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 +1Posted on Dec 19th, 2013 | re: Rick Ross - "The Devil Is A Lie" (Feat. Jay Z) (9 comments)

Anyone else notice how on the last Rick Ross song Jigga was featured on (2010′s “Free Mason”) Jay has a whole Lucifer-themed verse, including the line “The devil is alive, I feel him breathing”? Seriously, “the devil is alive” to “the devil is a lie” in three years. I can’t keep up with rap’s theology.

 +1Posted on Nov 16th, 2013 | re: Timbaland - "Know Bout Me" (Feat. Jay Z, Drake & James Fauntleroy) (3 comments)

Fauntleroy steals this thing.
And anyone else find it amusing that the first single off of “Textbook Timbo” is just his best impression of “40″ Shabib?

 +7Posted on Nov 14th, 2013 | re: Lily Allen Responds To Accusations Of Racism In "Hard Out Here" Video (16 comments)

1. Great song. Great video. The “critiques” do seem somewhat blown out of proportion.

2. BUT, did anyone else notice how Allen is appropriating a line from Common (appropriated itself from Three 6 Mafia) off a song (“Drivin’ Me Wild”) that she herself is featured on? Quote: “It’s hard out here for a pimp, but extra hard for these hoes.” The sentiment is of course still worth repeating, I’m not about to try and Rand Paul her here or anything, but DID any of the other five people who own Finding Forever notice this?

3. I kinda do wanna see Lily Allen twerk. “Chronic cellulite” or no she looks good in this video. Am I crazy for this one, too?

4. There is seriously something called “TwitLonger”? Ugh.

5. Can’t think of a 5 or 6.

 +2Posted on Aug 2nd, 2013 | re: Drive-By Truckers Albums From Worst To Best (39 comments)

On an unrelated note, something about the combo of Bruce Springsteen and Drive-By Truckers makes me really want to see a Lucinda Williams ediiton of this feature soon.

 0Posted on Aug 2nd, 2013 | re: Drive-By Truckers Albums From Worst To Best (39 comments)

Uhm, so I consider myself a Drive-By Truckers fan, and A Blessing and A Curse is my favorite album of theirs. Granted, it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s the first one I got, after seeing an amazing show in support of it, and I recognize that I’m an outlier, but don’t you think it’s something of a bold statement to assume one album couldn’t possibly be any fan’s favorite? Particularly an album with songs like “Gravity’s Gone,” “Easy on Yourself,” and “Daylight.” Particularly with a band as consistently great as DBT.

 0Posted on Jul 22nd, 2013 | re: Elvis Costello & The Roots - "Walk Us Uptown" (3 comments)

Needs a verse from Black Thought at the end, but otherwise great stuff

 -2Posted on Jun 4th, 2013 | re: Stereogum's Top 25 Albums Of 2013 So Far (752 comments)

Acid Rap – Chance the Rapper
…is my vote for the album of the year.
I’d like it on vinyl if that were actually possible…
but I’ll take the National instead if you pick me for this contest :D
Also, there’s still a lot from this year that I have to hear,
but I can assuredly say the Local Natives album deserves to be on there more than the Le1f mixtape.
In my opinion, anyway.

 +4Posted on May 24th, 2013 | re: The Faces Albums From Worst To Best (19 comments)

Second this. Really glad this underappreciated band is getting some love on this site, but that box set is so incredible it kind of renders the list itself unnecessary.

 +2Posted on May 6th, 2013 | re: Mixtape Of The Week: Chance The Rapper Acid Rap (39 comments)

I feel like I did the first time I heard good kid, mA.A.d city: like I’m going to be listening to this on repeat for a while.

Seriously, the only thing weak moments are the guest verses. Action and Ab-Soul both come dangerously close to derailing otherwise great songs. In what world does Childish Gambino come off sounding better than both of them combined? This one, apparently.

 +6Posted on Apr 25th, 2013 | re: The 10 Best Bright Eyes Songs (137 comments)

I’m curious as to other people’s thoughts on The People’s Key. Personally, it’s one of my favorite Bright Eyes albums. It probably is the most produced of any of them, but not by that much compared to Cassadaga or even Wide Awake. Ladder Song is definitely the best song, and I don’t even necessarily feel more songs from it should be on this list (stuffed with classics, to be sure) but songs like Shell Games, Beginner’s Mind, and the last track surely keep it from being so easily dismissed as simply “bloated.” Or am I shitting myself, so to speak?

Also, great call with Trees Get Rolled Away. What a song.