1989 is the fifth studio album from singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Over the past few years, Swift went from one of the biggest names in country to the biggest name in music. This isn’t just another Taylor Swift album, though. This album is pretty noteworthy not just for being the first album released in 2014 to go platinum, in one week nonetheless, its noteworthy as Swift has made the complete transition from country to pop. This isn’t a country album, or a country album with pop influences, it is a bonafide pop album. It was a predictable progression, and it was a progression I have been waiting on for a while because I’ve always found Taylor to be talented, but I just wish that she didn’t choose country to display those talents (as that somewhat limited her), until now of course.
STN MTN/Kauai is the latest release from Atlanta rapper/actor/writer/producer Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover. Over the past few years he’s blown up as an actor for roles like Troy Barnes on Community and as a rapper, dropping some mixtapes including Culdesac (2010) and R O Y A L T Y (2010), an EP entitled EP, and two albums: Camp and Because the Internet.
Up until Because the Internet, I was not a huge Gambino fan, to say the least. This is unlike a lot of the other writers here, that have been huge Gambino fans since day one. I thought his rapping had potential, but in my opinion it was wasted on an awful voice and some really corny lyrics. With Because the Internet though, he finally stepped up to the plate for me. His rapping was improved like toning down his voice a few notches, shucking some of the corn, and getting some really, really great production. With STN MTN/Kauai, how does he follow up such a surprisingly great project? Well…
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Hip-hop legend Common’s tenth studio album, Nobody’s Smiling, is another gem to add to Common’s already legendary discography. Continue reading Album Review: Nobody’s Smiling | Common