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Sonic Selection: Jay-Z – “Party Life”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from hip-hop legend Jay-Z (@S_C_) with a track from one of his most critically-acclaimed albums. Jay-Z – “Party Life” From the depths of Jay-Z’s expansive discography comes a track from his critically-acclaimed concept album, American Gangster, inspired by the Denzel Washington film of the same name. “Party Life” is a 4-minute journey akin … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Keri Hilson – “Alienated”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from Atlanta R&B songstress and Grammy nominee Keri Hilson (@misskeribaby).  Keri Hilson – “Alienated” A scrapped single during the last legs of her debut album In a Perfect World…, “Alienated” is a wistful love letter laid upon heavy beats and futuristic synths provided by producer Cory Bold. The mid-tempo track is tailor-made for radio, … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: The Killers – “When You Were Young”

Today’s Sonic Selection is an older track from Las Vegas alt-rock band The Killers (@thekillers).  The Killers – “When You Were Young” The lead single from their second studio album Sam’s Town, “When You Were Young” marks a musical coming-of-age for The Killers, as they improved significantly upon their debut with a more mature sound. The heavy … Continue reading

Album Review: Big Sean – “Finally Famous”

Big Sean – Finally Famous (2011) After several mixtapes and a litany of delays, Big Sean’s major-label debut comes in the form of a release that heartily declares the arrival of one of hip-hop’s promising young stars. However, despite all the accolades heaped upon him since his signing to G.O.O.D. Music, does Finally Famous deliver … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Kanye West – “Everything I Am”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from controversial Chicago MC/producer Kanye West (@kanyewest). Kanye West – “Everything I Am” One of the highlights of his critically-acclaimed album Graduation, Kanye West returns to his soul-sample roots in his introspective narrative, “Everything I Am.” Accompanied by the scratches of the legendary DJ Premier, Kanye laments the downside of his celebrity over … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Lloyd Banks – “Check Me Out”

Today’s Sonic Selection is the latest track from G-Unit veteran Lloyd Banks (@lloydbanks). Lloyd Banks – “Check Me Out” The return of Lloyd Banks to the Sonic Selection mix is a promotional single that marks another collaboration with producer Cardiak, responsible for the hit “Start It Up” from The Hunger For More 2. Sharing similarities … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Phoenix – “Girlfriend”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from Grammy Award-winning French alt-rock group Phoenix (@WeArePhoenix).  Phoenix – “Girlfriend” In utilizing elaborate production, Phoenix keeps the spirit of Electric Light Orchestra alive with tracks like today’s Sonic Selection. The layered guitars provide a choral backdrop to lead singer Thomas Mars’ harmonic musings on relationships. “Girlfriend” offers nothing in the … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Lloyd Banks ft. Ryan Leslie – “So Forgetful”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from critically-acclaimed G-Unit wordsmith Lloyd Banks (@lloydbanks) with vocals and production from the multi-talented Ryan Leslie (@ryanleslie).  Lloyd Banks ft. Ryan Leslie – “So Forgetful” Meaty drums, slick synthesizers, and a classy piano loop serve as the backdrop to Lloyd Banks’ raspy narrative of late-night escapades. “So Forgetful” is the perfect … Continue reading

The Problem With Chris Brown

We’ve read all about the Rihanna incident. We’ve heard about the outburst on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America. We’ve (unfortunately) seen the infamous Twitpic. We’ve even heard from the man himself on Twitter, with both explanations and excuses about his actions and reactions. Despite all that we’ve seen, heard, and claim to know about him, … Continue reading

Sonic Selection: Kid Cudi ft. Chip Tha Ripper – “Hyyerr”

Today’s Sonic Selection comes from alt-hip-hop artist and G.O.O.D. Music signee Kid Cudi (@wizardcud) with an assist from Cleveland native Chip Tha Ripper (@Chip216). Kid Cudi ft. Chip Tha Ripper – “Hyyerr” The penultimate track on Kid Cudi’s 2009 debut Man on the Moon: The End of Day, “Hyyerr” is a visual tapestry packaged into R&B … Continue reading