The Queen of Pop?

Last night at 1am my friend Jalani tweeted that MJ’s Thriller sold 32 million copies (it’s actually 29 million copies, AND that number is only in the U.S. making it that much more impressive). I promptly replied that while that number is extremely high, he’s also had almost 30 years to reach that mark, not … Continue reading

Keep Calm and Take Care: A Track-By-Track Review of Drake’s Sophomore Album

This may seem late; Take Care leaked a week ago and every website worth its server fees has posted a review or piece on the album, but I wanted to wait for two reasons. One, I wanted to wait for the actual release date so that the people who actually waited to listen to the … Continue reading

Hometown Glory

Turntables representing the Toronto music scene

As I set off for a weekend in Montreal, I loaded up my iPhone with a ton of great music from my hometown of Toronto. I finally got to buying Ian Kamau‘s EP and LP, Cocoons and One Day Soon, respectively. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the LP but an early favourite … Continue reading

Cleanup In Aisle Two

Water leak, a metaphor for CDs being released early, or "leaked", on the Internet

Last night one of the most anticipated albums of the year leaked online, and just past midnight EST on Sunday night/Monday morning, every rap fan was listening to Drake’s sophomore effort, Take Care. In the age of ubiquitous technology it’s almost inevitable that an album – especially a hip-hop album – will leak. But as … Continue reading

“Throw em a bone and they want a steak.”

Yesterday The Source posted an interview with Future – who?? – in which the rapper spoke about his hit record “Tony Montana” *spins the record back to a screeching halt* Wait a hot minute Future, who the hell are you?! I remember when I first saw on Twitter that a track with a Drake verse … Continue reading

You Are Now Watching the Throne

The Watch The Throne tour, led by hip-hop giants Kanye West and Jay-Z, starts tomorrow night in Atlanta and above is a supposed set list (I assume seen at a dress rehearsal) and it’s a beauty. There is a great combination of solo tracks from each artist, spaced in between some of their earlier duets … Continue reading

A Different Kind of First Impression

Screen grab from the opening sequence of How To Make It In America

I’ve been watching a lot of tv lately – and over the past few years in general – but in my previous blogging expecierences I have never had the opportunity to write about it. So here’s my first real TV-related blog post: What to me is the best show intro on TV was on last … Continue reading

You Wanna Be High For This

Screen grab from one of Sid Sriram's YouTube videos

I have a thing for people with great voices; not professional musicians, just talented individuals. I love when they take awesome songs, throw their own twist and make an entirely new product. It’s frustrating when I can’t follow the vocal tracks because they’re not what I’m used to from the original version but that’s why … Continue reading