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Review: Wiz Khalifa Brings More Of The Same On ‘Blacc Hollywood’

August 20th, 2014 9:21am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood'
If nothing else comes across on a Wiz Khalifa album, the MC’s love of weed does. It seems as if no Wiz song is a go without a reference to smoking. While the honesty is appreciated, it is often overplayed, growing tiresome album in and album out. On third album of note, Blacc Hollywood, weed definitely remains part of Wiz. His shallowness as an MC as well, dominates his latest album. Ultimately, Wiz Khalifa is who he is, and nothing more.

“Hope” opens Blacc Hollywood, featuring up and coming artist Ty Dolla $ign. Chevy Woods provides a lengthy intro before Wiz ever spits one bar. Ulti...
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Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week In Music

August 19th, 2014 11:33am EDT
Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood' Leads Albums To Check Out: This W
Finally, finally, finally! Things are beginning to look up as the music industry gears towards the always busy, profitable fourth quarter (September through December). After August has gotten off to a slow start, this week, numerous interesting titles drop. Not every title is featured here (sorry Amy Grant, Colton Dixon, Gretchen Wilson, Kimbra and Randy Travis), but a select few are highlighted as albums to check out. Among the most notable titles is Wiz Khalifa’s third album, Blacc Hollywood.

1) Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Wiz Khalifa’s third album could be one to make...
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10 Most Regrettable Albums Of 2014

August 17th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Most Regrettable Albums Of 2014
Have you ever had the reaction OMG – or maybe better yet, OMFG? (The answer should be “like totally” because it’s rhetorical). Well, some poorly conceived albums in 2014 brought the same sort of personal reaction. Sometimes albums – specifically the music on them – are like incredible beings that can satisfy and fulfill. And then other times, albums leave you wishing you hadn’t invested the time and/or the money.

The following albums, regardless of commercial success or non-success struck out – four strikes if possible. In other words – do NOT “pass go and collect $200.”

1) Robin Th...
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10 Unconventional 'Back To School' Songs

August 10th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
10 Unconventional 'Back To School' Songs
Students of all ages and teachers everywhere are going through that time of the year that can be frightening as albeit – the beginning of the school year! Scarier than any monster that appears during Halloween, the beginning of a new school year kills the vibe of summer vacation. Still, it’s inevitable, and the only thing students and teachers can do is endure and make the best of it. Here’s 10 Unconventional ‘back to school’ songs that may (or may not) help!

1) Pink Floyd, “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2” from The Wall, 1979

Sure, “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” isn’t praising...
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Nicki Minaj Brings The Filth On Single 'Anaconda'

August 5th, 2014 4:15pm EDT
Nicki Minaj Brings The Filth On Single 'Anaconda'
“Oh my gosh, look at her butt!” Yep, that was the exact sentiment when the ever-unapologetic Nicki Minaj released the cover art for her single, “Anaconda.” As suggested by the lyric excerpted from Minaj’s new single, the focus of the release of the single has been Minaj’s, um, posterior (as well that thong). On Monday, August 4, “Anaconda” came to life – AHHHHH!

Nicki Minaj’s ‘buns’ have definitely raised some eyebrows, aka controversy and criticism. Of course for Minaj, she’s only fueled by the ‘talk,’ so she doesn’t give a flying-you-know-what about the haters. Check out her Instagra...
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5 Seconds Of Summer Rock Their Way To The Top: This Week in Music

July 31st, 2014 2:05pm EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer Rock Their Way To The Top: This Week in Musi
“American Apparel underwear, rocking e’erywhere!” As prognosticated last week, 5 Seconds of Summer crash onto the Billboard 200 with a robust 259,000 copies of their debut album 5 Seconds of Summer sold. Honestly, there was never a doubt the Australian pop-punk band would find their way to the top. And by the word ‘honesty,’ that means there was no competition remotely close.

5 Seconds of Summer had this thing locked down like it was nothing! They once more have the distinction of being the only act to sell more than 100,000 copies this week. The next closest album only sold 37,000 c...
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15 Must See Music Videos of 2014

July 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
15 Must See Music Videos of 2014
Once upon a time, music videos were played frequently on television. It’s hard to believe in 2014, but once there was a spot for those visual pieces accompanying the audio. While they're still played on TV (less frequently), music videos get the majority of views via the Internet through outlets like YouTube and Vevo. With so much attention placed on albums and songs, sometimes it’s easy to forget sensational music videos themselves. Here are 15 must see music videos of 2014.

1) Maroon 5, “Maps”

The music video for Maroon 5’s latest single “Maps” depicts a narrative characterized...
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20 More Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs Ever Made

July 27th, 2014 10:00am EDT
20 More Of The Dirtiest Rap Songs Ever Made
Rap IS the gift that keeps giving. Why? Well, for every rap song not filled with filth, there are numerous others that are. A previous list, 20 Dirty Rap Songs, just couldn’t do justice all by itself for all the dirty, risqué songs within the hip-hop hemisphere. So, here are 20 More of the dirtiest rap songs!

1) Khia, “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)”

from Thug Misses (2002)

An omission from the original list, Khia’s “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” makes Missy Elliott’s “Work It” sound angelic. “My neck, my back / lick my p***y and my crack,” Khia spits on the cringe-worthy hook. It gets w...
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This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top

July 24th, 2014 4:00am EDT
This Week in Music : Weird Al Takes 'Mandatory Fun' To The Top
“Weird Al” Yankovic did the unthinkable this week – debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200! That’s right, Weird Al’s latest album Mandatory Fun sold a robust 104,000 copies. Sure for other artists 104,000 copies might not be the ‘end all be all,’ but considering last week no albums surpassed the 100,000 copies mark and that comedy albums don’t generate those kinds of numbers, Al’s doing big things.

Jason Mraz was expected to put some pressure on Weird Al for top honors, and he did, coming up just short at 102,000 copies with Yes!. Even so, 102,000 copies is fantastic in the current market....
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Review: 'Nobody's Smiling' Is Common's Best Album In Years

July 23rd, 2014 8:51am EDT
Review: 'Nobody's Smiling' Is Common's Best Album In Years
Cutting straight to the chase, Common, one of the Midwest’s preeminent MCs, delivers his best album in years with Nobody’s Smiling. Standing only 10 tracks deep (13 on the deluxe version), Common has delivered nothing short of a moody, meaningful tour de force that should get every rapper on his toes. Featuring exceptional production from NO I.D. and a couple of solid collaborations, Nobody’s Smiling has the goods to erase frowns of which it references.

“The Neighborhood,” featuring Lil Herb and Cocaine 80s, kicks off Nobody’s Smiling mysteriously and moody. James Fauntleroy’s voic...
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