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College Dropout: Ten Years Later

February 9, 2014 5 comments

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I was encouraged by a friend to write something about one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time. Tomorrow marks the 10 year anniversary of Kanye West’s “College Dropout” and I found it fitting to reflect back on it’s release and impact on my life.

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The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 2: The Five

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I should have posted this weeks ago, but January was a very busy month for me. So… since we’re already a month into 2011, this post is strictly for archival purposes. Don’t forget to check out Part 1 and feel free to leave comments or add your favorites. Also, if you haven’t heard or don’t own any of these albums, as always… act accordingly.

Previously: The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 1: The List

 

βββββ – Classic (i.e. “Forever” Music)

ββββ – Superior (i.e. “Good” Music)

βββ – Average (i.e. “Typical” Music)

ββ – Needs Work (i.e. “Save Your Money” Music)

β – Garbage (i.e. Hot Garbage)


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Video: Lauryn Hill Speaks to High School Students in 2000

January 18, 2011 2 comments

This video of singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill speaking to high school students hit the web late last week. Lauryn, who was 25 at the time, delivers an inspirational speech about the music industry, spirituality, love, and more.

I hope everyone is as encouraged and motivated by this video as I was… Enjoy!

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The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 1: The List

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Music has always served as a page marker in the book of my life. Certain songs bring back memories of where I’ve been, some allow me sit in the present, and others take me where I want to go. Last year was the beginning of a new decade, which means new stories were written.

As we turn the page to 2011, I’d like to revisit the albums that stood out and some that were overlooked.

Coming Soon: Update: The Lost Reviews of 2010 Part 2: The Five

Related: Lists & Album Reviews

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VISIONS OF VISIONARIES WITH JANELLE MONAE | MADE

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been holding onto this interview for a few months now and had it bookmarked to post for everyone. This is a great introspective interview with the brilliant and talented Janelle Monae. If you don’t have her album The ArchAndroid yet, please pick it up asap! It’s easily one of the best albums released this year. She takes you on a journey through her music and unlike most artists these days isn’t afraid to challenge listeners with something new.

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Previously: Music Video: Janelle Monae x “Tightrope” Feat. Big Boi

Album Review: Kid Cudi – “Man On The Moon: The End Of Day” (Archives)

November 1, 2010 3 comments

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I’m back. On November 9th, one of my favorite artists will be releasing his sophomore album Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager. I’ve decided to post the review I wrote for his debut album Man On The Moon: The End of Day mostly for archival purposes, but also as a teaser for the new release. I’ll be writing a review for the new album next week. There is a lot of great hip-hop music dropping this month and some must have books too (expect a post on that soon). Until then, check out my review and if you don’t already have this album.. pick up a copy before the new album comes out on the 9th!

Previously: Album Review: Drake – “Thank Me Later”

Related: Leaders of the New School – The Truth League

Rating Scale is as follows:

βββββ – Classic (i.e. “Forever” Music)

ββββ – Superior (i.e. “Good” Music)

βββ – Average (i.e. “Typical” Music)

ββ – Needs Work (i.e. “Save Your Money” Music)

β – Garbage (i.e. Hot Garbage)

Review after the jump…

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Artist Spotlight: Andy Allo – “DreamLand” Feat. Blu & Akua Allrich – “Hard To Get”

October 5, 2010 4 comments

“Escapism, chase wisdom if you dare to/In the cloud steez, lampin’ in a mansion off the nile/Breeze blowing off the days/warm smile, fell back into the maze…” – Blu

Due to current state of contemporary hip-hop and R&B, I’m constantly looking for new music. So, I decided to spotlight these two songstresses whose music has been getting heavy rotation on my iPod recently. I actually ran across Andy Allo trying to find some new Blu material (I love his verse on this song). I purchased her new album UnFresh off iTunes and it has a nice vibe. I would recommend picking it up at some point. Next we have Akua Allrich, who is a jazz vocalist out of Washington D.C. Her debut album A Piece of Mine was released in late August. I won’t go into much detail about her sound and talents, but if you would like to learn more you can check out her site Akuasings.com.

I hope you enjoy these records as much as I do.

ONe1

Related: Video: Blu x “Amnesia” and Editorial: Leaders of the New School – The Truth League

Click on “Read More” to check out the Akua Allrich video..

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