Reviews of albums old and new from iconic artists and up and coming musicians alike.
Ateez Zero: Fever, Pt.2 Album Review
My favorite boys have made their highly anticipated comeback with the title track “Fireworks (I’m The One)” along with their mini album Ateez Zero: Fever, Pt.2.
Melaphyre Etheoryall - The 'AFRiKA iNFiNiTE' LP
In late 2006, New York City rap mainstay Nas released his eighth studio album and made a very bold declaration with the project's album title.
Out With The Old
When I begin my workday, I always throw on the radio. Radio isn’t something people typically listen to anymore – with the advent of streaming services, podcasts and the ability to listen to just about anything you can dream of at your fingertips. But radio has always been my way of connecting to the world around me – especially now as we draw closer to the first anniversary COVID-19 was announced as a global pandemic.
Other things… Mac Miller’s ‘Circles’ and Posthumous Albums
At the time of Mac Miller’s untimely death, he was already deep into the recording of Circles; the now posthumously released album that acts as the follow-up to 2018’s Swimming. The two albums were intended to create a loosely drawn concept – Swimming in Circles – that reflects the deeply introspective nature of Miller’s lyrical content.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: Carnage Review
I type this in a room, alone. It’s the same room I’ve spent the majority of the last year in. This is okay. It’s a pleasant room. I have it just how I like it. It has plenty to keep me occupied within. It lets the light stream in on sunny days like today. This is my pandemic space. I often count my blessings that I have it. That I can maintain it. It’s here the days stretch out and sometimes they take me places, places within. Sometimes it closes in on me, it presses the sides of my cranium and I struggle to see through the dullest of aches…..
The Arrival of Giveon: Revival of Soul Music
This Herculean-looking artist has taken the soul/R&B landscape by storm. After experiencing the "Drake Effect" by featuring in “Chicago Freestyle”, Giveon looks like he is here to stay. If you like artist like Frank Ocean, H.E.R., and Daniel Caesar, then this artist if for you. By creating a sort of old school sound while harping on love, Giveon gives off a 90’s vibe. It feels like one of those voices that you hear on your parent’s old record player — but he’s in his 20’s. Consider this the revival of old school soul; neo-soul music.
Artist interview spotlight Sa'di's new project consist of 15 songs, 2/18 “Finally" was realeased. Sa'di is the owner, producer/artist and founder of Iwantinmusicgroup. Working along side his wife Patricia McLeod, CEO and co-owner. This business is a very unpredictable so support from those close to you are very important. Good Vibes and company goes a long way, some accomplishments and acolades. As founder of record label iwantinmusicgroup came responsibility. Sa'di built the studio headquarters from the ground up with the support of his family, artist Producer, digs very deep on this project. Showed growth and development working on this album.Vividly SA’DI gives you his view on life coming out of West Oakland. Unorthodox rhyme flow and powerful tracks the combinations leads to moving songs creativity and a genuine great vibe each song coming from all angles.
Classic-An outstanding example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or timeless quality. The album Reasonable Doubt almost supersedes the actual definition of Classic itself. Still in the stages of building his empire ROC-A-FELLA in 1996 Jay-Z, Dame Dash, and the rest of his team locked in to create one of the best hip hop albums in existence. At the time the 26 year old from Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, NY was looking to defy the odds.
A Retired Hoe Reminiscing On Her Tales
The first time I listened to the album Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan I was not only struck by her amazing voice, but by how much I related to the story she was telling. The title, Heaux Tales, pronounced “hoe tales”, is a funny and sophisticated twist on words. It sets a vibe that is continued by the storytelling within the album. The introduction track, “Bodies'', describes a night involving too much alcohol and the sketchy situations she keeps putting herself in. It’s a melodic pep talk evaluating another crazy night and telling herself that she has to get her shit together. Right away I’m transported back to the countless times I woke up in the morning feeling exactly the same way. Unlike her, I wasn’t even considering how lucky I was that I woke up safe in my own bed. My college years all blur together with nights like these strewn in-when I considered my actions to be nothing but fun and good times. With this opening tale, Jazmine lets us in on her own personal struggles, allowing herself to be vulnerable and relatable. She opens up the stage for other women to share their truth and lets the listener know they are not alone.
At any hour of the day, when I go to start my car and push to turn on my radio, I will likely be met by one of the voices of the rising star that is Lizzo, the absolute powerhouse that is Beyoncé, or the business empire mogul that is Rihanna. Throughout my childhood, a lot of Saturdays in my home were spent cleaning along to the songs playing from the likes of Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, or Mary J. Blige because those women represented some of my mother’s all time favorites. If I were at my grandma’s home, I would likely be met at the doors by the tunes of Ella Fitzgerald, or Nina Simone, and most definitely I would hear Diana Ross and The Supremes at some point during my stay. Around my high school years, I spent a considerable amount of time with my aunt who was positively in love with the music of Aaliyah, India.Arie, and FKA Twigs. Often I think back to a moment when I was young, it was during what felt like a years long car ride with the shouting of far too many children. I can still hear my uncle yelling, “Can you please shut up, Whitney is singing!” If only but for the length of the song, he desperately wanted a moment to hear Whitney Houston and nothing else. It stuck out to me, he does not come across as the image of a man who would be truly taken with “I Will Always Love You”. But nevertheless, it was what he wanted to hear. So many of my memories will always connect back to the art I consume the most, music, and I know I’m not the only one.
Chungha Querencia Album Review
Chungha has finally released her highly anticipated album Querencia, and it was worth the wait! This is such an amazing album with so much going on, and I want to talk about each song. I am going to skip over Side A, Side B, Side C, and Side D interludes as well as the Querencia epilogue and just focus on the full-fledged songs. So let’s just alk about this incredible album.
Don't Call Me: Album Review
It’s been years. Years. Yet here we are, and SHINee is truly back. With all their mandatory military enlistments done, the group of four has come back for their seventh studio album together. The album, Don’t Call Me, marks a triumphant return for SHINee, with nine songs full of life and vibrancy that just begs to be listened to.