‘Everything Is Love’ Is One of the Most Important Albums of the Year

Earlier this summer on June 16, The Carters (Beyoncé and Jay-Z) surprise released their long-rumored joint album at one of their London dates on their “On The Run II” world tour. Admittedly, the album got a more tepid reception than what most people anticipated. All of 6 of Beyoncé’s solo albums have debuted at #1…

The 10 Best Things About Beyoncé & JAY Z’s ‘On The Run II’

I got to attend Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “On The Run II” tour at MetLife Stadium, here are the ten best things about the show:   10. The Interludes As tours have become longer and more ambitious throughout the industry, interludes have become increasingly common. At “On The Run II,” Beyoncé and Jay Z utilize…

The 10 Worst Snubs at the 2018 VMAs

Now that we’ve had about a day or two to digest and dissect the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, here are the 10 worst snubs this year. 1. Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe in the “Pynk” (left), “Make Me Feel” (center), and “Django Jane” (right) music videos. Along with releasing the best album of 2018 so…

On Hip-Hop, Black Male Youth, and Mental Health

2017 was an intriguing year for music in hip-hop and mental health. From the traditionalists, JAY-Z and Kendrick, to the new school, Logic and Lil Uzi Vert, mental health has been a reoccurring topic in many of the radio singles, album tracks, and mixtapes released this decade. The obvious starting point is Logic’s Grammy-nominated track…

The GRAMMYs Disappoint, But Are We Surpised?

Well, last night I completely wasted three and a half hours of my time watching the Grammys. Between boring and tone-deaf performances and almost comical stupidity, the show was a flaming dumpster fire. My first gripe with the show was the bizarre decision to not only bring back James Corden as host but to also lengthen…

Predicting Album of the Year Is Pretty Hard This Year

This is one of the stronger groups of Album of the Year nominees in recent years, but it is also one of the hardest to predict. Every album nominated is worthy of the title, and I will be breaking down the pros and cons of each nominee and hopefully come to the right conclusion. Childish…

Jay-Z Drops “Family Feud” Visual, Review

Today at 4:44, Jay-Z dropped the final installment of his 4:44 visual series, “Family Feud.” The visual hosted a star-studded cast consisting of Jay, himself, Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Rosario Dawson, Constance Wu, Trevante Rhodes, Jessica Chastain, Omari Hardwick, Michael B. Jordan, Niecy Nash, Brie Larson, Mindy Kaling, Janet Mock, and more. Directed by the…

Album Review: ‘Revival,’ Eminem

On his ninth LP, Revival, Eminem returns with a sense of nostalgic solipsism that attempts to break new ground while still being content with its legacy. The brightest spots on Revival come courtesy of the guest vocalists. Beyoncé and Skylar Grey give emotional performances on “Walk on Water” and “Tragic Endings,” respectfully; their soft fluttery tones provide…

2018 GRAMMYs Prediction: The Rap Field

Now that the eligibility period for the 2018 Grammy Awards has officially ended, it’s time to discuss potential nominees. In this 8 part series we will discuss our predictions for the General field, the pop, rock, and rap categories, and one random group of categories. THE RAP FIELD Some of the most coveted awards in…

2018 GRAMMYs Predictions: Album of the Year

Now that the eligibility period for the 2018 Grammy Awards has officially ended, it’s time to discuss potential nominees. In this 8 part series we will discuss our predictions for the General field, the pop, rock, and rap categories, and one random group of categories.   ALBUM OF THE YEAR The most coveted award in…