Rockie Fresh revs up for ‘Electric Highway’

As an up-and-coming rapper, imagine this nine-month stretch: Release a highly regarded mixtape; get signed to Rick Ross’ label, Maybach Music Group; perform in front of 42,000 people at the first annual Made in America festival; have a music video from your mixtape premiered on “106 & Park”; and go… Continued

Lupe Fiasco returns with ‘Food & Liquor’ sequel

Six years ago, Lupe Fiasco flew onto the scene with his debut album, “Food & Liquor,” which provided a much-needed new voice in hip-hop at that time. He founded himself on educating and inspiring with his music through incredible wordplay. Lupe released the sequel to that album Sept. 25 with… Continued

Green Day tames sound on ‘Uno!’

To promote an upcoming album, some bands do press junkets, make television appearances and star in Target commercials. But that’s not very rock ’n’ roll compared to say a massive meltdown during an iHeartRadio set in Las Vegas. That’s what Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong decided to do when his… Continued

2 Chainz debut disappoints despite strong singles

Rapper 2 Chainz exploded onto the scene when he released his first solo project, “T.R.U. REALigon” last November. The rapper formerly named Tity Boi underwent a name change in 2011 to make himself more radio and family friendly. The change has resurrected the career of the man who represented half… Continued

Florence and the Machine new album haunts fans

Oftentimes when fans anticipate the release of a new album from a well-respected artist, they are worried sick that the album will sound like it went to pop-music boot camp. Does anyone remember Avril Lavigne? Rest easy, Florence and the Machine fans, lead vocalist Florence Welch went to no such… Continued