During my reviews, I try to be as objective as possible and only listen to whoever’s music as it compares to previous materials. I tried (and felt like I succeeded) to do that with John Mayer’s album a month or so back, greatly helped by the fact that he really wasn’t acting out anymore. He helped himself market his album by doing nothing outrageous and/or stupid for that duration of time. This leads me to Chris Brown, who seems to be in the headlines now more so for his actions around the world than the actual music; those actions becoming almost unavoidable to talk about. And before I continue I’d like to say that, at times, I really did enjoy his music. It was catchy, upbeat, and fun to listen to. However, as his actions became bigger news, it sullied his music to me. His celebrity has now become larger than his music itself, with it only being a speck in his universe of Twitter fights, real fights, and violent outbursts. [Read more...]
When it comes to hip-hop, being named a “king” holds a lot of weight. Today, there are about three kings of the game right now; Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. With their huge fanbase, lyrical prowess, and the almighty album sales, these three have what it takes to call themselves hip-hop royalty. This is just one of the reasons why I can’t take Tyga, a member of Lil Wayne’s Young Money, seriously as the “Last King” (as his album title implies). A couple other reasons has to do with where he started (remember Coconut Juice, anyone?) and this incredibly hilarious video of his hit single “Rack City.” [Read more...]
G.O.O.D. Music definitely has lived up to its name for a couple of years now. Founder Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was named the best album of 2010 by many, and the best in Mr. West’s career. Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, although receiving mixed reviews, was definitely a part of my Best Of list of the past year. Other artists, including John Legend and Common, have had explosive years, including Legends collaboration with The Roots, and Common’s “controversial” visit to the White House. But, in my opinion, G.O.O.D has been running laps around other labels (including Young Money).
Now, it seems like G.O.O.D is bringing out their ringer to shut the game down. Sean Anderson, also known as Big Sean, has been in the rap game for a while. Since 2007, Sean released three highly regarded mixtapes without putting out an actual full length. Now, after being delayed on numerous occasions, the album Finally Famous is out, but will it live up to the hype that he has made for the past four years?
Well, good news, it doesn’t disappoint. [Read more...]