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Hi, I'm Brent – one of those eccentric musician types who live and breathe music. Kentucky bred (don’t judge). Besides being a certified music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, I've been passionate about the music industry and music journalism for years. I've contributed to various music sites over the past five years – there's nothing better than being quoted!

'Southpaw' Soundtrack Has Some Enjoyable Performances

7/29/2015 4:01pm EDT
Review: 'Southpaw' Soundtrack Has Some Outstanding Moments
Soundtracks, outside of serving the function of accompanying music for film or television, are often less enthralling listening experiences by themselves. In other words, many times, a musical compilation that works exceptionally behind a visual can lack the same luster when listening without the visual. While the soundtrack to Southpaw falls into some of the pitfalls of the soundtrack or compilation, there are a variety of enjoyable musical performances, even if they or Southpaw as a whole doesn’t supplant your favorite hip-hop album.

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Jill Scott Has Lots To Offer On 'Woman'

7/28/2015 10:43am EDT
Review: Jill Scott Remains True To Herself On ‘Woman’
When Jill Scott comes to mind, one characterizes her as being a cool, calm, and collected modern soul singer with the ability to show off a dynamic, gritty, and funky side. On her fifth studio album Woman, she remains true to those characterizations, never fumbling. Woman arguably hasn’t been the most aggressively promoted album by Scott, but has plenty to offer.

Woman kicks off with a bang with “Wild Cookie,” a spoken word piece in which Scott sends a message warning women not to sleep with any and everybody due to desperation. “Prepared,” the set’s first full length joint proceeds in ...
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7 New Albums To Check Out This Week

7/28/2015 9:13am EDT
Joss Stone Leads Albums To Check Out This Week
July has had its moments in regards to new music releases (Future, Tyrese, and Jill Scott stand out), yet arguably, that gargantuan blockbuster album never materialized. The final release week in July won’t change that, as there are no high profile newbies this week. Still, British R&B singer Joss Stone is well established while Buddy Guy is nothing short of exceptional. Here are seven albums to check out this week.

1) Joss Stone, Water For Your Soul (Stone’d Records)

Joss Stone’s seventh studio album, Water For Your Soul arrives three-years after The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, an effor...
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Future’s Best Career Effort Pays Off

7/27/2015 10:45am EDT
Future, DS2 © Epic
Musicians continue to make chart history in 2015 despite lackadaisical sales in many cases. Future’s sales were by no mean lackadaisical this time around as DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) debuted commandingly at #1 on the Billboard 200. No, Future was unable to move the same numbers of contemporaries like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, or Meek Mill, but his 147,000 units is his best career week yet. Even in sales alone, 121,000 copies according to Billboard, he more than doubled his start for his 2014 effort, Honest.

What gives with Future’s come up? That’s a good question! Interestingly, as Future is...
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Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...
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Do These Rappers Think They Are God?

7/25/2015 1:00pm EDT
13 Songs Representing 'God Status’ In Rap
“I am a god!” Okay then Kanye – If you say so! It is no secret that one of the qualifications to be a rapper is to be cocky and confident. Face it, who wants to listen to a rapper who isn’t at least a little bit conceited? Nobody. So, this list has got the conceited part nailed down firmly, as each of these 13 songs exemplify “god status.”

What is “god status” exactly? It’s this idea that, particularly in rap, of likening oneself to God as far as status or being a figurehead, without asserting to be God himself. Because rappers are often braggadocios creatures, many have released songs...
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Check Out Our Thoughts On Future’s New Album ‘DS2’?

7/22/2015 1:47pm EDT
Review: Future Steps Up His Game On ‘DS2’
Hmm, what’s the best way to describe Atlanta rapper Future? Besides his love of autotune, what comes to mind is polarizing. Some love him while others are more skeptical. Regardless, Future has been everywhere in 2015, so naturally, a new album is a no-brainer. Does the MC “step up his game” on DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2)? Yep, like totally!

DS2 commences in druggy fashion with the irresponsibly terrific “I Thought It Was A Drought.” It’s low key, but good for a bagful of killer one-liners, such as the ridiculous “I just took a piss and I seen codeine coming out / We got purple Activis, I tho...
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New Music You Need To Check Out

7/21/2015 9:43am EDT
Jill Scott Leads New Albums To Check Out This Week
July continues to roll on, and it’s now week three of the new Friday global release day. Eventually it’ll be as easy as clockwork for labels, retailers, and consumers, right? This week things are understated once more, with a lack of gargantuan music releases. Still, Jill Scott is kind of a big deal in R&B circles, as is Lamb of God in metal circles. Here are five albums to check out this week.

1) Jill Scott, Woman (Atlantic)

R&B singer Jill Scott returns after a four-year hiatus with her fifth studio album, Woman. Woman follows up 2011 effort The Light of the Sun, which gave Scot...
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New Jersey Newbie Brynn Stanley Is The Real Deal On Debut Album 'Hell, California'

7/20/2015 11:00am EDT
Brynn Stanley, Hello, California © Madison Records
There’s nothing like fresh blood in the music industry, sigh! New Jersey gives music its next potential star with bubbly pop singer/songwriter Brynn Stanley. The best way to characterize Stanley’s musical persona is a blend of classic and contemporary; a brand of pop incorporating jazz, retro pop, and a dash of blue-eyed soul.

Stanley describes her debut album Hello, California as “Upbeat and fun, with deep personal meaning and music that everyone can relate to.” Relatable being the key word, Hello California encompasses common human experiences such as the dastardly broken heart, makin...
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Tyrese Lands His First No. 1 Album

7/20/2015 8:34am EDT
Tyrese Takes 'Black Rose' To The Top Of The Billboard 200
Sigh, yet another musician has seen his dreams realized on the Billboard 200. Although pure sales and lucrative chart longevity have only been kind to some, a number of artists have landed their first number one album this year. Add Tyrese to the list, as Black Rose earns the Billboard 200 crown this week. The 81,000 units isn’t the sexiest total ever, but, for an R&B album, that’s great. Why? – Because R&B has struggled with commercial lucrativeness all year and Black Rose gives the genre its highest impact and first number one album in 2015. Sweetening things more is that most of the...
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