Category: Music Review

Album review: Meshell Ndegeocello

Rock — Meshell Ndegeocello is fearless. Who else would perform entire concerts dedicated to retooling the songs of maverick artists such as Prince and Gil Scott-Heron, only to follow it up with an album exploring and exorcising the discography of the ultimate maverick artist, Nina Simone? On her […]

TRACKLIST: THE GAME — “JESUS PIECE”

You got to hand it to the Game. The Compton rapper has been a self-promoting machine plugging the Dec. 11 release of his fifth album, Jesus Piece. It started with the who’s-who of features on the LP’s lead single, “Celebration.” Game wrangled Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Tyga and Wiz Khalifa […]

100 Greatest Hip-Hip Beats of All Time

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The name the famous A Tribe Called Quest album. The reason “beats” comes first? Production. It’s arguably the most important element of hip-hop. It’s the cornerstone of every song, the foundation lyrics are built upon. They dictate the time-signature, the tempo, the tone of the lyrics. They’re […]

Kem – What Christmas Means

Anyone who’s familiar with Kem’s triumphant and personal back-story knows that he gives much credit to his faith, so the poignant title track and sanctified, choir-featuring original, “Glorify The King,” sets the pace and makes it clear what the holidays mean to him and why Jesus’ sacrifice is […]

Macy Gray Remakes “Talking Book

Musicians often cover songs made famous by another singer, but it’s rare for a Grammy Award-winning singer to re-record another artist’s entire album. Macy Gray’s latest album, “Talking Book,” is a remake ofStevie Wonder’s album by the same name, some 40 years later. Gray worked on the album with producer Hal Wilner, who came up with the […]