2018 VMAs: Who Will Win and Who Should Win (Part 1)

The most eccentric and fun award show of the year is right around the corner. The 2018 Video Music Awards (VMAs) will take place on August 20 and feature performances from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj (read my review of Queen here), Shawn Mendes, and more. Every award that will be handed out during the telecast…

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,…

Review: Ariana Grande, Popular Culture, and Religion

As the buildup to her highly anticipated fourth studio album, Sweetener, intensifies, Ariana Grande has released her second official single (and third overall song) from her upcoming opus. The new single is entitled “God is a woman,” and it comes in the wake of Grande’s “no tears left to cry” reaching #1 on pop radio and…

On Her New Album, Bebe Rexha Does Not Exceed ‘Expectations’

If you’re a passive music listener you know Bebe Rexha. You’ve heard hits she’s written for herself (“Meant To Be,” “Take Me Home,” “Hey Mama,” “Me, Myself & I”) and hits she’s written for others (“The Monster,” “All Hands On Deck”). Her voice can be described as the zeitgeist of “indie pop voice” marinated in…

Beyoncé & JAY-Z’s ‘Everything Is Love,’ A Track-by-Track Review

  In the middle of their wildly successful stadium world tour, music’s most powerful couple, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, have surprised the world with their first joint album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE. Half a decade after popularizing the concept of the surprise album with her eponymous fifth album, Beyoncé has done it again, this time with her husband…

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 Top 10 Blackest Moments of Beychella

Beyoncé set the Earth on fire with her instantly legendary Coachella set. Let’s break down the biggest and best odes to black culture throughout the performance.   1. HBCUs Get Major Love The stunning two-hour spectacle paid homage to HBCU culture. For those unfamiliar with the term, HBCU stands for “historically black colleges and universities.”…

Album Review: ‘Invasion of Privacy,’ Cardi B

Last year, Cardi B captivated America’s attention and hearts with her breakthrough history-marking single, “Bodak Yellow” and her inimitable personality. Her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, is a collection of tracks that perfectly encompasses her dynamic presence. The album opens with the passionate and gritty “Get Up 10” which is lyrically reminiscent of Meek Mill’s…

SINGLE REVIEW: “Lemon (Drake Remix)”

Yikes. I ranked the original “Lemon” as the seventh best single of 2017, a remix wasn’t necessary at all. Alas, on the night of OVO Sound Radio’s return, Pharrell debuted this new remix featuring current chart king, Drake. Drake has been on a hot streak of sorts in 2018. His anthemic “God’s Plan” is currently sitting…

You Should Be Hearing These Songs Everywhere This Spring

Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton, “Say Something” As Chris rises slowly and steadily with his own single, “Broken Halos,” “Say Something” will be the song that saves Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods era. The lead single, “Filthy” failed to make an impact, but this country-pop has the potential to conquer pop and country radio and…