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 not be taking home a Grammy in this category. With … Continue reading GRAMMYs Watch: Who’s Winning In the Rap Categories?
40. Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton The R&B veteran delivered a strong and succinct album in a year full of bloated, overdrawn releases. Her contralto voice and slinky timbre anchor the most explicit and honest soundscape of her career. From the cathartic climax of the title track to the spunky “Foh” and “Deadwood,” Toni maneuvers through themes of independence, lust, and growth with astonishing ease. Sex & … Continue reading The Top 40 Albums of 2018
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 quiet moments, the sad moments, the party moments, and the … Continue reading The Top 20 Songs of the Summer
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 on the track. “Self Care” isn’t a song for radio … Continue reading 10 New Songs To Start Off Your Week (7/16)