Popular – Van Hunt

Van Hunt’s third album, “Popular” was originally scheduled for release in early 2008, just after he’d signed a new recording deal with legendary jazz imprint, Blue Note Records. The executives at the time didn’t know what to make of the overall finished product, so they asked him to change his sound in order for him to achieve commercial success. Hunt declined and left the label behind, along with the project at hand. Continue reading

Embrya – Maxwell

Maxwell’s second album, “EMBRYA” was yet another conceptually-based collection of songs, originally released in mid 1998. Maxwell was talking about creation, seemingly basing the album underwater, or in a womb, if you will, which may seem like quite a strange concept, but he was most likely trying to go for something different, as opposed to the straightforwardness of his debut album, “Urban Hang Suite.” Continue reading

Come – Prince

Prince’s overall fifteenth studio album came when he was right at the height of his battle with Warner Brothers Records. It was originally scheduled for released in 1993 in an effort to partially complete his contract with the label, however they felt it was lacklustre, so he was asked to go back into the studio and perfect it: This was the end result. Continue reading

Stony Hill – Damian “Jr Gong” Marley

On July 21st 2017, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley released the long-awaited follow-up to his critically-acclaimed album, “Welcome To Jamrock.” In the years leading up to its release, he would collaborate with such artists as Snoop Dogg, Nas, Gwen Stefani, Skrillex, as well as his brothers, Stephen and Julian, while also having a very brief stint in a group called Super Heavy with Joss Stone, Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart Continue reading

4:44 – Jay Z

On June 30th 2017, the rapper known as Jay-Z exclusively released his thirteenth studio album, “4:44” on his streaming service, Tidal. The actual disc was released a week later on July 7th and featured three bonus songs, all of which were initially unavailable elsewhere. Continue reading