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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

MMM Top Ten: The 10 Best Rap and Rock Collaborations of All Time

It’s widely debated if – or at least to what degree – rap is rock ‘n’ roll. In New York City, where hip-hop originated, a few rock bands were among the first to recognize the significance of rap, as shown by the Tom Tom Club’s single “Wordy Rappinghood” and of course Blondie’s number one smash… Read more

Kanye West – ‘Donda’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur What is art? Art is like how one would describe food. You see it, and you can confidently say that it is that. You may not necessarily know what kind, but you know what it is. Art is subjective, but this we know. And its job of inspiration depends on who… Read more

Drake – ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Image via YouTube/Drake Drake’s latest release Certified Lover Boy starts with the five-and-a-half-minute “Champagne Problems”; which begins with a sample of Masego’s “Navajo” – which, itself, samples the Beatles’ “Michelle”. The LP opener sees Drake fully recharged since his last full-length record of new material – 2018’s Scorpion. Here, the Canadian rapper turns the dial all… Read more

DMX – ‘Exodus’ Album Review

Photo Credit: @shotbyjacques The posthumous album as a memorial is a concept that has played out in public several times over the last two years. DMX was prolific and well-connected, but hadn’t released a proper album in nine years at the time of his death at 50-years-old. Exodus was executive-produced by Swizz Beats who collaborated… Read more

2000s Throwback Gallery: Q102 Jingle Ball 2001

Q102 Jingle Ball at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Alicia Keys Craig David Dream Street Enrique Iglesias Jay-Z Lifehouse Michelle Branch O-Town Toya Photography by: Steve Trager

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

Gashi: The Phil Collins of Trap

Photo Credit: Daniel Prakopcyk Gashi, the self-proclaimed Phil Collins of trap music, is a New York based rapper known for his vulnerability in music and for his fashion sense. The African-born Albanian has struggled throughout his life to keep his family and himself afloat. Through music he’s been able to do that and more by… Read more

DJ Khaled – ‘Father of Asahd’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sarah Bahbah “WE THE BEST!” is the motto and on DJ Khaled’s Father Of Asahd, he is absolutely that. Boasting a roster of twenty-nine total featured artists combined on fifteen tracks is the most we’ve ever seen from the former Terror Squad producer. Marking his eleventh album release in thirteen years, Khaled does… Read more