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
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 songs into three categories: Locks, Strong Contenders, and Outside Shots. … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: Album of the Year
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 competitive. Right now there are three albums that are all … Continue reading 2019 Grammys Nominations Predictions: The Rap Field
Requirements: Albums had to have been released between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018. #10. YG, Stay Dangerous The Compton (sorry, Bompton) rapper has been putting out killer material for the better part of half a decade. On Stay Dangerous we find a ganster who’s more mature, more seasoned, and less frivolous. YG can flex on cuts like “Big Bank” and “Too Cocky” and ruminate on … Continue reading The Top 10 Albums of Summer 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
The VMAs were especially lackluster this year, but there were still some memorable moments. Here are the best performances of the night: 14. Juice WRLD, “Lucid Dreams” This was kind of awful. Like, really awful. He sounded like drugged, angry toddler. 13. Bazzi, “Beautiful” Bazzi, who performed his breakout single, “Mine,” at the red-carpet pre-show, delivered a short performance of “Beautiful.” The backing track … Continue reading Who Had the Best Performance at the 2018 VMAs?