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Earlier this month Jeremih's long-anticipated third studio album Late Nights dropped out of the sky. The album shares a name with the Chicago R&B singer's 2012 mixtape Late Nights With Jeremih, a body of work that it's no exaggeration to say sparked a new movement within the R&B landscape. So, there were a lot of expectations placed on this album before it arrived, and that pressure seemed to manifest in delays, label scrabbling, and...
Hello, it's me, your music editor for the past two months (!) ready to look back on 2015. We've run quite a substantial collection of year-end lists, separate by genre for greater scope--folk, country, rap, experimental, EPs, pop, rock, and overrated albums all got their due. But the truth is, no one really listens to music with the idea of ranking an album or a song against others. And even when we try, personal bias...
To be an R&B fan in 2015 was to be delighted, bewildered, mind-blown and overwhelmed. Before the year even began, D’Angelo released Black Messiah, his endlessly anticipated follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo, almost by surprise. The album's accolades and swirling brain-drain were well-deserved—but it was also a waving flag that signified a very good upcoming year for the genre. It certainly didn’t hurt that Jodeci, the forefathers of R&B’s rap-hybridization, announced only a week later...
It's inevitable that certain albums get more than their fair share of attention. Like any year, 2015 was littered with records that didn't quite live up to the hype. Or, that were praised without a much-needed critical eye offering another perspective. In an age where MTV will pull stories about rape culture in music videos because of artist pressure, there isn't a lot of room for people to speak about negative things in art. So,...

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