ANDERSON .PAAK – “OXNARD” FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW

Anderson .Paak is an upcoming artist who released one of my personal favorite R&B/Rap albums, Malibu, in 2016. Now that he’s finally released his follow-up album Oxnard, a collaboration with Dr. Dre, he’s officially in the big leagues. It’s been getting hype from tons of musical collaborators, but does it live up to it? Let’s find out. Track 1 – The Chase Such a strong start. … Continue reading ANDERSON .PAAK – “OXNARD” FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW

Pharrell’s First Bad Musical Decision

I’ve long held that I’ve never found Pharrell to make a bad musical, or fashion decision. He’s known as one of the greatest producers of all time for a reason. I hadn’t heard news about him for a while and then, all of a sudden, out of Nowhere, there’s a new N.E.R.D project. I really like In Search Of, and I like a lot of N.E.R.D … Continue reading Pharrell’s First Bad Musical Decision

How Anderson .Paak Defies Spotify, and How He Talks About Definition

My favorite hip-hop/RNB artist, hands down, is Anderson .Paak, all because of his totally chill, irresistibly smooth, yet still pop-y album Malibu. This album was, IMO, the most deserved winner of any of the Grammies last year. If you want a critical score of it, popular website Metacritic gave it an 85%. That’s pretty damn high. It’s an album that’s really conscious of the roots of … Continue reading How Anderson .Paak Defies Spotify, and How He Talks About Definition

Is Coldplay Dead?

On Wednesday night, I went to Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams tour at Levi’s Stadium because they’re one of my favorite bands. But whenever I bring up the topic of Coldplay to anyone else, the usual response is a laugh. Why is this? Coldplay’s been going for a long time. Since their debut album, Parachutes, they’ve been around for over 17 years… and they’re … Continue reading Is Coldplay Dead?

Logic’s “Everybody” Album and the 1-800 Suicide Song

Logic dropped his new album “Everybody” in May of 2017 and it features tracks that speak to a variety of issues like suicide prevention, mental health, racism, sexism, etc. The most well-known song on this album, featuring Khalid and Alessia Cara, is “1-800-273-8255”, named after the suicide prevention hotline. Although this song is about a very melancholy topic, I think it ultimately delivers a message … Continue reading Logic’s “Everybody” Album and the 1-800 Suicide Song

All the Musical References in Lana Del Rey’s Tomorrow Never Came

I thought this track was the best track on an amazing album, so I thought I’d pull a genius and see what musical references Lana makes in the song, and see if that’s what makes the song sound so sad. Speaking of genius, here’s the link. I didn’t catch everything, and so I looked over there for some help – it’s very clear in the … Continue reading All the Musical References in Lana Del Rey’s Tomorrow Never Came

Aminé’s Good For You – A Weird Album by a Weird Dude

2017 XXL Freshman Aminé seems to be a cool but super nerdy dude. His bars are clever, fun, and new in a way that makes his music incredibly charming, and it’s readily apparent that behind the joking is a very intelligent young artist. A perfect example of his who he is, as far as the world’s seen thus far in his short career, is his … Continue reading Aminé’s Good For You – A Weird Album by a Weird Dude