NPR Tiny Desk:Anderson.Paak

If you guys have been checking all the previous NPR Tiny Desks that I post with NPR Tiny Desk: Noname and NPR Tiny Desk: Big Baby D.R.A.M. today I wanted to show off an older Tiny Desk while I wait patiently for Chance’s Tiny Desk to go live on NPR Music: Anderson.Paak.

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Smino and the Creation of Scat Rap: Blkswn (Album Review)

St. Louis has been relatively quiet in hip-hop since Nelly no longer ruled the airways. The last time I can consciously remember enjoying a Nelly song was Over and Over in 2004. Since then, he has released three new albums with the last one in 2013. Now, the interwebs are abuzz with a guy named Smino.

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How Rapper’s that are Christian are Helping Me through 2016 and Beyond

I typically would have written another Friday Vibe on music that I have stumbled upon but I just couldn’t this week. I have listened to Joey Bada$$’s All-Amerikkkan Badass and Goldlink’s At What Cost and believe both are amazing projects, but this week I wanted to talk about how music is helping me through a change.

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NPR Tiny Desk: Noname

Vulnerability is one of the most important things in art. The ability to convey complex emotions and ideas in form is almost alchemy. Turning nothing into something and attracting the world to it. One of my favorite artists of 2016 came and performed at the NPR:Tiny Desk – Noname.

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My Favorite Soul Albums of 2016

I took my three months into 2016 but I finally am finishing this series. I have so much more music to talk about from this year already. Like the last few times, this is my personal favorite soul albums of 2016, not necessarily the best. This one is specifically not in order, they all roughly rotated between each other all year round. If you haven’t, check out my series for favorite hip-hop and R&B albums also.

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My Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Albums of 2016 Pt. 2

This is part two of my of favorite rap/hip-hop albums of 2016. Check out part one. Once again, these are the projects I connected to the most and seriously enjoyed for one reason or another. This is not a list of the best rap/hip-hop albums of 2016, but my favorites. Enjoy.

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My Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Albums of 2016 Pt.1

After letting all the releases of 2016 marinade over the year. I found myself returning to certain projects over and over again. These are the projects I connected to the most and seriously enjoyed for one reason or another. This is not a list of the best rap/hip-hop albums of 2016, but my favorites. Enjoy.

Note: Part two is up now

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Angles

This post today was created with inspiration from “Angles” by Mick Jenkins ft. Noname & Xavier Omar.

Side note: I completely thought the title was Angels until I started to write this post. [lol]

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Favorite Albums 2016: Coloring Book

This is definitely the customary favorite album of the year post but I could find 1,000 albums this year that were impeccable. Musicality and execution are some of the many things are easy to compare. But, at the end of the day, music is subjective. So, I am not going to hide my bias. I’m going to tell you WHY Coloring Book is my favorite project of the year. Continue reading “Favorite Albums 2016: Coloring Book”