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Album Review: Our Top 5 Songs on Kanye West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’

posted by Oscar February 17, 2016

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The follow-up to Kanye West’s Yeezus was finally released over the weekend after a stellar performance on SNL and a some delays on what would be the final packaging of the record.

The Life Of Pablo has had many transformations along the way, including title changes and overnight track list updates, but beyond all of that is the fact that Kanye himself has confirmed that he is continuing to work on this ever-evolving project, even though it’s already been released for public consumption. So this review will focus on the project as it stands today, which at the time of publication means TLOP has 17 tracks and these are the tracks that we’re delving into here. Overall, the album is yet another strong effort from Kanye that only strengthens his legacy. Is it his best ever? I wouldn’t go that far. Do I like it more than Yeezus? As a whole definitely yes, though I have to hand it to that last project for featuring more individual tracks of high quality than TLOP. The POD squad was divided between rating it 4-out-of-5 and 4.5-out-of-5, so that’s a good look as to how we see the album overall.

After careful listening throughout the week, sometimes doing back-to-back sessions in a given sitting, we’ve rounded up the tracks that stood out the most and which deserve being heralded as the best this album has to offer.

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Recap: Budweiser ‘Made in Chicago’ 2013 Party

posted by Alberto July 4, 2013

Made In ChicagoBudweiser put together a great show once again this year in Chicago. They added a good amount of cities to this years festivities leading up to the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend. With 30 cities on the bill, we weren’t expecting the same amount of food and beer that we got last year and we were pleasantly surprised with Lou Malnati’s pizza, Portillo’s hot dogs and beef, White Castle sliders. We were also introduced to Budweiser’s new bow tie can. On top of all this, there was still some live music to take in. Continue Reading

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Review: J. Cole-Born Sinner

posted by Alberto June 9, 2013

Born Sinner CoverJ. Cole’s follow up album to his 2011 debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story, will be released in about a week. There is a lot of buzz surrounding the new album after Cole pushed the album’s release to compete with Kanye’s Yeezus on June 18th. Cole made it clear that he wanted to compete with Kanye and may have also been inspired by Ye’s marketing when he hosted a listening session with fans in 9 cities at the same time. Cole’s innovative approach may have caused the album to leak, but in this day in age albums leaking before their release is almost inevitable.

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Review: Logic-Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever

posted by Alberto May 10, 2013

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Logic has been buzzing in the underground for a number of years now, so it always seemed like it was only a matter of time before he released a successful album independently or via a major record label. There are rumors going around that No I.D., the person responsible for signing Logic to Def Jam, will be handling production duties for Logic’s debut album. That is a project that I’m sure many people will be looking forward to and we get a preview of what could be towards the end of Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever. “Man Of The Year” lives up to my expectations and makes the anticipation for Logic’s debut project that much greater. Continue Reading

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Review: MiC Kurb-Broken Home

posted by Alberto November 9, 2012

MiC Kurb, a 16-year old emcee from Hartford, Connecticut, has given us the opportunity to listen to his new project before its release date this Monday, November 12th. I was first introduced to MiC through an email submission back in August for his song “Grindin.” It was a very good first impression of the young artist and I was definitely looking forward to hearing new material from him.

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Review: MMG-Self Made Vol. 2

posted by Alberto June 26, 2012

Maybach Music Group has just released their new compilation album Self Made Vol. 2, the follow-up project to the compilation released back in May 2011.  Things are a bit different over at MMG, for one, the roster has changed since the last project’s release.  Both Meek Mill and Wale have taken huge steps in their careers with Meek having two big hits in”Ima Boss” and “Tupac Back,” while Wale’s second studio album Ambition debuted at Continue Reading

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Review: XV-Popular Culture

posted by Alberto June 22, 2012

XV follows up the very successful Zero Heroes with yet another mixtape full of original music titled Popular Culture. It’s been more than a year since that last effort was released and XV has since been asked about the release date of his debut album countless times. He began releasing new music in video form late last year and early this year, eventually announcing that a new EP would be released later this year. The announcement of this new mixtape a few weeks ago came as a surprise to his fans that were just expecting a new EP.

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Bar Review: Empire Liquors

posted by jmunoz4806 March 15, 2012

Ok so I heard a lot of good things about this place before I actually got the chance to go. It seems to be the buzz of the Wicker Park area. 1566 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL. 60622 is the address to this spot. Everybody’s always ranting and raving about this place and saying how awesome it is and how it’s the home of the 40 oz., and let me tell you, I don’t agree one bit. Let me begin by telling you how much of a nightmare I had at this place. Continue Reading