Singer/Songwriter, Destiny ‘Adia’ Andrews was born in St Louis, Missouri but I’d say she hailed from Huntsville, Alabama. She calls herself a mutt when trying to describe exactly where she’s from, as she grew up all over. But “Huntsville is home” she insists. That’s where all her close relatives and her late grandmother – the most important piece to her puzzle—were from. Admittedly, She should probably come with a warning sign, one that reads “slow down, no assumptions just yet!” If you don’t know, Adia is a Gospel singer but not the average.


Following both the somewhat lackluster albums, No Mercy and Trouble Man, T.I. returns with Paperwork, a 15 track project that is essentially the second in a trilogy of albums from the Atlanta emcee - the first being Paper Trail, released in 2008. There are high moments and low points on Paperwork that ultimately allow for T.I. to showcase that he deserves to remain among some of the greats. Paperwork is intricate to the point where there is a sense that there were different personas at play in the studio. Pharrell executive produced the album, and that is a characteristic he has displayed in his previous trips in that role.


A ‘talented triple-threat that no one saw coming’ is the best way to describe new artist, Luke Christopher. With a collection of mixtapes floating around, Christopher has gained a fan base of followers calling themselves #TMRWGANG. He keeps them engaged by releasing a new song every Tuesday on his SoundCloud and #TMRWGANGTUESDAYS has already received over 2 million plays. His latest mixtape TMRW TMRW Pt. 2 can also be found on SoundCloud featuring contributions from Asher Roth, Baily, Shlohmo and Banks to name a few.


The Game has been a mainstay in the world of Hip-Hop since his emergence in 2005. His consistency is commendable. While there may be many varying opinions about the way he goes about handling his business, from his use of name drops to the high number of guests on his albums, it's still undeniable that more often than not Game goes off on a rap and delivers some of the best stuff out. On Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, Game does something different from his norm, this time aiming to spotlight his own crew Blood Money Entertainment.


Point of No Return
is the sixth album from Keyshia Cole and amidst 11 tracks, she lets loose. It is steeped in expressive candor. The Keyshia featured here is frank, direct and pulling no punches.


Everything that entertains you isn't meant for pure entertainment. Kill The Messenger a new film by director, Michael Cuesta tells the story of journalist Gary Webb. He's a good natured man, a hard worker and a family man. Like any other man he's made some mistakes but his best days are ahead of him. Webb works for a small market daily publication in San Jose called the Mercury News, but he has aspirations of being more and doing more.

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A Family Business by Brandy and Ray J is a record that attempts to showcase the rich tapestry of the Norwood fam, while giving glances into the vocalics that both singers still have left to exhibit.
The opener, "Family Business" reprises the theme music that echoed from their reality saga that played on VH1. Ray J is solo on "Turnin Me On," which is one of the gaffes on the album. His vocals sound ungrounded as if he didn't know what to do with the provided beat. The sweet and tender "Talk To Me," does make up for the ho-hum qualities of its forbearer as the listener peers into the world of the Norwoods. Their father, gospel singer, Willie Norwood assists them on the commanding ballad.
Brandy revisits similar ranges from her best-selling albums on "Lifeguard," which is by far one of the best songs to rise from the soul of the singer in quite some time. "Ready to Roll," seems to tear a page from Fergie's "Glamorous" with its vibe, but does not measure to what it appears to mimic. There are several different landscapes presented on A Family Business such as "My Family" performed by Brandy's daughter, Sy'rai and Rain Smith, the daughter of Brandy's daughter's father as well as an appearance from Tasha Scott with the song “Gone.”
A Family Business is across the board in its presentation, taking several different styles and meshing them together. It does a phenomenal job of showing how Brandy and Ray J have grown vocally, but does not satisfy the musical palate that many were looking to receive from a family we've come to know.
Album Picks:  "Talk To Me" &  "Lifeguard"
A Family Business  receives a PA
Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ… Classic

A Family Business by Brandy and Ray J is a record that attempts to showcase the rich tapestry of the Norwood fam, while giving glances into the vocalics that both singers still have left to exhibit.


The opener, "Family Business" reprises the theme music that echoed from their reality saga that played on VH1. Ray J is solo on "Turnin Me On," which is one of the gaffes on the album. His vocals sound ungrounded as if he didn't know what to do with the provided beat. The sweet and tender "Talk To Me," does make up for the ho-hum qualities of its forbearer as the listener peers into the world of the Norwoods. Their father, gospel singer, Willie Norwood Sr. assists them on the commanding ballad. 


Brandy revisits similar ranges from her best-selling albums on "Lifeguard," which is by far one of the best songs to rise from the soul of the singer in quite some time. "Ready to Roll," seems to tear a page from Fergie's "Glamorous" with its vibe, but does not measure to what it appears to mimic. There are several different landscapes presented on A Family Business such as "My Family" performed by Brandy's daughter, Sy'rai and Rain Smith, the daughter of Brandy's daughter's father as well as an appearance from Tasha Scott with the song “Gone.” 


A Family Business is across the board in its presentation, taking several different styles and meshing them together. It does a phenomenal job of showing how Brandy and Ray J have grown vocally, but does not satisfy the musical palate that many were looking to receive from a family we've come to know and love.

Album Picks:  "Talk To Me" &  "Lifeguard"

 

A Family Business  receives a PA  

 

Rating:

P…Horrible

PA…Tolerable

PAR…Good

PARL…Kinda Great

PARLÉ… Classic

 

 

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