When “Culture” was first released, it reinforced the grand braggadocio of not only Migos, but the Dirty South’s continuous influence to Hip-Hop. Extremely symbolic in it’s nature, the Migos’ attempts to keep this a fact with “Culture 2.” Of the 24 trap flavored tracks, “Culture 2” dips itself with experimental sounds. The Drake assisted “Walk […]Read More #NEWVIBES: Migos’ “Culture 2”
Justin Timberlake’s last album- A two disc extended play of infectious extravagant grooves, “The 20/20 Experience” sees Timberlake thrive in his element of soul, funk and r&b inspired pop. Billboard topping hits like the Jay-Z assisted “Suit & Tie” or the melodic “Mirrors” reinforced the former N’Sync frontman as an undeniable superstar, so when rumors […]Read More INTROSPECTIVE: Justin Timberlake might have reached his peak with “Man Of The Woods.”
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
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?
In a time where mumble rap is thriving, ad-libs are lyrics and there’s a Hip-Hop beef on every corner, it’s nice to see a classic success story. DJ Khaled, Mr. Grateful himself has had quite a year- his notoriety as a social media personality has not outshone his talents as one of Hip-Hop’s most prominent […]Read More The Triumph of DJ Khaled: Producer-turned-Superstar
It’s always exciting or disturbing when it comes to XXL’s annual freshman issue. Displaying the best of hip-hop’s up-and-coming artist, the mag can sometimes fall short with “balance.” When I say balance, I mean diversity. Many of the artist that are chosen often represent the “new wave.” And while this gives way to rappers that […]Read More 2017 XXL Freshman Class: The Characters of a Culture