Reviews

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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 . . .

D.R.A.M. - 'Big Baby D.R.A.M.' (Review)

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 . . .

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Radamiz embodies the soul of a hungry New York artist on ‘Writeous’ (Album Review)

New York native and Mogul Club member Radamiz finally released his Writeous after nearly four years of hinting at it’s release.  It’s potential was shown since the beginning of it’s announcement, and friends and fans couldn’t be more excited to hear what he has had in store for us. Writeous embodies the soul of a . . .

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Zayn Malik Seeks To Embrace An Identity Of His Own

Zayn Malik has been buzzing ever since his heavily observed departure from superstar boy band, One Direction. With his debut solo album also dropped in March, it’s time we gave him our due thoughts on his current and potential situation. Andre Crawford and I took a deeper look at who Zayn is as an artist, . . .

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Kari Faux Finds Herself on ‘Lost En Los Angeles’ (Review)

Little Rock, Arkansas native Kari Faux recently dropped her debut album Lost En Los Angeles. It’s a short album, with eleven songs, and only about 30 minutes from start to finish – so it’s just enough of what you need to digest, and it’s not overwhelming, especially for a new artist. She’s been in the “internet . . .

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Domo Genesis Stays True To Self And Delivers Solid Debut

After years’ of free releases and guest features Odd Future member Domo Genesis dropped his debut project Genesis on March 25th. Even while flying under the radar the past few years Domo has gained the respect of his rap peers. From working on full length projects like No Idols with the legendary The Alchemist. To popping . . .

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Bas Delivers Relatable Experiences on ‘Too High To Riot’ (Review)

One of the best things about being a lover of music is having the opportunity  to watch an artist grow before your eyes. Such is the case with Queens native Bas. The fiendish Dreamvillain returns to the forefront of the label with his latest offering, Too High To Riot, an existential album that seeks to peer . . .

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Reviews Feb 16  |  

Majid Jordan Leaves More To Be Desired On Debut LP

Toronto production and vocal duo Majid Jordan released their self-titled debut album this past week. I’ve listened to their EPs and I thought they were okay (sidebar: their flip of Change’s “Hold Tight” is solid). As a lover of the house music and R&B combination, their sound was something I could get into. Naturally, I . . .