In Memoriam

Remembering Aaron Carter: America’s Beloved and Embattled Former Child Star

Photo Credit: Michael Bezjian The indelible public image of Aaron Carter, who died on Saturday, November 5th at age 34, will be that of the smiling child with bleach-blonde hair standing either next to his brother Nick (of Backstreet Boys fame) or next to Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan (his relationships with them as a… Read more

Remembering Takeoff: Migos’ Humble Linchpin

Photo Credit: Biz 3 Publicity It hurts to find out that any musician has died as young as Kirsnick Khari Ball, better known as Takeoff, did. But even in a world that does its damnedest to desensitize us to the violent, untimely deaths of Black hip-hop stars (rappers Young Dolph, Drakeo The Ruler, and JayDaYoungan… Read more

Remembering Taylor Hawkins: The Foo Fighters’ Drummer and Anchor

Photo Credit: Richard Dobson/Newspix After nearly three decades, the Foo Fighters, sometimes called “the Last Great Band,” experienced their first-ever casualty on March 25th when longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead at age fifty in Bogota, Colombia, where the band had been scheduled to play the Estero Picnic Music Festival as part of a… Read more

Remembering Meat Loaf: Classic Theatrical Rock’s Main Entrée

Photo Credit: Getty Images Before he passed away on January 20th at age seventy-four, singer Michael Lee Aday had never quite been able to successfully quell the common misconception that his stage moniker, Meat Loaf, was the name of a band (within days of his death, the “People also ask… ” feature on Google revealed… Read more

Remembering DMX: The Legacy of a True Ruff Ryder

Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images From early childhood Earl Simmons, professionally known as DMX, endured many struggles in his life but music became an outlet that led to his great escape. Known for his brass voice and hard lyrics, this rapper brought a cult following together and changed the way that people viewed rap. From… Read more

Remembering Eddie Van Halen: The Guitar Hero’s Guitar Hero

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images The electric guitar may be the quintessential symbol of rock ‘n’ roll, but of the many individuals who’ve strapped one on over the years only a select few have made such an impact as to become virtually synonymous with the instrument. That short list would obviously include Eric Clapton and… Read more

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

Remembering Pop Smoke: The Brooklyn-Bred Rapper Resting in the Stars

Photo Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Pop Smoke rose quickly to stardom in the music industry with his hard lyrics and raspy voice. Paired with UK drill beats, the Brooklyn rapper connected with people looking for heavy-hitting anthems. Pop Smoke used his charismatic attitude, style and flow to rapidly take over the airwaves of New… Read more

Remembering Juice WRLD: The Rise of the Genre-Bending Rapper

Photo Credit: Nabil Elderkin Jarad Higgins, professionally known as Juice WRLD, was a part of the dark, emo-heavy side of hip-hop that is beginning to come to the forefront as of recent. Widely known for his viral tracks (such as “Lucid Dreams”), Juice WRLD created music that shared how he coped with his emotions and… Read more

Remembering Ric Ocasek: The Car That Never Slowed Down

Photo Credit: Matthew Eisman/Getty Images If you lived or worked in New York City in Nineties or after, chances are you spotted Ric Ocasek on the street at least once. It was probably harder to miss the Empire State Building: well over six feet tall and exhibiting the same lanky physical frame, longish hair and sad/curious facial features that had defined his appearance through his four decades as a public figure,… Read more