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“New Respect for John, he’s extremely gifted. His versatility is phenomenal, he’s a master. I don’t even think he even knows how good he is.”

These are the words spoken by legendary guitarist Mr. Slowhand, Eric “Is God” Clapton himself, discussing working with the talented and often polarizing artist John Mayer. From Grammys, to influence to technical skills, John Mayer’s legacy is of the most talented artists of the 2000s. With blues and classic rock influence blending with pop elements, he’s managed to garner respect from his peers and legends among others.

Now, of course, John isn’t perfect, he didn’t’…


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Being the soundtrack of late-night vibes, Instagram aesthetic edits, Slowed and Reverb is a trend that’ll seem to be a sub-section of music that’ll grow with generation Z.

For context, simply put, Slowed and Reverb takes a song and slows it down a tad then adding some reverb, in essence, it’s on the same branch of the Southern Hip-Hop sound of Chopped N’ Screwed of the legendary DJ Screw. It’s something that everyone can do and crosses many genres as it can be applied to Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B.

It can take the happiest rays of sunshine song and transform…


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Society (and well the world itself) is a pretty fucked place for a woman, but I’m not delivering anything new with that, I might as well tell you red is a color, or 2 is a bigger number than 1. No matter what, you seemed to be concealed to certain expectations and as we get older, we come face to face with that realization. “You’re this, so you shouldn’t do that”, “You’re not supposed to do that, you’re this”.Can’t, won’t, don’t, you get it all whether from a societal standpoint, and often it can be close ones who should support…


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On April 9th, 2021, the hip-hop community was completely devastated as we lost hip-hop legend, Ruff Ryders one, and only DMX after suffering a heart attack. Though heartbreak occurred, it was immediately followed up with celebration and joy over the life and career of Darkman X and rejoice over all of the gems he left us with it during his time with us. The same day, his signature track “Ruff Ryders Anthem” sky-rocketed to #1 on the iTunes chart and he held all of the top 15 spots on the iTunes Hip-Hop Category with tracks like Party Up, What These…


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On February 16, 2011, the world was introduced to an up-in-coming artist. The R&B aspect and the oldest member of a radical mouth but highly creative faced collective Odd Future. Nostalgia, Ultra would be released on that day by Frank Ocean, garnering buzz and acclaim from his debut mixtape, the next year he would go on for more (highly deserved) success with his debut album “Channel Orange”. Earning an extended amount of more praise and even a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album and with his 2016 magnum opus and cited “Best album of the Decade”, Blond, Franks career…


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What are some accolades you can get as an artist? A Grammy, VMA, Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, many awards and accolades exist for musicians of many genres. Now, of course, do they validate the art of the artists, that’s a whole another topic. However, one thing that seems to hold weight is the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

Every year they induct a few recordings — songs or albums — into the library that: “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.”

Pet Sounds…Abbey Road…What’s Going…


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Three Mcs and their one DJ (DJ Hurricane or Mix Master Mike, pick one), “The King” Ad-Rock, Mike D, and the late great MCA, better known as the hip-hop trio “Beastie Boys” have become one of the most influential and important groups in the genre, breaking down barriers as white rappers with their debut Licensed to Ill, reevaluating what you can do with sampling with their follow Paul’s Boutique and redefining what the genre could be by blending live instrumentation and merging punk, alternative, funk, jazz, and reggae into their music, whether for jam tracks or samples for their subsequent…


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Youtube is the wild wild west for reviews (well it’s the wild wild west for content in general), anyone and everyone can get on and upload their opinion: whether it may be political, for video games, books, fashion, film, and music. Hell, even the things you’d assume people don’t give 1/6 of a f*** about, there’s most likely a video on like “the best shoelaces brands” and “best episodes of Undeclared” (Remember that show?). In the case of music, with it being universally unifying to mankind, it goes without saying that everyone has an opinion and gives their opinion, no…


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Being one of the meticulous artists of all time, Kanye West has cranked out one of the most critically praised discographies of recent memories. With every album being unique and standing out on its own like a green hat with an orange bill. Being able to pinpoint a specific era of Kanye, as he changes aesthetically as well musically, from the Louis Vuitton rocking and chipmunk soul enthusiast “College Dropout” era to his “Yeezus” diamond mask and more aggressive (and polarizing) “Anarchy against the fashion industry” era. Now one thing that’s been certain, while his music changes every album, a…

Matthew Spence

What's up, I love to write about music and other pop culture topics I enjoy. Hopefully, I'll go far with this!

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