Rihanna | Rated R

There is a parental advisory sticker on the cover but Rated R does not mean Rated Restricted. It is Rated Rihanna, the 21 year old’s saga in song.The Thriller-like intro to her journey is aptly named “Mad House” and sums up the album’s rollercoaster theme of extreme highs, lows and loops. At the start, Rihanna […]

Lady Gaga | The Fame Monster

“Who does she think she is, Madonna?” someone asked after a picture of Lady Gaga in one of her outrageous outfits made it on to the cover of an issue of WWD. With her latest effort, The Fame Monster, Gaga will undoubtedly draw more comparisons to the Queen of Pop, but make no mistake this […]

Wale | Attention Deficit

“I am hip hop: past, present and future” is a bold proclamation from rising talent, Wale. 2009 has been a whirlwind year for the 25 year old D.C. rapper. He will be named GQ Man of the Year (alongside Kid Cudi & Drake) and is the opening act on Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 Tour. In the […]

Heineken Red Star Soul NYC Concert Recap

What do you get when you mix a frigid night in NYC, some of hip hop’s hottest stars, and free beer? Well, you get the Heineken Red Star Soul Concert. On Friday night a crowd braved the long lines and cold weather to catch Wale, Estelle and Ludacris perform at NYC’s Gotham Hall for the […]

Marsha Ambrosius | Live at SOBs

Last night was Marsha Ambrosius’ birthday & the former Floetry songstress celebrated it with a performance at SOBs in NYC. When we arrived an hour before the “Evening of R&B/British Soul,” the line was already down the block. Although we heard (through the Twittervine) that the show was sold out, we weren’t expecting such a […]

Soul Shines at Summerstage

Neither the threat of rain, nor a a cancellation by Chrisette Michele could deter the thousands of soul music fans who lined up in Central Park for the free Summerstage concert this past Sunday. Their persistence paid off with great performances by 1990s stars Case, Jon B and Deborah Cox and two of today’s biggest […]

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