Atlanta rap trio Migos dropped something truly cutting-edge when they released their sophomore album, Culture, in 2017.

However, crafting the perfect sequel can often be a daunting task, which only a handful of artists have managed to pull off successfully. Most of the time, when the albums have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

Because of the hype surrounding the album’s release, Culture 2, could easily go down as one of the fastest selling sequels in history. Stylistically the album is a little blasé, though it’s not without merit.

This is the first time listeners get to really hear…


Breath from Another, the 1998 debut from Esthero, has been vastly overlooked by pop culture in the past. Although it has since been praised as a trip-hop classic, its success was overshadowed by its relatively poor record sales and limited airplay.

The album never charted, however, it would receive a Gold certification from the RIAA in 2005, for selling more than 100,000 copies. …


Inspirations of the “Beat Sage” Dakim

The late-James “J Dilla” Yancey was without a doubt one of the most influential record producers that Hip-Hop has ever seen. The Detroit-native was a top prospect among major record labels in the mid-1990’s and the driving force behind Slum Village. He would go on to work with such influential artists as* The Pharcyde, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, The Roots, and Common.

Tragically, his health began to deteriorate in 2005, when it was revealed he had been diagnosed with a rare, but fatal blood disease.

J Dilla died just three days after the release of…


Music continues to play an interesting role in the zombie-filled apocalyptic nightmare that is The Walking Dead. Based on the award-winning comic series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, the AMC original series tells the story of Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) a police officer who wakes up from a coma to find out the hospital, his hometown, and even major cities have been quarantined.

Struggling to adjust to the world post-zombie apocalypse, Rick manages to find a group of survivors and is reunited with his son, wife and former partner… that, of course, was eight seasons ago…


Emerging reggae musician Romain Virgo channels his own experiences with love, loss, relationships, and romance into his brand new studio album, Love Sick, available March 30th from VP Records. The 17-track album features a number of singles, such as “Now,” “Trouble,” and the lead single, “Still.” It also includes a cover of the song “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith.

The 28-year-old Jamaican crooner’s third full-length album, which was executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, presents a new pop-reggae sound laced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout.


Hailing from North Bergen, New Jersey, 19-year-old rapper 070 Shake recorded her first single in 2016 and in less than two years she had racked up millions of SoundCloud plays, with guest features on tracks from Lil Yachty and Fabolous. Her unique mix of deep-throated, expressive vocals and sharp-witted lyricism eventually caught the attention of Kanye West, who signed her to his label, G.O.O.D. Music in 2017.

Her confidence, honesty, and emotionally charged force set her apart from similar singers/rappers like Rihanna. 070 Shake is not motivated by consumption, wealth, or superficial pleasures.

“It’s not time for talking about money…


Cardi B is already on top of the world right now having previously released two platinum-selling singles before ever releasing a studio album. The Bronx native would win her way into the hearts of listeners with her unabashed lyricism, never letting her status as a sex symbol or her past prevent her from speaking her mind.

Her long-awaited debut album, Invasion of Privacy, is available now from Atlantic Records. And while it’s arguably one of the most anticipated rap albums of 2018 so far… it more than lives up to the hype.

Just in case you didn’t already check your…


If Beyoncé is “the Queen,” then Justine Skye must take after royalty.

The newest addition to the Roc Nation family shows there is much more to her than just her taste in designer clothing or her outspoken “devil may care” attitude with the release of her full-length studio debut, Ultraviolet.

The 22-year-old songstress from Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is out to show that she has the vocal talent necessary to top the charts. Ever determined she was first signed to Atlantic Records in 2013, and in just two years time had already notched more than two million views on YouTube.

Following…


They say you “can’t judge a book by its cover,” because looks can be deceiving… such is the case with the 30-year-old R&B musician from Athens, Ala., whose sophomore album Encore shows that he is hardly as vanilla as he might seem in tabloids.

Anderson East has a very distinguished, yet versatile sound, that digs deep at the roots to bridge the gap between old southern soul revivalist and new age Americana that none of us even knew existed.

The album opens with “King for a Day,” a mesmerizingly light-hearted rock song featuring a special guest appearance by Kentucky singer-songwriter*…


Skyzoo has been rapping for more than 15 years, but has yet to break into the mainstream, which begs the question if 2018 will finally be the year for one of the more underrated names in hip-hop to really shine? His latest album, In Celebration of Us, is nothing short of a masterpiece and debatably is one of his best works to date.

Throughout the years he has worked with several of the biggest names in hip-hop and R&B, including Dr. Dre, Jadakiss, Jill Scott, Wale, Talib Kweli, Black Thought, John Legend, Lloyd Banks, 9th Wonder and many more. …

Daniel Offner

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