Beyoncé

MMM Staff Picks: Richard John Cummins’ Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

2022 was another interesting and relatively lucrative year for music. Not much of particular note happening in the way of rock’s oldest active veterans (i.e. those who began in the ’60s or ’70s), but a few major ’90s and 2000s came back to show that they’re still determined to move forward artistically. One 2010s starter… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: Tom Williams’ Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2022

With the world largely returning to normal this year, 2022 saw no shortage of musical releases – with big hitters like Beyoncé, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar returning (to varying levels of success) and a new generation of talent (like Ethel Cain and London’s Black Country, New Road) making themselves heard. Below I sift through the… Read more

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Albums of 2022

2022 saw no shortage of fantastic music, which is perhaps why there’s so much disagreement as to what the year’s big, standout releases were. With this list, I attempt to break through the noise and put aside any personal biases to objectively assess the most important releases from this year. #10. Alvvays – ‘Blue Rev’… Read more

MMM Thoughts: Should Lyrics Be Changed After Music is Already Released?

Photo Credit: @tiffanyandco / Instagram In the last few months, alone, both Beyoncé and Lizzo have altered their songs post-release to remove the term “spaz” after ableist concerns were raised regarding the songs “Grrrls” and “Heated,” respectively. Though many Americans seemed shocked that anyone could take offense at the term, the word is considered a… Read more

Beyoncé – ‘Renaissance’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole for Parkwood Entertainment The story of house music is one of liberation; of marginalized communities carving out a space where they could unapologetically be themselves. As a genre, its roots are radical – its formation can be credited to Black and Queer individuals who refused to conform to a society that… Read more

MMM Thoughts: Album Sales vs. The Quality of Music – Which Truly Measures Success?

Photo Credit: Collages via Billboard Most people will tell you that the only success that translates financially is “success.” In music, certainly, it’s thought to be almost entirely mathematical: the more records an artist has sold, the more “successful” they are (of course, in recent decades the number of downloads and streams would also have… Read more

The 63rd Grammy Awards: Highlights & Navigating COVID-19

Photo Credit: Getty Images for The Recording Academy (All Photos) The 2021 Grammy’s were one to remember. During the COVID-19 pandemic, award shows like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes were struggling to adapt to a blend of in-person and virtual acceptances, and pulled off their respective shows with varying degrees of success. The Grammys… Read more

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Good News’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Marcelo Cantu We first met Megan Jovon Ruth Pete, professionally known as Megan Thee Stallion, through 2017’s Make It Hot mixtape. Which now serves as a stark caveat of what was still to come for the 25-year-old Texas rapper. After three years of what seems like several whirlwind successes, the Houston “hot girl”… Read more

MMM Staff Picks: DeShonna Watson’s Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2020

*Honorable Mentions*: Childish Gambino – ‘3.15.20’ // HAIM – ‘Women In Music Pt.III’ // Bryson Tiller –‘Anniversary’ // Jessie Reyes – ‘Before Love Came To Kill Us‘ & Taylor Swift – ‘Folklore’ #10. Halsey – ‘Manic’ Perhaps the most introspective and genuine album of the year comes from singer-songwriter Halsey. Bravely inviting us into the… Read more

Beyoncé – ‘Black Is King’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Shutterstock Some people simply know when to take the baton and run with it. At a point in time when racial tensions and social injustice are at an all time high, here comes none other than Beyoncé Knowles-Carter who takes us on a journey of black excellence with her latest visual album, Black… Read more