Discussion | Are We Truly Interested in Full-Length Projects Anymore?

With advances in technology across most areas of music in the past 25 years, it has allowed a lot more people the opportunity to create and circulate their material easily and independently. This has resulted in listeners, chiefly through the implementation of music streaming services, having access to a vast amount of artists and songs…

Discussion | Why Isn’t Busta Rhymes In Your Top Five Emcees?

Despite being one of the most prominent and unique emcees during what many consider to be the golden era of Hip Hop and transcending generations by remaining relevant throughout the 2000’s and beyond, Busta Rhymes is not often, if at all, considered for selection as one of people’s top five rappers. With the number of…

Albums of the Year | 2016

My top ten favourite albums of the year: Anderson .Paak – Malibu  “After making a tremendous impression on various tracks on Dr. Dre’s Compton, Anderson Paak consolidates his place as a leading newcomer in Soul/R&B with Malibu. His raspy, sing-rap vocal delivery emphasises the trace of the classic soul sound, aided by his choice of producers…

Discussion | Would Beyoncé Be As Successful If Aaliyah Was Still Alive?

Now, before the BeyHive swarm around me in an attempt to protect their Queen Bey, please allow me to elucidate a quite innocent, though seemingly provocative title. The question that forms the basis of this article is simply a thought I had once upon a time, whilst witnessing Beyoncé’s extraordinary run of commercial success between…

The Importance of the Featured Artist

Not too long ago, I watched an interview with Pharrell Williams where he made statements regarding featured artists on songs and how they’re presented in this day and age. More specifically, his gripe was with the fact that featured guests today must be clearly labelled along side the song title they appear on (speaking specifically…

Discussion | Azealia Banks – Social Activism or Publicity Stunting?

Allow me to introduce the intriguing case of Azealia Banks. Some readers may know the Harlem emcee for her breakthrough hit, ‘212’, from 2011 that was considered by respectable publications as one of their songs of the year. Though, since this thrust into the mainstream, Banks’ career has not reached the heights that early projections…