Album Reviews

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There are some hip-hop albums that exist on a higher level. They're not just solid offerings, they're a lot more than that. Pusha T's 'My Name Is My Name' is one of those albums, and it stands out not only for its incredibly strong production and lyrics, but for the way it&a…
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Danny Brown's breakout album 'XXX' and the now-streaming 'Old' are both split into two halves. While the former started with drug-fueled absurdity before segueing into introspection, 'Old' flips the formula. The first half isn't just introspection though;…
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With the second installment of ‘The 20/20 Experience’ we get an earnest view into why Justin Timberlake returned to music. In March, the New York Times declared '1 of 2' of the project (with a forward headline) ‘New Songs For a Side Career...
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Following his plan despite losing his music due to a hard drive failure, Ethiopian-born singer Kenna keeps pushing the boundaries with the second installment of his ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide.’
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If you’ve been keeping track recently, Gucci Mane has been releasing a lot of music, as he debuted a three-volume mixtape just last month. Now with his new album, ‘Diary of a Trap God,’ he gives fans even more music and pulls in producers Zaytoven, Mik…
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Nobody ever really wins when it comes to Drake -- the man who rules the fall season and social media conversation with his recently leaked 'Nothing Was the Same.' Writers and critics who focus in on him constantly risk getting scrutinized themselves because of his iconic status. Even if one blogs ab…
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Before the Weeknd’s debut album, ‘Kiss Land,’ makes it to iPods, iPhones and Spotify playlists on Sept. 10, there’s already a 30-song catalog to mull over. Not only is the Canadian singer-songwriter’s catalog extensive, but it stems from three bodies of work: ‘House of Balloons, ‘Thursday’ and ‘Echo…
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One can try to place Janelle Monáe into a box, but that would accomplish nothing. This is a woman who thrives by expressing herself through various genres, which is showcased most excellently on her new album, 'The Electric Lady,' out Sept. 10.
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In April, Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg released the ‘New York Renaissance’ mixtape. The collection featured some of the Big Apple’s hottest artists – including Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson – and a wide assortment of rising, but lesser k…
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Ariana Grande began her career on Nickelodeon’s show Victorious as the bubbly and sweet Cat Valetine. Like many other Nickelodeon and Disney screen starlets, Grande has transitioned to a pop star like Victoria Justice, Miranda Cosgrove and Selena Gomez. But unlike her peers, she's steering clear of …

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