Album Review: Tayla Parx Is Her Own Artist on ‘We Need to Talk’

The hardest musical release for any artist is their sophomore record, but to get there they have to make it past the equally difficult and important debut album. As listeners, we demand a lot from debut albums. They have to be unique, fun to listen to, and contain a clear statement of why the artist…

Artists to Watch Out for in 2019

These are the artists that will explode in 2019. Ava Max As per usual, the U.S. is always the last to get hip on new artists and songs. Ava Max’s breakout smash hit, “Sweet but Psycho,” has already reached #1 in 15 countries including three consecutive weeks (and counting) in the U.K. Max’s smash hit…

Normani & Sam Smith Make a Strong Case for Best Collab of 2019

Yes, 2019 is all but less than a month old, but Normani and Sam Smith have already come out guns blazing with their new track: “Dancing with a Stranger.” In recent years, “sad bops,” or songs with uptempo-ish melodies and melancholic themes, have dominated airwaves and playlists. Think records like “Green Light” (Lorde); “One Last…

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 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…

Normani & 6LACK Wow with “Waves”

Normani has had a blockbuster year for someone who has yet to release a debut project. From her highly-successful collaboration with Khalid, “Love Lies,” (read my review here) to her funky guest verse on Jessie Reyez’s “Body Count” remix (read my review here), Normani has provided a specific strain of R&B that is both modern…

Jessie Reyez Links with Normani and Kehlani on “Body Count” Remix

Jessie Reyez’s “Body Count” was already an eviscerating takedown of the double standard against woman concerning sexual activity and multiple sex partners. Yet, on this new remix, Normani and Kehlani each deliver fiery and fierce verses. Normani rips into guys with lines like “You were birthed by a woman, show some fucking respect,” while Kehlani…

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…

Every Performance at the BBMAs Ranked!

Last night, the 2018 Billboard Music Awards took place. As usual, it was an unnecessarily long awards show where more lackluster performances were showcased than awards given out. I still believe that the Billboard Music Awards are the single most pointless awards ceremony; it’s just three laborious hours of shameless promotion for Billboard, Pepsi, and…