Only in a dream could an album thread surrealism and reality. But that’s what Kanye West did on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Like a modern-day Salvador Dalí, Yeezy’s imagination serves as a palette for lucid production and arrangement. Whimsical charm navigates “Dark Fantasy” while hand claps channel his “Power”. ‘Ye doesn’t mind sharing the wealth on MBDTF though. He invites Rihanna and 10 others to “All Of The Lights”, lets Jay-Z double dip on “Monster” and “So Appalled”, and […]
Rick Ross remained impervious with his fourth studio album, Teflon Don. He pulled out the big guns and recruited folks like Jay-Z (“Free Mason”) and Kanye West (“Live Fast, Die Young”) to help manifest his street dreams. He showed modesty on “I’m Not A Star” and wrestled with vulnerability on “Tears Of Joy”. On the production tip, The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League steer “Maybach Music III” and “Aston Martin Music”. DJ Clark Kent and The Remedy elevate “Super High” while Lex Luger’s […]
On Inside The Actors Studio, host James Lipton always asks his guests, “What sound or noise do you hate?” I vote for this! On paper: Things shouldn’t have been this bad. Fresh off tyin’ the knot with his lil ride or die chick Tiny, Cliff was obviously hopin’ to craft a lil ditty for the ladies and male radio program directors. “Whatever You Like” on steroids? Not even close. Keri may look good but she sounds Charles Barkley-turrible here and […]
[vodpod id=Video.3907085&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] This right here, might be the worst recording in the history of sound. Just when expectations couldn’t get any lower, Soulja Boy forgets the asthma pump and creates “Pretty Boy Sawg”. SB’s syncopated flow is laughable and so is his redundant usage of “swag.” Move along folks, there’s nothing pretty here.
Bob Marley had it. And now, redemption belongs to Eminem. After leaving fans and critics bewildered with Relapse, he got back to rap and exercised his demons with Recovery. From the opening whistle, Em knocks it out the park. Haunting pianos shield “Cold Wind Blows,” while apocalyptic drums create the backdrop for “Won’t Back Down”. On a lyrical front, Em’s pen is still on point. His signature wit and rapid flows ignite “On Fire”, lure “Seduction” and push Lil Wayne […]
[vodpod id=Video.3439506&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] Before Nicki went platinum with Pink Friday, she released her first single, “Massive Attack” to much anticipation. Only problem was that it turned out to be a massive mistake. Nick and Sean Garrett’s chemistry mixed like vodka and milk. Her quirky rhymes coupled with his shoddy hook were a recipe for disaster. In fact, the reception was so bad it didn’t even make the final cut of the album. Better hold onto them tom toms.
This was initially intended to close out Freddie’s debut LP on Interscope, but thanks to The Smoking Section, they have unleashed the five year old track. We’re always up for some cognac.