Sweatshirt Weather; Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt

When reading the title of the review, you must be thinking “I already listen to some rap songs.” (terrible attempt at a pun) However, Some Rap Songs is Earl Sweatshirt's third full-length album and one of the best this year, considering the sharp lyricism and flow, impactful themes, and masterful sound production. Earl Sweatshirt and … Continue reading Sweatshirt Weather; Some Rap Songs by Earl Sweatshirt

Tyler, the Creator OKRA Review

On the tail end of March, rap eccentric Tyler, The Creator dropped a surprise single titled "OKRA" with an accompanying video. The video itself utilizes the split-screen technique very well and creates a very visually appealing 2 minutes and 31 seconds. However, the song itself does not deliver a similar appeal. Tyler, The Creator is … Continue reading Tyler, the Creator OKRA Review

Chris Brown Opens Up About Embattled Career With Documentuary

Hollywood is a truly vicious machine, and child start are sent through it all the time. Britany Spears and Lindsay Lohan are perfect examples of how fame and excess can be difficult for teenagers to handle. Each child star grapples with their sudden rises to fame differently. For Chris Brown, fame came early and was … Continue reading Chris Brown Opens Up About Embattled Career With Documentuary

Movin’ on up: Grammys’ diverse selections indicate signs of progress

The Grammys finally got it right this year. Like the Oscars, whose exclusion of people of color from 2016’s major categories preceded their musical counterpart’s woes the following year, the Grammys struggled with race. Social media uproar around both awards’ lack of diversity inherently followed, taking the forms of trending hashtags “OscarsSoWhite” and “GrammysSoWhite.” And … Continue reading Movin’ on up: Grammys’ diverse selections indicate signs of progress

88Glam’s debut effort captures the crux of grinding toward mainstream success

As much as the path to stardom from a life in the streets is a frequent theme within rap, 88Glam’s self-titled debut album explores this axiom with an intoxicating flair. Comprised of XO affiliates Drew Howard aka 88 Camino and Derek Wise, 88Glam chronicles the ups and downs associated with abandoning the stresses of hustling … Continue reading 88Glam’s debut effort captures the crux of grinding toward mainstream success