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Melanie Fiona’s The MF Life- Album Retrospective

Andrew Martone | March 20, 2022

Melanie Fiona had me from the first note. It takes a lot to hook me that early on, but for me, she has “it.” “It,” referring to the combination of the voice and the application of said voice. There’s soul, there’s style, there’s technique. There’s talent. I still remember that […]

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The 19 “97” Albums of 2018

Staff | December 31, 2018

Deliberated on by our team of writers, we’ve ranked the top albums of 2018 that we loved. If you’re familiar with the way we review songs/albums, then you know that “97” is our top score. We love every album on this list, ranked them according to how much, and weighed in with a few […]


An overview of J. Cole’s new album: K.O.D.

Vincent Anthony | April 16, 2018

At 4:15 P.M. today, J. Cole tweeted a surprise announcement: “No Phones, No Cameras, No Bags, No Press Lists, No Guess Lists” with a place and a time – Gramercy Theatre, NYC, 6 P.M. I had just walked out of work, and immediately set my GPS to the Gramercy. No […]

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The 19 “97” Albums of 2016

Staff | December 31, 2016

We’re sure everyone can agree that 2016 was not kind to many of our musical legends. However, we hope that everyone can also agree that 2016 did in fact bring us some great music. Whether your thing is Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, or something else, the music world delivered several albums […]

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The 19 “97” Singles of 2016

Staff | December 31, 2016

2016 year saw the return of heavy hitting Pop icons, like Britney and Beyoncé, those who had been away far too long, like JoJo and Solange, and the new generation of hitmakers, such as The Weeknd, Bruno Mars and Rihanna. Of course, there wasn’t a shortage of worthy fresh talent either, such as ZAYN, […]


J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story Turns 5

Andrew Martone | September 27, 2016

Andrew- Working J. Cole & Cole World: The Sideline Story One of the most exciting things about being part of a record label in college, was watching new artists actually break. We represented a major market as college students, and a big part of our job was to participate in […]


Songs About Divorce, Week 4

Vincent Anthony | September 19, 2014

This is the fourth and final week of the Songs About Divorce playlist series. Hopefully, you have been able to learn something new about some of popular music’s biggest names and the experiences they have gone through. Of course, these celebrities have also been through emotional life events like divorces […]


Journey to Freedom, Week 3: Love

Vincent Anthony | August 28, 2014

For this week’s Journey to Freedom challenge, Michelle Williams challenges us to “celebrate a mindful moment of self-love.”  Self-love, Michelle says, is an essential precursor to being able to obtain romantic love.  After all, if you don’t love yourself… how can you expect someone else to love you?  This is […]

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