Divine By Design: Bilal’s “Airtight’s Revenge”

[Divine by design, it all intertwines] Blessed with a voice that defies easy classification, Bilal is a universe to orbit. With a reputation for changing lives through the power of one note — each song he brings into the world tells a compelling story of heartbreak and transformative love. There is an undeniable healing quality to … Continue reading

Death of Album Artwork: Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3

With the blogosphere buzzing over the latest leak of the artwork and rumored tracklisting for Jay Z’s Blueprint 3, I’m caving under pressure to offer my two cents. Truth be told, I’ve never been much of a Jay-Z head and witnessing the way fools jock his every move isn’t propelling me into fandom. For some … Continue reading

Chester French Presents: Jacques Jams Vol. 1

If you’re still not familiar with Chester French (hip hop’s latest co-signed white boys), get familiar by downloading Jacques Jams Vol. 1: Endurance featuring the likes of Diddy, Mickey Factz, Janelle Monae, The Clipse and N.O.R.E. I have to take another listen before sharing my two cents but I’m already digging on “Nerd Girl” featuring … Continue reading

what kinda cool will we think of nexTT?

DOWNLOAD: Cody ChesnuTT — what kinda cool will we think of nexTT? My loyal readers already know of my undying love and admiration for Cody ChesnuTT (but read THIS for a refresher). It comes as no surprise that the release of his latest track “what kinda cool will we think of nexTT?” brings me nothing … Continue reading

You

You know those rare songs that make you weak and transport you to an entirely different place, state of mind, universe? I might have already shared this one with y’all but it’s worth another listen (in fact, I suggest playing it on repeat for several hours right before bedtime). It’s a love song lullaby that … Continue reading

Love

We’re dancing free but we’re stuck here underground And everybody trying to figure they way out Hey Hey Hey, all we ever wanted to say Was chased erased and then thrown away And day to day we live in a daze We march all around til’ the sun goes down night children Broken dreams, no … Continue reading

Universal Mind Control

I haven’t posted much on chitown emcee Common who recently played a sold out show in Berkeley with Pharrell. Common’s LP Universal Mind Control is slated to drop November 11 (2 days before my birthday, mark your calendars wink wink). November is sure to be an exciting month for music with highly anticipated releases from both … Continue reading

Many Moons Debut

FINALLY! Janelle Monae’s Many Moons video premiered and it’s as good as I would’ve guessed. I love the storyline and runway shots. She’s coming back to Frisco tomorrow but I don’t have enough $$$ to catch her twice in 2 months. Plus, I’m reserving my going out funds for Kid CuDI on Wednesday night at … Continue reading

Finally: Monae in NYC

WHO: Janelle Monae and Raphael Saadiq WHAT: the guaranteed BEST music experience of your lifetime WHERE: Highline Ballroom, NEW YORK CITY WHEN: TODAY Wednesday, August 27 @ 8:30 PM Your chance to witness the Monae/Saadiq madness has finally arrived. To all my New York friends, do whatever it takes to get a ticket and push your … Continue reading

Imagination Inspires Nations

This is where it all started. A Mexican joint in North Beach 2 blocks away from Bimbo’s with my darlings, Ana and Ashraf. After receiving a fortune cookie that read: an unexpected thing will happen to you, a wide-eyed angel faced boy miraculously appeared before Ashraf and sold him a $22 ticket to the sold … Continue reading