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“All Love Lost” Album Review

Whether he is recording music, doing a podcast or on reality television – Joe Budden has made himself out to be the most “open book” of a rapper today. Budden has had a way of keeping listeners engaged with his struggles through addiction, depression and his definition of “love.” His formula throws many off, and his sound is not one which mainstream hip hop gravitates to, but even the most
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Music: “The Documentary 2” Album Review

When The Game announced that his next release would be a sequel to his classic “The Documentary” the anticipation grew. When The Game dropped “The Documentary” in 2005, he was riding an incredible high and was being backed by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.  Although the album was a modern-day classic – the “fallout” that the Game had with those on his first album was immense. Still, that didn’t deter
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“Deeply Rooted” Album Review

2Pac.  Biggie.  Jay-Z.  Nas.  Scarface? He should be included in that cast of hip hop legends but often times his name is omitted. Scarface is a gangsta-rap pioneer who has been around since the late 1980’s and who’s persona became one of hip hop’s most defiant in the early 90’s.   “Face” has the coldest voice in the history of the musical genre and is one of the most respected lyricists
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Cleveland Browns 2015 Preview: Team A Work In Progress

Some teams are cursed.  Some teams just do it to themselves.  It doesn’t matter if Cleveland’s woes are a product of black magic or self infliction – they are just a mess, from top to bottom. Head coach Mike Pettine, opens up his second season as head coach with his best player suspended for the season and his back up quarterback as the talk of the town. The Browns have
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“Compton” Album Review: Dr. Dre On Point

Fans of hip hop have waited since 1999 for this.   It was in 1999 that Dr. Dre released "Chronic 2001" his smash follow up album to his 1992 classic, "The Chronic."  Dr. Dre is an icon not only for hip hop, but music as a whole. He helped pioneer the gangsta rap era with N.W.A; helped build a classic (now defunct since his departure) label in Death Row Records; and
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“Dreams Worth More Than Money” Album Review: Meek Mill Stumped Creatively

Meek Mill is the Maybach Music Group’s aggressive, energetic, rapid-fire MC, who embodies a youthful exuberance blended with the mentality of an O.G.   On his first album “Dreams and Nightmares” he laid down one of the best intro-tracks of all time with the title track and was able to hit the airwaves with “Young and Gettin’ It”, “Amen” and even his bonus track with Big Sean “Burn.” He was making
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2015 NBA Free Agency: Is Love’s Heart in the Wrong Place?

Many thought and speculated about Kevin Love’s options before free agency began this season. He opted out of his contract late in June with the Cavaliers, which surprised nobody – it was just “good business.” Soon after, many assumed he was done in Cleveland. There was actually good reason to believe that would be true. It was nearly a year ago that Kevin Love was traded to Cleveland and it
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“Everything is 4” Album Review: Derulo Maintains Ability To Make Hits For Radio

There is a trend in today's music that says: it's not about the album - it's about the single.  A label doesn't really care about the direction you're taking the next album but they want to know what's going to get played on the radio and in the clubs. The single gets the ringtones, the commercials and the glory.  Luckily, Jason Derulo has the "Midas Touch" when it comes to
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“Wilder Mind” Album Review: Mumford and Sons show limited range in latest effort

The London-based band of Mumford and Sons have found a global audience and have received global acclaim to go with it. Their first two albums “Sign No More” and “Babel” were produced by Markus Davis and saw massive success.  In an era were musicians (rock artists in particular) do not sell in record numbers, Mumford and Sons were able to go against that norm with “Babel” selling over 600,000 units
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“ALLA” Album Review: Talented ASAP Rocky Stuck In A Rut

Coming out of Harlem, New York is Asap Rocky.  His road to hip hop stardom isn’t anything new: from a poor family, dealt drugs, saw death at an early age–began rapping–things happened. That’s not to belittle his journey – at all, but one wouldn’t get that “defeated while coming up” tone if they listened to Rocky’s music.  Some would call him more of a modern-day hippie–much like Wiz Khalifa and others.