Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

By Braxton Randolph Kendrick Lamar is the best lyricist in hip-hop right now and one of the best of this generation. He has been embraced as one of the industry’s elite for such reasons, and his album sales numbers back it up. His wordplay has this effect on people where everyone turns into a contributor on Rap Genius just a few minutes into listening to … Continue reading Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

Review: Kodak Black’s ‘Painting Pictures’

By Braxton Randolph Hailing from Pampano Beach, FL, Kodak Black is basically a 2017 Hot Boy. If you don’t know, the Hot Boy$ were a group back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that consisted of Cash Money artists Lil Wayne, Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. They were known for their storytelling ability and gritty lyrics about street life and all that came with it, … Continue reading Review: Kodak Black’s ‘Painting Pictures’

Review: Drake’s ‘More Life’

By Braxton Randolph Drake’s last album, Views (2016), was a project that felt like Drake was routinely going through a layup line before a basketball game (or shooting an air ball, like when he warmed up with the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team back in 2014). Many, including artists such as Joe Budden, criticized Views as being uninspiring. As I have also put it many times, … Continue reading Review: Drake’s ‘More Life’

Double Feature Review: Future’s ‘Future’ and ‘HNDRXX’

By Braxton Randolph Coming off one of his most successful years yet, with three albums that reached the number 1 spot on Billboards 200 albums chart and a number of mix tapes that feature singles you still hear every time you step out for a night on the town, Future is back to bestow upon us not one, but two 17-track albums. Both albums respectively … Continue reading Double Feature Review: Future’s ‘Future’ and ‘HNDRXX’

Review: Foxygen’s Hang

By Braxton Randolph Just under 3 years ago was the last time we heard a new album from rock duo Sam France and Jonathon Rado, otherwise known as Foxygen. …And Star Power, which was released in October of 2014, was the abundant 24-track album that bounced around just about as much as the band’s personnel situation has in their time. Fast forward to January 2017, … Continue reading Review: Foxygen’s Hang

List: The Reel Deal Staff Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2016

2016 brought us a lot of great albums. As a response, the Reel Deal music team have comprised some thoughts on their favorite albums of 2016. Here they are: Madyson McGill: Panic! At the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor While there were many albums that caught my ear in 2016, my favorite has to be Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At the Disco. It was … Continue reading List: The Reel Deal Staff Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2016

Review: Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love

By Braxton Randolph As you all may have heard by now, the old Childish Gambino is no more, at least for now. If you anticipated Awaken, My Love to be a continuation of the backpack raps we’re accustomed to when it comes to Gambino then congratulations, my friend! You’ve played yourself. If you payed attention last year, Gambino hinted on an interview on The Today Show … Continue reading Review: Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love

Artist Spotlight: Father John Misty

By Braxton Randolph Father John Misty is an American Treasure. As a writer, I am inspired by few people. I draw most of my inspiration from writers in the music industry because books are for nerds and because I stopped believing in TV shows and movies about 3 years ago (really when The Office stopped airing). Along with the fact that I’m not big on the … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Father John Misty