While You Slept: Fences – Lesser Oceans

While You Slept: Fences – Lesser Oceans

While You Slept is a monthly series showcasing an album, mixtape or EP where the quality of the body of work didn’t match the attention it got. In the inaugural post, I bring you Fences’ Lesser Oceans. Fences is a name that not many hip-hop fans are likely aware of. The Seattle-based indie band plays on the alternative side of things. Their only connection to our culture is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It was “Otherside (Remix)” that first brought them to my attention, namely Christopher Mansfield, the lead vocalist. I was hooked. It brought a whole new life to the… continue reading

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Book Review: JTG – DAMN, WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?

Book Review: JTG – DAMN, WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK?

Flaws are everywhere. Point out anybody on this planet and they have some. They could be significant or minor ones to overlook. For former WWE wrestler JTG, his flaws are wrapped around a highly entertaining book suffering from poor editing. If you’re not a grammar nazi, you’ll barely notice or care. The fact is that DAMN, WHY DID I WRITE THIS BOOK is a hilarious read. JTG speaks candidly about his career. A lot of it has to deal with negatives from his his days trying to make it in the WWE, but he tells them in ways that don’t… continue reading

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Review: Snoop Dogg – BUSH

Review: Snoop Dogg – BUSH

At 43, Snoop Dogg is one of the few in his later stages of his career that is still experiencing evolution. He’s one of those rare Pokemon types that you continue to train because you know it’s going to turn into something (more) awesome. Without a doubt, Snoop doesn’t disappoint. The fans are receiving what they’ve been whispering about for years: a S-N-double O-P and Pharrell album. I could ramble on and on about their chemistry over the years, but any late bloomers will find BUSH as a funk-filled, easy-listening album, enough so that they’ll spend hours looking up their… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-4 to 5-10)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (5-4 to 5-10)

This week’s curation is brought to you in part by my birthday. Ha. If you’re thinking of wishing my a happy birthday, thank you. The real gift is that y’all enjoy the articles I gathered this week. Why do people hate Jay-Z? What’s a day in the life of Vince Staples like? How did Drake influence Eminem’s flow? What are Jay’s top 15 B-Side singles? All will be answered as you scroll down. Reasonable Doubt: Is Jay Z All About the Money or the Fans?: Since Tidal’s launch, this is a question that has began to surface more and more…. continue reading

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SD Interview: Talib Kweli Gives Details on Radio Silence & Liberation 2 With Madlib

SD Interview: Talib Kweli Gives Details on Radio Silence & Liberation 2 With Madlib

In my seven years of doing interviews, entering unprepared has never been my style. However, there was uncertainty in the air if I was going to interview Talib Kweli once again while on his The People’s Champion tour with Immortal Technique. I wasn’t receiving any responses, so I chalked it up as not happening and attended the show anyways (for another interview that didn’t happen). The way the Showbox is structured basically requires an artist to stay backstage before doors open or walk through the crowd to get there. I’m just relaxing, waiting for the next act to come on,… continue reading

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Discussion: Post-Rich Gang, Who’s Off To A Better Start: Young Thug Or Rich Homie Quan?

Discussion: Post-Rich Gang, Who’s Off To A Better Start: Young Thug Or Rich Homie Quan?

Rich Gang, for now, is done. Birdman’s vision ran 2014 as he recruited Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan. Rich Gang Vol. 1 was in a lot of best projects lists, and for good reason too. This could be a long rant about why we loved the mixtape, but we’ll just recommend listening to hear what we hear. Somewhere along the way, Rich Homie Quan decided it was time to focus on his solo career. It sounded like his reasoning for distancing himself from the controversy already surrounding Birdman with the Lil Wayne lawsuit. Young Thug didn’t exactly take kindly… continue reading

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