Marshall Mathers LP 2 Review

  When you name your eighth album after your greatest body of work, you better make damn sure that you’re putting out something good. People will automatically expect it to meet a certain standard—and for me, Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 has exceeded all expectations. Now if you’re waiting for a regurgitation of MMLP, you […]

YouTube Streams Its First-Ever Music Awards Show

  Last night, YouTube live-streamed its first-ever music awards show to millions of viewers, and it was bizarre to say the least–though I guess that’s what happens when you produce a live event. The whole thing felt like an independent, artsy event that was sloppily thrown together by a bunch of hipsters, where the winners […]

Rap Gods: Kanye West

This week, I’ll be discussing current events regarding two of the biggest, self-proclaimed gods in rap music today. First, Kanye West. Earlier this month, Kanye cooked up some beef with Jimmy Kimmel, after the talk show host featured a skit that poked fun at the rapper’s BBC interview. After seeing parts of it (he was […]

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

Last night, I watched the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards. Yes, that’s right. Instead of watching Thursday night football, I was watching the BET Hip Hop Awards. I actually used to watch this channel religiously during my early adolescent years. It was a time of identity crisis when I wore baggy clothes designed by urban […]

Top Stories from the VMAs: Justin Timberlake and Eminem

My brain was raped last night. First I watched Breaking Bad, which had my heart racing from start to finish (if you don’t watch this show, then there’s something missing in your life). Then I caught up on MTV’s version of the Grammy’s, which, as expected, offered both incredible and embarrassing highlights. Lady Gaga kicked […]

Shady’s Back…Tell a Friend

In just two days, the hip-hop world has shaken with groundbreaking news. First, the up-and-coming Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with his verse in Control, challenging his peers and competitors to either step up their game or be destroyed by his own. Then yesterday, legendary veteran Eminem gave us the first sneak peek to his eighth, […]

Kendrick Lamar Takes Control

2013 has been a big year for rap. We’ve been given Kanye’s Yeezus, Jay-Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail, Tyler the Creator’s Wolf, and Mac Miller’s Movies with the Sound Off. Later this month, Big Sean will be dropping his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. However, there’s one track that didn’t make the cut: Control, which features […]

VMA Nostalgia

Last week, after flicking through channels like a zombie, I randomly came across an advertisement for MTV’s Video Music Awards. By the way, has it ever bothered anyone else that it’s not called the MVAs—the Music Video Awards? I mean, they are celebrating music videos, aren’t they? Anyway, I saw the ad and thought to […]

Magna Carta Review

Can I get a what-what the hell am I listening to? Often heralded as one of rap’s greatest MCs, Jay-Z delivered his twelfth studio album earlier this month. Magna Carta…Holy Grail is a mediocre piece of work that falls short of greatness mostly because of disappointing wordplay. Even the album’s title is a mediocre effort. […]