Album

Pop Smoke – ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ Album Review

Photo Credit: @Amzyobr At the outset of what promised to be a heavy-hitting career, Pop Smoke was shot dead. 20-years-old and renting a home in the hills of Los Angeles to get a taste of the good stuff, he flew a little too close to the sun and he got there quickly. Born Bashar Barakah… Read more

SAINt JHN: Experimental Rap on the Rise

Photo Credit: Adam Amengual Since coming on the music scene in 2010 Carlos St. John, otherwise known as, Saint Jhn has strove for greatness. Not always knowing where to go or what to look for, the rapper followed his path to music and is now beginning to see the payoff. Born in Brooklyn, New York… Read more

Rapsody: Hip-Hop’s Soul Sister

Photo Credit: Jose Gongora After gaining a solid fan base and finding her creative footing, Marlanna Evans, better known as Rapsody, has blossomed into an artist that many people crave to hear. She pulls hip-hop, R&B, and soul influences together to create music that reflects raw emotions. With so many well-received projects under her belt,… Read more

Ringo Starr – ‘What’s My Name’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Scott Robert Ritchie Eight years as a member of the Beatles means it’s safe to say you’ll never have to go work in a car wash. Still, probably not a lot of people were betting on Ringo Starr ever having a successful solo career: his songwriting credits could be counted on one hand, and his monotone singing style was usually trotted out for one lead vocal per album. Even his fundamental role as drummer… Read more

Taylor Swift – ‘Lover’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision Taylor Swift’s 7th official studio album release Lover, is the most well-rounded creation of her dominant musical career. If you are a fan of Taylor Swift, you will flat out adore this effort. It is a sweet collection of the progression, beauty, and turmoil that has encompassed Swift’s career personally… Read more

Bayside – ‘Interrobang’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Megan Thompson As rock and roll approaches its seventh decade, one might imagine that there are fewer and fewer “firsts” to be claimed (i.e. first band to play a particular place, first group to record an album in such-and-such way, etc.). However, New York’s Bayside has probably clinched a unique rock first on their new album Interrobang. The opening cut – which… Read more

Tayla Parx: The Triple Threat

Photo Credit: Caroline Tompkins Tayla Parx is an actress, songwriter, and musician that is currently gaining momentous attention from the long list of artists she’s worked with. She was born as Taylor Parks in Dallas, Texas on September 16, 1993. Her love of music and acting helped define what artistry meant to her. Taylor would… Read more

Remembering Nipsey Hussle: The Change Hip-Hop Needed

Photo Credit: Image via Getty/Matt Winkelmeyer Every generation has people who are symbols for great change. Whether in politics, the arts, or academics, there’s always someone pushing against the norm. Nipsey Hussle became that symbol in his neighborhood and within others across America. Nipsey represented change for the black community and for hip-hop. To understand… Read more

Mansionz: An Artistic Escape for Blackbear and Mike Posner

Photo Credit: Tarina Doolittle Singer-songwriter Mike Posner and singer, rapper, and producer Blackbear, came together in 2016 to create the music duo Mansionz. Known for their hip-hop infused electro-pop sound, Mansionz is based out of Los Angeles, California. Both artists are established performers in their own regard but they were looking for an artistic escape…. Read more

Khalid – ‘Free Spirit’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Twitter @thegreatkhalid Khalid is a fascinating artist. He seeks approval but doesn’t want praise. His music can be emotionally complex, but easy to enjoy. He admits he’s disconnected at times, but is completely self-aware. All of this is played out and painted like a beautiful canvas through his music, especially on his sophomore effort Free… Read more