Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson star in No Good Deed, the tale of what happens when a criminal escapes from prison and finds his way into an unsuspecting woman's home. We've seen this story before but with a full African-American cast, and no Tyler Perry involvement, it feels like a fresh idea and a worthy watch. Plus the stars make for pretty great eye candy, which I think the production team knew would be good for the big screen.


I was first introduced to Jhené Aiko on Kendrick Lamar's "Growing Apart." Her voice is gentle and somewhat tinged with a sultriness that often encroaches on cutting aggression. Aiko understands where to emphasize her voice, wrapping it around the lyrics to achieve a hypnotic mix of hip hop and R&B. Souled Out, the debut from the singer is made up of mid-temp melodies that emerge as freestyles, rather than songs. This is not a bad thing because Aiko has stated that her process of recording music is one of letting it unfold rather than rushing.

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Originality is such a hard thing to come by these days that it’s no wonder you’ll see so many movies, TV shows and music that look and sound the same.
 When is the last time you heard a song or movie that you couldn’t compare to something else prior? Probably never. That doesn’t mean that originality or creativity has died, but just means that people have a brand new way of seeing things. One of the greatest movies of all times, Star Wars is often compared to Star Trek. They have forums of geeks and nerds sighting the familiarities between these two, I’ll save you the time and say that I’ve seen all the Star Wars series and none of the Star Trek franchise despite their many TV shows and spin-off movies but I'm aware of how they tend to overlap each other in some aspects.


Blacc Hollywood is the fifth studio album from Wiz Khalifa - the rapper known for creating chill songs about getting high and living the high life. Being more of a fan of his mixtapes because he seems to offer more impactful, heavy-hitting rhymes on those, listening to Blacc Hollywood solidified my opinion even further.


Fresh off the stage of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, performing alongside Beyoncé, Alvester Martin—dancer, singer, and songwriter has been accustomed to a dim limelight for many years as a back up dancer for several top celebrities.  But it’s the bright spotlight he better get ready for!


Being born in the 90’s certainly touched the new up and coming triple-threat artist Jo’zzy aka @dopebyaccident in a special way. She’s the protégé’ of super producer Timbaland and a talented singer/songwriter/rapper. Not only is the 90’s an inspiration and influence, but a way of life for this 24 year old; whose real name is Jocelyn Donald. She says of new single “Tryna Wife”, “It’s just nostalgic music and only the beginning. Some of today’s R&B and Hip-Hop can be so watered down and cookie-cutter, but my style of music makes you think of the 90’s.”


 
 

 

 



Sex Therapy finds Robin Thicke sounding more mature than past albums. Fewer complexes than Something Else and the genre infusion of A Beautiful World, this fourth release offers melodies that display the artist’s progression and growth.

 

The title track is a groove where Thicke taps the right notes with the ladies. Filled with romanticism and Polow Da Don audio skills, Thicke creates an upgrade of “Lost Without You,” from The Evolution and “The Sweetest Love,” from Something Else. Rap/R & B duets have always proved to be successful and with “Meiplé,” pairing Jay-Z with Thicke,he finds success once again. DJs and dance floor fanatics will find this cut agreeable. The hook along with Thicke’s descent into storytelling offers a different side of the singer.

Duet choreography continues on the impassioned collection with “It’s In the Mornin,” a ballad where Snoop Dogg adds west coast flavor to an appealing sensual jam and “Shakin It For Daddy,” which features Nicki Minaj. Thicke and Minaj perform well together over a rapid vibe.
The standouts on Sex Therapy are the sampling of Marvin Gaye ‘s “Trouble Man,” on “Million Dollar Baby” where Thicke shines his falsetto with effortless dexterity and the 90’s Jock Jam “Elevatas,” where Thicke revisits sounds exhibited on A Beautiful World with Kid Cudi and a Michael Jackson woo thrown in for good measure. Joining his talent with rapper, The Game, Robin Thicke, invents a superb closer in the final standout track “Diamonds.” The lyricism is devotional and touching as he discusses the importance of mothers in the lives of children with the hook “pressure builds diamonds.”

Sex Therapy has some hits and some misses, but it is to be expected as few albums are flawless. Robin Thicke is finding his sonic niche as noted by the samba breeze of “Just Right” and the Prince-like havoc of “Rollacoasta.” Despite this, his vocals along with the collaborative tracks are top notch making for an enjoyable listen.

Sex Therapy receives a PAR

Kyle's Picks from Sex Therapy
Robin Thicke f/ Jay-z - Meiple
Robin Thicke f/ Snoop Dogg - It's In The Morning

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