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These Songs Were About Musicians

8/30/2015 10:00am EDT
14 Songs About Or Named After Musicians
Is there anything better than when musicians compose songs about other musicians and/or name the song after the said musician? Wait don’t answer that! There indeed many be more stimulating, revolutionary things in the world as well as the music world but admittedly does it pique curiosity when musician A sings about musician B? Just nod your head So to satisfy curiosities running rampant, here are 14 Songs About Or Named After Musicians. Just let the sweet sounds of these songs permeate – or something like that!

1) Taylor Swift, “Tim McGraw” (Taylor Swift, 2006)

This song needs little...

2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...

We Find These Music Videos To Be The Best So Far This Year

6/20/2015 9:00am EDT
The Best Music Videos Of 2015 (So Far)
What does every good music single need? A stunning visual – a gripping music video – to accentuate and accompany the music of course! While music videos on television seem to be a thing of the past, they are still incredibly popular online. All of the videos that grace this list have racked up millions of views on YouTube alone. Choosing just 20 out of a beaucoup of videos is arduous, but here are some of the standouts as of yet in 2015.

Some of the songs actually bowed in 2014, but they weren’t released as a single until 2015 or the video arrived in 2015.

1) Taylor Swift featuring K...

Unforgettable Musical Moments On 'David Letterman Show'

5/17/2015 3:00pm EDT
Incredible Musical Guest Performances On 'The David Letterman Sh
David Letterman is nothing short of a cultural icon – he is one of the preeminent entertainers in the game. As incredible a comedian and talk show host as he is, one of Letterman’s greatest contributions to pop culture are the musical guests and their respective performances that have graced his show. With The Late Show With David Letterman ending May 20, 2015, celebrating the most memorable and unforgettable musical moments from the show is only fitting.

The question becomes, where do you begin when you examine a plethora of music performances on both Late Night With David Letterman...

Review Of Wale's Fourth Studio Album

4/7/2015 10:58am EDT
Review: Wale Impresses On ‘The Album About Nothing’
An artist must be bold and fearless to title an album The Album About Nothing. That’s exactly what MMG rapper Wale does on his fourth studio album. The rollout for The Album About Nothing was rather reserved and somewhat enigmatic. That enigmatic sentiment can be felt throughout the course of The Album About Nothing, an effort with notable differences from The Gifted. Adding to both enigma and concept – the use of Jerry Seinfeld vocal samples – go figure!

“The Intro About Nothing” sets the tone, with Wale spitting agilely, backed by soulful, production. He’s ‘stretched’ more on the c...

Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Billboard 200

1/2/2015 8:27am EST
Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Bil
She's bleeping unstoppable – like totally! As much as the talk of the queen – aka Taylor Swift – has grown old, she just keeps on dominating the music industry like it’s never been dominated before. She's beastly – in the most distinguished and ladylike manner possible. Cutting to the chase and the 'pure' sales total, Swift sold another 326,000 copies of 1989, impacting with an even more robust number of 'units'. Nobody seems to be able to 'shake off' Swift and if she was shakable, the industry would be left with a void - a "Blank Space" (get it?).

Speaking of “Blank Space,” it adds fur...

Nicki Minaj Settles For Number Two On The Billboard 200

12/26/2014 8:21am EST
Nicki Minaj
Not that it was ever going to be a contest, but Taylor Swift reclaimed her perch on the Billboard 200 without any trouble. 1989 sold 331,000 copies, an uptick in sales, and also experienced an uptick in the Billboard 200’s new ‘units’ system, to the tune of 375,000 units. But as we all know, doesn’t a queen always win? Swift has certainly been exactly what the music industry needed in a weak years of sales.

Nicki Minaj, who boasts the week’s top new album, settled for second place. The Pinkprint sold more respectably than expected, selling 194,000 copies, and impacting even more consi...

J. Cole Debuts Big On Billboard 200

12/18/2014 10:21am EST
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive
For J. Cole, the number one spot is a familiar one. For the third time in his career, J. Cole sits atop the Billboard 200. This time, he earns the largest sales of his career as 2014 Forest Hills Drive sold a robust 354,000 copies. Translated to the Billboard 200’s new formula of ‘units’, J. Cole’s latest impacted 375,000. Even more remarkable about J. Cole’s numbers is the lack of a single to drive album sales – “Apparently” was issued upon the album’s release as a single. Initially, the album was forecasted to sell more than 300,000 copies.

So with the debut of J. Cole, Taylor Swif...

J. Cole Is Fiery On ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

12/16/2014 3:12pm EST
J. Cole Forest Hills Drive
Sometimes the best musicians don’t receive the recognition that they should – call it the ‘underrated bug.’ For rapper J. Cole, being underrated seems to be his middle name. Sure, he’s racked up two number one albums, but the über talented rapper still feels less heralded than some of his contemporaries. 2014 Forest Hills Drive, much like previous effort, Born Sinner, exemplifies why J. Cole ranks among the best in the game.

Following the mysterious “Intro,” “January 28th” finds Cole is on autopilot – cocky and confident from the jump. “The real is back, the 'ville is back,” Cole spi...

Taylor Swift Still Tops On Billboard

12/11/2014 10:59am EST
Taylor Swift
The Billboard 200 may be completely revamped, but Taylor Swift’s constant stay atop the chart regardless of changes is unsurprising. After three consecutive weeks, a week in the runner-up slot, and last week’s return to the top, Swift now sits at five weeks at #1. Baller status – yep, definitely – she’s a playmaker. Overall, including overall “consumption” to quote the new chart language, Swift’s impact was 274,000. Again, only a portion of that were sales, specifically 230,000 copies. Regardless of technicalities, Swift rules.

But enough about Taylor, what about the newbies to th...

J. Cole Leads Albums to Check Out: This Week In Music

12/10/2014 8:00am EST
J. Cole performs at Made In America concert in Philadelphia Phil
Who has dominated the fall (musically)? Taylor Swift has dominated the fall. While her dominance continues onward towards Christmas, the week of December 9 does have some notable new efforts dropping. The biggest album to watch is one few know little about – J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive. Can Cole put some pressure on Taylor Swift? It’s possible as he put some pressure on Kanye West in 2013. Cole does indeed lead albums to check out this week, which also includes Carrie Underwood’s greatest hits compilation.

1) J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive (Columbia)

J. Cole gives rap fans ...

The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

12/30/2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...

20 Best Rap Albums Of 2013

12/29/2013 9:00am EST
Marshall Mathers LP 2
2013 has been an exceptional year for rap album releases.  Some were hot, while others were far from it – cold as Antarctica. Still overall, there were plenty of releases to be proud of, no questions asked. Below, you’ll find my ‘MIA’ (or called it in) list as well as my top 20 rap albums of 2013. This excludes mixtapes and previously released material FYI.

1) Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem set out to prove he’s still the illest MC, epitomized by his vicious performance on the epic “Rap God”.  Ultimately, Eminem accomplishes his task of affirming his ‘god status’, sou...

50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

12/28/2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...

Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...

2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

10/11/2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...

Drake Promises To Remove Offensive Autism Lyrics From 'Jodeci (Freestyle)'

7/23/2013 3:29pm EDT
Drake has promised to remove odious lyrics by J. Cole from their new track after causing controversy with a reference to autism.

Last week, the hip-hop tandem came under fire from charity crusaders after releasing Jodeci (Freestyle), in which Cole says, "I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."

The uproar impelled the Miss America singer to write a lengthy apology to those offended by the line, insisting he was "instantly embarrassed" by his choice of words and "should have known better."

Cole added, "To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I'm moved and inspired b...

J. Cole Apologizes For Lyrics About Autism In 'Jodeci Freestyle'

7/22/2013 10:40am EDT
J. Cole
J. Cole has posted a lengthy apology after making a controversial reference to autism in his new collaboration with Drake.

The 28 year-old rapper teamed up with his colleague for new song Jodeci Freestyle, but the track caused indignation due to a line about the disorder.  The lyric reads, "Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/ I'm artistic, you n**gas is autistic, retarded."
Now, he has taken to the web to say sorry to anyone he has offended. In the post, he writes, "In a recent verse on the song 'Jodeci Freestyle', I said something highly offensive to people wit...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

5/16/2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...