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Song by Song Album Review: Neon Icon

On Tuesday, Noisey shared a basement interview with the Neon Icon/Versace (insert noun here)/Rap Game (insert celebrity here), RiFF RAFF. The interview coincides with the release of his label debut album Neon Icon, which I have been waiting for since January of this year. I know the album leak has been out forever, but my […]

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A Top 20 Album: Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer

We all know Weezer to some extent. If you’re the superfan, you know deep cuts from each of their eight albums and may have even went on the Weezer Cruise. You’re also a million times more of a Weezer fan than I think I’ll ever be. At the very least, you grew up listening to Top 40 […]

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Flashback Friday: Straight Outta Compton Retro Review

I wrote a review for UW-Madison’s student-run magazine EMMIE over a year ago, and I unfortunately had to cut most of it down to fit in with the other retro reviews within the feature. Fortunately for me, I kept the original cut of the review, and I’m finally taking the opportunity to share it with you now. Enjoy […]

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Song by Song Album Review: Oxymoron

California rapper and Black Hippy affiliate ScHoolboy Q has finally released his first major label debut, and I couldn’t be more excited. Below I’ve written my initial gut reactions to each track from the iTunes deluxe version, fragments and all. Apologies in advance. 1. Gangsta – Q is a gangsta.  It’s as simple as that. There’s a lot […]

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Mini Review: Afterhours EP by Majid Jordan

If you’ve ever heard the name Majid Jordan before, you most likely know the name as the featured artist on Drake’s 2013 hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. The rhythmic beat and Drake’s infectious crooning combine for what I thought to be one of the best songs of 2013, so much so that I decided […]

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Miscellaneous Album Reviews Top 5

My Top 5 Albums of 2013 – #3: Old

If you’ve even heard of Danny Brown (pictured  above) there comes a point where you become compelled enough by his image alone to give him a listen. From what I first heard of the Detroit rapper, I discounted him to a degree based on the sheer ridiculousness of his voice. Not to mention all I […]

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My Top 5 Albums of 2013 – #4: Land of 1000 Chances

What do you think the life of a DJ is like? Sure, successful ones like Avicci and Skrillex can live the same quality of life the biggest pop stars do, but what about the work they put into making an album? From my first thoughts on the concept, there’s certainly a lot of engineering, mixing, […]

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My Top 5 Albums of 2013 – #5: Sunbather

Because of my extreme levels of procrastination and laziness over winter break, my longer analysis of this album in particular, and my night-owl tendencies starting to bite me in the ass, I’ve decided to make my Top 5  list a little different to make up for its lack of timeliness. For my top albums, I will […]

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Mini Album Review: Blurred Lines

I was quite surprised to find that this album was just released in the U.S. on Tuesday. The first and title track off the album has been out since March. This great discrepancy in time led me to take a look at the album and see if there was any hype to be had. Overall, […]

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Song by Song Album Review: Magna Carta Holy Grail

Another delayed review, but in all honesty it took me some time just to listen to this album and even try to get into it. Let’s get right to the songs. 1. Holy Grail –  The first single off the album, appropriately so. Justin’s hook (obligatory trade for “Suit and Tie”, if nothing more) immediately […]