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Album Review: ‘DAMN.’

Album Review: ‘DAMN.’

★★★★★ At the end of “Ab-Soul’s Outro,” the penultimate track on Kendrick Lamar’s 2011 debut album “Section.80,” the Compton, Calif. rapper emphatically declared, “I’m not the next pop star / I’m not the next socially aware rapper.” Over the next four years, however, this proclamation would prove quite false: the[Read More…]

by April 30, 2017 0 comments Music, The Guide

Album Review: ‘Ransom 2’

★★★★☆ Michael Len Williams II, known professionally as Mike WiLL Made-It, is a record producer known for his gritty trap beats and collaboration with other southern hip-hop mainstays like Young Thug, Juicy J, Lil’ Wayne and Rae Sremmurd. He has also been a very successful crossover producer, most notably on[Read More…]

by March 31, 2017 0 comments Uncategorized

Concert Review: Migos

“Migos is bigger than the Beatles.” What started as a satirical comparison has become a near serious debate. Sparked by the inescapable single “Bad and Boujee,” which topped the Billboard charts for three weeks, Migos’ new stardom has caused many to reconsider this old joke and wonder if it may[Read More…]


Songs of Struggle and Spirit

Nat King Cole. Ella Fitzgerald. Chuck Berry. Aretha Franklin. Kendrick Lamar. When it comes to understanding the power of black artists in the American musical landscape, there is certainly no shortage of icons from which to choose. In fact, it is impossible to discuss the history of American music without[Read More…]


Album Review: ‘DROGAS Light’

★★★☆☆ Lupe Fiasco’s career has been tumultuous in recent months; after a series of tweets in response to his ostensibly anti-Semitic lyrics and talks of an early retirement in 2016, the Chicago rapper cancelled the release of two upcoming studio albums. Luckily for his fans, however, Lupe Fiasco has finally[Read More…]

Growing as a musical artist, Detroit rapper Big Sean shows a strong desire to inspire personal growth in his listeners through his fourth studio album “I Decided.”

Album Review: ‘I Decided.’

Detroit rapper Big Sean has consistently produced music that reflects on both the demanding nature of the rap industry and his own hard work and struggle toward success. In this sense, “I Decided.,” his fourth studio album, is reminiscent of his past work. However, his latest album is unique in[Read More…]

Album Review: ‘What a Time to Be Alive’

Album Review: ‘What a Time to Be Alive’

★★★☆☆ With a title as hype-inducing as “What a Time to Be Alive,” Drake and Future’s mixtape was set to fan the flames of an already scorching year for hip-hop. With three months still to go, 2015 has already seen releases from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and[Read More…]

by September 25, 2015 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, The Guide
Album Review: ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

Album Review: ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’

★★★★☆ “Somewhere between I want it and I got it,” Drake told us on his last album “Nothing Was the Same.” His success is a hybrid, established and unfinished, embodied by his signature methodology of blending traditional rap cadences with melodic crooning. It is the ambiguity surrounding this release that[Read More…]

by February 20, 2015 1 comment Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Album Review: ‘Tetsuo & Youth’

Album Review: ‘Tetsuo & Youth’

★★★☆☆ In his new album “Tetsuo & Youth,” Lupe Fiasco dives back into the rap game with a fervor that produces his best work in a long time. While there are moments where the energy falls a bit flat, this album is a mix of imagery and interesting political statements[Read More…]

by February 13, 2015 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide
Jaden Smith's impressive new album "CTV2" sets his work apart from his father and sister.

Album Review: ‘CTV2’

★★★★☆ Jaden Smith is anything but average. Having recently made headlines after a bizarre New York Times interview, the 16-year-old has become known for his eccentric behavior. It seems that he skyrocketed to fame working alongside his star-studded family, making Smith’s future as a celebrity independent of his father’s and[Read More…]

by November 29, 2014 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, The Guide