Not A GRAMMY Predication Post – Best Urban Contemporary Album

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With the GRAMMYs (I’m not mad. I just think it’s in all caps) coming up this Sunday I figured I’d give y’all something.

Originally I was going to list all of the categories I wanted to talk about, but I started rambling too much on this post and figured no one would read it.

Instead, I wanted to talk about this new category – Best Urban Contemporary Album – and why separating the albums nominated in this category from the R&B categories was a good or bad move by the committee.

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Lights Performs in Buffalo

Lights came to Buffalo and opened up for Matt Nathanson, and I had was blessed with a photo pass for the evening. I interviewed Matt in college and I missed Lights every time she has come to Buffalo, so I got the photo pass especially for her.

Most of the songs that Lights performed were from Siberia, her latest album. She rocked the synths and even went acoustic for a minute. And as you can tell from the cover photo, we locked eyes!

But anyways, I took over 1,000 photos, but cut it down to 75 for you guys. Enjoy the pictures after the jump.

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(500) Days of Channel Orange

Channel Orange is easily the best album I’ve heard all year. Frank Ocean’s Tumblr post/Thank You notes where he opened up about a past homosexual relationship made his life and records a million times more intriguing.

But what hit me while listening to the album was it’s correlation to one of my favorite movies, (500) Days of Summer.

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Nas is Like…

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…getting ghostwriters and shit. Supposedly Jay Electronica and stic.man of dead prez fame for his untitled album. Twitter and the rest of the Internet erupted on Monday night when this news came about.

How much of Biggie’s rhymes is gona come out your fat lips?

Oh. Word son? OK.

This is how I felt after I finished reading the article that you can read after the jump.

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My Not-Review of 2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story

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I was hoping Def Jam didn’t make Tity Boi 2 Chainz release a “girl song” as the lead single. The Nicki Minaj assisted “I Luv Dem Strippers” didn’t drop until the week before the album did as the third single. So kudos.

The 35-year-old 2 Chainz has had quite the run over the last 12-18 months (depends when you hopped on). But shit got really real when he spit the best verse on “Mercy,” and “No Lie” ft. Drake and “Birthday Song” ft. Kanye only ignited the flame.

So the album is hot…right?

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Drake to Executive Produce Aaliyah Album; “Enough Said” Released

Late last week, HipHopDX reported that Drake will be the executive producer of a posthumous Aaliyah album. And just as they expected, a new Aaliyah record, “Enough Said,” featuring Drake was premiered on the OVO blog Sunday evening and then later that night at the OVO Fest.

We all know Drake’s obsession with Aaliyah by now, but this has evolved from He’s a huge Aaliyah fan, too! to Yo, we know you love Aaliyah now, to Damn nigga, you did what? Doesn’t this remind you of Stephen King’s Misery? The letter was cool, but there were some eh excerpts. The tattoos were Nah, I’m good on those. Y’all know what’s next…yep, necrophilia.

Drake executive producing Aaliyah’s album is like the ultimate collector’s item. Imagine a Star Wars fan getting a hold of George Lucas. Or an avid Harry Potter reader with J.K. Rowling in their basement….and then helping them create another story. Sounds sweet as fuck, right?

I tend to digress, but the problem is with Timbaland and Missy Elliott and their not-involvement in this project (that we know of). What is going through their minds?

Continue to listen to “Enough Said.”

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