Review: Donald Glover Releases ‘Guava Island’

When Donald Glover said that his next album would be his last and that he would be retiring the Childish Gambino alter ego, things changed. What would have been a normal album cycle turned into an elongated farewell to one of the most fascinating musical acts of the decade. Gambino released the controversial “This Is…

2019 GRAMMYs Recap

Allegedly, last night was Music’s Biggest Night. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles; decked out with explosive performances, surprisingly solid results, and tributes galore, the Grammys delivered a formidable telecast despite the lack of major superstars. THE AWARDS Kacey Musgraves’ gorgeous Golden Hour was awarded the top prize (Album of the Year), while…

GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Winning In the Rap Categories?

Best Rap Performance The nominees: “Be Careful” (Cardi B); “Nice for What” (Drake); “Bubblin’” (Anderson .Paak); “King’s Dead” (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, James Blake); “SICKO MODE” (Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk) As much as I adore Anderson .Paak and his effervescent single, “Bubblin’,” I think it’s safe to say that he will…

30 Most Anticipated Albums of 2019

Happy New Year! While 2018 was a stellar year for music (read my best albums and best songs lists), I’m even more excited for what 2019 has in store. From the blockbuster soundtracks to the grand return of some of music’s biggest names, 2019 is sure to be a huge year for music. So, without…

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Rap Field

Best Rap Album Rap music is far and away the biggest genre in music today. Everyone wants to be a consumer and creator of the culture. With the massive influx of new rappers and veterans stepping up their game to keep up with younger artists, the rap categories at this year’s ceremony will be especially…

2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The R&B Field

Best R&B Performance Locks “Boo’d Up” (Ella Mai), “Best Part” (Daniel Caesar, H.E.R.), “Love Lies” (Khalid, Normani) As the field stands now, these three songs are the surest bets for a nomination. These three records make up the triad of the biggest R&B hits of the year. Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” was massive and her…

The Top 20 Songs of the Summer

Making a “Songs of the Summer” list is always tricky. Do you go with the big chart hits, the underrated hidden gems, try to cover every genre, or have a balance of major and indie artists? For this year’s list, I tried to include songs that captured every shade and feeling of the summertime. The…

2018 VMAs: Who Will Win and Who Should Win (Part 2)

Here is the second part of my 2018 Video Music Awards (VMAs) predictions, you can find part one here. My list of the worst snubs at the 2018 VMAs can be found here. Best Collaboration The Nominees: “Meant To Be” (Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line), “Finesse (Remix),” (Bruno Mars & Cardi B), “APESHIT” (The…

Movie Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but This Film Is Kind of Incredible

Boots Riley’s rambunctious and otherworldly film, Sorry To Bother You is succinct, poignant, and brash. The film stars Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, two actors who are well versed in the film’s niche crossover-genre of afro-futuristic comedic social commentary. Stanfield’s most recent work is on Donald Glover’s Atlanta, a black surrealist comedy that is quite possibly the…

10 New Songs To Start Off Your Week (7/16)

1. Mac Miller, “Self Care” (from Swimming) This snapshot into Mac’s personal rehabilitation is auditory excellence. After sobriety battles, public breakups, and a DUI arrest, Mac is trying to get out of his own head. His flow floats more on the sing-song side of rap due to the way his cadence raps around the muddled synths…