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Black Milk – Gold Piece (Feat. Bun B)

Posted on September 16, 2014

  Just a year after dropping one of the best albums of 2013 in No Poison No Paradise, Black Milk is back again to drop what seems to be a follow-up to it, with If There’s A Hell Below, which is now available for pre-order. As an artist overall, he doesn’t get his fair shake when it comes to being appreciated and mentioned with others who are in his position as producers & rappers. He’s talented as hell, but that’s not a new statement if you’ve been around his music for a while. This is just routine, but I’m hoping that he brings some fire to this new album. The first track from it certainly does it justice. Enjoy.  

Logic – Under Pressure

Posted on September 16, 2014

    Logic is one of those artists that I don’t regularly listen to, but I did have a binge or two a while back. He hasn’t dropped anything since Welcome To Forever, which was a different sound on his end, having some bangers that we hadn’t heard before, but it was measured as a transitional project as he prepped for his debut album, which he just recently announced. Under Pressure is its name, and the title track surely does set the stage for what’s going to be a monstrous debut. People underestimate Logic’s fan base, but don’t get it twisted, he could very well be 2014’s version of Macklemore, although he is the better rapper, and is actually half-black, despite him looking primarily black. That’s…

Big K.R.I.T – See Me On Top 4

Posted on September 16, 2014

First of all, I didn’t know that this mixtape series existed. I didn’t dig that deep into K.R.I.T’s catalog. I only got to The Last King series, but there’s no such thing as a late pass in music (depending on who you talk to), so it’s good to put yourself on to more music while it’s available, and this is also a good drop before he delivers his Sophomore album, Cadillactica. With the small EP from Week of K.R.I.T, and also tracks like Mt. Olympus & Pay Attention getting regular play, he’s primed to take the position of being ‘on top’ when his time comes. Clearly, he took Kendrick’s Control challenge seriously, when his name was aired out. His response so far has been pretty convincing. Let’s hope…

Wherefore Art Thou, R&B?

Posted on September 13, 2014

“Black singers…gotta make you cry; they gotta make you hurt; they gotta make you feel pain, singing ol’ fucked up songs to try to make you weep” – Bernie Mac (R.I.P) – Original Kings of Comedy You know, there’s a reason why Bernie Mac was so great, because in his own style and use of Chicagoan vernacular, he entertained and educated all at once, and he wasn’t just a large man who came off as abrasive, loud, or threatening. In this one particular excerpt, he was talking about the differences between Black & White funerals, particularly the gospel singers. It’s true, there’s no stranger to emotion when it comes to hearing the soul of a gospel choir belting out the hymns of the Lord…

The Drop – The STiXXclusive Review

Posted on September 13, 2014

There’s a lot that goes on while the rest of the world sleeps that every day people don’t realize, and that’s why we have these things called movies & television series to help tell the tale of the underbelly of America – that not so hopeful land of the free. Everything comes with a cost, and when times get rough, pride takes over with ownership. What’s the common denominator? Money. Money is power, and power is control. In this movie, the themes of ownership, power, and control are at play in an unlikely way where we see Tom Hardy and the last of James Gandolfini in a familiar atmosphere he made a career in.           Every action has a reaction,…

BJ The Chicago Kid – Real Love Never Dies

Posted on September 9, 2014

During this tumultuous time in the world, it’s music that is the escape that seem to make things right in the world. A singer’s voice can often be the difference when it comes to creating a mood that will ease people’s minds and relax the situation at hand, so it’s great that BJ decided to drop a track for the people on this day (especially if you’ve been following along with this Ray Rice stuff – messy business). I still listen to Pineapple Now Laters almost religiously, and I can’t wait until he delivers another album. R&B music has become more so underground that what’s being expose at the forefront seems like a joke. It’s not pretty, but it’s being tolerated. The talent pool is shallow…

Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Posted on September 3, 2014

Much to the dismay of being in Canada and having been regulated by the CRTC that limits us from experiencing greatness that is the likes of Adult Swim, I really should have been exposed to Flying Lotus years ago, but a couple of years of listening to him is good enough. His jazzy electronic and soulful approach with his production has garnered high praise throughout, and that also includes myself. He’s definitely more than just a producer, as he goes by the rapping alter-ego of Captain Murphy, so I look at him as an overall musician in that regard. You know when people say that someone comes around ‘once-in-a-generation?’ Well, in terms of the rap world, there’s no denying that Kendrick Lamar has made…

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