Review: Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

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.

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Review: Agent Carter – Season 1

When Agent Carter debuted as a short film on the DVD of Iron Man 3, it was released to almost universal praise. It marked the first time Marvel stepped up and made a female character the central protagonist. It proved so popular that Marvel decided to create a prequel miniseries of the same name to fill the midseason gap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, with Marvel’s much darker Netflix shows beginning in April with Daredevil, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proving to have much deeper ties to the rest of the Marvel universe than previously thought, does Agent Carter still have a footing?

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Review: Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Two years after his disappointing sophomore album, Hall of Fame, Big Sean has returned with his third album, Dark Sky Paradise, with much heavier involvement from mentor Kanye West and the conspicuous absence of heavy collaborator No I.D.. These factors may seem like a bad thing to some people, but honestly, this is the album that Big Sean should have made years ago.

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Review: Doctor Who – Series 8

Doctor Who celebrated 50 years of existence last year, and ended its anniversary celebration by regenerating the eponymous Doctor into a 56-year-old grey-haired stick insect or, as he prefers to be called, Peter Capaldi. Some worried this was a risky move, bringing in an older actor after every Doctor since the “reboot” of the show has been a young(ish) actor. Others worried about lead writer Steven Moffat continuing to hold the position after complaints of overcomplicated plots and misogynistic writing during his run. Another complaint was the blandness of concurrent companion, Clara Oswald, as played by Jenna Coleman, I am glad to say, these complaints can all be shoved away. This is the happiest I’ve been with Doctor Who in years.

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Review: Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

In 2012, Killer Mike released an album entirely produced by El-P called R.A.P. Music. They then formed a group called Run the Jewels, and released an album of the same name in 2013. These were both the albums of their respective years for me. So you can probably guess what I think of Run the Jewels 2.

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