Local Review: Change by Pallaso and The Mess

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Change, released last Saturday by the Lewiston based rappers. Pallaso and The Mess, takes Ugandan influence and incorporates elements of popular American music. Pallaso, a Ugandan-raised rapper formerly known as Pius Lizard and Pius Mayanja, released several cuts in his home country and has shared the stage with the likes of Sean Paul and soca […]

National Review: #willpower by will.i.am

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Let’s just say that will.i.am’s fourth solo album #willpower will never be trending on Twitter, despite its not-so-subtle marketing scheme of the album’s title. You’d think after founding the Black Eyed Peas, releasing three previous solo albums, winning seven Grammy Awards and being given the position of creative director of innovation at Intel Corporation that […]

National Review: Indicud by Kid Cudi

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture, Music

Kid Cudi tweeted last June that his next release, Indicud, would be his own version of Dr. Dre’s 2001. Sounds like it’d be quite the undertaking, right? Well it seems Cudi forgot when he started this project that, unlike Dre, he’s a really weird dude. Indicud opens up with a heavy instrumental track titled “The […]

Local Album Review: Burrow by Max Garcia Conover

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Guys with guitars are a dime a dozen. Who cares how good their “Wonderwall” covers are, you just don’t want to deal with them, right? Well, let’s just say if Maine-based songwriter Max Garcia Conover showed up at a party offering to play songs off of his full-length debut album Burrow, you wouldn’t tell him […]

National Album Review: Tell Where I Lie by Fossil Collective

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Fossil Collective’s debut album Tell Where I Lie is a great listen, but it’s not anything you haven’t heard before. The duo Jonny Hooker and David Fendick have been toeing the line of commercial success with this band for years now, gaining internet buzz and collecting a slew of followers on essentially every social media […]

National Album Review: Cardboard Castles by Watsky

Posted on April 02, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Cardboard Castles is a gem. Rapper George Watsky masterfully blends the wisdom from his spoken word poetry with a collection of colorful instrumentals, balancing his roles as poet and rapper and adding a unique brand of comedy to each track. The self-proclaimed “pale kid that raps fast” has often been pegged as more of a […]

National Album Review: Ordinary People by Olu

Posted on January 28, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Riding high off internet buzz and armed with a surprising work ethic, Cleveland rapper Olu has given his fans what they’ve been asking for. Ordinary People is a full-length album that, like his previous releases, is full of first-rate lyricism, a varied collection of beats from underground producers and tracks that appeal to the tastes […]

National Album Review: O.N.I.F.C by Wiz Khalifa

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

“Used to be the kid, now homie I’m the man,” raps Wiz Khalifa on “Let It Go” from his latest and long-anticipated album O.N.I.F.C (Only N*gga In First Class). Wiz has finally recovered from his sluggish Atlantic Records debut, Rolling Papers, a admitted mistake that Wiz discussed in an open letter to fans earlier in […]

National Album Review: Long.Live.A$AP by A$AP Rocky

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

It’s official: Long.Live.A$AP has been worth the wait. New York rapper A$AP Rocky was signed to the majors almost two years ago, and a road of scrapped projects and delayed release dates was all that followed. Everyone was ready to write him off before the spacey single “Goldie” was released last April, just in time […]

National Album Review: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys

Posted on December 03, 2012 by Sam Hill in Album Reviews, Arts & Culture

Alicia Keys has gone through a lot of personal changes in recent years, and claims that Girl on Fire has been marketed as a heart-wrenching autobiographical album. While it might seem leaps and bounds more personal for Keys, and she has certainly matured lyrically, but the music throughout her fifth studio album remains the same. […]