Sylvan LaCue : Apologies In Advance

Sylvan LaCue : Apologies In Advance

Written by Delmar Napue

My happiness, self worth, and health are all dependent on how close I feel I am to my goals, a habit I pray I learn to break. I’m constantly stressing about the future while constantly being told that I’m only 20 and I have all the time in the world, but time isn’t enough for me, nothing seems to be enough for me. Every step I take in the name of progression leads me further down a rabbit hole filled cocktail of low confidence in my art, depression, and anxiety. I used to turn to different sources to help me find answers, after awhile I just wanted to find someone that understood.

Listening to Sylvan LaCue’s latest effort Apologies In Advance, I came away from the album feeling understood on multiple levels. Both the songs and the AA meeting styled skits provided me with a special sense of hope and motivation. Hearing youth echo the same thoughts and struggles I’ve had but also couple those issues with solutions let me know that I have the power to pull myself out of any cloud of confusion, and that’s a lesson that will remain true for the rest of my life.

What I feel Sylvan LaCue does best on this album is highlight the importance of community, communication, and vulnerability. The songs on this album are all introspective and relatable but the skits are a different animal altogether. Each skit highlights the system of reward in a community, a transaction of sorts. Having trust in your group leads to having the confidence to appear vulnerable, allowing for growth. Listening to each person share each insecurity or struggle after the next it’s clear that everyone is drawing power from the room as a whole.

In years to come I hope this album is recognized for being groundbreaking in terms of helping to further introduce the concept of therapy in Hip Hop. I myself have just come around to the idea of therapy in recent years but I know so many others still on the fence when they shouldn’t be. As a Black man, growing up around other black people, you were viewed as a crazy person if it was found that you go to therapy. As I get older I now understand that therapy is nothing more than maintenance for your brain and soul. Sylvan Lacue gave us an amazing album because it’s more than lyrical, it’s more than just great production, at the end of the day, the album is just a conversation many of us need.

Meek Mill: Wins & Losses

Meek Mill : Wins & Losses

Written by Delmar Napue

Earlier this year Meek Mill released his highly anticipated 3rd studio album, “Wins & Losses”. An album surrounded by much speculation because of the drama filled 2 Years Meek has gone through. Both his haters and supporters eager to see if he can bounce back from the perceived “L’s” he’d taken. Many wondered if his relationship and break up with pop star Nicki Minaj, rap beefs with Drake and numerous others, along with the social media backlash would finally put a chink in his armor, and with the title “Wins & Losses”, for many, that theory was all but confirmed. Continue reading

Sabrina Claudio About Time

Its Sabrina Claudio’s “About Time


Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Rhythm and blues, the gateway to delicate souls. The subgenres contemporary R&B can be categorized has expanded throughout the years, from old school funk to pop soul to alternative R&B. For 21-year-old Sabrina Claudio, redefining R&B and separating herself from her contemporaries is something she does well. The Miami native is a breath of fresh air, a young woman whose songs like “Unravel Me” and “Everlasting Love” off her new EP “About Time” demonstrate the true art of seduction with innocence and simplicity.

She has blossomed before our eyes, gracing fans with an EP “Confidently Lost” in May of this year. The 26-minute project features original pieces serves as a quick introduction to who Sabrina Claudio is. The loveliness and effortlessness of Claudio’s voice attracts the late-night listener, slow jams for the soul.

“About Time” gave the singer the opportunity to showcase her versatility and vulnerability. With more of an established platform off the success of her first project, Claudio took risks and branches into different sounds which complimented her songwriting and vocals. Songs like “Used To” took an Afro-beat approach vs “Frozen” which channeled her inner sensuality and intimacy. She is charming, soothing and clear with her intent while luring listeners into her heart.

With two Eps under her belt, Claudio has generated a fan base that continues to fall in love with her music as well as her aesthetic. She is stunning and has the voice of an angel, a blossoming rose.

“Belong to You Remix” featuring 6lack demonstrates the chemistry the R&B geniuses have together. It is an understatement to say their upcoming tour together will captivate many as Claudio will be supporting 6lack on the Free 6lack tour this fall.

Jhenè Aiko Trip

Jhenè Aiko : Trip

Written by Delmar Napue

No matter the gender or ethnicity one of the most common things humans do, is somehow manage to relate everything we come across in this world back to ourselves. It’s natural, this is one of the best tools we use to help us process and understand information. In my case, running through Jhenè Aiko’s album “Trip” time and time again has reinforced that, I am no different from anyone else. In this album JhenèContinue reading

XXXTentacion: Beautiful Music and Painful Content

Beautiful Music and Painful Content

Written by Jason Terrell is aware of the legal claims against this artist and do not condone any violence of any kind which includes domestic violence.  At this time he is still being investigated and we will let the legal system determine his guilt or innocence.  So please keep that in mind as you read this article.

If you’re like me, then you probably never heard of XXXTentacion, or if you have heard of him, it may not be in the best of situations [XXXTentacion Gets Punched While Performing on Stage in San Diego]. I admit that I wrote Triple X off, and I had no intention of listening to this project, but DAMN I was wrong!

“17” is the first major release of XXXTentacion, and he establishes himself as a pioneer of his class. It’s hard to describe his style but picture the creativity of Chance the Rapper wrapped in an Emo package, that’s XXX. I’d call him the Anti-Chance. I don’t mean they have any personal beef but he’s the Anti-Chance purely in content. Both are creative and have a good ear for music but where Chance is full of joy and gospel, XXX takes a moodier approach and his content is about about rage and depression.Continue reading

Vince Staples Big Fish Theory

Vince Staple’s Theory of The Big Fish

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Vince Staples secured the bass in his latest album “Big Fish Theory” and I cannot get enough. He takes a turn into an experimental route, adopting more electronic and bright sounds that sonically contrasts from his previous projects. Although it sounds different, the messages stay consistent. A very blunt Vince poetically addressing social concerns, including black struggle in America.Continue reading


Vulnerability. Prosperity. CTRL

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

First lady of TDE, the queen, the one and only, finally released her highly anticipated album “CTRL”, which has had a grip on my life since June 9. 

Within the first 40 seconds, SZA’s vulnerability is clear as she finally decides to leave a toxic relationship, a relationship in which she was cheated on. It makes you feel for her, such a sweetheart like who would you cheat on SZA with? Let me know! Anyways, she continues with Continue reading

The Underachievers Renaissance

The Underachievers Renaissance

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

That “New York gritty” duo, The Underachievers, came through with an impressive delivery in their recent project “Renaissance”. The underrated group continued to push their messages over overcoming self-doubt and striving for ultimate success, even with the lack of attention by main stream media. With their only feature being Mello, the group emphasizes their talented wordplay and how strong east coast influence has contributed to their distinct underground admiration.Continue reading

Drake More Life

“Hmm, it sounds different!”

Maybe that was your first reaction when you heard the UK influence on Drake’s new album- “More Life.” This was my girlfriend’s reaction on a long drive through the backwoods of North Carolina when track 10 “Skepta Interlude” played. I cranked up the volume on the factory speakers and thought, “hmmm, not bad!” Continue reading