Album Review: Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid M.A.A.D City”

Genre: Hip Hop

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Artist: Kendrick Lamar    
Album Title: Good Kid M.A.A.D City
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Rating (out of 5): 4.25
Brief Description: After releasing numerous mixtapes and features, the long awaited debut album of Kendrick Lamar has arrived just on time. Singles include “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake.
Pros:
Overall approach of album
Lyricism
Style
Features
Cons
Theme of album lost after first few tracks
Fluitity of album
The wrap up:
Amazing album. From start to finish. I was hesitant on if Kendrick would be able to live up to the anticipation and hype that was created around this effort, but he definitely delivered. Although there were a few tracks I had to let grow on me, the overall effort was a great one. I really think he took us to Compton, through the streets of Los Angeles and opened up his mind and world to the public. You can definitely hear his experiences through his word choice and delivery. Only downfall of the album was the placement of his tracks. I would have liked to see certain songs preceed others, but I can’t bicker too  much about that.
Favorite tracks off the album were:
Black Boy Fly
The Recipe feat Dr. Dre
Bitch, Dant Kill My Vibe
Money Trees
Poetic Justice feat Drake
Good Kid
M.A.A.D City

Hell… The whole thing.
Good effort Kendrick. Can’t wait for the next project.


Da Queen

Album Review: Nas “Life Is Good”

GENRE: Hip Hop

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Artist: Nas
Album Title: “Life Is Good”
Release Date: July 17th, 2012
Rating (out of 5): 4.75
Brief Description:

Nas’ release of “Life Is Good” comes after a long wait. Featuring his single “Nasty” and “Daughters,” this is Nas’ 13th album since coming out in the 90’s.

Pros:

  • Old school feel
  • Beat selection
  • Lyrical content
  • Overall theme of album
  • Introduction really sets the tone

Cons:

  • Too many references to Kelis

 

The wrap up:

I would have to say that this album can be summed up as Nas from the 90’s having a conference call with Nas today and coming out with an album that tells the whole story. I couldn’t have been more happy with the end result. I have been rocking with Nas since the first album and it has been a bumpy ride (album wise) but this album makes even the biggest Nas hater an admirer. From start to finish, Nas does what he is known to do, and that is tell a story. A story that entraps its listener from start to end. I think he did a great job of infusing his “Old School” style and the newer approach to Hip Hop in songs like “Accident Murderers” and “Summer on Smash.”

Kudos to the QB representer

The album is definitely NASTY!

 

 


Da Queen

Album Review: Lupe Fiasco FL2

GENRE: Hip Hop

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Artist: Lupe Fiasco
Album Title: Food And Liquor 2: The American Rap Album Part 1
Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Rating (out of 5): 3.9

Brief Description:

Lupe Fiasco’s highly anticipated album release after Lasers, Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (Part 1) came out with hopes of rekindling the flame of the first Food and Liquor album released in 2006. Touching on some of the same issues, Lupe stirs up the fans with the single “Bitch Bad” where he mocks the coined phrase for an attractive woman.

Pros:

  • Lupe Fiasco came out with another album.
  • Uses Ayesha for the album’s intro
  • Has a LARGE spectrum of styles on each track
  • Dope rendition of T.R.O.Y
  • Super dope outro

Cons:

  • Lyrically did not remind me of Food and Liquor
  • Some songs sound like Lupe was holding back
  • Too many trendy songs
  • Not enough relevant content
  • Didn’t feel like there was a theme for the album

The wrap up:
Okay, so I may sound harsh, but I did not care for this album. I was really excited to see that Lupe had named the album after his debut album, which set an expectation in my mind that this album would compare to that first attempt. I don’t feel like it did. Food and Liquor 2 did not seem to have a consistent theme, and that is one thing that I love about Lupe (his ability to plan and execute themes in his albums). In addition, the overall sound was a little too POP for what I like to hear from Lupe. I even took the time to go back and see if it was just me or if I really was hearing a POP side to him. The second album (The Cool) was well planned and executed. Even Lasers (Which wasn’t really a favorite but was better than this album) had an agenda.

Honestly, I won’t stop being a fan of Lupe from this album, but I do think about the timing of it. What would have happened if he came out with this album first instead of 4th? I probably would have stop checking for him.

But I did have a few tracks that did not disappoint:

Strange Fruition

Around my way

Bitch Bad

Braveheart

and Hood Now

Sorry Lupe, I guess I will have to listen to the first two albums until Part 2 comes out.

Print dies a little more as Postmedia announces cuts

These days and times call for more technology, but kills the print. Great and terrible at the same time. Great because of the accessibility of information yet terrible because we are cutting out the art of print, and taking away from those companies that have contributed so much to the news realm.

What are your thoughts?

Gigaom

The decline of print seems to be picking up speed. Just days after U.S. media conglomerate Advance Publications introduced production cuts and layoffs at the New Orleans Times-Picayune and several of its Alabama newspapers, Canada’s Postmedia chain announced on Monday that it is cutting production at several of its largest urban newspapers. The company, which emerged from bankruptcy protection in 2010 under new management, is looking to lay off dozens of staff and is also erecting paywalls at several of its papers. But the question for Postmedia and its fellow newspaper operators is: Will these cuts stem the bleeding or simply cause the decline of print to accelerate?

Postmedia, which owns daily newspapers in most of Canada’s major cities — including Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta; Saskatoon and Regina in Saskatchewan; Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario and Montreal, Quebec — said that the newspapers…

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The SoapBoxx Radio May 18th, 2012

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Is there a such thing as discriminating against pregnant women?

Meet the woman who was fired for “saying bye bye” and the reason she KNOWS that is a lie.

We also covered more on the Trayvon Martin case, Steve Blake’s recent death threats, the ALL YOU CAN EAT disaster and more!

You have to see this!

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The SoapBoxx Radio May 17th, 2012

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http://livestre.am/38D49 Special Guests: Bill Kushinton, K D-Re’ll, Hyp Hop Sells

Are you apart of the Dark Side or JEDI LIFE?

Today Da Queen interviews the very talented JEDILIFE out of Denver, Colorado!

You do not want to miss this very entertaining interview

If you enjoyed any of the music of JEDILIFE please feel free to download their latest work onhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/JediLife/107001222723018

The Soapboxx Radio May 15th, 2012

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Did John Travolta dodge the bullet on the latest accusations? Or is this only the beginning?

Time will only tell.

We talk about this along with the real world issues that are happening in YOUR news!

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE CONTINUED PROTESTS GOING AGAINST BANK OF AMERICA?

Things are looking in the other direction in the Trayvon Martin case, election dollars under investigation, and the approval JP MORGAN CHASE got that will make you say “WHAT?!?!”

Tune in,

Theres WAY more where that came from!

Cheers,

The SoapBoxx Radio

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