The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

On Undun, The Roots’ previous album, the band entirely devoted its brand of hip-hop towards a focused outlook that could truly be labeled a concept album. There was an emphasis on telling a story with an arc that was as equally compelling as it was musically diverse. And although it wasn’t the Philadelphia collective’s singular foray into … [Read more...]

Kanye West – Yeezus

Six albums ago, many people were justly excited to champion Kanye West as one of the greatest musicians/artists this world was going to see. With songs like “Jesus Walks” and “Slow Jamz,” his debut, The College Dropout, merited a fair amount of attention and accolades. But many of these enthusiasts were made out to seem just as delusional as the … [Read more...]

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

It’s terribly hard nowadays to try and discuss an album one enjoys without sounding too preachy, too emotionally attached and too, well, in love. I’m not sure if that’s a facet of the times or perhaps, it’s always seemed that way (did everyone get annoyed when every single album by Stevie Wonder was universally loved or was it justly expected?) but … [Read more...]

The Roots – How I Got Over

From those opening, gorgeous, chords – their sultry delivery, their soulful demeanor, their jazzy glean, everything – signals that The Roots are back. “A Peace of Light” isn’t just one of their best openers to date but introducing How I Got Over with such a reaffirming, calming ray of light never carried so much peace of mind before. All puns … [Read more...]

Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City

The massive appeal that Ghostface Killah reaches is undeniably wide and far. The New York rapper has been a prevalent facet to hip-hop since his introduction on Wu-Tang Clan’s classic 1993 debut. The true Ironman, Ghostface has always benefitted from his ability as a superb wordsmith, one that raps with such a passion and energy that it appears … [Read more...]

The-Dream – Love vs. Money

The world of R&B was aching for some good music. Not only has the genre been mired with half-baked ideas and overrated albums but the quality has been sub-par for quite some time now. Through it all, there has been a winning team defying the odds with countless hits of great music. Enter The-Dream, Terius Youngdell Nash, and super-producer, … [Read more...]