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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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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