Mud

To many people “The McConaissance” started with the 2012 film “Mud”. This film that stars Matthew McConaughey as the eponymous character is a coming of age/crime drama set on the Mississippi River. McConaughey plays a drifter whose past captures up when he ¬†befriends two boys named Ellis and Neckbone. Ellis is an introspective and naive…

Vince Staples & Larry Fisherman: Thought About You

Vince Staples mixtape “Stolen Youth” which was produced by Larry Fisherman a.k.a. Mac Miller shows the young rappers stepping up to the plate. Vince delves into a variety of topics such as his father’s addiction, senseless violence and striving for more. Mac Miller’s production for the album is quite impressive with gloomy and atmospheric beats….

Ben Nichols: Shelter

I seriously just listened to this song a few minutes ago and I felt like I had to post in on the blog. Ben Nichols like Brian Fallon are able to create songs that are just soul-crushing with their ability to hit you when you least expect it. Nichols’ Lucero has released album after album…

Mac Miller: I Am Who Am

So I finally listened to Mac Miller’s “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” and I am quite surprised by how much he has grown. I still like his ‘Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza” song but I must say I like this album in its entirely than any of his previous albums. The album has a…

90’s Nostalgia: Wu-Tang Clan- It’s Yourz

Drake’s song ‘Wu Tang Forever’ off of his “Nothing Was the Same” album is one of the best songs from that record. He quotes several lines from Wu Tang Clan’s “It’s Yourz” and “C.R.E.A.M.”. I took it upon myself to revisit Wu Tang Clan’s first and second album and I was reminded why they are…

90’s Nostalgia: Goo Goo Dolls- Iris

When I first started listening to the Goo Goo Dolls, I had become a listener of Top 40 radio. ¬†I had developed an interest in other music outside of hip hop and the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” was one of the songs that I latched onto. The song was released in 1998 as a single…

Earl Sweatshirt: Chum

Without a doubt Earl Sweatshirt’s “Doris” was one of the best albums released last year. The 20-year old Los Angeles native released a stellar record that featured a dense lyrical ability and diverse music production. One of the best songs on the album is “Chum” which has Earl rapping over a piano and slow steady…

A$AP Rocky: Wild for the Night

I am usually a late listener to current artists. It usually takes me months to years later till I actually take the time to listen to an artist. A few days ago I finally checked out A$AP Rocky’s music. I heard so much about him last year but I never had the chance to listen…

Cam’ron- Dipsh*ts

Cam’ron has always been a rapper that I have found both intelligent and comical. He has the ability to say the most ridiculous stuff and still have you engaged. He knows exactly what he is doing when he raps about the most hilarious stuff that you wouldn’t even think of. I have been a fan…

TV on the Radio: A Method

With the news that TV on the Radio is working on a new album I decided to revisit their breakthrough album “Return to Cookie Mountain”. At first listen it is an eclectic album with offbeat sounds that didn’t initially get my attention until I returned to it years later. Lead single “Wolf like Me” is…

Chet Faker: No Diggity

I recently came across Australian electronica artist Chet Faker and I have been listening to him constantly. His music falls more into the soul/R&B category intermixed with a downtempo sound. His cover of BlackStreet’s “No Diggity” is quite melancholy and pining. On the track Faker’s vocals is subtle and wishful. Check it out.

90’s Nostalgia: Third Eye Blind- Jumper

There are many songs from the 90’s that I enjoy but the one that stands out the most is Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper”. This song seems to appear in so many films and is in constant rotation on the radio. When I first heard it so many years ago I was a devoted fan of…