Album Review, New Music

Big Sean and Jhene Aiko’s “TWENTY88” Bears All

TWENTY88, the collabo project from Jhene Aiko and Big Sean, is a concept album on love. That’s the overarching storyline boiled down to a clause. But Jhene and Sean are prone to delve much deeper in their music, using the Ja-Rule-Ashanti rap–and-R&B hybrid here as a blueprint. Showing off their emotional intelligence is where the […]

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DJ, Emcee, Issues, Lifestyle

Single Life Musings: Listen to Him

There are two things in the modern world that I still find overwhelming. The first thing is the volume of music that I have to continuously sift through, whether I’m digging through crates or browsing the internet. Erykah Badu got me down to a science when she sang “Analog girl in a digital world,” because […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

Single Life Musings: Discover a New Sound

I thought I found my soulmate. Again. This was probably the second or third time in the past year (but who’s counting). Dude had it all. He was ridiculously attractive, smart, ambitious, and loved music as much as I did. The chemistry between us was seriously on some otherworldly “Prototype”-type shit. This was the one. […]

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Issues

single life musings: awfully happy

“For someone with so much relationship advice, you seem awfully alone.” A year ago, my friend sent this quote from the movie Beginners to me as a joke.  But, it was true.  Awfully true.  I am the voice of reason between a girlfriend and boyfriend when they bicker.  I am the drenched shoulder when my close […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

single life musings: timelying

One rainy day, early in my junior year of high school, my English teacher asked us to pull out a piece of paper and a pen.  Vaguely, she instructed us to write a letter to our future self ten years from now.  We were to write about our current dreams, aspirations, and accolades.  But, we […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

Single Life Musings: Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

When I was eight years old, my mother brought me hiking in the mountains of Shitou, Taiwan.  Trudging up dirt paths through shrubbery, she talked about her experiences in the countryside as a child.  After about three hours, I could see the worry in her face.  Sundown was quickly approaching and we were completely lost. […]

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Issues, Lifestyle

Single Life Musings: Listen To Her

There are very few things that can make me stop having a conversation with a girl at a bar.  Bad breath, a closed mind, ordering a Coors Light, wearing Skechers, woo-ing when your song comes on…ok, I lied. There are many things.  But the major turning point is when I ask her what music she […]

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