Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

It’s safe to say Kendrick Lamar did not take the obvious route on his sophomore major. He released GKMC two-and-a-half years ago to explosive acclaim, but never flooded the market with guest verses. The relative few he did let off were more often than not low profile as fuck. The only person with less of a public presence since his last acclaimed album is Frank Ocean. But now, in the Age of the “Surprise” Release, Kendrick announces To Pimp a Butterfly and releases it just two weeks later. The album is dense but rewarding, unique, and rarely unexciting. Kendrick released… continue reading

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Review: Mod Sun – Look Up

Review: Mod Sun – Look Up

Mod Sun is the type of artist that the Alternative/Hip-Hop scene needs. In a world with so much negativity, Mod aims to inspire and make the world a better place. His music is fun, his tweets are informative, and his audio-book, Did I Ever Wake Up?, is full of gems. Packaged with his debut album, Look Up, the book was a huge selling point for me. In 50 minutes, he looks to change your outlook on life for the better, and it’s safe to say that’s working. On the actual music side of things, Look Up is a diverse album…. continue reading

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Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise is in stores today. While you would be justified to ignore this album based on any other project Sean has released since signing to GOOD Music, DSP is actually worth a spin. Sean’s goofiness (and tendency to spit the same suffix until he’s gasping for air) has been the largest hurdle that his confidence and wit must overcome. Outside of a guest verse, it rarely happened. But this time it did. Sean’s made an album you can play through, front to back, without facepalming at every other line/Mike Posner appearance (thankfully there are none this… continue reading

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Review: Dee-1 – 3’s Up EP

Review: Dee-1 – 3’s Up EP

Be real. Be righteous. Be relevant. These are the 3 R’s that Dee-1 represents in his life and on the 3’s Up EP, which also serves as his first retail offering under RCA Records. While it’s easy to tell fans a way to live, Dee actually lives what he writes about. The 3 R’s are embodied in himself and the music he creates. So, if there was ever a time to jump into becoming a fan, this EP is definitely that moment. This moment lasts for 27 minutes that is built on cohesion. 3’s Up is not only diverse in… continue reading

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Review: Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

Review: Drake – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late

Out of nowhere on Thursday night, Drake released his mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Sold exclusively on iTunes, Too Late is a 17-track project serving as an appetizer for Views from the 6, Drake’s upcoming fourth studio album. It includes production from frequent collaborators Boi-1da and Noah “40” Shebib, and features guest verses from Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. The project is already being projected to go gold by its first week out, and was met with much excitement and hype on Twitter and Instagram (including yours truly). Lyrically, Drake is as sharp as ever, and… continue reading

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Video Review: Kid Ink – Full Speed

Video Review: Kid Ink – Full Speed

Kid Ink is on his sophomore album. Full Speed is the predecessor to My Own Lane. One thing that is appreciated is the album titles (and if you wanna get more in-depth, the mixtape ones too) all fit into one central theme. The debut album was Ink finding what works best for him, while this latest effort is him improving upon his style. While there isn’t a bigger hit single to reinforce that, the album is a huge step up. If RCA spun a wheel with most, if not all, the song titles to determine the next single, it’d be… continue reading

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