Latest Listens

It’s that time again. I’m back with a few reviews from the past month or so! So I’ll jump right in.

Beyonce lit up the internet with her album and visual for Lemonade. While much of the focus ended up being whether Jay-Z cheated on Bey or not, I found the album to be pretty good. It was not my favorite, but it definitely showed versatility and her vulnerability. The album features artists such as Kendrick Lamar, The Weekend, James Blake, and Jack White to name a few. My top listens for this album are Sorry, Formation, and Hold Up.

Next up is Chance the Rapper with Coloring Book. Now i may be a bit biased because Chance is a Chicago native, but at this point he can do no wrong in my book. This work of art is amazing. From the features, to the hint of gospel, to the distinct beats, it is a must listen. Chance features artist such as Kanye, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Future, Justin Bieber, and many more. When Chance puts out an album or mixtape you can tell he has poured his heart and soul into it. If you have ever seen him perform live, you know exactly what I’m talking about. My top listens are, Juke Jam, Blessings, and How Great.

Last but surely not least is Drake with Views. Now I am a hardcore Drake fan and in my opinion all of his albums thus far have been classics. But, this one has not grown on me yet. I do like that he has a smooth mellow tone to this album and I love the fact that he always delivers numerous tracks on an album but, I think this one will require more than a few listens. For now my top listens are Fire & Desire, One Dance, and Controlla.

This month i also had the pleasure of reading two very interesting books.The first was Diaries of a Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans aka Superhead. This book was nothing like I thought it would be, yes she gave a little dirt of some of hip hops biggest names, but it was actually a story of courage and hope. She endured a life of pain and abuse. After reading this book the cliché saying came to mind never judge a book by its cover. For that reason, I think this book was worth the read.

I also had the pleasure of reading Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy. Jasmine Guy played our  beloved Whitley on the hit show, A Different World. This book chronicles the life and times of Afeni Shakur. Ironically enough I was reading this book when I found out Ms. Shakur passed. I loved this book because it showed who Afeni was outside of, and before Tupac was born. Although I did enjoy the tidbits of the late rapper, I loved the fact that I walked away from the book with a greater knowledge of Afeni but also Jasmine Guy. For those who love books on African-American history, this is a great and easy read.

That’s all I have for now. If you have any suggestions for books, music, television shows, or movies leave them in the comments below!