Review and Setlist: Drake in Miami

As featured on Miami.com and in the Miami Herald

Having recently moved to Miami, it was only appropriate for the most hyped freshman in hip-hop to open his first large-venue tour in the Magic City.

“I just moved to Miami, y’all,” Drake said halfway through his 85 minute set Monday. The crowd – predictably — cheered enthusiastically.

The 23-year-old Toronto rapper, singer and former teen actor kicked off his Light Dreams & Nightmares Tour with a sold-out, two-night stint at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. The performance managed to be a spectacle of sight and sound, while still highlighting Drake’s nuanced, introspective songwriting. Continue reading

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Review and Setlist: B.o.B in Fort Lauderdale

As featured on Miami.com

Upon walking into Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night, one immediately realized how unique the show would be based on the audience: Gossipy tweens with their reluctant parents, backpack wearing hip-hop-heads, and Generation Y couples. Continue reading

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Review and Setlist: Big Boi in Miami Beach

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If you were silly enough to miss the free Big Boi performance at SOBE Live in Miami Beach on Wednesday night, fear not: The show, which was streamed live on MySpace, is archived for your viewing pleasure on Big Boi’s Ustream page.

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Review: The Roots “How I Got Over” (2010)

The Roots’ frontman Black Thought is not kidding when he rhymes “Dear diary, the fans still swear by me / Even though I’m Late Night now like ‘Here’s Johnny’ ” on “Doin’ It Again,” a remixed version of John Legend’s “Again.” While the hip-hop group is loose and playful on its day job as house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, it aimed to please long-term fans on its 11th studio release, How I Got Over. Continue reading

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Review: Janelle Monae “The ArchAndroid” (2010)

Artists like Janelle Monae make music genre classification futile. Equal parts James Brown funk and Outkast spacey-ness, the 24-year-old Kansas City native redefines R&B and hip-hop on her full-length debut, and in the process, may revolutionize pop music as a whole. Continue reading

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