Tag Archives: Drake

I Simply Adore Nicki Minaj

Jay Fingers Loves Nicki Minaj

It’s no secret that I adore Nicki Minaj. I think she’s super talented, and those who disagree are simply blinded by a baseless, unreasonable hatred for her. It’s one thing to not be a fan of her music; it’s another to outright deny Nicki’s talent.

In any case, the NY Times recently ran a piece written by Jon Caramanica that discussed Nicki’s place in hip-hop and pop culture, positing that she is the most influential female hip-hop artist of all time. It’s an assessment with which I’d agree.

Her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, drops tomorrow. You better goddamn believe I’m copping it right away. The tracklisting to PF:RR is below.

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Read My Review of Drake’s Take Care at Soulhead.com

Drake - Take Care

Featuring an impressive roster of guest artists, including Stevie Wonder, Andre 3000, Rihanna, Rick Ross, The Weeknd, and labelmates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and boasting production from Just Blaze, Boi-1da, and long-time collaborator Noah “40” Shebib for production, Take Care is Drake’s attempt at giving listeners the classic album they’d expected with his debut.

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Music: Drake Take Care Album Cover

Drake - Take Care

Next month, Drake is set to release his sophomore set Take Care. We’ve already heard “Marvin’s Room,” “Headlines,” and “Club Paradise,” to name a few, and expectations are high for an album that most people hope is more So Far Gone than Thank Me Later. (Just for the record, I really liked Thank Me Later.)

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New Music: The Weeknd – Thursday

The Weeknd - Thursday

DOWNLOAD: The Weeknd — Thursday

Ever mysterious R&B crooner Abel Tesfaye The Weeknd dropped Thursday, his latest highly anticipated mixtape (appropriately enough) late Thursday. Here’s hoping it lives up to the stellar House of Balloons, which was released earlier this year.

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Books: 50 Indispensable African-American Novels

Books: 50 Indispensable African-American Novels

One of the things I need to do is read more books by black authors. Truth be told, I’ve typically come across most black writers’ works through either assigned classroom coursework or a quick perusal of who shows up on bestseller lists. I know, I know, I’ve got to do better.

"I'm just sayin' ... do better ..."

"I'm just sayin' ... do better ..."

Fortunately, Kaplan University’s Accredited Online Colleges blog has put together a rather comprehensive list of what they feel are the 50 indeispensable African-American novels. They state in their article:

The ones listed here were picked based on general consensus, an eye for genre diversity and a desire to make sure some highly important reads don’t entirely flounder in obscurity … taking offense to any exclusions or inclusions isn’t really going change much of anything. Just try to have fun and not think too hard about how a specific author or book received no recognition. It doesn’t mean they have nothing to say, just that there wasn’t enough space to mention everyone.

The list is arranged chronologically, from 1845 right up to the present day, and includes the usual names (such as Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and Colson Whitehead) as well as a few who may have slipped under the radar (like Ann Petry, Tananarive Due, David Anthony Durham, and Kalisha Buckhanon).

I’ve read a good number of the books on this list but, as I mentioned before, it’s mostly been because it was on someone’s syllabus. Not only am I to try to read (or re-read) as many of these books as possible, I’m also going to seek out some of these authors’ other works.

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Event: The Wonder Year Film Screening Plus Q&A With 9th Wonder (July 28)

Event: The Wonder Year Film Screening Plus Q&A With 9th Wonder (July 28)

Tribe isn’t the only hip-hop act with a documentary out.

On Thursday, July 28th, BAMcinématek and ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema present The Wonder Year, a documentary film that follows a year in the life of hip-hop producer 9th Wonder.

Widely considered one of soul music’s most dynamic figures, the film traces his life, from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between. Featuring interviews with musicians such as Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, and more.

Check out the trailer below.

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Music: Brandee Younger – Prelude

Music: Brandee Younger - Prelude

I’m truly an awful friend; if I weren’t, I would have written this post long, long ago. So I’m just hoping that my friend, the supremely talented harpist Brandee Younger, will forgive me for just now mentioning her brilliant debut EP, Prelude.

Featuring the talents of bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer E.J. Strickland, and vocalist Niia Bertino, Prelude is a four song set that was recorded at Brooklyn’s Royal Blue Studios. For Brandee, creating Prelude was simply her having “fun in the studio.”

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