Sterling Clover

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  • 9 years ago | Reviews

    These tracks constitute a genre only if Louis Jordan and Frank Sinatra are part of one called Dad's Music and Ashlee Simpson and Raffi are grouped in one called Lil' Sis. Considered chronologically, some other trends emerge: before, during, and af...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Hip-Hop Gold Dust calls to mind chemical supplements less powdered than blazed in a hazy 3:00 a.m. fashion. Prince Paul has always been a producer's producer, but rather than try to mine his De La Soul era hits, this eclectic collection trawls thr...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Making a bid for the old/new South, Memphis's Triple 6 shockingly tones down its shout-heavy choruses and plays everything else the Southern sound was and will be: bounce beats; fresh-to-def stutter drums; lilting and jazzy (pha) soul hooks; strin...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    The three-year war of American teen-pop's holy reformation (2001-2004) left a scarred countryside of sects, quirks, and "urban" makeovers. Adherents to the faith of absurd gimmicks, crude emotional manipulation, lush overproduction, and shameless ...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Lil' Kim's Naked Truth makes a bold move: no breasts on the cover. In light of all her drama, the gimmick comes easy: lustful to lyrical; hustler to humble; Coco Chanel to Dave Chappelle. Forget ashy to classy — this Cartier bustier millionai...

  • 10 years ago | Reviews

    Foxy is one of the only rap cats who can big up King Selassie I with more authentic patois twang than half the Def Jam Caribbean roster. The flow kicks behind the groove all seductive and delicious. I know you didn't respect her raggachat circa "B...