Most known for her remarkable singing abilities on Season 8 of ‘The Voice,” Koryn Hawthorne portrays a viciously similar sound to the talents of Beyoncé and Emile Sande. With the chance to finally listen to the Voice finalist’s self-titled EP released this past summer, the work wowed me in it’s potential for Koryn Hawthorne as […]Read More Koryn Hawthorne: A Modern Gospel Sound
Every once in a while Hip-Hop is gifted with a joint album by two unlikely rappers; in this case that’s Offset and 21 Savage. “Without Warning,” an album possessing the surprise release it is, stays true to the trap sound while dabbling in dense vibes of dark, interesting sounds like dog weeps and muffled chimes; […]Read More #NEWVIBES: Migos’ Offset & Metro Boomin’s “Ric Flair Drip”
During the early months of 2017, I found myself buzzing through suggested Spotify playlists. At that moment, all the current American hits sounded synonymous and I just wanted something different. Genuinely curious about what “International Hits” were pulsing around the world, I zipped through every song waiting for that string, percussion or vocal to hit […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: How Dua Lipa Could Change Pop Music
Lathering in the spirited hipster I am, the eighth track off of Bruno Mars’s 24k Magic album, Finesse, is a funky, groovy 90’s inspired record that has been in heavy rotation already with me. The remix featuring Cardi B shot to the Billboards overnight and shows an even more exciting visual. The music video paid […]Read More #NEWVIBES: Bruno Mars’s Finesse Remix ft. Cardi B
Chris Brown is the James Brown of our generation; Captivating, extremely talented, yet limited. In the darkness of his many shortcomings, a part of America (particularly the wealthy and powerful) has blocked him from opportunities. This is evident in his eagerness and determination to just stay current in the music world. He is unapologetically the […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: Is Chris Brown Breaking Barriers Anymore?
“No Limit,” a promotional track off of G-Eazy’s upcoming album “The Beautiful and Damned” is a an electrifying upbeat club banger. Assisted by Asap Rocky’s anthemic hook the track enters as a smooth, boastful showering of pleasant references but soon finds it’s pace when Cardi B spreads her grainy Bronx charisma all over the record. […]Read More #NEWVIBES: G-Eazy’s “No Limit”
As trends and fads usher in faster and stronger, one phase has become integral in the music world: Reinvention. There has been more genre changes, aesthetic takeovers and surprise albums in the last five years than in the the previous 20. And while many critique this new lifestyle for the mainstream music scene; which undoubtedly […]Read More A Thought: Welcoming Weird Music
Demi Lovato’s “Sorry, not Sorry” which is clearly an effort to extend her urban reach on radio, is simply an enjoyable record. The significance of the record is not just this unexpected transitioning from Rock-Pop to Urban-Pop but also that her voice is a just do for the genre. From her early beginnings even on […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: Demi Lovato’s “Sorry, Not Sorry”
Since 2 Chainz’s explosive “Based on a T.R.U Story” album, he has grown into a respectable rhymer for the Hip-Hop upper echelon. While his music may sound simplistic and braggodocious to an average listener, he uses just that as foundation for every style and genre he dips his metaphorical toes in; and it works! He […]Read More 2 Chainz: An Unlikely Superstar
For a while, I purposefully ignored Kehlani because her music and image appeared gimmicky. Her early tunes seemed too hooky, and didn’t look well for longevity. How I was wrong. A listen to her debut album “Sweet,Sexy,Savage” revealed just how cohesive and legitimate her sound is. Reminiscent of Neo-soul talents like Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys […]Read More Kehlani: Restoring 90’s R&B?