It feels like an eternity ago now. Somewhere by the middle of last month, I had carefully planned a run of playlists with the fourth slated for Wednesday…two weeks ago. The day I started to execute was on the fateful May 25th. If I had to narrow down the type of hip-hop records I...Continue reading
I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myselfIs life worth living should I blast myself – Tupac Shakur...
You look good, you feel good, u feel good, u play good, u play good, they pay good – Deion Sanders...
We conclude our playlist series of 2019 faves here. It should be clear by now that there was a lot of music to take in. Collectively, it was also a good way to get an idea of the major tides last year. Indeed, the songs we liked reflected the continuous shift towards a more...Continue reading
Our French brethen have a saying: “Jamais deux sans trois” (Never two without three). So you best believe I had to crank out another one out! And to sign off, I’ll stick to the rhyme animals and lyrical savages. Recommendations? Why, yes off course! Let me see, there’s Fat Joe & Dre (Family Ties),...Continue reading
Product placement in music videos isn’t a new idea. In fact, the practice is so pervasive and embedded within the video treatment that the casual person barely notices. It’s a lucrative by-product of music promotion so you can rest assured that it’s not going anywhere. If anything, the branding powers that be will find...Continue reading
Faheem Rashad Najm has been a game changer for R&B. Derided at first, T-Pain’s genius method of “misusing” a pitch correction tool (Auto-Tune) has become a go-to technique for so many of the current chart toppers in hip-hop and R&B. Speaking of charts, since his debut album (Rappa Ternt Sanga in 2005), he was...Continue reading
I hope you guys had a great start to the week. And I’m secretly hoping this latest edition of ‘Smoke & Mirrors will help you forge ahead towards the weekend. Last week, I put up a sizable dose of Ghana. I’m encouraged with the feedback to spotlight some more — with a few cuts...Continue reading
Royce’s Book of Ryan will go down as one of the best project from 2018. It’s quite telling when the Bad Meets Evil reunion on the banging “Caterpillar” is a side note. Yes, the album was such a doozy! Here, the aforementioned single leads a strong pack of spitters that span both (US) coasts...Continue reading
Last one for April and I tried to keep it mostly hip-hop. I hear there are exciting things coming up next month *hint*. I can’t wait to show you my contributions to the heavy work that’s been taking place in the background. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this latest ‘Smoke and Mirrors’...Continue reading