Album Review: JAY-Z—“4:44″

By Keshav Sharma-Jaitly, Featured Photo via Variety Beyoncé’s Lemonade was released in mid-2016 to critical and fan acclaim, solidifying her ability to bring avant-garde ideas into mainstream R&B. Audiences picked apart the album’s linear narrative of a couple torn apart by a cheating husband and their journey towards reconciliation. While the autobiographical nature of Lemonade had … Continue reading

Album Review: Beyoncé—“Lemonade”

By Savana James If you’ve been on the internet in the last few days, chances are you’ve seen the wave of lemon emojis, Jay Z memes, and aesthetic GIF sets celebrating Beyoncé’s latest release, Lemonade. Beyoncé has blessed the world again with 12 fresh tracks, accompanied this time by an hour long film, premiered on HBO and … Continue reading

Album Review: Run The Jewels—“Run The Jewels 2″

By Stuart Oakes “I’m beginning to notice some improvement… I notice myself getting better at this.” – the great Spanish cellist Pablo Casals, on practicing everyday at age 93 You wake up in the morning and you are 40, 50, 60 years old. It is hard to get out of bed because your limbs ache in … Continue reading

Opinion: Art In The Background—Why Increasingly High-Profile Musicians Are Scoring Movies

By Ayla Shiblaq Film soundtracks are often overlooked by most. They are in the background, of course, and the foreground is the film you are watching. Like many, I was one to overlook scores and soundtracks myself until my outlook was drastically changed. As I was doing my yearly pilgrimage of scrolling through the “best … Continue reading

Album Review: Shad—”Flying Colours”

By Kurt Grunsky From the first notes of the majestic opening track, you can tell Canadian rapper Shad is going for something a little more grandiose with Flying Colours than on his previous efforts. It’s clever, really—he knows more people are watching him than ever, so he is taking advantage of it and putting out … Continue reading