The Issue With Tidal

We've finally had time to digest it all. Jay-Z, along with many other music heavyweights - Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, etc. - have started their own music streaming  service. Their pitch, gathered from the highly publicized launch video, is that Tidal allows the artists to control the industry. 11270

Album Review: Wale – The Album About Nothing

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been looking forward to Wale’s The Album About Nothing just as much as I looked forward to To Pimp A Butterfly. Unlike Kendrick, Wale has been teasing this album for some time, releasing promo videos, partnering with Complex and Jerry Seinfeld for hilarious skits. He even released a mixtape in December called Festivus (an ode to the Costanza family anti-Christmas event). And, come on, it features Jerry Seinfeld! 11255

ALBUM REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar's second album, is full. Packed with so much sound, so much instrumentation, it's difficult to view this as a rap album. And yet, even with the vast amount of production, Lamar's words come as powerful as ever. Fans were surprised to see Lamar's album, set to drop on the 24th, on both iTunes and Spotify on Monday, a full week before the scheduled release. It surprised even TDE CEO Anthony Tiffith, who began firing blame at Interscope. Regardless of reason or blame, we've gotten the album early, and it is a gift. Just ask Kanye West. 11086

Artists You Should Be Listening To: 80 Reef

Most music lovers have that one artist who they're aware of, but they get no love or acknowledgement, not even amongst other music lovers. Sometimes it can frustrate a listener, knowing this artist has the ability and talent to make an impact. 80 Reef is that artist for me. 11053

Top Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2015

It’s safe to say that there will be hip-hop talent on display at SXSW 2015. The festival is known for highlighting new acts, and that is no different this year. Take a look at the top acts not to miss, in my opinion, with these rising stars: 11000

ALBUM REVIEW: Dark Sky Paradise

I’ve listened to Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise twice through, under two circumstances, and my opinion varied wildly on the second listen through. The first time I listened to the album, I focused only on the music, intently listening to his lyrics, the production, how the songs flowed together. It made me realize that Big Sean is like that rich kid in your high school who gets all the girls, all the attention, has all the blessings that money brings. He has a cocky attitude because, hey, he’s got everything. 10946

Kanye West’s Upcoming Album

Kanye West debuted the lead single of his next album, entitled “Wolves,” at his fashion show, subsequently preforming the song on SNL last Saturday night, stealing headlines for the performance. The song will be the lead track on his new album, one in which he said will be a surprise album, recently saying in an interview with The Breakfast Club that release dates are "played out." 10909

The Curious Case of Drake’s New Album

Drake dropped a brand new 17 track album on Thursday night, titled If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. What's strange about this album release is that Drake had revealed that the follow up to Nothing Was The Same would be Views From the 6. It was also widely believed that Drake would release a mixtape in early 2015, after DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors let it slip to NBA TV a few months ago that Drake had a mixtape planned for January. Now not even a full two weeks into February, we have If You're Reading This. 10885

The Most Overlooked Hip-Hop Release of 2014

Joe Budden. You may know him from his rather infamous appearances on Love & Hip Hop. You may know him as one quarter of the Shady cosigned Slaughterhouse. You may even know him as the artist of the The Fast and the Furious made-famous Pump it Up, a track that bears some resent from Budden. What you should know Joe Budden for is his ability to combine clever lyrics with an open diary storytelling. Some Love Lost is the second installment, following No Love Lost (2013) and preceding All Love Lost (TBA), and it gives fans exactly what they want. Even the casual

And The Winner For Best Rap Album Of The Year Is…

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has taken home the top prize at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. The album, released in November of 2013, beat out Childish Gamino's Because The Internet, Common's Nobody's Smiling, Schoolboy Q's Oxymoron, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood, and most notably, Iggy Azalea's The New Classic. Eminem also took home the award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Rihanna for The Monster. 10871

Rick Ross Takes A Shot At Suge Knight’s Hit & Run on IDFWU Remix

With Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise due out later this month, his biggest single on the album, IDFWU, just got a bit more interesting thanks to Rick Ross. "Suge Knight with a bitch, hit and run," Ross raps. Knight was arrested for hitting two men with his truck after an altercation, killing one. He faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and two counts of hit and run. Though not a true remix, considering Big Sean and E-40's original verses are still present, the song manages to give Ross some much needed attention. 10814