A Star In The Making: Jayaire Woods Lets The Music Speak


Jayaire is an up and coming rapper from Woodside, Illionis. On the internet he’s been given the epithet of a vocalist, but he’s much more than just that. Jayaire is an ambitious young dude who is fed up with being broke, and reaching for wealth, since staying afloat is never enough for him. He’s a “semi-alcoholic” who doesn’t let alcohol or any other intoxicant distract him from his mission, that is honing his craft. Like most of us, he deals with different relationships. Be it women, family members, or hood dudes with motives of doing harm to him & his friends. Heck, sometimes I feel like I know Jayaire Woods personally. Read more

Something’s Not Right: Travi$ Scott’s Rodeo Review

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Travi$ Scott has an innovative vision he simply can’t execute right. Days Before Rodeo—a melodic fusion of genres—favored by the majority for its brashness and experimental sound, was the cornerstone of what many had been expecting from Travi$ sonically. However, the true beauty of DBR stood behind it defying the archetypal song-making rules whilst remaining pleasant. With that project, Travi$ ensured his position as a nonconformist. A year later, Rodeo arrives and it sounds as if it’s worth more of a listen only at times it’s close to Days Before Rodeo.

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Beach Is Better: Future’s DS2 Review


Drugs, women & money cover the surface of Future’s wholehearted, profound DS2. The emotion behind [seemingly superficial] lyrics make the album highly valuable, rather than just an ordinary trap album. Lines about codeine and/or fucking groupies are only a veil to the rap elitists that are afraid of taking popular music seriously. DS2 is a corybantic celebration combined with atoms of pure sincerity. A bulk of the album is filled with bliss, but in reality DS2 originates from sorrow. It presents an opportunity to gape at Future’s candid mindset, and life. Something Honest failed at doing.

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A Special Week: Reviewing Last Week’s Albums


Last week was a wild one.

It’s July, and album releases are in full effect. There’s a new LP dropping every week. However, the past week offered ten times as much of what we usually receive. So, with a lot of material around—that, if you could OD on music, you would—we decided to highlight four more important albums. Read more

Summer’s Here: A$AP Rocky’s A.L.L.A Review


A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album—At.Long.Last.A$AP—is the equivalent of a rainy, summer day. There’s been a lot of impediments during the making of the album, especially with the passing of A$AP founder/Rocky’s best friend, A$AP Yams; but even that hasn’t stopped the Harlem rapper from delivering the best work possible.

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Universal, Not Racial: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Review


Welcome to Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly.
An installment living in a world of its own—with heavy jazz-influenced, live instrumentation—where a black man deals with love, depression, grief and the curses of fame. Somehow, to some listeners—out of everything this project contains—there is nothing more interesting than the fact Kendrick Lamar is an African-American who tackles topics pertaining to his skin color throughout a few songs. Making it seem as if TPAB is a black-themed effort.
(Somebody even wrote a piece on how to “approach the overwhelming blackness” of it. Pathetic, right?) Read more

Big Sean, The Superhero: Dark Sky Paradise Album Review


Imagine Big Sean as a superhero. One that has faced failure on all his past clashes, leaving him incapacitated to the point where he’d been mistaken for departed. However, he has now revived himself. An unforeseen release of IDFWU initiated Sean’s first steps as he embarks on another journey, with hopes of reaching the indefinite victory he’s been seeking for years. People notice him moving again; all eyes on Sean. He’s wearing a BAPE shirt, and sweatpants of the same brand. They have a music-playing device stitched to them.

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Album Review: J. Cole – ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’


Jermaine Cole experiences a confidence boost with each release. The third time around—whether it had to do with uncomplicated boasting (“Ain’t a way around it no more, I am the greatest. A lotta ni**as sat on the throne, I am the latest. I am the bravest, go toe to toe with the giants. I ain’t afraid of you ni**as”), lightweight name-dropping (“The best kept secret. Even Hov tried to keep it, and I leaked the damn tape”), or insolent statements (“Same thing Elvis did with Rock’n’Roll. [Now] Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore. While silly ni**as argue over who gonna’ snatch the crown. Look around, white people have snatched the sound”)—he revealed his vanity in more concrete ways. But does Cole’s high self-esteem justify itself throughout 2014 Forest Hills Drive?

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Album Review: Rick Ross – ‘Hood Billionaire’


When you think of Rick Ross, you think: trap, pears, Maybachs, money, Wingstop etc.. But what truly defines him is consistency. Eight years in the game and he’s already released 7 full-length LPs.

What makes the last two different, is their releases happening in the same year. Rick Ross pulled off what many were skeptic about, he gave the world Mastermind & Hood Billionaire in less than 8 months between each other. Doing so an uncommon move amongst artists, because they fear the outcome (numbers, and quality can be lower than the first time). Surely enough, Ross wasn’t afraid—but does that mean he succeeded?

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