Anderson .Paak’s ‘Ventura’ is a return to soul

Anderson .Paak’s 'Ventura' is a return to soul

In November of 2018, Anderson  .Paak helped to wrap up a year of great music with the release of Oxnard. Oxnard was a highly anticipated release and enlisted the assistance of heralded and legendary producer Dr. Dre. The involvement of Dr. Dre provided Paak a spotlight that increased his fan base but in some ways shunned […]

Solange shares her Houston state of mind on ‘When I Get Home’

Solange shares her Houston state of mind on 'When I Get Home'

Solange has released her most ambitious effort yet with When I Get Home. This project represents an electronic exercise in expression and takes the listener through different portals of Solange’s mind. Solange dropped her previous project, A Seat at the Table, at the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement, and it represents a cultural touchstone. […]

Jean Deaux’s ‘Krash’ is a style mashup living in R&B

Jean Deaux's 'Krash' is a style mashup living in R&B

Jean Deaux is one of the artists rolling out chose as one of the top 5 Chicago artists to check for in 2018. The release of her newest project, Krash, shows that it was not a mistake. The nine-track release begins with Deaux having a precarious experience with some type of machinery that has receptors. The […]

Lil Wayne drops ‘Tha Carter V,’ but does he deliver?

Lil Wayne drops ‘Tha Carter V,’ but does he deliver?

Tha Carter V is finally here, but has Lil Wayne delivered what his fans have been waiting for? Lil Wayne has been in the rap game since he was an adolescent. He has achieved greatness as a rapper and has a solid legacy. The contractual issues he has had with Cash Money CEO Baby put […]

Noname delivers real music and humanity on ‘Room 25’

Noname delivers real music and humanity on 'Room 25'

Noname’s newest release Room 25 sounds like freedom, liberation, real raps and a walk on the beach. The Chicago emcee is unorthodox. Her style is intricate, thoughtful and precise. The first two songs, “Self” and “Blaxploitation” provide the mood and message that lives in the tapestry.  “Blaxploitation” is one of the most skillfully written and […]

Bun B is back rattling trunks with ‘Return of the Trill’

Bun B is back rattling trunks with 'Return of the Trill'

Port Arthur, Texas, OG Bun B, is back after a five-year hiatus with his new album Return of the Trill. Bun B’s last album Trill OG: The Epilogue was released in 2013. The musical career of most rap artists does not exceed a three-year period and, in fact, most peak at year five. So to step […]

Jacquees’ ‘4275’ debut album goes hard; 1 of the hottest records of summer 2018

Jacquees' '4275' debut album goes hard; 1 of the hottest records of summer 2018

Only a few artists can manage the balance between player and gentleman. Cash Money’s Jacquees accepts the challenge with the debut of his long-awaited studio album, 4275.  Titled after the address of his childhood home, it’s a dope blend of crunk and trap, infused with ’90s R&B. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter has been grinding on the ATL music scene […]

GIF album review: Drake’s ‘Scorpion’

GIF album review: Drake's 'Scorpion'

The wait is over as Drake has officially released his latest album, Scorpion. The highly anticipated double album dropped at midnight on Friday, instantly dominating the conversation across all social media platforms. The buzz was certainly warranted as the project arrived with so many pressing questions needing to be answered. For instance: Would Drake finally respond […]

‘Not for Radio,’ the journey to NASIR

'Not for Radio,' the journey to NASIR

How did we get here? Twenty years of admiration shared by two of the culture’s most talented artists who started a working relationship in 1998. The timeline: 2018: Jermaine Dupri was on “Sway in the Morning” recently and confirmed the long-standing rumor that Kanye ghost-produced Jermaine’s song “Turn it Out” featuring rapper Nas off his […]

Jay Z and Beyoncé break the internet again, here’s how

Jay Z and Beyoncé break the internet again, here's how

In the past 10 to 15 years, the names Jay Z and Beyoncé have been ubiquitous and synonymous with success and all that is amazing with the world. If you have not heard of these two superstars, I would have to assume that you are from another planet, and even then it would surprise me […]

Landstrip Chip shows his point of view with premiere of new album

Landstrip Chip shows his point of view with premiere of new album

“I’m nothing without the people who believe in me. I appreciate everybody involved in this project from the bottom of my heart.” -Landstrip Chip In Atlanta, aspiring rappers are plentiful. There is always a mixtape or album dropping soon from someone hoping to make it in the hottest city for music. That fierce competition breeds […]

Saba says ‘Care For Me’ with new release

Saba says 'Care For Me' with new release

In 2016, rolling out selected Saba as one of the top five Chicago artists to check for. Since then he has released the critically acclaimed Bucket List and most recently Care For Me. Saba comes from the tradition of the spoken word that is prominent in Chicago. His level of skill is undeniable. He is extremely […]

Was Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy’ worth the wait?

Was Cardi B’s ‘Invasion of Privacy' worth the wait?

Today, Cardi B released her highly-anticipated debut album, Invasion of Privacy. The stripper-turned-reality-star-turned-rapper has been given a big push via social media and after the release of hit-after-hit singles “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi.” The newest female voice of hip-hop faces a lot of pressure to do well in the court of public opinion and on […]

Classic or trash it? Fans react to Cardi B’s debut album ‘Invasion of Privacy’

Classic or trash it? Fans react to Cardi B's debut album 'Invasion of Privacy'

Cardi B has finally released her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. The former reality TV star garnered the nation’s attention following the release of her 2017 hit, “Bodak Yellow.” The song, inspired by Kodak Black’s “No Flockin,” broke multiple records on the Billboard charts. She is the first woman to have five top 10 singles […]

Bobby V releases new album ‘Electrik’

Bobby V releases new album 'Electrik'

Bobby V just released his eighth studio album, Electrik, and his new music is definitely giving us “old” Bobby vibes, with a brand-new sound. This thirteen track album includes an intro of Bobby V. asking his listeners “Are you ready?” while he serenades us with harmonized vocals, and an acoustic outro with repeated lyrics singing “you […]

YFN Lucci’s ‘Ray Ray From Summerhill’ draws strong reaction from Twitter

YFN Lucci's 'Ray Ray From Summerhill' draws strong reaction from Twitter

YFN has unlocked the key to the streets with his debut album, Ray Ray From Summerhill through Warner Bros. Records. YFN Lucci has worked extremely hard over the last few years releasing mixtapes and EPs such as Long Live Nut. His latest project before releasing his debut album was, Freda’s Son. Ray Ray From Summerhill […]

Janelle Monae collaborated with Prince on ‘Dirty Computer’ album

Janelle Monae collaborated with Prince on 'Dirty Computer' album

It was hardly a secret that the late, legendary Prince and superstar songstress Janelle Monae formed a powerful and mutual admiration. But little was known about how Monae’s late mentor, the prodigiously talented Prince, served as a sounding board and collaborator on her upcoming album Dirty Computer, reports Billboard. Their respect for one another goes […]

Migos’ latest release ‘Culture II’ is dangerous

Migos' latest release ‘Culture II’ is dangerous

Migos have given the world Culture II. Without some drawn out review with a bunch of words, I will say this: the Migos are dangerous. They are dangerous because they have managed to lock down the most revolutionary production of this generation and spit some of the silliest and dumbest raps in history. Now … […]

Listen: ‘Lit Vol 1.5’ playlist feat. Moneybagg Yo, Jaden Smith, Migos

Listen: 'Lit Vol 1.5' playlist feat. Moneybagg Yo, Jaden Smith, Migos

In this week’s On the Radar playlist edition, we’re serving the best of the best in hip-hop. Not only does this playlist feature some of our faves like Migos, Cardi B, and 21 Savage, it also features some of rap’s freshman class who are sure to own 2018. With artists like Moneybagg Yo, Jaden Smith, and Lil […]

Big Sean and Metro Boomin fumble on ‘Double Or Nothing’: Album review

Big Sean and Metro Boomin fumble on 'Double Or Nothing': Album review

On Dec. 1, Big Sean and Metro Boomin tweeted “DOUBLE OR NOTHING,” and in an era of surprise releases, the world can be shaken at any moment with a tweet and the internet certainly caught fire that night. We think of Big Sean and Metro Boomin separately and know the greatness they’re capable of. So, […]