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 Taking Home Album of the Year?

This year is going to be full of surprises. Every category in the General Field (Best New Artist; Album/Record/Song of the Year) has been expanded from five to eight nominees. In past years, we could rely on traditional voting patterns to make strong predictions. Now, this expansion of the field, coupled with the increased blurring…

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: Album of the Year

This year all of the General Field categories (Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist) have been expanded from five nominees each to eight. Although more nominees means more records and artists being recognized, this also means predicting these categories become much, much harder. I’ll separate these…

Review: Lil Wayne Is Triumphant on ‘Tha Carter V’

No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to separate Tha Carter V from its turbulent journey to fruition. Record label spats, health issues, sample clearances, scrapped collaborations, you name it; Lil Wayne has gone through hell and back since first announcing Tha Carter V back in 2012. Nevertheless, Wayne triumphs on the sprawling…

Album Review: Travis Scott Takes Us to ‘ASTROWORLD’

It has been almost two years since Travis Scott’s last solo album. That record, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, was not only a #1 album but also one of the best hip-hop albums of the ’10s. Understandably, the hype for his next album was at insanely high levels. Between Birds and his most recent record, ASTROWORLD,…

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…

Top 30 Songs of 2018 (So Far…)

30. Cardi B, “Get Up 10” (from Invasion of Privacy) If there was a female version of Meek Mill’s perennial “Dreams and Nightmares,” it would be this fiery and impassioned opener to Cardi B’s debut album. The track details Bardi’s astronomical rise to fame with lines like, “Look, they gave a bitch two options: strippin’ or…

The Story Behind These Never-Before-Seen Photographs of Kendrick Lamar

Last night, two photographs of Kendrick Lamar made the rounds on Twitter. In the photographs, Kendrick sits serenely on his tour bus draped in neutral hues. The person behind these stunning photos taken after a Championship Tour Stop? 18-year-old filmmaker and photographer, Braylen. I got the chance to ask Braylen some questions about his incredible…