There aren’t too many current R&B artists that I could listen to over, and over again, but Miguel continues to bring me out of my 2015 R&B apathy. His music shirks the dumb as sh*t, auto-tuned, synthetic, trying-to-be-trap R&B of today, if that’s what you can even call most of it. Exquisite production, real instruments, vocals untethered by autotune (that we can hear.) Merging rock and soul with the ease of his musical predecessors like Prince, D’Angelo and Lenny Kravitz (who is featured), his latest LP and third studio release, “Wildheart,” is DOPE as sh*t. Jesus. Miguel manages to be carnal,…

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Ah! If you’ve read any of my posts about the music I love, you’ll know that I am small-time obsessed with M83‘s music. Epic, original, yet orchestral in scale, their music transports you from where ever you are, to an amalgamous musical universe of their making. Imagine my excitement when I found out they’d be on the Divergent soundtrack!  Yes, I am a sci-fi, nerdy fan girl, and have read every book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, or don’t watch TV at all, you wouldn’t know that the books were turned into a major…

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I decided to start a series of posts highlighting some of this industry’s dope cinematographers and directors. Often, the artists get credit for the creative brain child of the music video director. Since I enjoy independent films, and whimsical video direction, it’s only right to share with you those creatives who are on my dope list, starting with Yoann Lemoine. If you’ve seen Drake’s “Take Care,” Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” or Lana Del Ray’s “Born to Die,” videos, then you’ve witnessed Yoann Lemoine’s video direction. Somehow, he weaves a story amist retro, yet clear and incandescent shots, with a shadowy…

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Damn ‘Ye, you’re getting up there! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since Kanye West released his debut album which means I was fifteen when it dropped! Guess I’m getting up there too. Recorded over a period of four years, the album was a hip hop game-changer. Veering from rap’s pervasive gangster-isms of 2004, The College Dropout discussed family, love, being broke from college, and living Black in America. The platinum-selling album went on to garner West two Grammy Awards, and receive critical acclaim from music journalists. The College Dropout influenced rap’s direction from that point on. The album’s rich…

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