Tag: hip hop

With No Central Theme or Message, Drake’s ‘More Life’ Lacks Unity

On October 23, 2016, the day before his birthday, Canadian artist Drake announced that he would be releasing not an album, but a playlist in 2017. Drake can call it whatever he wants, but it doesn’t change the fact that More Life, which premiered on March 18 through OVO Sound Radio, is a painfully average collection

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Meek Mill Goes Mask Off

All things considered, Philadelphia has had a pretty good year. The city won the Super Bowl, NCAA Championship, hosted the DNC, got the first round pick in the NBA draft, and are looking at one of the biggest public works projects in the city’s history. Who would’ve thought another win for the City of Brotherly Love would come from its

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Here’s Why I’m Playing Travis Scott’s ‘Butterfly Effect’ All Summer

For the second summer in a row, I find myself blasting Travis Scott songs on repeat. For the most part, they’re all summer anthems. But it’s “Butterfly Effect” that stands out as my summer jam. Travis has supplied his vocals on a number of great collaborations this year, including SZA’s “Love Galore,” Major Lazer’s “Know

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Frank Ocean’s ‘channel ORANGE’ Still Feels Fresh, Five Years Later

In 2005, when his hometown was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, Christopher Francis Ocean (Frank Ocean) moved to LA. Over the course of six years, he wrote for Brandy, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, joined Odd Future and released his critically acclaimed mixtape, nostalgia ULTRA. In 2012, Frank Ocean delivered his first LP. Plenty of albums have come in strong

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Ray J is the Most Avant-Garde Thing About Vince Staples’s Big Fish Theory

“There is a theory that fish only grow to the size of their tank. So the “Big Fish Theory” pertains to someone who is capable of much bigger things, but is trapped inside the fish tank someone else put them in and therefore will only grow in accordance with their limits” — Genius. This definition falls in line with

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