Best Listens of 2016

Fuck 2016. That's right, I said it. Let's collectively bid adieu to the colossal shitstorm of Brexit, the Dallas Shootings, relentless police brutality, the siege of Aleppo, the election of Trump, and the sudden deaths of more musical artists than I care to recall. Like any patriotic American, I ended up burying my head in the sand when I became overwhelmed, clicking my … Continue reading Best Listens of 2016

Conflict, Catharsis & The Come-Up: Three Albums To Rotate

What drives emcees to continue producing, continue recording and continue writing? What launches a person into the world of hip-hop? I've always conjectured that at its core, hip-hop culture derives itself from conflict. Some of this conflict is internal. Rappers initiate their quest from the inside out, searching for their greater meaning as they draw upon personal experiences where … Continue reading Conflict, Catharsis & The Come-Up: Three Albums To Rotate

2015: The Year’s Most Rotated Joints

Finally.  As I belatedly promised on my last post, I wanted to share my top five albums of 2015.  It was a solid year, with a range of quality listens from Grande Marshall to Omen.  Did I fail to include some amazing mainstream gems, including To Pimp A Butterfly? Absolutely.  However, my year-end round-up aims … Continue reading 2015: The Year’s Most Rotated Joints

Summer 2015’s Best Listens Part 1: July Cranks Up The Heat

It is freakin' hot outside today.  It was hot out yesterday and it's going to be hot again tomorrow.  Shit, at this point it's been downright toasty for nearly two weeks.  Summer in New England is a roller coaster of weather, ranging from pleasantly cool evenings to oppressively humid afternoons that pave the way for massive thunderstorms. … Continue reading Summer 2015’s Best Listens Part 1: July Cranks Up The Heat

Spring 2015’s Best Listens

Like any drain that isn't frequently cleaned out with a powerful chemical agent, an unwelcome amount of sludge can start to amass over time.  Over the last few months, since I've dedicated valuable blog space to my rambling musings about life, featured guest posts about live shows/relevant topics, and shared farfetched perspectives on the ever changing … Continue reading Spring 2015’s Best Listens