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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Video Review: Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$

Video Review: Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ is one of the few New York rappers in this new generation to really make an impact. Since he came into the industry in 2012, he’s worked hard to establish himself and the Pro Era crew a loyal fan base that has been paying off in different ways. Whether it was touring, releasing music, or his most recent debut album dropping, they’ve shown love. Currently, B4.Da.$$ is on pace to sell 50-55K first week. To put it in perspective, he’s going to beat Lupe Fiasco by at least 15K. What we got with B4.Da.$$ is a debut album… continue reading

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Video Review: RJ & Royce The Choice – Rich Off Mackin’

Video Review: RJ & Royce The Choice – Rich Off Mackin’

The expectations for RJ and Royce The Choice’s collaborative project, Rich Off Mackin’, were non-existent. There were no singles to judge off of. No track list to ogle prior. The only thing we had to go on is their collaboration on “Throw Your Hood Up” off DJ Mustard’s 10 Summers album. Being the best song off that album, it would be high expectations to live up to should we have chosen to follow that. ROM is very West Coast sounding. At times, it feels like a RJ-crafted project with Royce coming in to lay down verses later on. However, this… continue reading

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Review: Nipsey Hussle – Mailbox Money

Review: Nipsey Hussle – Mailbox Money

Nipsey Hussle’s model for releasing music is the future. There’s absolutely no reason to give us an entire album for free. While there are plenty of fans who don’t buy music, there are enough that to do throw it on iTunes too. Offering a paid and free option is an advantage for Nipsey. He also adds in his proud 2 pay campaign idea. For Mailbox Money, his “album before the album,” fans can pay $1,000 to get a physical copy and exclusive access to a listening session for his debut album. A steep price, but Nipsey proved doubters when he made… continue reading

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Video Review: Kanye West – Only One

Video Review: Kanye West – Only One

Kanye West is in a class of his own. No albums soundalike, and never will. He’s one of the few biggest names in hip-hop that still aims to push the envelope and be innovative. While we had a small sample of “All Day” in 2014, ‘Ye kept quiet on the music front until the last day of the year. “Only One” sprung up on iTunes, and featured Paul McCartney (and Ty Dolla $ign). It was entirely different from “All Day.” The song found him softly singing as his mother speaking to him, speaking to his daughter. This is one of… continue reading

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Review: Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife

Review: Rae Sremmurd – Sremmlife

The debut project is special. Whether it’s a mixtape, EP or album, we’re given an introduction to see if the artist can undoubtedly stay in the game for a while, or make a quick exit. While many artists who emerge with a hot single rush this project to keep the buzz going, Rae Sremmurd took a different approach. After “No Flex Zone,” they followed up with “No Type,” and effectively killed all talk of being one-hit wonders for the time being. With the latter single just striking Gold, the duo finally dropped their first EP (or technically album, because length),… continue reading

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