Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. (Album Review)

For the past two weeks, I have been listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” album. I wanted to really delve into the record fully before reviewing it and I must say that I have dived deep. “DAMN.” is without a doubt one of the Kendrick’s best records as well as one of the best albums of…

Why I Am a Fan of Bloc Party’s “Intimacy”

When I first heard Bloc Party’s third studio album “Intimacy” many years ago, I was not impressed and agreed with the critics mixed reception of the band. I wanted the band to continue their post-punk sound and was turned off by the electronic direction they ventured into. I listened to the album once and didn’t…

Kerry James Marshall Exhibit

A few months ago, I went to check out the Kerry James Marshall Exhibit at the MET and didn’t have the chance to post the pictures of his paintings to this blog. Well, here they finally are. The exhibition really opened my eyes to how great an artist Marshall is. A lot of the paintings…

Kendrick Lamar: DNA

Kendrick Lamar has returned with one of the best hip hop albums of the decade. ‘Damn.’ is a phenomenal record that further proves why Kendrick is considered by many to be the best rapper of his generation or even all time. I am going to be reviewing the album in the coming days, after listening…

Revamping the Blog

I am going to change up the blog somewhat. The music video highlights will continue as well as the Sunday Soul series, but I want to incorporate long-form blogs on my thoughts and what I find interesting. When I first started this blog, I wanted to focus strictly on the arts, but now I want…

Isaiah Rashad: Shot You Down (Remix) feat. Jay Rock and SchoolBoy Q

Hip Hop independent label TDE has proven time after time that they have the best rappers in the game on its roster. ¬†Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Isaiah Rashad have released some of the best rap albums ever and will be included in hip hop’s classic albums canon. Isaiah Rashad is the youngest of the…

Sunday Soul: Otis Redding – (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay

It is finally feeling like spring today and to celebrate the nice weather, we will showcase Otis Redding’s “(Sittin On) the Dock of the Bay.” This easygoing track from one of the greatest soul singers has become an unforgettable classic that symbolizes a relaxed state of mind/being.

J Dilla: KJay & We Out

J Dilla’s “KJay & We Out” is one of my favorite beats from one of the best hip hop producers ever. The track is typical of Dilla’s work with a laid back smooth sound and ends too quickly.

The Zombies: Time of the Season

The Zombies’ “Odessey and Oracle” is one of the best albums that the group released. The mixture of psychedelia and rock brought the band to the attention of many music listeners. The album has many great tunes, but the group’s biggest hit is “Time of the Season.” This song has been featured in many movies…

Kendrick Lamar: King Kunta

In anticipation of Kendrick Lamar’s new album that is supposed to come out tomorrow and blow up the internet, here is one of his best songs. “King Kunta” is a declaration of Kendrick’s status as one of the best rappers in the game. His rise to rap royalty cannot be questioned and he knows it.

Outkast: Aquemini

I have always liked Outkast’s earlier albums than their later work.¬†“Aquemini” is a dark and reflective album that features both Big Boi and Andre 3000 at their lyrical best. The title track is a somber song that moves along at a slow pace then abruptly the duo change their rapping styles.