It’s the return of the Slim Shady we grew accustomed to earlier in his career: Indescribable flow and lyricism that remains unmatched, and as shameless as ever. Eminem has never been afraid of controversy, and on KAMIKAZE he addresses the state of rap and hip hop, getting constant criticism and the lack of acceptance for his previous album, Revival. Well, we’ve been poking the bear … Continue reading Eminem Surprises With New Album “Kamikaze”
PS: Our dear lovely readers, there is an EY Giveaway.
A USB with MH the Verb music that also serves as an armband
How to win: Follow EY Mag on twitter and facebook. Secondly, guess what my favorite song is from his Waffles & Whiskies mixtape.
Two weeks ago, on my way to the Shrine (A popular multimedia arts and cultural venue located in Harlem, NYC which music lovers patronize throughout the week, especially because of the live performances) to vibe out to some dancehall reggae and African music, I stumbled upon a live performance that was absolutely electric. M.H. the Verb, a multi-talented artiste who is also a producer, songwriter and DJ, was on stage literally killing it, with his energy and a fantastic live production band. In the words of phrase forward kids, the place was liiiiiiiiiiiiit! According to his publicist, he is an experience you don’t want to miss. With a unique sound that merges different genres together, this Philly/NYC based artiste, whose rhymes are more likely to be about student loans than “spinnaz” is one to definitely watch. Continue reading “[Feature] MH the Verb: The Multifaceted MC”
Released: November 19, 2012
Label: Roc Nation/Island Def Jam
A little step up from her previous oversexed Talk that Talk, but still not even close to impressive. Unapologetic sounds mostly exhausted and rushed. There’s nothing wrong with putting out an album every year to stay current if you can handle it, but at least take the time to perform songs that will be embedded in the hearts and minds of listeners. Sure there are likable tracks here and there, but not good enough to give goose bumps. Continue reading “Music Review: Rihanna’s “Unapologetic””
Released: September 18, 2012
After a good listen to P!nk’s sixth studio album one thing stood out the most to me, the outspoken lady is still very much the same. If you were expecting motherhood to tame the fiery songstress then you are definitely in for a wake up. The Truth About Love celebrates 12 years of this unpredictable artist in the biz, sparking up new messages about love, life, and other interesting things, while P!nk’s signature realness reverberates throughout the entire album. It’s indeed a very good sixth effort; the singer’s raspy and sexy voice flowed well on a few smoother tracks, and intensified on the more loud and rowdy ones. Have you ever wondered how this performer takes musical breaks but still manages to “blow” our minds when she returns? That’s easy, there’s always that catchy first single to reel us in. Continue reading “Music Review: P!nk’s “The Truth About Love””
Bad Meets Evil, rap duo formed by Detroit’s finest Eminem & Royce Da 5’9, have released the music video for one of my favorite tracks on their EP called “Lighters.” The single features the talented pop singer Bruno Mars, providing his raspy vocals on the catchy hook. I like the concept which depicts the rappers trying to cope in two separate situations. Check out the … Continue reading Bad Meets Evil “Lighters” ft. Bruno Mars
The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards was recently announced and Katy Perry leads with nine, including Best Female Video and Video of the Year. Coming in second is soul singer Adele and controversial rapper Kanye West with seven nominations each. Some were speculating that Lady Gaga would lead the pack however the theatrical performer is up for only three alongside Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Eminem. Katy was interviewed by MTV News regarding her feelings on receiving nine nominations: Continue reading “And the nominees are…”
Detroit rappers and long time friends Royce Da 5’9″ and Eminem reunite as the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil. Both previously appeared together on Eminem’s debut album The Slim Shady LP back in 1999, and have also contributed to other artists albums. The duo fell apart after an altercation in the early 2000s but have since resumed their activities and have been working on their EP “Hell: The Sequel“, set to be released on June 14. Continue reading “[Review] Bad Meets Evil’s “Fast Lane””
Are you as enamored by Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey‘s latest hit single “I Need A Doctor” as I am? Well, if you haven’t taken the time to check up on hip hop culture then maybe you should. This song is hot. The music video has been said by many to be somewhat confusing, but if you have the slightest bit of an artistic nature then you’d get it and appreciate it. I like the video. Skylar looks amazing floating around like some lost soul, and of coure I’m loving Eminem and Dre’s raps. The song is sick. “I Need A Doctor” was produced by Alex Da Kid (Love the way you lie), and the music video depicts Dre’s career over the years, as well as featuring snippets of his family life. It’s been out a little while, but still I just had to post it here. So without further delay, check out the “confusing” video below (if you are late like me) and tell us what you think. “I Need A Doctor” is the second single from Dre’s third and final studio album “Detox“, which will be released on April 20, 2011. It’s assumed that the reason behind this album being his final is due to the fact that he wants to concentrate entirely on producing for artists. Continue reading ““I need a doctor””
On March 15, 2011 Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, who we all know as Nate Dogg, passed away. Nate is most notable as the man with the smooth hook on the Grammy nominated hit single “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre. This hip hop anthem included my favorite line of all time, “Hold Up!” I remember bumping to this joint back in 2000. And who can forget Nate swaying on the chorus of 50 Cent’s 2003 gangsta love song “21 Questions”. Over the years Nate Dogg has graced us with his soulful, yet laidback and captivating r&b/g-funk vocals, and as fans, family and friends deal with the reality that he is no longer here, I’d like to take our readers on a journey to try and understand who Nate Dogg was and what he leaves behind. Continue reading “Remembering Nate Dogg…”
Meet Skylar Grey, an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Skylar is best known from the Fort Minor single “Where’d You Go” under the name Holly Brook, and the songwriter for Eminem & Rihanna’s hit “Love The Way You Lie“.
Skylar Grey was born Holly Brook Hafermann in Wisconsin. As a child, she performed in a folk duo called Generations alongside her mother. Generations recorded three albums: “Dream Maker“, “Lift Me“, and “Millennial Child/Waiting For You“. Grey joined a band when she was 15 years old, and at 18 moved to Los Angeles to record her first demo. Continue reading “Spotlight – Skylar Grey”
It’s amazing how music can break down walls and cross borders with the message it conveys, arousing different emotions inside each of us. Its this mere fact that allows musicians to develop a fan base and perform in different countries.
I’ve often asked myself, why is music so powerful? why am I able to be moved even by words I don’t understand? It all comes down to the fact that music is truly universal. Continue reading “Music Is Universal”