Review: Eminem Mixes Earnestness With Malevolence On ‘Relapse’
2009 / Music

Review: Eminem Mixes Earnestness With Malevolence On ‘Relapse’

After a five-year disappearing act, rap superstar Eminem has returned with a new album that seeks to merge forthright confessions about his ongoing battles with substance abuse, but maintaining his edge as the sensational, headline-capturing firebreather on the mic. Like his Slim Shady persona, it’s a schizophrenic experience. Continue reading

Review: The Game Attempts Do-Over On Purported Final Album
2008 / Music

Review: The Game Attempts Do-Over On Purported Final Album

Spurned by his former patrons, gangsta rapper the Game has carved out a musical niche that isn’t aligned with Dr. Dre’s West Coast or 50 Cent’s East Coast dominions. Unfortunately, this style, as exemplified on his new album, is little more than a star-sponsored imitation celebrating gangsta-rap’s golden age. Continue reading

Review: The Game’s Debut Glorifies Gangsta Rap’s Glory Days
2005 / Music

Review: The Game’s Debut Glorifies Gangsta Rap’s Glory Days

The Game is hip-hop’s hottest property. Sponsored by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the West Coast rapper has a debut album that soared to the top of the charts and he’s compiled an impressive list of headlines on MTV.com for the verbal scuffles that he’s had with some of rap’s biggest names. Soundbytes clues you on whether his record is worth the accompanying hype. Continue reading