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Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ Expands Horizons but Falls Short of Potential

Khalid’s ‘Suncity’ Expands Horizons but Falls Short of Potential

“Suncity” features pop singer Khalid trying new styles like Latin pop and pitch-shifted vocal samples. Although there are moments of surprising emotional potency, Khalid ultimately lacks artistic maturity and makes only cursory efforts at experimentation. At 20 years old, Khalid Donnel Robinson, known simply as Khalid, has become an international[Read More…]

by October 31, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
JACK COLAVITA FOR THE HOYA

JPEGMAFIA Exhilarates Crowd With Frenzied Energy

In the basement of the Songbyrd Music House in Adams Morgan, red lights reflected off a low ceiling, illuminating the crowd as it eagerly awaited Baltimore experimental rapper JPEGMAFIA. He is currently on tour in the United States and Canada. Songbyrd is a small venue, and its 200-attendee capacity creates[Read More…]

DIPLO

EP Review: ‘California’

★★★★☆ On “California,” world-renowned DJ, producer and pop mastermind Diplo delivers a set of summery instrumentals and A-list features for an EP that might become the soundtrack of the summer for 2018. While Diplo has not released any other albums, mixtapes or EPs as a solo artist since 2013, he[Read More…]

LIL YACHTY

Album Review: ‘Lil Boat 2’

★☆☆☆☆ On “Lil Boat 2,” Lil Yachty attempts to cement his place among fellow Atlanta rap stars like Migos, Young Thug and 2 Chainz but falls short, as personality and energy are swapped for rinse-and-repeat beats and uninspired flows. After the almost overnight success of his 2015 viral hit “One[Read More…]

by March 16, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide