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?
“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?
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”