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More Life

Drake plays the role of global music ambassador on ‘More Life’ (Review)

“More chune fo ya head top so watch how you speak on my name”. With that quick phrase following a soul stirring sample, Aubrey “Drake” Graham took the world by storm once again, delivering his much anticipated “playlist,” More Life. Coming off his most successful commercial album, Views, Drake has returned with the swagger only . . .

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Future’s self titled album is an instant classic

This isn’t an album review. This is bible study. On Valentine’s Day, God sent his only begotten son to announce the release of his new album, Future. We won’t call it self-titled, we’ll call it self-loved. And hey, I know what you’re thinking, too. “Oh, the album just dropped. You’re downloading leaks! That’s not right!” Gah-damn . . .

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Big Sean inspires your inner underdog with ‘I Decided.’ (Review)

What can be said about Big Sean that hasn’t already been said by the man himself? The rapper whose flow was described by Don Cheadle as being like “jazz syncopation” has returned with the follow up to his breakthrough Dark Sky Paradise album. For anyone who may have been following Big Sean since the Finally . . .

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Kehlani’s ‘SweetSexySavage’ reassured me that I’m living my life just fine (Review)

I’ve had my heart broken a few times. I’ve been lied to, cheated on and called out of my name. But life goes on, right? Of course it does, but these things stick with you and words have meaning. They hold power. They can build you up, and they can tear you down. I haven’t . . .

Process

Sampha allows us a peek into his psyche on ‘Process’ (Review)

If anxiety is an issue for you, you understand that quieting your mind is extremely difficult. I’ve adopted a few techniques to aid in in my journey, including yoga and meditation. A certain stillness and calm washes over me when in meditation. The slow, steady, deliberate movements and the patterned chants provide structure to my . . .

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The xx takes a bolder stance with ‘I See You’ (Album Review)

UK indie electronic rock band The xx returns to deliver I See You, their first full album in five years. The record is stated to have been following an inspirational lead from Jamie xx’s solo debut, In Colour. This record takes a bolder stance sonically than the past two records, Coexist and XX, while still remaining . . .

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Chris McClenney is a musician and a painter on ‘Portrait In Two’ (Review)

Chris McClenney had quite the 2016. He produced “Outta Sight/Dark Lavender” on D.R.A.M.’s debut album, was highlighted on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, and also made a spot for himself on their viral charts. If you’re hip to Soulection, you may already be familiar with Chris McClenney and the EP he dropped for their White Label Series. . . .

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Kid Cudi’s ‘Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ delivers an indirect response to #YouGoodMan (Review)

In a year full of highly anticipated “come-back” albums via the return of Frank Ocean, Ab-Soul, & Charles Hamilton, the release of Kid Cudi’s next entry to the rap ecosphere holds a particular interest for several reasons. Long considered the “Lord of the sad and lonely,” Kid Cudi’s star potential has been focused on delivering . . .

ATCQ bridges the gap and passes the torch on ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’

18 years! 18 years! Seemed like a lifetime to fans and now that it’s finally here. . . Chad Batka At their inception, A Tribe Called Quest trail-blazed a lane for alternative hip hop by leaning heavily on an infusion of afro-centric consciousness and jazz elements in a genre that, at the time, was most . . .

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The Weeknd’s meteoric rise continues with ‘Starboy’ (Review)

The Weeknd shines as he continues his evolutionary trek on Starboy High Snobiety After what seemed like years of being stuck on Thursday, The Weeknd has teamed up with Daft Punk to deliver Starboy, a true coming of age LP. I define a coming of age album as one that truly shows mastery of whatever qualities initially attracted us to . . .

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D.R.A.M. takes center stage in his own special way on ‘Big Baby D.R.A.M.’ (Review)

After building up momentum by working with Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment on Surf, Chance the Rapper on Coloring Book, and dropping his hit single, “Broccoli” with Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M., whose name stands for for “Does Real Ass Music,” is ready to make a name for himself. Hailing from Hampton, Virginia, which is part of . . .

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KAYTRANADA’s ‘99.9%’ is proof of what Black boys can do when we let them live (Review)

I feel better than I ever have, you know? I’ve been sad my whole life, but fuck that. I know I have good things ahead. I don’t know honestly if I’m fully, 100 percent happy, but I’m starting to get there.”- Kaytranada (The Fader, 2016) A few days ago I turned 23, and I’ve never been . . .

James Blake’s ‘The Colour In Anything’ helped me find peace (Review)

James Blake‘s third studio album, The Colour In Anything, came on the heels of the ending of a two and a half year long relationship with someone I was planning on eventually having big headed kids running around with. The stinging pain that came along with that wasn’t something that I was in any way prepared . . .

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Skepta delves into London life on ‘Konnichiwa’ (Review)

London emcee Skepta released his fourth studio album Konnichiwa, on May 6th. Much like his previous projects, Konnichiwa was released via his Grime label and collective Boy Better Know. Skepta has been gaining a lot of traction lately due to a cosign from a certain Toronto rapper. Would that, paired with Skepta’s talent, be enough to help him . . .

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Beyoncé depicts a black woman’s journey on ‘Lemonade’ (Review)

After a three year hiatus, the crowned king herself is back with her most honest and unadulterated album to date, Lemonade. This album takes you through the journey of a scorned woman who has dealt with infidelity, and all of the emotions that come with it–insecurity, anger, despair, forgiveness, and everything in between. Watching Lemonade . . .