[NEW MUSIC] California Vibes-Teedra Moses

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Look at God!

Not sure how this slipped past my radar, but Teedra Moses has released an EP titled California Vibes. It has 5 tracks. If your not familiar with Teedra please get familiar with her because your missing good music. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Review Coming Soon!

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[REVIEW] 2014 Forest Hills Drive-J.Cole

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In a music industry over-saturated with talk of selling drugs, bad bitches, spending money, living lavishly, and lots of pretending, 2014 Forest Hills Drive by J. Cole is a refreshing hip-hop gem. The album is named after Cole’s childhood home address, which had previously been foreclosed on(J. Cole recently went and purchased the home back for his mom).  The album features 13 songs with no guest appearances, which speak volumes for Cole’s artistry. The album was released with no promotion and no lead single. This in it of itself is daring, but Cole is risk taker so I expect this from him. The beauty of J. Cole is that he never attempts to be something that he is not, he is himself at all times. He never tries to fit into what everyone else in the industry is doing. This quality is what makes me love J. Cole.

2014 Forest Hills Drive is Cole’s third and dare I say best offering thus far. The album is very self-reflective, socially conscious, and very honest. On January 28(Cole’s birthday) he takes us on a journey through his early life and his ascent in the music industry. On, Wet Dreamz, he tells the very real story of losing his virginity. He masterfully captures the angst and insecurity we all experienced when we lost our virginity. On 03′ Adolescence, Cole details his deepest thoughts as an up and coming MC in NY. The most touching part of this song is when he details a conversation with a friend that sells drugs, in which he discovers that his friend actually looks up to him for going to school and not taking the path that he took. A Tale of 2 Citiez, is named after a James Dickens novel, Cole masterfully juxtaposes his own Fayetteville and New York. On Fire Squad he raps about Caucasians people appropriating black culture for their own gain, which interestingly enough has been going on since forever. He also dissects the whole “King” of rap debate, and succinctly ends the whole debate by stating that he and all his rap counterparts are all “Kings”. The mood of the album shifts with St. Tropez, name after St. Tropez, France which is normally associated with fame and fortune. The song is either about a relationship or Cole’s apprehension about accepting his new-found fame and fortune.

On, G.O.M.D(Get Off My Dick), Cole raps about losing himself is his new-found fame and fortune. His lyrics vividly capture his inner struggle with trying to fit into what sells vs his truth. Luckily for us he decides to live in his truth. No Role Modelz picks up where the last track leaves off and Cole looks back on his life and discovers that there were no real role models for him growing up except rappers,ball players, and Uncle Phil(Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). On Hello, Cole calls up an old flame hoping to rekindle a relationship only to discover that she has started new life. He reflects on how his life would have been had he stayed with her. On Apparently, he reflects on wrong decisions he made is his life namely, letting his mom’s home go into foreclosure when he had the means to help her out. This is one of my favorite tracks from the album. Love Yourz, is my favorite song from this album. With lines like “No such thing as a life that’s better than yours” and ” Think being broke was better” we discover that J. Cole is wise beyond his years. It takes many people a lifetime to discover that money alone does not make you happy, love and happiness are much more important. This song is the full circle moment of the album. Note To Self, Cole leaves us with some finals sentiments, which are love one another and everything else will fall into place. It also serves as Cole’s time to thank each and every person that was part of the album.

I think 2014 Forest Hills Drive is J. Cole’s Thriller(Michael Jackson)/Blueprint(Jay-Z)/ Illmatic(Nas). This album is one cohesive body of work. It tells a story of a young man trying to find himself in an industry that many have lost themselves in. It’s amazing to see  Cole’s progression as an artist and as a man. This album would be 5 mics worthy if The Source magazine was still creditable source. This album is contender for best rap album at the 2016 Grammys(it was released to late to be eligible for the 2015 Grammys). If you love real hip-hop then you need to add this album to your collection. I absolutely love this album and can’t stop playing it from beginning to end with no skips.

As always form your own opinion about music and in general, but you would be a fool not to listen/purchase to this album.

Final Rating 5/5

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Tune In Tuesday: New Album Releases

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It’s Tune In Tuesday and there are a lot of albums available today:

1. 2014 Forest Hills Drive-J.Cole
2.Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart-K. Michelle
3.Game Changer-Johnny Gill
4.Greatest Hits:Decade #1-Carrie Underwood

It’s going to be busy day today for me with for me, with 3 new albums to listen to, and a greatest hits collection to listen to. Make sure you go support these artists.

[LISTEN] Throwback Thursday: Yo(Excuse Me Miss)-Chris Brown

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Oh the way we were!

The throwback of song of the week is Yo(Excuse Me Miss) by Christopher Maurice Brown AKA Chris Brown. I know y’all remember this one, this was back when Christopher was dancing in the Wrigley’s commercials and singing about doubling your pleasure and doubling your fun. Back before shit got real.

This is one my favorite Breezy songs, and when he performed it at the Soul Train Awards last Sunday, I knew it had to be the #tbt selection. Take a look and listen below:

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[WATCH] New Video: Whole Damn Year-Mary J. Blige

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All hail the Queen of Hip Hop Soul!

Mary J. Blige has released the visual for song, Whole Damn Year, from her new album, The London Sessions. As I stated in my previous review of the album this song is my favorite off the album. The song is soul-stirring so it’s only fitting that the video have that same impact.

The video deals with sexual abuse, domestic violence, and homophobia. I love the video and the message of the video. The video only adds to the songs impact.

Check it out:

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[LISTEN] ALL THINGS GO-NICKI MINAJ

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Onika AKA Nicki Minaj has dropped yet another song from her upcoming album The Pinkprint and I am not any more enthused for this album than I was with the other three singles. On the autobiographical song Nicki speaks about her family, an abortion, and wanting to have children in the future.

The autobiographical songs I get, but with a title like The Pinkprint (named after Jay-Z’s The Blueprint) I am expecting much more from Nicki. Let’s hope other 15 songs on the album are better, because I have yet to be wowed. I know the Barbz will disagree, but that’s their business. It’s interesting that Nicki’s bars are better when she is featured on other people’s songs, but when it comes to her own songs not so much. I wonder why that is?

Take a listen HERE

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Shots Fired!: J. Cole Calls Out Eminem, Macklemore, Iggy Azalea, and Justin Timberlake

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J. Cole has apparently taken shots at Eminem, Macklemore, Justin Timberlake and Iggy Azalea for appropriating black culture on the leaked track Fire Squad from his upcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He had this to say:

“History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes / Same way that these rappers always bite each other’s flows / Same thing that my ni**a Elvis did with rock ‘n’ roll / Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and then Macklemore,” raps Cole, who appeared on the remix to Timberlake’s “TKO.”

He also had some words for Iggy Azalea:

“While silly ni**as argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my ni**a, white people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.”

He was also quick to add:

“I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit / Same rope you climb up on, they’ll hang you with.”

Jermaine I don’t know about going at Eminem that may be a mistake, but that’s the nature of hip hop so we will see how this plays out. Cole’s new album drops December 9.

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Prayers Up!: Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Todd Tucker & Kelly Rowland Mothers Have Died

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It is with a heavy heart that I report RHOA’s Todd Tucker’s mother has died from a stroke in New York. Miss Sharon was most currently seen on the last season of RHOA. My thoughts and prayers are with Todd and his family during the rough time. This has to be extra hard because Todd and his mother were extremely close. This is a devastating lost especially around the holidays.

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It is also with a heavy heart that I report that Kelly Rowland’s mother, Doris Garrison, also passed away from an unidentified ailment.This just weeks after her grandson Titan was born. My thoughts prayers are with Kelly and her family during this rough time.

Everyone keep both Todd and Kelly in your prayer.

[LISTEN] Album Stream: Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?-K. Michelle

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Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s resident hood mouse K. Michelle(I call her that lovingly) has given her “Rebellious Ones” a treat by allowing them to listen to her new album, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? before it’s available for purchase on, December 9. The album features 12 tracks(good even number!) Can K. Michelle survive the sophomore jinx, let’s hope so.

Stream the album HERE

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[WATCH] Forever Don’t Last-Jazmine Sullivan

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Jazmine Sullivan has released the visual for her soul-stirring single, Forever Don’t Last, which was co-directed by her mother and Eshon Burgundy. The video has Sullivan taking refuge at her Grandparent’s farm after calling off her wedding. She longs for a love like her grandparents, but must deal with the painful truth that Forever Don’t Last.

Jazmine’s new album Reality Show is due out in 2015, and I am looking forward to it. She could sing about bagels and GOTDAMN biscuits and I am HERE for it!

Check out the video below:

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