This may be the only time I ever review a mixtape. Some hip-hop artists are so prolific with the amount of mixtapes they release (e.g., Gucci Mane), it is often hard to keep up. So, I often just stick to studio releases, and the occasional mixtape that gets a lot of good publicity. Well, I can’t recall a mixtape that has gotten as much hype as A$AP Rocky’s LiveLoveA$AP, and the alleged 3 million dollar deal he received from RCA/Sony. I was skeptical of the hype Rocky has been receiving, but let me tell you that this self-proclaimed “pretty motherf****r” has delivered not just the best mixtape of the year, but possibly the best hip-hop album in general.
Even though Donald Glover is actually an actor turned musician, we at LxL decided to put together a list of the Top Ten Musicians Turned Actors. This is clearly incongruous with Glover’s career path, but being the definition of iconoclastic, we do whatever we damn well please. As always, feel free to comment with concurrences, dissents, and passionate arguments of why you think your favorite musician turned actor should have made the list. Enjoy.
With the explosion of the internet, it is somehow hard to believe that I don’t hear much of the good music that originates in ye ole’ England. Even some pretty big pop acts still have to be sought out, due to an absurd lack of exposure in the states. This week, I’ve decided to share a couple of acts from our cousins across the pond that are particularly striking my fancy right now. Continue reading “LxListening: All Hail the Queen”