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.”


 
 

 

 

 

Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz’ fourth studio album. Leading with a ballad "Love Faces," Trey sets the tone for the entire project flowing back and forth between his vocals and an R. Kelly sound that despite it’s over usage, actually works. The following track, "Massage," is the album's quiet storm moment that is destined to become a favorite among fans of the singer and those embarking on a journey into the artists' music. "Massage," follows the mood of “Invented Sex” from his Grammy nominated Ready, but suits his vocals a little better with percussion and piano breezing by in the background.
The lead single "Bottoms Up," offers a club vibe and features Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj. At first listen, it becomes one of the most memorable off of the seventeen cut collection as does "Can't Be Friends," where Trey sings his heart out about a love turned friendship that can be no more. "Please Return My Call," continues the same saga of yearned romance while "Red Lipstick," adds to the album title's momentum with its bedroom swag, as does "Doorbell."
"The Unusual," fits the inevitable radio friendly format with rapper Drake adding to the cut. Despite its radio attractiveness, the beat borders on bizarre and distracts from the lyricism of Trey's vocals and Drake's verse. Passion, Pain and Pleasure closes with three cuts that embody the theme of the album emphatically. "Unfortunate," wallows towards Prince territory with its drawn out hooks and echoing chorus; "Blind," carries with it a rock and roll sound that fits the tale Trey sings about and "You Just Need Me," resounds in a top 40 format and puts the final touch on the album.
Passion, Pain and Pleasure is no Ready and while it may be compared to its predecessor; Trey Songz manages to keep the listener's attention throughout. Trey Songz worked with several producers on this album such as Troy Taylor, Mario Winans and Bryan-Michael Cox. The album's sound is distinct and adds gravity to the singer's repertoire of work.
Passion, Pain and Pleasure receives a PARLÉ
Rating:
P…Horrible
PA…Tolerable
PAR…Good
PARL…Kinda Great
PARLÉ…Classic
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Passion, Pain & Pleasure is Trey Songz’ fourth studio album. Leading with a ballad "Love Faces," Trey sets the tone for the entire project flowing back and forth between his vocals and an R. Kelly sound that despite it’s over usage, actually works. The following track, "Massage," is the album's quiet storm moment that is destined to become a favorite among fans of the singer and those embarking on a journey into the artists' music. "Massage," follows the mood of “Invented Sex” from his Grammy nominated Ready, but suits his vocals a little better with percussion and piano breezing by in the background.


The lead single "Bottoms Up," offers a club vibe and features Young Money rapper, Nicki Minaj. At first listen, it becomes one of the most memorable off of the seventeen cut collection as does "Can't Be Friends," where Trey sings his heart out about a love turned friendship that can be no more. "Please Return My Call," continues the same saga of yearned romance while "Red Lipstick," adds to the album title's momentum with its bedroom swag, as does "Doorbell."  


"The Unusual," fits the inevitable radio friendly format with rapper Drake adding to the cut. Despite its radio attractiveness, the beat borders on bizarre and distracts from the lyricism of Trey's vocals and Drake's verse. Passion, Pain & Pleasure closes with three cuts that embody the theme of the album emphatically. "Unfortunate," wallows towards Prince territory with its drawn out hooks and echoing chorus; "Blind," carries with it a rock and roll sound that fits the tale Trey sings about and "You Just Need Me," resounds in a top 40 format and puts the final touch on the album.


Passion, Pain & Pleasure is no Ready and while it may be compared to its predecessor; Trey Songz manages to keep the listener's attention throughout. Trey Songz worked with several producers on this album such as Troy Taylor, Mario Winans and Bryan-Michael Cox. The album's sound is distinct and adds gravity to the singer's repertoire of work.

 

Passion, Pain & Pleasure receives a PARL

 

Rating:

P…Horrible

PA…Tolerable

PAR…Good

PARL…Kinda Great

PARLÉ…Classic  

 

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