Review: Lecrae – Anomaly

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The sanctified division of hip hop was established nearly two decades ago with The Cross Movement, the biblically conscious rap group out of Philadelphia who raised the bar of Christian rap to a highly respected level. Where they set the tone for scripturally sound rhymes that exhorted the spiritual tenets … Continue Reading →

Review: Maroon 5 – V

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Flicking on the electro lights with their fifth album, “V”, Maroon 5 have presented us with quite a conundrum. Having definitely abandoned their indie-funk groove, the sextet has released an over-produced electro-pop plethora of relationship angst. The conundrum is this: will loyal fans respond to such a drastic change and … Continue Reading →

Review: Y’Akoto – Moody Blues

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Looking for the simplicity in music, Y’Akoto has released her second album Moody Blues as a follow-up to her 2012 debut, Babyblues. She is an old-fashioned girl by self-definition who sticks to what works for her. What she sees and feels, she speaks about in her lyrics. And there is, … Continue Reading →

Review: Asa – Bed Of Stone

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Asa, the French-Nigerian acoustic rock diva adored by many, has dropped her highly anticipated third album, Bed Of Stone. A follow-up to her 2007 debut Asa (Asha) and her sophomore album Beautiful Imperfection in 2010, Bed Of Stone paints the type of musical pictures that Asa prefers to develop as … Continue Reading →

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 →

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