Author Archives: Shantel Pass

J.Cole

J. Cole’s Fifth Studio Album KOD is a Whirlwind of Pensive Wisdom

For someone so consistent, we’ve yet to encounter a repeated color in the prism of J. Cole’s kaleidoscopic versatility. His fifth studio album KOD arrives today, April 20th (the stoner’s holiday known as 4/20), and finds the rapper/activist lacing the frequently explored political themes dissected in much of his work (“BRACKETS”) into new topics from…

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Kanye West

Kanye West Announces Next Solo LP and Joint Album with Kid Cudi

Kanye West has two new albums on the way, one of which is a joint project with Kid Cudi. Following a series of tweets in signature “Kanye Rant” fashion (though this time around it’s less a fulmination and more an explication on feeding creativity and starving counter-creative ideas, fear and love, and metaphoric life lessons),…

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Moses Sumney Quarrel Official Vid

Watch Moses Sumney’s Symbolic “Quarrel” Short-film

There are just some artists you can’t ever have too much of. Moses Sumney is one and fortunately for us, we’re getting the official video for Aromanticism‘s “Quarrel.” The cinematic, seven-minute short is an abstract portrayal of familial betrayal. Using celebrated sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere’s No Life Lost II, Sumney is both transparent and enigmatic, symbolically…

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Audio: Kelsey Lu, “Shades of Blue”

If you were anywhere near audible distance of Afropunk (2016) during Kelsey Lu‘s performance, chances are you were spellbound and held hostage by the evocative frequency of her voice. The singer and cellist’s first release since 2016’s Church EP is a heart-stopping ballad titled “Shades of Blue.” Burdened with heavy emotion, her lyrics find the…

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Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill to Tour North America in Celebration of ‘Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ 20th Anniversary

Ms. Lauryn Hill is slated to embark on a North American tour in celebration of her first and only studio album’s 20th Anniversary. Considering its relevance even today, shock that Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is already two decades old is totally expected. And when you think about it, this seminal masterpiece wasn’t just ahead of its time, it…

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Smino

Audio: Smino, “Home Invaders” feat. Bari

Smino‘s newest cut “Home Invaders” has arrived and features fellow St. Louis rapper Bari. The Phoelix-produced single gives Smino’s signature smooth and melodic flow a more aggressive grit. Alternating cadences, the Zero Fatigue emcee sonically mimics the unpredictable unfolding of an actual home invasion. And Bari’s verse leaves little to be desired with deft punchlines…

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Janelle Monae

Audio: Janelle Monae, “I Like That”

With just eleven days left on the countdown to Janelle Monae‘s Dirty Computer release, this week’s #MusicMonday brings us the project’s fourth single “I Like That.” A mid-tempo track turns the singer/actress/activists proud self-awareness into an affirming jam that relates on a variety of levels. Our Kansas City-born femme fatale takes a break from reading…

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Nicki Minaj Releases “Barbie Tingz” and “Chun-Li” with New Album On The Way

If you, like me, have recently found yourself with more bossy bars than usual in rotation, I’m willing to bet that’s thanks to all the ladies paving their respective lanes in the genre. The latest comes from none other than the Head Barbie in Charge, Nicki Minaj. The Queens, NY native shared two tracks yesterday…

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Ro James BJ Chicago Kid Jodeci Cover

BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James Announce “The R&B Tour” and Cover Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me”

As if BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James aren’t already overwhelmingly effective on their own, they’re linking up to give us all some serious R&B Fever (in ways that regular old Spring Fever could never). What they’re calling a “surprise gift for fans” arrives today with the guys paying homage to Jodeci and simultaneously…

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Daniel Caesar Best Part

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. Reveal Picturesque “Best Part” Visual

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. are undeniably included in the top 10, if not top 5, current favorites of all R&B lovers; and when the Toronto crooner’s Freudian was released last year, his collaboration with mystery songstress H.E.R., “Best Part,” was a definite standout. The classic love duet is a tender story of passionate favorites and scenic…

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Patrick Paige II

Patrick Paige II Shares “On My Mind/Charge It To The Game” Feat. Syd and Kari Faux from ‘Letters of Irrelevance’ LP

While The Internet has us on the edge of our seats for their next project, the band’s bassist Patrick Paige II came through with the perfect balm for our anxious hearts. “On My Mind/Charge It To The Game” arrives with an accompanying visual and all the feels. An assist from bandmate Syd on the former…

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drake

Drake Enlists Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi, Tiffany Haddish, Rashida Jones and more for “Nice for What” Visual

How much we love Drake just continues to peak as time goes on so it’s no surprise that fans and supporters of “The 6 God” are fawning over him once again following the release of his latest visual for “Nice for What.” Coming on the heels of his benevolent “God’s Plan,” the rapper’s new single…

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