Top 5 Artist: Kanye West, School Boy Q, J.Cole, Lupe Fiasco, 50 Cent
Wake Up Mr. West
Music has changed since the turn of the decade. Projects have replaced albums and mixtapes. CDs have joined their plastic "retro" with the streaming service battle taking almost a year break between projects. Some take the year off to have fans hungry for some more. Others never leave the public eye with multiple project within the same year. When your wife has a multi-million dollar franchise, it's hard for someone like Kanye West to ever leave the spotlight.
Blake Griffin Dunks on the Kardashian Curse
Click here to listen to the We're Working On It podcast, and subscribe to the podcast for weekly content. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has missed 83 regular season games. Despite missing time with various low body injuries, the Clippers blessed the 28-year-old with a five-year, $173 million contact extension. With the financial security in hand, along with the unveiling of "Point Blake," things seem to be on the rise for not only Griffin, but the Clippers organization. So, Clippers fans could not have enjoyed learning of Griffin's new relationship with Kendall Jenner.
Fader vs. Everybody
Click here to listen to the We're Working On It Podcast. Subscribe to the channel for weekly content. As a well respected music critic Anthony "Needle Drop" Fantano has built an online fan base with his outspoken opinion on various musicians over the years. To a base of over a million YouTube subscriptions, Fantano has become a sort of an enigma in the media circle. He has received praise for his in-depth look into the various sounds and styles artists may use to express their art. He is also criticized for his seemingly random grading system for their projects. Believing that School Boy Q's "Blank Face" should receive a comparable grade to something like Lil Pump's self-titled album.
Message Board: Gucci Mane
Any time a major album drops, fans and critics alike jump into Message Board to discuss the album. Zach Cronin and I break down the new Gucci Mane album, Mr. Davis, without the help of Stone Strankman, as he spends the next few weeks on the PUP list. Make sure to listen to Mr.Davis after the review, despite what you may read. This is the text thread of our conversation.
Marvel Drops Second Trailer For 'Black Panther'
Marvel Studios surprised fans with the release of the official trailer for Black Panther. The Ryan Coogler-directed film is set to hit theaters February 9, yet fans were granted a taste of the epic battle between the Wakanda King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and the potential usurper to the Wakandan throne Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).
Anytime a major album drops, fans and critics alike jump into Message Board to discuss the album. This week, Zach Cronin, Stone Strankman, and I break down the debut album from New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, The Bigger Artist. Make sure to listen to the album The Bigger Artist after the review, despite what you may hear.
Disjointed: Neo Yokio Review
Neo Yokio uses New York City culture to show the hypocrisy of high-class society in a flawed and fizzled animated series. As someone who was born and raised in New York City, hearing about a anime theme story about life in the city had my eyeballs turning to fire emoji's. Would there be fights on top of the Empire State Building? An epic chase down Park Ave? A transformation of a foil character? Yea, issa a no on all three. The fighting on top of the Empire State Building was replaced with an "eligible bachelor board." The epic chase-down in the city turned into a getaway attempt of a known terrorist. And the only thing that transformed was the futuristic robot butler Charles (Jude Law). My idea of New York was completely different from creator Ezra Koenig.
Painting a Picture
Damian Lillard isn't one to shy away from the moment, from hitting the biggest shot in Portland Trail Blazers' history to proclaiming victory over the Golden State Warriors in six games as a underdog. Well that's what you get from a twenty-seven-year-old Oakland native who had a craving to make it out of the "O" as he would call it. Now as he prepares for the release of his second studio album Confirmed, and the upcoming NBA season, Lillard life spills out though his mediums.