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Machine Gun Kelly – ‘Tickets to My Downfall’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Universal Music Group Richard Colson Baker has already had four top ten albums as a rapper. However, for his current release Baker, professionally known as Machine Gun Kelly, reloads and switches ammo to take aim with a full rock album. His previous albums have included some singing, but mostly provided by guest vocalists…. Read more

Big Sean – ‘Detroit 2’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Julian Klincewicz You can tell from the very beginning of Big Sean’s fifth number one album Detroit 2, that the Michigan native sounds more balanced and elevated as a person and as an artist than ever before. As a sequel to the 2012 mixtape titled Detroit, the project is stacked with a stout… Read more

Gashi – ‘1984’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Brendan Barrett The fourth full-length album from Albanian-American artist Labinot Gashi (or GASHI, if you prefer), is entitled 1984, but is not a concept album based on George Orwell’s classic 1984 dystopian novel. However, the opening cut – and title track – does suggest that it’s a concept album nonetheless. It’s a spoken word track in which two young guys discover a time machine, which seemingly transports one of them to… Read more

Burna Boy: Nigeria’s Afro-Fusion Trailblazer

Photo Credit: Michelle Helena Janssen Burna Boy is one of the hottest music acts to come out of Nigeria. The singer and songwriter gained popularity after the release of his song “Like to Party” in 2012. From then on, the artist’s ability to blend music genres together while connecting them to a greater message has… Read more

Logic – ‘No Pressure’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Rozette Rago Logic’s retirement album, or so he says (I’d like to stay in denial for the rest of this review, thanks), sees the rapper seek his roots. Collaborating with co-executive producer No I.D. , he produces a much needed redemptive compilation of songs that will endure the test of time due to… Read more

Juice WRLD – ‘Legends Never Die’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Andy Ford Jarad Anthony Higgins, known professionally as Juice WRLD, was a fast-rising superstar out of Chicago who was known as a prodigious emoter and leader among the Soundcloud rap set. Six days after his twenty-first birthday, he flew from Los Angeles to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, where he and his management team were… Read more

G-Eazy – ‘Everything’s Strange Here’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lauren Dunn Quarantine, at least for G-Eazy, has been filled with “the opportunity to self-reflect, grow and evolve.” Emerged from the depths of his isolation, he comes bearing gifts: Everything’s Strange Here arrives after a delay stemmed from reading the room around international civil rights protests. Fittingly, this project is a protest in… 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

Joyner Lucas – ‘ADHD’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jimmy Fontaine Joyner as an artist has always been under-the-radar, presenting thought-provoking tracks like “I’m Not Racist” and garnering an audience willing to figure out the social commentary behind the lyrics. His debut album ADHD starts off with an introductory skit, “Screening Evaluation”, which sets up a narrative to create an awareness about… Read more