Frank Ocean “Back”

If things were up to us, Frank Ocean would have unleashed his third mixtape by now, giving us the enjoyment of having at least a couple dozen more of the same masterfully-penned, familiar sample-woven narratives on life, love, sex and drugs that made his nostalgia, Ultra full-length freebie from earlier in the year emerge as […]

Travis Barker featuring Busta Rhymes, Twista, Yelawolf & Lil’ Jon “Let’s Go”

Credit to Travis Barker for making us temporarily care about the briefly hot late-’00’s “crunk-rock” sub-genre (and that sound’s mascot, Lil’ Jon) again. His “Let’s Go” (from new solo release, Give The Drummer Some) acts like years have not passed by since Trick Daddy & Lil’ Jon’s own “Let’s Go” dominated the airwaves, and while […]

The-Dream “Love King”

Coming off what many considered 2009’s top R&B release (Love Vs. Money), it’s hard not to be left a little underwhelmed by “Love King”, the first single and title track to The-Dream‘s next (and possibly last) album. Built atop a floaty, snap-laden midtempo groove perked with candied piano plinks and punctuating “Ey”‘s, the song is […]

Jim Jones featuring Lil’ Wayne, Noe and Twista “Swagger From Us”

In which Jones “swagger”-jacks TI (who had, in turn, “swagger”-jacked M.I.A., who had ultimately swagger-jacked The Clash) all for the sole purpose of re-polishing his tireless complaint against the swag-lite emcee, especially ones who blasphemously mix Gucci belts and Louis Vuitton scarves (Jay, how dare you!!!). But it’s Jim who clearly needs to be stopped […]