Review: Dilated Peoples – Directors Of Photography

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Directors Of Photography, the fifth full-length album of OG west coast artists Dilated Peoples, has a sharp albeit kaleidoscopic focus. Eight years after the release of their last album, 2006’s 20/20, and branching out to explore the success of solo careers, the trio consisting of Evidence, DJ Babu and Rakaa Iriscience, is staying true to their brand. This … Continue Reading →

Review: Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss

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Spending a few hours listening to Sinead O’Connor’s tenth album release I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss really calls into question this whole media debate about what it means to be bossy, the boss and female. Apparently this concept of being the boss as a woman, young or mature, is … Continue Reading →

Review: Eric Roberson – The Box

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Eric Roberson is on a noble journey having emerged as a leader of the soul R&B crooner pack while navigating a twenty-year career largely as an independent artist in demand. Revered worldwide for being the type of songwriter, producer and entertainer of dynamic, unforgettable flair, Eric Roberson has come into … Continue Reading →

Review: Cormega – Mega Philosophy

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Let’s talk about themes you don’t hear in mainstream hip-hop these days: Wisdom. Honor. Responsibility. Elevation. Ambition. Moral conviction. When is the last time you heard an established emcee tell a generation of young men to pick their pants up without sounding corny or out of touch about it? In … Continue Reading →

Review: Common – Nobody’s Smiling

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After more than twenty years in the game, Common’s tenth album, Nobody’s Smiling, is deeply Chicago, raw and simplified. It’s the current unapologetic tale of a beloved city seen through a heavy, melancholic lens existing in earnest. Produced entirely by longtime collaborator and partner, No ID, Nobody’s Smiling contemplates the … Continue Reading →

Review: Marsha Ambrosius – Friends & Lovers

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Coming out with her second album, Marsha Ambrosius releases Friends & Lovers three years after her first solo LP Late Nights & Early Mornings. The British singer and songwriter and former member of Floetry illustrates the world of emotional merry-go-round relationship navigation that comes with friends who become lovers. The … Continue Reading →

Review: Leela James – Fall For You

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If for everything there is a season, as the ecclesiastical scripture dictates, then this is officially Leela James’ season. As the story goes, everything that James has done in her life and career up to this point has prepared her for the release of this latest album, Fall For You. … Continue Reading →

Cormega’s Return is Built on Purpose

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Queens’ native son, Cormega, is somewhat slept on as an MC, yet having lived and breathed hip-hop literally all of his life, he represents the authenticity that is lacking in many of today’s recording artists who fit under the genre. Followed by a faithful audience of lyricism connoisseurs, Cormega maintains … Continue Reading →

Leela James: A Diva Taking Care of Business

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In the early days of Leela James’ career of being a talented, bright-eyed and bushy-coiffed soul singer, the business side of the music industry wasn’t something that her team had handled in the most profitable way. Looking back, she acknowledges that she has the quintessential artist story of being excited … Continue Reading →

Review: Joe – Bridges

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Joe’s new album, Bridges, is as smooth as a glass of chilled moscato, in a manner of speaking. The R&B veteran singer and songwriter is true to his soulful roots with his eleventh studio release of ballads and up-tempo tunes. Many songs have a throwback feel to them, bringing artists … Continue Reading →

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