Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Album Review: Drake’s Young Money/Cash Money Records

Posted on May 04, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr, Multimedia Editor The Six God is watching. ‘Six,’ a reference frequently made by rapper Aubrey Graham (Drake) as a term of endearment for Toronto, was dropped from the highly anticipated fourth studio album with hip hop royalty Lil Wayne’s Young Money/Cash Money records (YM/CM). Anecdotally, because I personally had no clue for […]

Album Review: Flatbush ZOMBiES – 3001: A Laced Odyssey

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Zachary Searles in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Zachary Searles/News Editor In a Rolling Stone interview last month, legendary Kiss guitarist, Gene Simmons, stated that rock is dead and hip-hop is dying. Whether that’s true or not, Flatbush ZOMBiES, a hip-hop trio from Brooklyn, New York, is certainly doing their part in keeping it alive with the release of their debut album, 3001: […]

Kendrick Lamar Has Done It Again

Posted on March 07, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr/Free Press Staff Kendrick Lamar has done it again. He is not the rapper we want, but rather the rapper we deserve. With his short eight track orchestration of untitled cuts and songs from the To Pimp A Butterfly cutting room floor this peak behind the curtain of the creative process can show […]

British noise pop is a thing, Jack Garratt is here.

Posted on February 29, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Music

By Bradford Spurr Jack Garratt is only 24 years old, but his debut album has already made some serious waves. It has been a big year for Garratt in the UK as well. With multiple wins from the BBC and the Brit Awards. But his music is very non-traditional and signals a shifting tide in […]

Kanye West. The Life of Pablo. Def Jam Records

Posted on February 23, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr The self proclaimed gospel album begins with “Ultralight Beam” and a small child is yelling “We don’t want no devils in the house God, we want the lord,” and our lord and savior Mr. Kanye “Yeezus” West delivers the defining sermon of his career thus far. A thunderous choir bears their soul […]

Benjamin

Posted on February 01, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and H. Jon Benjamin: one of these men is unlike the others, mostly because this individual has never influenced generations of jazz musicians and hasn’t won the whole world over. The man in question in, Jon Benjamin, whose main claim to fame is that fans will come up to […]

David Bowie, Blackstar

Posted on January 25, 2016 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Bradford Spurr David Bowie has now been gone for two weeks. Indifferent societal norms, Bowie has left a void in his wake. Thousands of people ranging from millennials suffering a collective existential crisis to the Baby Boomers doning their lightning strike face paint and sequins to honor the legacy of a man more essential […]

Heavy Rotation Reviews

Posted on January 12, 2015 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews, Music, Recommends

Eminem, Shady XV Eminem’s new album “Shady XV” features one disc of his new material and one that has his greatest hits. His song, “Detroit Vs. Everybody” reminds listeners of how far he has come from being a man on the streets of Detroit to a world-renowned rapper. He raps, “Comin’ from them streets where […]

Album Review: 1989

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Krysteana Scribner in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Taylor Swifts new album, 1989, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling over 1,287,000 copies in its first week of release. Her new songs give off a pop vibe, and although she strays away from her country norm her popularity continues to increase. “Out of the Woods” bursts with erupting drums, fluxuating […]

Album Review: Sonic Highways

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

By Kyle Cumiskey David Grohl has been the mastermind behind the Foo Fighters since 1990, and with every release he has adapted to the current state of the music industry. Sonic Highways is another example of his excellent musicianship. The Foo Fighters have brought another critically acclaimed album to their listeners that reproduces the classic […]