Jayme Shaye. Photographer Lionel Brown
Interviews 

Interview: Jayme Shaye talks being transparent in her album “DeToxic”

What do you do after you write a great and transparent album about surviving a toxic relationship? You get yourself in a happy place and prepare for a great future! L.A. Born R&B singer, Jayme Shaye is currently earning her stripes in the music industry and is singing the thoughts that many women have and many men can’t handle. We talk about her album, “DeToxic” and her courage to write her songs, balancing motherhood and the entertainment industry and if “Michelle” was a real life plan of action. Then I…

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Yonathan Elias
Interviews 

Interview: Yonathan Elias a Multi Media Mogul Brother on The Grand Hustle

I love challenges. Especially an unexpected one. From the moment I got the email for an opportunity to interview Yonathan Elias from The Grand Hustle, I was excited to take on the task. Any person in the wild world of media who is rising, creating content and getting seen is an aspiration to me. And much like Issa Rae said, “I’m rooting for everybody black.” So I wanted this to go as smooth as possible. What we wish for is not always what we get, but we must make it…

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Key To Life Conway
Reviews 

The Key To Life Tour with The Lox, Griselda, Smoke DZA and More Hit House of Blues with plenty of Lyrics

Hip-hop is from the streets. It was created by the poor and disenfranchised who made art out of whatever could make a sound or could be used as a canvas around them. Hip-hop’s streets returned to the House of Blues Chicago last night. Street music is alive and well, thanks to the Key To Life Tour in case anyone was wondering. The Lox, Griselda, Smoke DZA, Statik Selektah and DJ Green Lantern all brought the grime of hip-hop back to the forefront of House of Blues Chicago with the Key…

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Jay Z
Reviews 

Jay Z’s 4:44 Album Turn Back The Clock with Big Homey Game

I owe Jay Z an apology. Since Watch The Throne, I’ve said “Jay doesn’t need to rap anymore.” “He’s too rich, now.” “Jay Z’ is above this world of hip-hop to connect with his core audience.” The 4:44 album is proof that I was dead wrong. It also proves Jay Z can do anything and he should never be questioned or doubted ever in the world of hip-hop. 4:44 is Jay Z’s “Back To The Future II album”. It’s like the album is recorded in an alternate time warp between 1999-2001.…

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Reviews 

Gucci and Metro Boomin Heat The Streets with “Droptopwop”

There was a time where the last thing I wanted to hear was a Gucci Mane record. I didn’t understand the appeal and the following. As the saying goes, today is a new day. This “New Gucci” is definitely something you need in your whip in 2017. The latest addition to the East Atlanta Santa’s catalog is Droptopwop. A collaboration with the undisputed sound of the trap, Metro Boomin. This new Gucci Mane project may be his most solid and complete project to date. Gucci keeping his word at the focus…

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Reviews 

David Banner “The God Box” is laced with head nodding production and stinging rhymes.

After years of promotion and perfecting, David Banner has officially released, The God Box. A socially charged album filled with black love and rage and speaking for the frustrated in today’s “AmeriKKA”. The message is clear from start to finish. David Banner wants to make America as uncomfortable as the black delegation has been for centuries. The best woke word to use is “unapologetic” for this album. Although it’s cliche, it is accurate. David Banner has a lot to say. Some of it you may not like. What you must remember…

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Reviews 

Queen Mary J. Blige Wins, Again! Strength of A Woman is Fire!

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is and will always be, Mary J. Blige. Let’s never forget that ever in life. The gift and curse of the life of Mary J. Blige is the people clamor to “Hurt Mary”. Why? Well, first of all, because millions of women are hurt across the world. Secondly, misery really seems to love company. It’s no secret Mary wins with pain content. Strength of A Woman is a testament to that. Mary wins start to finish on this album. The music is passionate, revealing and soulful. Everything…

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Wale
Reviews 

Can Wale Still “Shine” Amongst The Elite?

2017 has been an incredible year for hip-hop and it’s not even summer yet. The future of the music and the culture is looking bright and there should be no real complaints. Adding to the year is Wale with his 5th studio album, Shine. By your 5th album, the people have already decided if they love or hate you. In this era, that love or hate can have very little to do with music and Wale is a prime example of that. So exactly how bright is Wale’s Shine? Let’s…

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