REVIEW: JILL SCOTT – The Light of The Sun

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Jill Scott’s latest album, The Light Of The Sun, is a refreshing and introspective volume of work that ultimately encourages listeners to let their inner light shine through. This fourth studio album of the Neo-Soul songstress is a follow up to her Gold certified and 2007 Grammy nominated album The Real Thing.

The Light Of The Sun provides us with Scott’s own perspective on aspects of love and self worth in a positive light. On the track Blessed, Jill reveals to listeners that her son is her world and that her music career comes secondary. She exhibits to us to her lyrical flow as she raps with gratitude about the joyous blessings she’s received in her life. Alternatively, she croons with sincerity about an indecisive heart undergoing emotional turmoil on the sultry track So Gone. The song alludes to her trying to escape from an unhealthy relationship, but a strong physical attraction makes it a difficult task.

On the ballad Hear My Call, Jill Scott pleads for her broken heart to be mended and for the strength to overcome fears of being hurt in love and to trust again. The acoustic piano and almost theatrical like deliverance makes this a powerful and moving song. Scott remains to be the positive and empowering woman that we all know and admire. This is apparent on the track Rolling Hills, where she addresses female listeners in a collective manner. The importance of women knowing their worth and embracing their power is the key message conveyed on this jazzy, soulful tune.

Throughout the album, Jill Scott remains consistent with engaging listeners with her seemingly effortless, stunning vocals and her eloquent spoken words. Wholeheartedly, Jill Scott’s The Light Of The Sun is an expression of herself, her vulnerabilities, triumphs and lessons learned.

Standout Tracks: “Blessed”, “So Gone”, “Hear My Call”

Tracklisting:

1. Blessed
2. So In Love ft. Anthony Hamilton
3. Shame ft. Eve & The A Group
4. All Cried Out ft. Doug E. Fresh
5. Le BOOM Vent Suite
6. So Gone (What My Mind Says) ft. Paul Wall
7. Hear My Call
8. Some Other Time
9. Quick
10. Making You Wait
11. Until Then (I Imagine)
12. Missing You
13. When I Wake Up
14. Womanifesto
15. Rolling Hills

REVIEW: JAGGED EDGE – The Remedy

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It’s been over 3 years since we heard anything from these guys but time seemed to give way to an album that will make you fall in love with them all over again. Jagged Edge or affectionately know as J.E. is back with their new album The Remedy, which will help you fix all of your needs. The group’s smooth voices give way to an album full of songs that almost tell a love story from beginning to end.

The album begins with a sweet prelude simply titled Intro. It’s seems to give you a sneak peak as what’s to come and leads right to the next single Love On You, which has almost the exact same melody. On the song Baby, Jagged Edge samples the song Happy by Surface, but replace the word with baby. It is a clever way to make the song their own and keep the beat almost exactly the same as the original track. Flow Through My Veins is the latest single from the album and is one of the tracks that reminds you of the first time you heard a Jagged Edge song. It’s a true love song.

The only up-tempo track, Lipstick, features a verse from Rick Ross, which is a fun track that is the only break from the slow jams that are on the rest of the album. The next couple of songs, Space Ships, Let’s Make Love, and When The Bed Shakes, are more of the same love songs. They do a good job here with keeping you in the mood and keep those slow jams coming.


Although we all know that singing about love is Jagged Edge’s specialty — it could have been nice to have a couple of those dance tracks in the album just to break up some of those love songs. It would have given the album a well-rounded feel. The guys do a good job with harmonizing and blending theirs voices together, which is why we love these guys so much.

All in all, I think Jagged Edge has a hit on their hands and most certainly need more credit than they are given. The Remedy is something to throw on, on the late night tip to set things off or cool things down.

Standout Tracks: “Flow Through My Veins”, “Lipstick”, “When The Bed Shakes”

Tracklisting:

1. Intro
2. Love On You
3. Baby
4. Flow Through My Veins
5. My Girl
6. I Need A Woman
7. Lipstick ft Rick Ross
8. Space Ship
9. Lay You Down
10. Let’s Make Love
11. When The Bed Shakes
12. Mr. Wrong

REVIEW: BIG SEAN – Finally Famous: The Album

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Big Sean maybe new to a lot of people, but he has actually been around for a cool minute. Sean met Kanye West at a radio station in 2005 and left him his demo tape. Dropping mixtapes and remixes paid off as Kanye signed the Detroit native to his G.O.O.D Music record label in 2007. Four years later, the 23 year old dropped his debut album Finally Famous: The Album.

There are two things that can sum up the project: One, is the over packed guest appearances. Features from Chris Brown to Lupe Fiasco to Kanye West to Wiz Khalifa to Rick Ross is a little much. And the second being, he is in the Drake/Wiz Khalifa catalogue…a rapper singing. Not that it is a bad thing. But at times, it’s easy to forget who you are listening to.

But there’s no need to worry because the album has a lot to offer. From fresh beats to clever lyrics, the album is fitting for the summer. The lead single My Last, featuring Chris Brown, could be the song the people will recognize but there are plenty of other good ones as well. Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay, featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, is one that will bang in the clubs for sure. Memories (Part II), featuring John Legend, is a cool track that has Sean reminisce about his past. While Livin This Dream has Sean talking about his flashy life with some assistance from The-Dream. Celebrity, featuring Dwele, might be the smoothest track of them all. This in part has to do with Chicago producer No I.D. as he is responsible for producing half of the album. Others include The Neptunes, The Legendary Traxters, Mike Dean, Tricky Stewart, Boi-1da, and Exile just to name a few. Needless to say, there are plenty of beats to choose from. This alone makes the album a great listen.

However, there are some negative spots on the album as well. Songs like I Do It, Dance(A$$), and High are either forced or flat out corny. But thankfully, it’s only a small list. With a boost from top beatmakers and a major league guest lineup, the album is solid. It’s rare that a new artist gets this much for his debut album. But Sean takes advantage of it and delivers. Only question now is: What will be in stores for his next album? But being in a roster like G.O.O.D Music, there’s no need to worry.

Standout Tracks: “My Last”, “Livin This Life”, “Celebrity”

REVIEW: CAM’RON & VADO – Gunz N’ Butta

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Harlem, New York rappers Cam’ron and Vado recently dropped the studio album Gunz N’ Butta this month. For the past year, the duo released a few mixtapes to showcase the new rap crew, U. N., including the successful Boss Of All Bosses mixtape. Their official debut U.N. album was entitled Cam’ron & The U.N. Presents: Heat In Here, Vol. 1 and released in May 2010.

The chemistry between Cam and Vado make for a dope duo, the wordplay from each rapper is on point and the gutter, street sound is prevalent within the album’s production. Cam’ron is in his true form, effortlessly cocky and witty. His young protege Vado is just as boastful and braggadocios. On the track I Luv U, each rapper takes turns dropping bars over a classic “boom-boom-bap” beat. Don’t let the track title fool you, this track is definitely hardcore.

Cam’ron is usually the first voice we hear on each track, but on the party song We All Up In Here, Vado gets to spit first and is fabulously arrogant about his lush life and swagger. The track Monster Muzik gives us the classic sound of the original Dipset rap crew with a beat that represents New York’s grit. A part of me would have liked to have heard Juelz Santana bless this track, just once, for old time’s sake.

Mixtapes almost always sound better than the actual studio album. On this album, the duo managed to keep most of their street integrity while providing radio friendly tracks. I think that Gunz N’ Butta is just a tip off the iceberg of what’s to come. This album serves as a preview of what we can expect on upcoming solo projects from the U.N. artists. This album was a good effort and definitely deserves a listen.

Standout Songs: “I Luv U”, “We All Up In Here”, “Monster Muzik”

Tracklisting:

1. Killa
2. American Greed
3. Heat In Here
4. Face Off
5. I Luv U
6. Put A Bird Up
7. Monster Muzik
8. Breathe
9. Fuck A Freestyle
10. Lights, Camera, Action (Feat. Skylnn)
11. Stop It 5
12. Speaking In Tungs
13. Hey Muma
14. We All Up In Here
15. They Don’t Like You
16. Be With Me

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REVIEW: MYA – K.I.S.S.

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard something new from this R&B songstress, but Mya is back with her new album K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sexy & Simple). This upbeat record is full of goodies for the ears and has a variety of sounds for any listener. From the heart pounding beat bumping tracks to the sweet ballads, it will make it seem like Mya had never left.

The album begins with the title track K.I.S.S., immediately it draws you in with its catchy hook and sets the tone for the rest of the album. It is followed up by Rear View Mirror, which features Sean Paul, who provides his Reggae flair to this track that talks about moving on and not looking back.

The album has a lot of dance tracks that include Fabulous Life, Evolve, and Alive that almost put you in a carefree mood. These fun tracks with a techno beat will definitely have you ready to grab your friends and dance the night away. Mya blends these tracks with a couple of mid-tempo songs such as Before You Say Goodbye and Fugitive Of Love and add a nice balance between her up-tempo tracks and her ballads.

Speaking of ballads, the ones on this album remind us why we fell in love with Mya’s distinctive voice in the first place. Mr. Incredible, Love Comes and Love Goes, and Love Me Some You, which features Marques Houston, slow the album down a bit and is a nice break to hear her voice singing those high notes. The album ends with the Dawty Remix version of Fabulous Life, which basically sums up the album.

Overall, it’s a high energy party record with beautiful ballads that will undoubtedly give every listener just what they are looking for. This is very good album for Mya to come back on because it’s giving all of her fans exactly what they’ve have been waiting for.

Standout Songs: “Fabulous Life”, “Fugitive Of Love”, “Mr. Incredible”

Tracklisting:

1. K.I.S.S.
2. Rear View Mirror ft. Sean Paul
3. Fabulous Life
4. Mess Up My Hair
5. Fugitive of Love
6. Love Me Some You ft. Marques Houston
7. Mr. Incredible
8. Problem + Solution
9. Runnin’ Back ft. IYAZ
10. Before You Say Goodbye
11. Sorry
12. Love Comes Love Goes
13. Evolve
14. Alive
15. Fabulous Life (Dawty Remix)

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REVIEW: GLASSES MALONE & MACK 10 – Money Music

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Two of the West Coast’s biggest players get together for what’s suppose to be a dream come true for many West Coast fans. Underrated MC Glasses Malone and veteran O.G. Mack 10 come together to release the collabo Money Music.

The opening track Everybody Gotta Go finds Glasses in an intense situation as he plays the role as a gangsta. This is a great intro and looks to be a sign of good things to come. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is a bunch of fill in songs with no concepts and awkward Dirty South beats that have no business being there.

The lead single on the album Money Drunk, featuring Red Cafe and Jah Free, is one for the streets. Glasses uses his husk raspy voice to prove he’s boss, Red Cafe spits some cleaver words to make the track more entertaining. Mack 10 shows off his solo skills on Extra Extra. The track also features singer/rapper Boobie Soprano.

Got It Like That is a nice effort. But Dear DEA, featuring Richie Rich, is a smooth filled track that will qualify as cruising music. The duo try to switch things up by showing some diversity on Girls Everywhere. The song is definitely for the clubs. But ultimately it fails due to the fact that it just didn’t match. West Coast artist’s on a Dirty South beat usually don’t go well. Other tracks like Back II Bizness, Clint Eastwood, and Love Letter just don’t blend well. It seems as if they hand picked some tracks to fill the album.

Simply put, the album is a let down. But for Mack 10 who has been in the game for almost 20 years, this won’t stop him. And for Malone who is still considered “new” by many fans, he’ll have to come harder on his next attempt to get the recognition he badly deserves.

Standout Songs: “Everybody Gotta Go”, “Money Drunk”, “Dear DEA”

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