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Gary Clark Jr. Live [Album]

Posted on September 29, 2014

Since I witnessed him perform at the inaugural Made In America Festival, in Philadelphia (2012), I’ve been a fan of Gary Clark Jr. ever since. Having had comparisons to some of the best to do it, and he’s really just breaking out now, it’s crazy. His music’s been featured in TV shows & movie trailers, he’s worked with artists likw The-Dream & Big K.R.I.T that will appeal to the non rock (and/or) roll listeners, he’s played at the Kennedy Center Honors, and even for the President of the United States. I’d say that’s a big deal, but what do I know. The man is a bad man on guitar, and if Blak & Blu isn’t evidence of that enough, then perhaps the live version of some of…

Jhene Aiko – Souled Out – The STiXXclusive Review

Posted on September 27, 2014

When it comes to polarizing artists – ones whom you either love or hate, no in-between – Jhene Aiko is definitely one that you can throw in there. Either she’s overrated to many, underrated to others, or right where she needs to be when it comes to her fan base. A lot of people remember her slightly because of her appearances in B2K videos (or on BlackPlanet, since she was the source of many-a-catfish before Catfish was even a term to describe fake profiles. R&B has been on the decline, because of the overtly sexualized and Pop inspired instrumentals that have devastated brainwaves for at least a decade now, but somewhere in the nooks & crannies of whatever positivity is left, there’s a glimmer…

Common – Kingdom (Remix) (Feat. Vince Staples & Jay Electronica)

Posted on September 24, 2014

I think Common dropped an album, or is dropping an album. Either way, I haven’t been paying much attention to him since he dropped The Dreamer/The Believer. I didn’t listen to the original, but with Jay Electronica aka Hip Hop’s Groundhog, making his twice-a-year appearance, this was a must listen, and I was not disappointed at all. I don’t know what’s happening with Act 2, but it needs to reveal itself ASAP, unless it wants to be the new Detox (which is apparently actually releasing). Great music this 4th quarter is going to release like no tomorrow, and I can’t wait. Indulge, my friends. Indulge.

Manifesto 8 – Isaiah Rashad & Tre Mission: The Repeat

Posted on September 24, 2014

Sequels don’t often supersede the originals in a fashion where you come away with an equal-to or same-as result, and what I was anticipating this time around – well, I don’t even know what I was anticipating, but I was excited to see them both because Isaiah’s Cilvia Demo had months of breathing and the popularity definitely increased from the first show. Tre Mission just recently released Stigmata, but he’s been on a tear when it came to doing shows (the prior weekend, he opened for J.Cole at a free show where he was cut-off early – which was shitty). The two of them have generally grown since February in terms of their respective bases, and those who heard words of encouragement from the…

LeXuS – Louder (Remix) (Feat. Jay Birch)

Posted on September 23, 2014

It’s been a minute since I posted something, and with the buzz all around Kendrick Lamar’s return with his unorthodox, but vividly positive and uplifting song taking control of the internet, it’s not a bad thing to revisit my morals and put on for those who may be overlooked; the hidden gems. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jay Birch for a little over a year, through the mutual friendship of Brandon Dramatic . I’ve had the chance of seeing him at work in the studio, and he does make laid back music to vibe out to, which was portrayed on his most recent project, Lost In Thought. He swung me this song earlier on, and I hadn’t come across LeXuS prior to, but I couldn’t help…

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…

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