Travis Scott makes the leap on ASTROWORLD

Travis Scott has always been an interesting figure because of the company he keeps. His music, which to this point had marginal flashes of a potent rap star lurking underneath, felt more interested in conveying a certain mood than individual thought. He wasn’t going to dictate how you felt; he’d reaffirm it. That he’s been a key contributor to albums from Kanye West and Rihanna, collaborated with Quavo on a full-length LP, and married into the Jenner family, had eclipsed his solo output to this point.  Continue reading “Travis Scott makes the leap on ASTROWORLD”

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Mid-Year Report: The 10 Best Albums of 2018

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Black Panther OST

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Most major motion picture soundtracks fall victim to special interests, the bottomline that any life the songs once may have had are sucked out of them. We had reason to believe the soundtrack to Black Panther would be different, thanks to Kendrick Lamar serving as executive producer, and with his trusted hands, the Black Panther OST does not disappoint. Having spawned two hit singles (“All the Stars” and “Pray For Me”) and an undying meme (“I freaked it”), it’s also one of the releases we’ll remember strongest from 2018. Continue reading “Mid-Year Report: The 10 Best Albums of 2018”