A wake up call may be necessary: objective criticism is not easy to find, but it lets the artist know what worked and what didn’t work.

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We expect good things from all artists we love. We hold them to a certain standard with the art they have decided to share with us. And, we must realize they may make some choices as an artist we find confusing at first, but in the end will be wise ones. Sometimes they can give us something so far below the standard they set for themselves — and we feel legitimately concerned.

Many felt this way about “Don’t Rock Me To Sleep” from Meg Thee Stallion’s debut album Good News. Not only does it not fit the album sonically but it seems from beyond left field for the sound she’s built for herself in general. …


2021 is somewhat improving…

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What’s good y’all?

Aquarius season is here and I only felt the need to announce it because I am one and I know multiple real astrologers so there you go. Also, it hasn’t been cold enough for snow where I am and I’d have to say that does not bring me joy.

[TL;dr — Drake isn’t dropping but Joey Bada$$ did, we’re continuing to speculate about J. Cole and all of today’s song recommendations have a melancholy mood.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Flavor Waves: Playlist 3 is here!
  • Remember those news pieces we did before? Well they’re coming back and Allahna will be doing a few of them! …

Notice anything different about this one?

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First of all — Happy MLK Jr. Day to you! I hope you got the day off and are able to watch thee classic movie Our Friend, Martin today or any other media that celebrates his legacy. Also our new Newsletter format is here. If you like it — thanks! If you don’t…um why not?

TL;dr — We got A LOT of music drops this Friday, Wiz Khalifa is setting a very high bar for himself and Logic seems to have created another alter ego (we think)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The second entry in our Flavor Waves collaboration is here! …


Remember when I said 2021 was a good year so far?

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What’s good y’all?

So 2021 was on a roll but it seemed like this is actual the Director’s Cut of 2020. Hopefully things change for the better soon in a multitude of ways.

[TL;dr — The Flavor Waves collaboration has finally arrived and Rocky and Future may be dropping soon…

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Our official collab with Flavor Waves is here! Expect to find us promoting this playlist regularly from now on.
  • Our Lieutenant of Editorial Affairs, Paul K. Barnes has landed a Content Writer position at BluCloudRadio! …


2021 has arrived. So far, so good…

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Happy New Year to you and I hope your 2021 goes well. First things first: Rest in peace MF DOOM, ALL CAPS when you spell the man name. We didn’t get any drops as the clock struck midnight for the new year this time but I keep the faith for it every time. Still, now we can officially anticipate everyone who’s supposed to be dropping in quarter one.

[TL;dr — That Amorphous interview is finally HERE, we have a special track-by-track breakdown with Amorphous too and Wiz Khalifa dropped a “playlist”.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • 2021 our plan is to expand in several ways but you already knew that. …

The last Rundown of the year!

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While 18 is literally an even number, it doesn’t feel like a “conclusion” number to me ya know? 20 would have — 19 definitely would not have. I hope that made sense. But the new year is coming and I am confident we are all waiting for it for one reason or another.

TL;dr — Juwan thanks you for reading. We reveal a new thing we’ve got. We say ‘sayonara’ to 2020… and we share a preview of our most anticipated piece. FINALLY.

Hello everyone!

I am Juwan, the Editorial Revolutionary-in-Charge (i.e. the creator) of The Renaissance . I’m stopping by to write a send-off message for 2020 (thank goodness, and good riddance) and thank you all for supporting us. …


Christmas is this FRIDAY.

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Christmas is this Friday and I’d like to give a special shout out and send more power to any and all retail workers that day, the day before and the day after.

[TL;DR — There’s more Carti “news”, a Disney movie with a black lead is right around the corner and a new Pharrell interview has appeared.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Keep an eye on your inbox this week…you may be hearing from us again sooner than you realize…

ARTICLES

Here’s what we published recently:

Don’t Be A Yes Man by Paul K. Barnes

Paul talks about the dangers of people afraid to give criticism to their friends about the music they make. …


A day late — but we’re still here.

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I don’t have a pun but as you see this newsletter is a day late. We’re still moving through the Holiday Season and I hope it’s going well for you.

[TL:DR — A Verzuz was cancelled and postponed until January and Cudi’s most anticipated project is here.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • You can still get promo from us!
  • You can still get RapVice from us!

ARTICLES

Here’s what we published recently:

How Mariah Carey Sparked (Another) Career Renaissance by Kyle Denis

The “Queen of Christmas” isn’t going away anytime soon and Kyle explains why and how.

Don’t Be A Yes Man by Paul K. Barnes

In a world of deluxe editions and disappointing features, Paul dives into why this happens time and time again. …


We’ve got a lot to share — and even more coming.

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It’s December for real for real now and the Christmas specials, movies and music are in full effect. We’re sure to get a surprise drop from a heavy hitter this month too…right?

[TL;DR — We have a lot of interviews coming, Drake is selling us something other than hoodies and the Stories concept for Spotify Wrapped was created by a black woman — yep.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • If you want to promote an artist or product on The Renaissance — we got you! Tap in here.

ARTICLES

Here’s what we published this…


Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Holiday Season continues.

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What’s good y’all?

*DJ Holiday voice* HOLIDAY SEASON is officially here and the Christmas music started on Friday at midnight for me. We didn’t get any earth shattering drops on Black Friday like Kendrick x Cole gave us all those years ago but we still have all of December for something big to happen.

[TL;DR— Boxing matches were the move this weekend, Grammy nominations are out and Friday’s drops have the range (Lil Wayne, Curren$y x Harry Fraud, Juicy J)]

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Kyle’s debut piece for The Renaissance is out now! …

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Paul is a music journalist that loves movies and food.

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