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November 15, 2011 | Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
*** (out of four) Drake's inspired, you guys. The patron saint of the genre I like to call #promkingrap (tales of woe and world domination, live from the popular kid from your high school) has returned and boy, is he out for blood. It's the first album in awhile that isn't afraid to be introspective all the way through, not just tucked in between faux-Ali boast raps. The album cuts like "Underground Kings" actually exist for a reason, and the whole piece is better for their inclusion.
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January 20, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
It's safe to say that Drake did his thing during his first gig hosting "Saturday Night Live" this past weekend. Obviously having previous acting experience helps, but it's always great to see a host throw themself into the sketches and Drizzy definitely delivered. His opening monologue featured some rapping about his African-American/Jewish heritage: and he did some good sketch work. Here's some of the other ones:    He even did impressions! Here he is as A-Rod in the cold open:    ...and absolutely NAILS Katt Williams:     He was the...
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December 16, 2013 | By Jake Bressler and For RedEye
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December 16, 2013 | By Jake Bressler and For RedEye
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
*** (1/2) out of 4 Aubrey, Aubrey, Aubrey. What now? You've gone from "Degrassi" to Cash Money to stardom. "Nothing Was The Same" is a showcase of a man who has legit traveled the road from the screen to the stage to the ... well, still a stage. His mammoth smash, "Started From The Bottom" (and it's BS to say he didn't really come "from the bottom," like being a former child actor from a middle-class upbringing is an opulent lifestyle worthy of jealousy,) has brought us to this, his third-full length album.  Drake has carved himself an interesting lane in the current music business...
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September 23, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
He walks the line between pissed and passionate better than most. Let's compare some of Drake's angriest and sappiest lyrics, shall we?   Angry Aubrey “I don't know why they been lying but your [bleep] is not that inspiring Bank account statements just look like I'm ready for early retirement” (“The Language”)   “This is a gated community, please get the [bleep] off the property Rap must be changing cause I'm at the top and ain't no one on top of me N-words be wanting a verse for a verse, but man that's...
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November 5, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
“Matangi” M.I.A. 3.5 out of 4 stars   Do you remember the episode of the Flash cartoon “Homestar Runner” when the Cheat holds a lightswitch rave and Strong Bad yells at him? (If not, watch it immediately.) That's how I felt listening to M.I.A.'s “Matangi” in my cube at work. This is not a record for sitting still and being productive; this is a record for dancing . If you loved “Kala,” “Arular” and “Maya,” you'll be happy to know that M.I.A.
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May 9, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye special contributor
Annie Clark is, as a person, more polite than punk. “I tend to be kind of cerebral, I guess,” she explains. But the music she makes as St. Vincent - precise, ambitious rock full of airy vocal melodies and frenetic guitar parts - can be jarring, disruptive and often absolutely beautiful. As a result, her third album, “Strange Mercy,” contained some of last year's most forward-thinking rock. To figure out Clark's secret formula, RedEye called her up for a chat about moshing, music production and, um, “The Hunger Games.” Your music is getting more abrasive, louder.
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September 16, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Last night, Drake's new album "Nothing was the Same" leaked a week before it is supposed to be released. With it brings a deluge of thinkpieces and reactions of all shapes and sizes. This kind of thing isn't new, however. When big albums drop, just like during award shows and major sporting events, there's a need to want to share the experience with others on Twitter. I can speak from experience, as I spent far too much time tweeting the night "Take Care"  and "MBDTF" leaked. Having been all of these people at one time, I'd like to...
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July 23, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Kate Middleton has given birth to a child. That child (hopefully) has 10 fingers, 10 toes, two eyes and will grow up to be healthy. That being said, I don't give a flying [bleep] about that baby and neither should you. The American obsession with the Royal Family is silly at best and escapist Prince Charming syndrome on steroids at worst. I would now like to suggest 10 things we should be discussing instead of this damn kid. 1. People at parties who open a beer only to take one or two sips and then set it...
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November 5, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
“Matangi” M.I.A. 3.5 out of 4 stars   Do you remember the episode of the Flash cartoon “Homestar Runner” when the Cheat holds a lightswitch rave and Strong Bad yells at him? (If not, watch it immediately.) That's how I felt listening to M.I.A.'s “Matangi” in my cube at work. This is not a record for sitting still and being productive; this is a record for dancing . If you loved “Kala,” “Arular” and “Maya,” you'll be happy to know that M.I.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
*** (1/2) out of 4 Aubrey, Aubrey, Aubrey. What now? You've gone from "Degrassi" to Cash Money to stardom. "Nothing Was The Same" is a showcase of a man who has legit traveled the road from the screen to the stage to the ... well, still a stage. His mammoth smash, "Started From The Bottom" (and it's BS to say he didn't really come "from the bottom," like being a former child actor from a middle-class upbringing is an opulent lifestyle worthy of jealousy,) has brought us to this, his third-full length album.  Drake has carved himself an interesting lane in the...
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September 23, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
He walks the line between pissed and passionate better than most. Let's compare some of Drake's angriest and sappiest lyrics, shall we?   Angry Aubrey “I don't know why they been lying but your [bleep] is not that inspiring Bank account statements just look like I'm ready for early retirement” (“The Language”)   “This is a gated community, please get the [bleep] off the property Rap must be changing cause I'm at the top and ain't no one on top of me N-words be wanting a verse for a verse, but man that's...
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September 23, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
By now you've heard lead single “Started From The Bottom” somewhere in the neighborhood of 900 million times. So, what? It's a great song. Here's the “bottom” Drake started from, and how he got to “here.”   Started from the bottom Age 0 Born Aubrey Drake Graham in 1986 in Toronto, he calls the city's Weston Road home, which he told Complex magazine was “not the nicest area in the world . ”   Age...
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September 16, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Last night, Drake's new album "Nothing was the Same" leaked a week before it is supposed to be released. With it brings a deluge of thinkpieces and reactions of all shapes and sizes. This kind of thing isn't new, however. When big albums drop, just like during award shows and major sporting events, there's a need to want to share the experience with others on Twitter. I can speak from experience, as I spent far too much time tweeting the night "Take Care"  and "MBDTF" leaked. Having been all of these people at one time, I'd like to introduce you to the people...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Adam Lukach and RedEye Sound Board
2.5 out of 4 When the Weeknd first crept up a couple years ago, the group, which soon would consist only of Abel Tesfaye, chose the route of enigmatic Internet mystique. Tesfaye hid his face and didn't talk much. He didn't really have to - between three popular mixtapes and a Drake co-sign, the hype took care of itself, though he remained shrouded. His music - lurchy R&B that lent itself better to leaned-out night moves than any real kind of dancing - was just as uneasy, with haunting lo-fi production and vocals.
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September 10, 2013 | By Adam Lukach and RedEye Sound Board
2.5 out of 4 When the Weeknd first crept up a couple years ago, the group, which soon would consist only of Abel Tesfaye, chose the route of enigmatic Internet mystique. Tesfaye hid his face and didn't talk much. He didn't really have to - between three popular mixtapes and a Drake co-sign, the hype took care of itself, though he remained shrouded. His music - lurchy R&B that lent itself better to leaned-out night moves than any real kind of dancing - was just as uneasy, with haunting lo-fi production and vocals.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Are you interested in maximum snuggling on a blustery November morning? Do you want a date to hang with in the corner and rip shots at your office Christmas party? Are you going to shut down your aunt's crap at Thanksgiving about whether you're "seeing someone"? If you answered yes to any of these, this column is for you! Yes friends, it's time for your 2012 Cuffing Season preview. Allow me to take you through all the majesty and splendor of your aggressive attempts to lock down - or "cuff" - someone to cuddle with when it gets cold.
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July 23, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Kate Middleton has given birth to a child. That child (hopefully) has 10 fingers, 10 toes, two eyes and will grow up to be healthy. That being said, I don't give a flying [bleep] about that baby and neither should you. The American obsession with the Royal Family is silly at best and escapist Prince Charming syndrome on steroids at worst. I would now like to suggest 10 things we should be discussing instead of this damn kid. 1. People at parties who open a beer only to take one or two sips and then set it down and how to punish them.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
 *** = Recommended shows On sale 10 a.m. Wednesday Radiolab, Saturday, Oct. 12 ($28-$78, all ages) at Chicago Theatre. On sale 10 a.m. Friday ***Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords, Saturday, Aug. 31 ($95.50, all ages) at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre. Drake, Miguel, Wednesday, Oct. 9 ($59.75-$109.75, all ages) at United Center. ***Ezra Furman, Saturday, Sept. 21 ($12, 17+) at Subterranean. On sale noon Friday ***Autre Ne Veut,...
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