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Chance the Rapper Exceeds Expectations with ‘Coloring Book’ Mixtape

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The highly anticipated Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper dropped May 12 and proves to be a masterpiece that intertwines both smooth, imaginative hip-hop verses and soulful, heart-wrenching gospel sermons. In various interviews, Chance the Rapper has made many references about his religious background and how it has influenced and guided the independent rapper’s music ventures for his latest mixtape. Fans had a taste of Chance’s experimentation with blending hip-hop and gospel on his memorable verses on Kanye West’s latest album The Life of Pablo. On Kanye’s track “Ultralight Beam,” Chance steals the spotlight with his religious allusions as he croons along with a gospel choir and organ in the background. Teaming with Kirk Franklin, Chance delivers his own sermon in his third mixtape as the Chicago native masters a new sub-genre of hip-hop.

KAYTRANADA’s Funky, Psychedelic Album ‘99.9%’

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KAYTRANADA’s album 99.9% was released earlier this May and despite the commonplace idiom, you can judge this album on the cover because it is apparent that no small detail is overlooked. Kaytranada, sometimes referred to as Kay, is a 23-year-old Montreal-based producer, born in Haiti as Louis Kevin Celestin. Kay’s Haitian heritage has influenced his beats, producing an innovative blend of dramatic, soulful African beats and West Indian island vibes in his music.

Ariana Grande is a ‘Dangerous Woman’

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Ariana Grande is back! Her third studio album, Dangerous Woman, finds the 22-year-old wanting to assert her womanhood while still remaining the youthful girl we’ve come to know. With two number one albums already under her belt (Truly Yours and My Everything), Grande is definitely aiming to achieve the same feat again. She’s not a stranger to high profile collaborations as we’ve seen with her hugely successful singles,“Bang, Bang,” “Break Free,” and “Problem.” Dangerous Woman aims to be no different including features with Nicki Minaj, Future, Lil Wayne and Macy Gray.

A Deep Dive into Chatbooks with Co-Founder

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Sitting with the co-founder of Chatbooks, Vanessa, in a noisy, yet quaint coffee-shop in Union Square, my eyes were opened to a new world. Guilty, as many in my generation are, of snapping hundreds of photos in any given week, letting them pile up on my phone’s SD card and never sharing them outside of my phone – many of us have promised ourselves when we have time we will organize them. With the emergence of the Cloud, and other electronic back-up devices, many have learned the hard way that in this digital age, you must back-up!

What We Think About Drake’s New Album ‘Views’

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Drake’s highly anticipated 4th studio album, Views, dropped exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes on April 29th. I personally sat and waited until midnight to stream this album, tweeting through all the excitement, waiting to be in awe again of another great album delivered by the “6 God.” Drake has always had a way of speaking for us “twenty-somethings,” from our desire to achieve greatness, to finding the right person to love, to wanting to make our families proud. When the time finally came, I pressed play and was surprised to hear something different then what I expected from the artist I have come to know and love.

J. Sutta Talks New Album ‘Feline Resurrection’

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Singer, dancer, songwriter, and actress J. Sutta is widely known as a former Pussycat Doll. Now with a new stage name and a solo career, she has completely transformed her image from what it once was. With the release of her debut album, Feline Resurrection, J. Sutta unleashes a wilder, carefree, and robust side of ...

Coldplay ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ Album Review

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Nearly eighteen months after Coldplay's heartbroken, almost mournful Ghost Stories album (which seemingly refers to frontman Chris Martin’s dying marriage with actress Gwyneth Paltrow) comes the light at the end of the tunnel: A Head Full of Dreams. And just as Martin suggested to Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1, the band’s seventh album definitely sounds like ...

Adele 25 Album Review

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After the release of “Hello,” which was fully expected to become the hit single that it is, the 27-year-old artist, Adele, released her third album, 25, on November 20. Referring to her previous album, 21, as a “break-up album,” Adele identifies this one as a “make-up album.” The widely known track “Hello” embraces acts of ...

Coldplay Announce New Album, Release First Single

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Nearly one year after Coldplay released their heartbroken album Ghost Stories comes its colorful, energetic follow-up, A Head Full of Dreams, due out December 4 via Parlophone Records. And much unlike Ghost Stories, Coldplay plans to take this seventh album around the world. In an interview last year with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Chris Martin implied A ...


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