Rapper

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

2000s Throwback Gallery: Q102 Jingle Ball 2003

Q102 Jingle Ball at the Tweeter Center Camden, New Jersey Blaque Fabolous Hilary Duff Maroon 5 Sean Paul Simple Plan Stacie Orrico Photography by: Steve Trager

Drake – ‘Scary Hours 2’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Drake via Instagram If there is an artist that can make you feel their music in all facets, it’s Drake. Ever the pleaser, The OVO head honcho dropped Scary Hours 2 literally in the wee hours of All Star weekend. This latest effort is a sequel to 2018’s Scary Hours EP, which marks… 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

Joji – ‘Nectar’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Jeaneen Lund George Miller, professionally known as “Joji”, has had one of the most interesting transitions into the mainstream music industry. No stranger to fame, Miller started out on the Internet in the early 2010s with the alias “Filthy Frank” and quickly escalated into meme culture for his in-your-face sense of dark humor…. Read more

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

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