Music Birthday: Anderson .Paak

Today, February 8, 1986, Anderson .Paak was born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California. Now a three time Grammy winner, .Paak earned his first Grammy at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, for his single called ‘Bubblin’.’  The song is a production by Jahlil Beats and Antwon Wonder, and it was released on May 17, 2018….

Rest in Paradise: Big Pun

Today, February 7, 2000, Christopher “Big Punisher” Rios passed away in NYC, New York. Big Pun proves eternal with the constant sampling of his music making many of today’s songs. For example, Eminem sampled Big Pun’s ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ in his chart-topping single, ‘Rap God.’ ‘Pakinamac Pt. II’ comes from Big Pun’s solo debut studio…

Kanye West: “Vh1 Storytellers”

Today, January 5, 2010, Kanye West released his second live album, “VH1 Storytellers.” This performance was taped while West was still working on the recording of his fourth studio album “808’s & Heartbreak.” “VH1 Storytellers” shows West as a timeless entertainer, and perfectionist. The set is complete with nine songs from his riveting repertoire: ‘See…

Yung Bay: “Real, Respected & Rich”

Today, December 24, 2016, Yung Bay released “Real, Respected & Rich.” This hardcore album is above the average rap long play, with 11 explicit tracks that inspire real glow up. On Apple Music, I’ve marked tracks  2, 3, 4, and 5 as favorites, and I’ll tell you why. His true godfidence glares in tracks like…

Ivy: “Monkeys on a Porch”

Today, December 23, 2016, indie rapper Ivy released his third solo mixtape, “Monkeys on a Porch.” An underrated rap jam, this mixtape has both club and workout vibes. Made with rich beats, cooly matched with real lyrics so easily delivered. It’s a solid mixtape, full of pitching potential for labels like Def Jam, Interscope, Atlantic,…

Pop Smoke: ‘For the Night’

Today, December 4, 2020, ‘For the Night’ by Pop Smoke, Lil Baby & DaBaby peaked at no. 2 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Taken from his posthumous debut studio album, “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon,” ‘For the Night’ also reached no. 15 on iTunes.  Expectedly, ‘For the Night’ enjoyed international…

NHL Marcel: “Big NHL”

Today, October 26, 2020, Austin, TX indie rapper NHL Marcel‘s latest release, “Big NHL” – dropped just six days ago – already has two tracks starred as fan favorites on Apple Music: ‘NYC Flow’ and ‘Don’t Get Robbed.’ Starred tracks on Apple Music indicate the most popular tracks on the album, and these two prove…

Scarface: “M.A.D.E”

Today, October 2, 2007, Scarface released his ninth album “Made.” This album has production by industry giants Mike Dean, Drumma Boy, Nottz, and more. Nottz is the master behind the beat on ‘Girl You Know’ ft. Trey Songz.  The song samples the 70’s hit, ‘Cause I Love You,’ by Lenny Williams. Scarface isn’t the only…