’s fits his music well. His new album is filled with the same consistent chill hip-hop that has made him a star below the radar. A good mixtape and I recommend the listen.

     

    Score – 7.5 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Ne-Yo – 3 Simple rules  (EP)

    Ne-Yo gives his fans a special free download for Valentines Day. Four new tracks of love songs to hold fans off in-between albums. All of the special Valentine releases have four tracks; I guess four was the magic number. It’s not his best work by far, but it’s good music for the R&B fan looking for a fix.

     

    Score – 6 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

     

    OJ Da Juice Man – Alaska in Atlanta

    I have no idea what people see in this Atlanta rapper, but he has managed to stick around. His signature ad-libs and simple ABC flow haven’t grown much. He has nothing insightful to say but you already knew that so if you’re a fan, you don’t listen to his music for lyrics or creativity. His production is below average and my head hurts from the chitter chatter that sounds like the soundtrack for the Special Olympics.

     

    Score – 3 of 10


     Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Crosses – Crosses

    My outside pick of the week comes from alternative rock band Crosses based out of southern California. I enjoyed every minute of it. They remind me a little of the Deftones at times but with their own dark twist. After two self released EPs, this is their debut album and worth the wait.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Daley – Days & Nights

    Categorized as R&B but he has a soulful alternative sound at times. This was my first listening experience with this artist and I was thoroughly impressed with his range and depth in lyrical content. It’s a creative and eccentric ride filled with a lot of soul. There are points in the album when he has an old school Marvin Gaye like sound. I strongly recommend this album.

     

    Score – 8.5 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    JoJo – #LoveJo (EP)

    You may remember her as young child with an amazing adult voice in 2004. She still remains the youngest solo artist in history to hold a number 1 spot on the billboard hot 100. If you haven’t been paying close attention you may of missed her. She’s been staying busy flying under the radar self-releasing mixtapes while fighting with her label. If you haven’t heard them I suggest you start downloading, because they were good quality mixtapes. She has recently signed a new record deal still under the Interscope family tree and JoJo is working on her big industry come back all grown up and mature. The Valentines Day EP is just a short teaser but her voice is still that of an elite R&B singer and you can put her in a class with all the great voices.

     

    Score – 7


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    Eric Bellinger – The Rebirth

    You can call this album a double disk with well over thirty songs. This is also my first experience with this artist and I have nothing bad to say about him. I know thirty plus songs sounds like a lot but he never bored me. Its witty, creative present day R&B with a great production job. The album features guest appearances from Usher, Problem, Sage the Gemini, Too Short, TY$, Kid Ink, Joe Budden, Tank and more.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    K. Michelle – Still No F%*ks Given

    Also a Valentines Day release for free download but this album is lacking love songs. K. Michelle is needed and has a fan base that is growing rapidly. She fills a void in the industry and always remains herself, which is being loud and “ghetto” (a word she would probably use). Raw R&B that I don’t think was meant for me. I don’t believe I’m in her demographics. However, I have a respect for her honesty and ability to be herself in an industry that normally changes people into robots. She’s up to her same tricks on this one. All of her “neighborhood attitude” shining through on songs like “Baby Mama” and “F*#k you” She mixes some new original songs and mixtape remakes of other popular songs.

     

    Score – 7 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Good Belt Gang – N.O.R.E. Presents: Resource Room

    No one has ever mistaken N.O.R.E for a lyrist, but he was present during some legendary hip-hop moments, which is why I thought this album was worth listening to. I was wrong about that. It’s that time in N.O.R.E’s career when he attempts to pass his wisdom down to the next generation of rappers. The problem with that is the rappers involved with the Good Belt Gang are below average rappers and I wonder what N.O.R.E. saw in them. Busta Rhymes, Bun-B, 2 Chains and Action Bronson are featured on this album, but it could not save it from less than mediocrity.

     

    Score – 2 of 10


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    Willie the Kid & Bronze Nazareth – The Living Daylights

    Two underground MCs collaborating on this sample heavy album that features gritty sounds and lyrics. Another album in the lane of the generation that grew up on Wu-Tang. That east coast early 90s hip-hop sound that still lurks in the shadows of the business. The album is serviceable and easy to listen to but with Action Bronson being a tough act to follow you really have to come with some innovative lyrics to stand out in that lane. I’m not impressed with the lyrics enough to give a true vote of confidence. Especially with trying to be the new generation Wu. The album features Young Dirty Bastard, Sean Price and Roc Marciano among others.

     

    Score – 5 of 10


    Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    K – Young – Lay You Down (EP)


    If you don’t know K-Young then you must not read the credits to music you listen to. This R&B singer is attempting to make a name for himself as an artist. He has already had a successful career behind the scenes as a song writer for artists such as B2K, P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Yolanda Adams and Brandy just to name a few. His EP features 7 new songs just in time for Valentines Day and is bedroom ready to lay that special person in your life down.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


     Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Mya – With Love (EP)

    I’m happy see that Mya is still releasing quality music. Another special Valentines Day release and her first release of original music since her 2011 album K.I.S.S. which was released independently. Nothing daring or experimental but a feel good R&B EP. I look forward to her new album hopefully before years end.

     

    Score – 8 of 10


     Music Week In Review Feb 10-14 Featuring Ne-Yo, JoJo, Eric Church, Currency and More

    Eric Church – The Outsiders

    I had to throw in a country pick because I was very impressed with this album. A lot of experimenting with classic rock and blues and he wasn’t afraid to let it all hang out on this album. The Outsiders was the perfect theme and title for this album and if your mind is open wide enough to fit in a little country then this album should be in your playlist. I debated giving him a perfect score because he went beyond the call of duty.

     

    Score – 9


     

    That about does it for my week in music. It was a good week for R&B and if your looking for some new music to load in the playlist and you haven’t found anything, I’ve giving you a list of new music to add to your Google search. Next week look forward to more new music and I will be here to report my findings.

     

     

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