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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The Cherry Bomb Plane: Tyler, The Creator’s Cherry Bomb Review


Despite Cherry Bomb being Tyler, The Creator’s most challenging listen to date, he’s now flying, and encourages everyone to do the same.

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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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Album Review: T.I. – ‘Paperwork: The Motion Picture’


T.I , the self-proclaimed king of the south has been receiving commercial success from the early 2000’s to now. His mainstream presence helped him become a recognizable name in today’s music industry. Albums like Paper Trail, King, or Urban Legend are oftentimes praised whilst his other LPs such as T.I vs TIP, No Mercy, Trouble Man etc.. fall into the overlooked category. T.I is one of the rare musicians that has provided his fanbase a precisely equal amount of good and bad. Take his latest singles for instance — About The Money: an undeniable crowd pleaser vs No Mediocre: a mundane dedication to appealing women. You’re not sure what to expect from the album if you listen to both tracks back to back. Nevertheless, No Mediocre also did relatively alright as a result of the audience Iggy Azeala’s feature enthralled. T.I was on a triumphant run throughout 2014 thanks to the two singles. Sure, Paperwork’s release was highly anticipated, but its outcome quality-wise seemed extremely difficult to predict.

So, is Paperwork a gem, or just a regular stone? Read more

Album Review: Jeezy – ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

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Over the past 9 years Jeezy has turned himself into an important name with a mentionable discography. Young Jeezy’s main topic ever since his debut album was trafficking narcotics. Around the time he blew up, it was an act easily sold. His character represented a hustler very involved in the hood who talked about it, and made it sound good. Nonetheless, Jeezy recently reached a point where his new projects were not fully entertaining. Some songs were enjoyable but whenever he compiled a few more together, it immediately became a difficult listen. Under these conditions, the audience started doubting his album-making abilities the past three years. Seen It All: The Autobiography serves as the final verdict for Jeezy’s solidity. After 2 promising singles, does Seen It All reign victorious?

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