Master of My Make Believe
As a big fan of Santigold’s first album (back then, known as Santogold), I was eagerly awaiting this follow-up. Santi has a very unique way of crafting her music. “Unique?”, you may say, “doesn’t she just sound like M.I.A.?” Well on the surface, yes, this is an easy comparison to make. However, Santi’s second album helps demonstrate her drastic differences between M.I.A., and portrays why she deserves the praise she gets.
Continue reading “Santigold Review: NOT a Santogold Review”
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
I think most people would agree that while Pink Friday was a supreme disappointment, bordering on unmitigated disaster. Featuring a wide array of terrible samples and unnecessary guest spots, Nicki’s debut was bland by her frenetic standards. Not only was Pink Friday bland, it also revealed her greatest flaw as an artist: self-awareness. I believe this flaw is why Nicki has shined more on tracks with other established artists than on tracks where she is the focal point (Kanye’s “Monster”, Lil’ Wayne’s “What’s Wrong With Them”, Young Money’s “F*** da Bullsh**”). And in fact the one track from Pink Friday that spoke to her potential was “Roman’s Revenge”, which had the creative imprint of Eminem all over it.
Continue reading “Nicki Minaj Review: Unique Doesn’t Always Mean Good”
There has been this absurd narrative floating around, basically lauding Wale for resurrecting from the dead to release a second studio album. It’s not like the guy completely shat the bed on his debut or anything, it was just an utter commercial failure. In essence, this narrative is propagating the theory that the only hip-hop albums of any value are those with mass commercial appeal.
Continue reading “Wale Review: A Breath of Hip-Hop Fresh Air”