Julianne Shepherd

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  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Hustler's ambition or gangsta's therapy? Fiddy's heart's on his sleeve: "I need you I need you to hate me," he admits, his doom-low voice betraying his existential dread by the second. "Niggas around me so cold my heart done froze up." After flipp...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    A stripper's ode that slithers like its namesake, "Rolie Polie" won't land in rap's lyrical pantheon -- "If her ass was a rapper/I'da signed her" is Bun's cleverest quip. But caught in a seductive collision of synths, slow grinding, and shimmy-sha...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    "Sometimes I hate being in love with a thug," laments Sharissa, her power croon quavering. Meanwhile, Kells is getting really good with Greek-worthy tragedy, and the heartbreaking dialogue on this ballad is upheld by a Wurlitzer melody and Shariss...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Twenty-two-year-old Ne-Yo scored this summer after scribing Mario's "Let Me Love You," but Ne-Yo's own love-longing single "Stay" is far more dynamic: a dance-tempo R&B track lightened by synth twinkles and a melting chorus that conjures thoughts ...

  • 10 years ago

    Irving Fields, pianist, still had a few months left in the army when he landed his gig at the Versailles Hotel in Miami Beach. The year was 1945. He was stationed in Alabama. But he had been a piano prodigy since the age of eight and had played on...

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