When I was in middle school, I ran a Nicole Scherzinger fan page on Facebook. Now, I can't tell you why or how that started, but I spent a lot of time scouring the internet to learn more about her and her music and had a special folder on my laptop dedicated to pictures of … Continue reading Album Look Back #14: Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Killer Love’
While I was on my mini hiatus, J. Cole dropped his newest project, The Off-Season (2021), a 12 track album with features from folks like 6LACK, Bas, 21 Savage, and Lil Baby. Despite the annoying typography of the tracklist - I still haven't been able to ask my Google Assistant to play a song from this album … Continue reading TAKE #28: how do we define an artist’s best project???
Ok so first: Unrelated to DMX, Tyler the Creator dropped a new single which means it's officially TYLER THE CREATOR ALBUM SEASON. And I'm soooooo excited, so I wore my IGOR shirt today in celebration. "LUMBERJACK" sounds so good, and I'm hyped to see what Tyler is gonna give us on this next project. I...just....Tyler … Continue reading Bite-sized Album Review #25: DMX’s ‘Exodus’
Last year, I participated in my very first Record Store Day. I hadn't heard of RSD until I started getting into record collecting more intensely last year, but I was excited to have the opportunity to fight tooth and nail for some limited copies of records from some of my favorite artists (which last year … Continue reading record store day 002
LONG TIME NO SEE! I feel like I've been gone forever! Sometimes life gets a little hectic, you know, and you need to take a step back, so I've been taking a step back from things the past couple of months. I'm getting ready to start GRAD SCHOOL in a couple of months - which … Continue reading First Listen #66: Migos’ ‘Culture III’
[Insert obligatory "oof. It's been a while since I've done one of these!"]. Before La Rona hit and we were all stuck indoors, I was supposed to go to a couple of concerts before the end of 2020. Orion Sun in April and Lupe Fiasco in March. Obviously, I was incredibly devastated that the panorama … Continue reading Album Look Back #13: Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor’
Whew. Following the fiasco that was a repress of Saba's CARE FOR ME (2018) a week ago today, Vinyl Me Please decided to restock the record on their website today, which started another round of "who's getting this Saba record and who's gonna spend the rest of the day crying because it sold out in … Continue reading vinyl library #14: kid cudi’s ‘man on the moon: the end of day’
It's been a few days since I did the First Listen on DMX's Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood (1998), and he hasn't gotten significantly better since then. From what I've read, he's still essentially doing the same as he was then. I've added "check on DMX" to my morning phone routine, so … Continue reading Bite-sized Album Review #24: DMX’s ‘It’s Dark and Hell is Hot’
I've been collecting records regularly for about a year now. At the beginning of the panorama, I needed something to fill the void left when I stopped having my biweekly human contact, and filling my room with records became the ramen to my broken sink. And overall, it's been a fun hobby (albeit very expensive); my … Continue reading TAKE #27: these limited vinyl drops have me very aggy!
DMX exists in five different ways in my brain. 1) as the "you will not take this from me, baby!" sound on Tik Tok (edit: it's actually pulled from "My Niggas" from this album), 2) this orchid scene (and its accompanying stills) from Fresh off the Boat, 3) "Drake's" rendition of "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" from this cartoon parody … Continue reading First Listen #65: DMX’s ‘Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood’