Quirky in the truest sense, Amine adds a new dimension to the rap game. With his debut album “Good For You” dropping tonight, the Portland artist has shown himself as a unique personality and talented lyricist. The production of his music and corresponding visuals have caught my attention. Showcasing his crafty wordplay on singles like […]Read More AMINE: New School’s X-Factor?
A re-listen to Jazmine Sullivan’s third studio album shared much more than the songstress’s heart-wrenching vocals. Her story-telling abilities shines from beginning to end on “Reality Show.” From tales of label hogging to the classic “Bonnie & Clyde” relationships, Sullivan covers the realities of “hood” living. Giving context to many of the reality shows on […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: Jazmine Sullivan’s “Reality Show”
Katy Perry’s new sound and edgy look has received negative attention. With damaging accusations of “culture appropriation” to being accused of using racial slurs, things with Perry is… bittersweet. While her character is taking quite a hit from fans and activists alike, her music is dominating the charts. It would be criminal of me to […]Read More Katy Perry: America’s Favorite Culture Vulture
I was never a fan of slow, sultry rhythm and blues. As a matter of fact, I purposely ignored the genre because it seemed too vulnerable and obvious for someone like me to indulge in. My younger self categorized R&B as this overpowering monolith of vocally depressing, ridiculously theatrical music propragated through brown faces. The […]Read More MODERN BREAK-UP: Music For The Milennial Soul
There’s no denying that Jay-Z’s 4:44 is one of the most game-changing albums for Hip-Hop music. The album lacking the Brooklyn’s lyricist signature sound of hard-hitting beats and chilled R&B is replaced with fuzzy, almost uncomfortable instrumentals. “The Story Of OJ” stands out though. Samples from both Nina Simone and Kool and The Gang explains […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: “The Story Of OJ”
Everyone knows Pentatonix. Even if you’ve never seen them, you’ve probably heard their music. The talented quintet rose to fame after winning the third season of the NBC a ccapella competition “The Sing-Off.” Unlike previous winners of the show, PTX’s presence on social media skyrocketed their popularity and soon they were churning out hits, specifically […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: Superfruit’s “Future Friends”