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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Video Review: Charlie Wilson – Forever Charlie

Video Review: Charlie Wilson – Forever Charlie

Charlie Wilson is the Uncle that we love to see. The man whose stories are appreciated and dissected like no other. He tells us about love in many different forms, and does it with a nostalgic vibe that transcends this era. That’s why an album like Forever Charlie will go under-appreciated with some of the best R&B/Soul music being made in this day and age. Basically, if you have an opportunity to listen to the album, do it! While it was being reported that Kanye West would serve as executive producer for Charlie’s next album, this isn’t that album. Will… continue reading

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Video Review: Ne-Yo – Non-Fiction

Video Review: Ne-Yo – Non-Fiction

A little over two years later, Ne-Yo is giving us his latest album, Non-Fiction, and this is after he made the jump to Motown Records. The direction of the LP fits into the brand that Motown has given us for decades. Ne-Yo finds himself in a loose narrative that spans the entire album without making it feel like you need to always listen in order. Take almost any song off the album and it sounds good on its own. Unlike R.E.D., Non-Fiction is a refreshing return to a pre-dominant R&B vibe. There’s the Juicy J-assisted “She Knows” and “Time Of… continue reading

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