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25 Years Of Fear Of A Black Planet

25 Years Of Fear Of A Black Planet

If you were to ask me to list my favorite rap albums of all time (hey, there’s an idea for a future list), ┬áPublic Enemy’s Fear Of A Black Planet would be near the top of that list. The album┬ábroke new ground sonically and lyrically, and should be an essential part of any hip-hop fan’s collection. As a 13 year old who was already knee deep in hip-hop when Fear came out, the album was a watershed moment in my […]

Some Way Out Funk Courtesy Of The Legendary Steve Arrington

Some Way Out Funk Courtesy Of The Legendary Steve Arrington

Have you had your funk today?

Jennifer Hudson Establishes Identity; Sings Her Ass Off on JHud

Jennifer Hudson Establishes Identity; Sings Her Ass Off on JHud

Jennifer Hudson gets delightfully retro on a surprisingly good new album.

A Diva Disaster: The Queen Of Soul Stumbles With Covers Collection

A Diva Disaster: The Queen Of Soul Stumbles With Covers Collection

No, Aretha. Just…no.

Lenny Kravitz Struts To A Dancier Beat On New Album

Lenny Kravitz Struts To A Dancier Beat On New Album

Lenny celebrates 25 years of being Lenny by…being Lenny.

Album Review: Prince's Art Official Age

Album Review: Prince’s Art Official Age

Is “Art Official Age” a return to form? Or is it more of the same ol’ lazy that we’ve been getting from Prince for most of the past decade?

Dance/Funk Paradise: Harts Releases Daydreamer LP

Dance/Funk Paradise: Harts Releases Daydreamer LP

Want to dance? Check out Harts’ new album and thank me later.

Jody Watley Returns To Take You To Paradise

Jody Watley Returns To Take You To Paradise

Get ready to dance your behind off with the help of Jody Watley’s new EP.

Johnny Gill Emerges From "Behind Closed Doors" With New Single

Johnny Gill Emerges From “Behind Closed Doors” With New Single

JG has returned to seduce you. Check out his new single “Behind Closed Doors.”

Hitch A Ride Onto Me'shell Ndegeocello's Comet

Hitch A Ride Onto Me’shell Ndegeocello’s Comet

The amazing Me’shell Ndegeocello releases her 11th album, and it (surprising no one) is a keeper.

Mariah's Elusive  New Album: You Take The Good, You Take The Bad...

Mariah’s Elusive New Album: You Take The Good, You Take The Bad…

Mariah Carey: New album, same old Mariah.

Contemporization Be Damned: Michael Jackson's Surprisingly Solid Xscape

Contemporization Be Damned: Michael Jackson’s Surprisingly Solid Xscape

The King of Pop lives on with a pleasantly well-executed posthumous album.