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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: SAINT: IMMACULATE

The first thing you need to know about producer turned avant garde-ish beatsmith Saint is that he’s a genuine enigma. I’ve read his press releases and listened to his album several times, but I still can’t quite wrap my head around him. Perhaps that’s because his songs meld from one genre to another...
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#albumoftheday REVIEW: ANGEL HAZE: DIRTY GOLD

Angel Haze has built up a strong following during the past four years by releasing one fantastic mixtape after another, the best being Classick and Reservation.  The only trouble with becoming mixtape-famous is that the people who become your fans like to feel as though they’re the only ones who know about you.  They...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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#albumoftheday FEATURE REVIEW: DANNY BROWN: OLD

Danny Brown is 32. To many of his potential fans, that might sound old. To me, well, it actually sounds pretty young. I’ve been doing entertainment journalism on and off for 15 years. And I didn’t start when I was two years old. So, you might assume that I’m older than Danny. And...
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#albumoftheday MILEY CYRUS: BANGERZ

I know some of my readers will scoff at me for even reviewing this one, but the fact of the matter is that it’s one of the most highly-anticipated albums of the year, pop or otherwise, which is what prompted me to listen to the stream, not the starlet’s controversial and certainly disgusting...
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#albumoftheday DRAKE: NOTHING WAS THE SAME

As someone who’s seen every episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation, it was hard for me to take Drake seriously as a rapper at first. I did like his mixtapes, but it was difficult to listen to them and not think of poor Jimmy from Degrassi, who was shot and wound up in...
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HOT MIXTAPE ALERT: MAGIC: SMOKE AND MIRRORS

Magic is a rapper hailing from “the DMV” (Washington D.C.) and he’s quite the talented guy.  His beats remind me of old House of Pain and Cypress Hill.  There was a connection between those two groups and a few others.  They called their collective group Soul Assassins.  Magic’s music is very much in...
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AUDIO: LIL WAYNE: DEDICATION 5

Lil Wayne has dropped his new free mixtape (album), Dedication 5, featuring The Weeknd, T.I., Chance The Rapper, 2 Chainz + more! Click "read more" below for art and download link!
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    MOTOHIRO HATA: ひまわりの約束 [Himawari No Yakusoku] Release Date:  8/6/14 Label:  AUCL If very mellow singer/songwriter music is your thing... I know I review more female artists than male artists here. It's been that way from day one. Why? Because I like to write about what I enjoy and I was already an active fan of many of the female artists I regularly cov