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Marshall Mathers

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Kamikaze’

★★★★☆ Eminem lashes out at anyone and everyone on his latest album “Kamikaze,” reacting fiercely to the disappointing commercial and critical performance of his 2017 album “Revival.” The Detroit, rapper deploys lyrical tongue twisters and explores topics as diverse as Vice President Mike Pence and the Grammy Awards during his[Read More…]

by September 9, 2018 0 comments Music, The Guide
J. COLE

Album Review: ‘KOD’

★★★★☆ J. Cole’s latest album “KOD,” which dropped April 20, does not stray from his usual reflection and critique of modern culture. The album documents heartbreaking stories of systemic violence, drug addiction and crippling emotional impairment, while simultaneously roasting trap culture, politicians and the broken system of U.S. society. However,[Read More…]

by May 22, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
SABA

Album Review: ‘Care for Me’

★★★★★ Introspective and impassioned, Chicago rapper Saba’s second studio album “Care for Me” pairs clever wordplay with impeccable flow. The 10-song collection demonstrates Saba’s magnetic storytelling ability and earns him a place among the best up-and-coming rappers. Saba, born Tahj Malik Chandler, released his first project “GETCOMFORTable” in 2012.  He[Read More…]

by April 17, 2018 0 comments Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
EP Review: ‘Terms and Conditions’

EP Review: ‘Terms and Conditions’

Featuring instrumentals like funky guitar and ’90s garage band beats, Slang’s newest EP “Terms and Conditions” unexpectedly combines melodic rap with upbeat yet mellow choruses. Despite its innovative production, “Terms and Conditions” lacks the vulnerable storytelling and lyricism of Slang’s previous music. Slang, a somewhat undiscovered alternative indie and rap[Read More…]

TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT

Album Review: ‘Black Panther: The Album’

With the hype surrounding the release of Marvel’s 2018 film “Black Panther,” which features a predominantly black cast and is currently the seventh highest-grossing film ever in the United States, the pressure to make an album worthy of a billion-dollar film was tremendous. With a star-studded lineup and a variety[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
AARON WEINMANN FOR THE HOYA

G-Eazy at the DAR Constitution Hall

Dressed in an all-black outfit with his hair greased back and gold chains bouncing off his neck, G-Eazy turned the DAR Constitution Hall, a theater-like venue with carpeted floors, into a club last Saturday. As he ripped through songs off his latest album “The Beautiful & Damned,” as well as[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 1 comment Concerts, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
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
Concert Review: BROCKHAMPTON at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Concert Review: BROCKHAMPTON at The Fillmore Silver Spring

Texas-based rap group BROCKHAMPTON brought precise lyrical mastery to its performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Jan. 28, with unbridled energy that electrified the crowd. The group, which broke into the mainstream in 2017 with its “SATURATION” album trilogy, has a penchant for interweaving silky hooks and vulnerable moments[Read More…]

SZA

The Guide’s 2018 Grammy Picks

RECORD OF THE YEAR Redbone (Childish Gambino)  Despacito (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber) The Story of O.J. (JAY-Z) HUMBLE. (Kendrick Lamar) 24K Magic (Bruno Mars)   ALBUM OF THE YEAR Awaken, My Love! (Childish Gambino) 4:44 (JAY-Z) DAMN. (Kendrick Lamar) Melodrama (Lorde) 24K Magic   SONG OF[Read More…]

Kirk Chantraine

Concert Review: Action Bronson at The Fillmore Silver Spring

New York City rapper Action Bronson brought a larger-than-life stage presence and buckets of charisma to his Dec. 22 appearance at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Since his 2011 debut studio album “Dr. Lecter,” Arian Asllani — better known by the stage name Action Bronson — has built a reputation as[Read More…]