Community is a show that has managed to continue despite its creator being fired then rehired, the departure of main cast members at various points during the past two seasons and an full-on cancellation by NBC. This is in no small part thanks to its loyal fans and their uniting hashtag #sixseasonsandamovie. It’s no wonder then that Yahoo! (yes, the people who you used to have an email account with) decided to save the show from impending doom, and bring it to the internet, which is probably where most fans were watching it anyway. However, a show as volatile as Community, now free of network restrictions, was always going to be a risky prospect when released from its shackles. It’s easy to start thinking about whether bringing back the show was actually a good idea.
2015 has been a great year for music already, with quite a few releases really wowing me. I’ll cover those in more detail in another post, but for now, let’s look forward to what the rest of the year holds. This is strictly personal opinion, and this list may not represent the quality of these albums whenever they actually come out. So without further ado…
Alabama rapper Yelawolf is almost like a glitch in the matrix. His whole image and style is an amalgamation of ideas that just shouldn’t work together, but somehow work amazingly. Even more interestingly, his releases all bring something unique to the table, and he has yet to put out a sub-par project. Well, except perhaps his first Shady Records album, Radioactive. However, in the years since that project, Yelawolf has been brutally honest about the label intervention involved in that album. It is quite odd then that his album, Love Story, seems to have the greatest crossover appeal of his discography.
“Artistry” is always a taboo word when trying to avoid giving a pretentious opinion. But if you were to use any word to describe Tyler, the Creator’s discography, “artistry” would be it. Tyler has gone from strength to strength with every project he’s put out. However, with his new album Cherry Bomb, it’s difficult to justify its quality without applying the “artistry” label.
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Hip hop music is in a weird place right now. It’s almost like a tug of war between the poppy, mainstream music from the likes of Iggy Azalea and Macklemore and the more experimental, politically incorrect music from the likes of Run the Jewels and Death Grips. One artist who always seemed to tow the line was Kendrick Lamar, a Dr. Dre protege who slowly rose from the underground and made a name for himself with his sophomore album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Now, following a screw-up at the Apple offices, his third album To Pimp a Butterfly has been released a week early, and we finally get to see what “King Kendrick” has to offer.