After spending 8 years with the Celtics, Rondo has since been with a new team in each offseason. He has been with the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans last season and now with the Los Angeles Lakers on a one-year, $9 million contract.
Now, before you write this article off completely, let’s look at the circumstances. Yes, it’s only Apple Music. And yes, Drake is still #1 on the Billboard Top 100. But, 6ix9ine overtaking Drake for the #1 spot on the Apple Music charts is quite the achievement. The point I’m trying to make isn’t that 6ix9ine is bigger than Drake. It’s just that he has more clout... at the moment, and here’s why.
The long-awaited collaboration between hip hop titan Kanye West and his successor Kid Cudi came to fruition on June 8th, 2018. Released under the alias “KIDS SEE GHOSTS”, the duo delivers seven tracks of pure fire - for anyone who’s been a fan in the past and seven reasons to become a fan if you’re not already. GOOD Music President Pusha T kicks it off on “Feel the Love”, and from there the album maneuvers its way through genre and time, and if you’re like me, 24 minutes and 3 features later you’ll have to put the project on repeat.
Ever since Drake hit the scene with “Best I Ever Had” back in 2009, he’s dominated the industry with a clenched fist. He has the Grammy’s, the number one hits, the chart-topping albums, and the clout to match. I think the only question left to ask is; when will it stop? And apparently...the answer is never.
The first and only album that Big L ever released before his untimely death, was a certified classic. In fact, this album still lives on as one of the greatest hip hop projects of all time and an exemplar of the essence of New York hip-hop. The Harlem MC oozed talent, boasting witty, hardcore, comedic, and sometimes disturbing lyrics coupled with one of the most memorable deliveries in hip-hop and is hailed as one of the greatest MCs of all-time - despite a limited catalog of music.
Underrated and underappreciated by some, Return of 4eva sits high atop our list - and many others - as one of the top mixtapes to come out in the past decade. This project not only depicts K.R.I.T.s top notch lyricism and verbal creativity, but it also shows off his talent and versatility as a producer. In fact, K.R.I.T. self-produced the entire project, putting him in rare company of rapper/producers that are able to do both at the highest level.
Kendrick’s follow up to GKMC seemed as if it was perfectly timed. In what is a supremely jazzy and funky album, To Pimp a Butterfly differs a great deal from Kendrick’s debut project. During a period of massive unrest due to racial tensions stemming from police brutality, Kendrick gave us an album that truly spoke to the country in a profound and educational way.
This past Saturday I had the privilege of attending the sold out J.I.D. and EARTHGANG show at the Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood. Over the past year, from the advice of multiple friends I decided to check out J.I.D.’s debut album The Never Story and I was immediately blown away. In the age of mumble rap and production taking priority over lyrics, it’s refreshing to see a newcomer who oozes talent and creativity both with his lyrics and his subject matter – not to mention the fact that he’s actually a pretty good singer as well.
Here, we share all the good stuff that made the year noteworthy between all the headlines in music, entertainment, sports, and culture. Please note these are just opinions of the writers and in no way intended to say what the "best" things were - it's all subjective!
Sitting right around 95 beats per minute, the deliciously bass-heavy third LP from A Tribe Called Quest was much like Michael Jordan’s third championship with the Chicago Bulls. Albeit three years earlier, Midnight Marauders made it three consecutive trips to the Finals for Tribe, and three rings. Today it turns 24.
In 1993 the Wu-Tang Clan dropped their debut project and forever changed the landscape of hip-hop. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is in itself the encapsulation of the raw, unrefined sounds of New York Hip-Hop. From the rugged and gritty vocals to the violent, graphic lyrics and a groundbreaking production collage of soul samples and martial arts loops and sound clips -courtesy of the RZA - the album is a masterpiece.
2017 has been quite the year for Brent Faiyaz. He was featured on one of the hottest songs, and crafted possibly the best hook of the year in “Crew.” In addition to that, he teamed up with producers Atu and Dpat - forming Sonder - to drop the album Into. On Sonder Son, Brent Faiyaz ends his breakout year with a smooth, yet captivating bang. Combining his silky voice with laidback production, Faiyaz is able to vividly paint pictures as he recounts tales from his life in his debut album.