Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror – Documentary Review”

By: Gaby Moreno

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Documentary: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Directed By: Xavier Burgin

Interviews/Cast: Jordan Peele, Tony Todd, Keith David, Rusty Cundieff, Rachel True, Loretta Devine and more!

Rating: 4.5/5 

Release Date: February 7, 2019

Stream: Shudder Original

Stand out quotes: “We’ve always loved horror, it’s just that horror unfortunately hasn’t always loved us” and “Black history is Black Horror”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be discussing and reviewing shudder’s original Documentary: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. I had a chance to watch it and definitely learned more about black horror. Being a horror fan, I love nerding out over the history of horror! Especially learning about black horror and its influence to the horror culture! Maybe Guillermo Del Toro will watch this and be inspired to create a documentary for Mexican horror! I would be so excited, one can only wish!

This documentary couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We are currently in a new era where we are seeing black actors being casted as lead characters/heroes in horror movies. As well as being portrayed in a positive light. This has not been the case in the past.

This documentary discusses the history of blacks in horror movies. It goes into each decade beginning in the 1920s how black characters evolved in horror films. Also how the social climate played a big role in how blacks were portrayed in film. Also non-horror films are mentioned because these films were horrifying to the black community. These non horror films portrayed blacks in a negative and inhumane way.

This was a very informative documentary wish it had been longer. Felt like it just touched the surface of black horror and could have gone more in depth. This could have had a part two with more actors, directors, and scholars that could have spoken about their contribution to black horror. I also hoped it would have had a segment on future predictions as to where black horror cinema is going.

Specially with director/producer/writer like Jordan Peele (Oscar Winner) who has become the go to horror director after his amazing film “Get Out”. It had been awhile since I had enjoyed a psychological horror movie. That movie was amazing on so many levels. From the black actors being protagonist and heroes to the foreshadowing and poetic revenge! What made this film truly terrifying was how you can tell it was influenced by the current state of society. From police murdering blacks to 45’s presidency that had caused more racial tension to rise. It was a beautifully crafted movie. Every time I watch it I always find something new I hadn’t noticed before.

I enjoyed hearing the accounts from actors, directors and scholars. You got a glimpse of how it was to be part of a horror movie in those decades. You got to hear about the prejudice and racism these actors or directors had to face to be part of these films or to just give their input and be taken into account. This documentary also put me onto black horror films I had not seen. I will definitely be adding them to my watchlist!

I do not want to give spoilers. All I can say it is definitely worth watching. This documentary is geared towards those who are horror fans, history buffs and for the black community!

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

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Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Music for the Soul – St. Cyr – S.O.U.L. Album Review

By: Gaby Moreno

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Artist: St. Cyr

Album: S.O.U.L

Rating: 4/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, and cadence)

Release Date: January 7, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing St. Cyr’s Album titled “S.O.U.L”. Jamal St. Cyr is an LA born, San Diego raised lyricist/rapper. He is also part of the rap group Boon League. I first heard of Boon League when I saw them open up at The Observatory SD for Dilated Peoples back in April 2016. They knew how to hype up the crowd, performed dope music and had great stage presence. There on after I saw them perform a few more times as openers at the same venue. Each time they rocked the show!

I have been wanting to give more limelight to San Diego artists since that is my hometown that I love! So what better way to do that than starting with St. Cyr’s soulful album!

The Intro right of the bat gets your attention and displays St. Cyr’s silliness. The intro and the outro contain a clip from Coming to America’s Soul Glo commercial. Then it moves on to the song Mood, which is one of my favorite tracks of this project. This song literally sets the mood for the rest of the album. St. Cyr shows off his lyrical abilities, soulful cadence and his rapper bravado.

In between tracks there are soul quotes, that are in form of spoken word. I loved this touch, it adds more depth to the project. Each quote touches on a topic. For example soul quote 2 says, “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walks alone”. Then it goes into the next track about Love, titled under the same name. Which I will cover more below since it made it on my list of favorite tracks.

Then we also have St. Cyr’s single off the project “Cadillac”, which is a love/ode song dedicated to Cadillac’s. Here St. Cyr reminisces how he always wanted a Cadillac as a kid. He admired the old skool caddy’s that the gangster drove. The song is about what he would do if he had owned a Cadillac from bumping his favorite rappers in the ride to cruising through his hood. The music video is dope as well the visuals are animated in cartoon style.

There is also a silly track titled: “Didn’t I” ft. The Ebonics (lol), it’s a cover of The Delfonics – Didn’t I (Blow your Mind this Time), but he switches it up with his own lyrics. The song is about sharing his Crown Royal with a girl. I took it as a metaphor for love, but that’s just my interpretation lol. This song also reminded me a bit of Biz Markie’s singing in Just a Friend. It’s just a funny feel good song!

Overall, this was a very solid and cohesive project. The whole album flowed and kept that soulful rap sound from start to finish. The lyricism on this project had witty word play and great content. The singers featured in the project also had amazing vocals. Will definitely be bumping this album through out 2019!

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Mood – This is a short interlude, but St. Cyr doesn’t waste no time in showing off his lyrical skills and proves he is not one to be messed with lyrically.“Just a little interlude to get you in the moodSt. Cyr do it good, for the grade

    How are you?

    Don’t sleep on me, but a few hit the snooze

    And I know you heard of Boon

    Yeah we the power crew!

    This rap shit is easy work like a power tool”

  2. I Know ft. On Key – This is my favorite song of the whole project. It was also the second single of the album. The lyricism is on point! On Key on the vocals brings back that 90s r&B vibe. Overall a dope soulful track!“This that late night cruise shitTank on full shit

    No time for no bullshit

    N***a I do’s this

    Know to keep them hoes in pocket like pool sticks

    Or string a bad bitch along like an acoustic

    Now you know me St. Cyr , Boon League, boss spitter

    Mr. have your girl coming home smelling like hard liquor

    Can’t get a feature cuz I be shittin on y’all n***as

    Y’all n***as, y’all n***as too

    Don’t compare me to this little n***as

    Nah go head

    It’s like a Harley being compared to a moped 

    I love Hip Hop like Diddy love Jenny Lopez

    So when I write I cater more to my old heads”

  3. Love ft. Latanya Lockett – It’s a love song about always finding love in the wrong places, but now he has found someone who he is falling for.“It’s what I need everydayThe only four letter word I was scared to say

    Im talking Love, never would I let it go a stray

    Never would I let it walk away, okay

    I mean love got me writing songs and shit

    Love poetry…”

  4. Give it to Me ft. On Key & Bella ADonna – The song is self explanatory lol. Loved the live instrumentation on this track and mellow vibe. On Key brings his soulful vocals once again

     

    “Surprise, surprise

    I told y’all i was coming, ya’ll thought I lied

    They really need that soul shit that I provide

    I really come from the heart, yo others just rhyme

     

    Hey hold up, y’all be acting so tough

    That chick that’s on your shoulda

    I could pull her, if I want her, I want her”

  5. Chitlins Ain’t Cheap ft. On Key & Latanya Lockett – The song is about being honest and loyal with your significant other. I loved the singers: On Key & Latanya Lockett on this track. Their vocals added a soulful vibe!“You ain’t gotta lie to kick it wit meTruth be told I just want you to kick it wit me

    We all got demons, what’s your angle?

    My name St. Cyr, but I’m no Angel

    They say that the truth hurts, so what should I do?

    Could I be lying if I said I never lied to you?

     

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Let Me Rap! Boogie – Everything’s For Sale Album Review”

By: Gaby Moreno

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Artist: Boogie

Album: Everything’s For Sale

Rating: 4.5/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, and cadence)

Release Date: January 25, 2019

Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

Today I will be reviewing Boogie’s debut album titled: “Everything’s for Sale”. I got put onto Boogie last year and I am glad I did. I quickly listened to all his mixtapes and was infatuated with his music. He always has dope visuals as well. He definitely has the best music rap videos I have seen in while.

Boogie aka Westside Boogie via social media never disappoints. His debut album through Shady Records met my expectations! He once again shows off his skillful and soulful voice at times (having been part of a church choir at a young age). His raspy voice and melodic flow sets him apart from any other “street/lyrical” rapper. He definitely set the bar high for rap albums that will drop in 2019. The background live instrumentation added a beautiful touch to this solid project. The features were not overdone. I enjoyed 6lack and JID features.

I liked every track on the album. There were just two tracks that I don’t think really fit into this albums concept, but I see why they were added. One of the them was “Rainy Days”, which I like Boogie’s verse and the chorus, but Eminem didn’t add much to the track as far as lyrical content wise. He was typical Eminem with his silly word play and bars. Second track was, “Self Destruction”, which was one of Boogie’s first single. I admit I like the track. It has a catchy hook and a banger, but feel like it was used just to catch listeners attention. But at the same time the track did a great job at displaying Boogie’s versatility and sarcastic/funny side.

Overall it was a very cohesive project with dope lyricism and very introspective. He touched on his love life and his insecurities. Which are themes we can all relate to! I will def have this album in rotation in 2019!

Tracks that stood out for me:

1. Tired/Reflection – This a dope introspective track where Boogie is fighting with himself and the emotions he has had to deal with now that he has fame, being in the rap game (the burden that comes with it/pressure of not selling out) and his daily life. This song reminded me how he mentioned in one of his interviews that he knows he can make “turn up” music, but doesn’t want to do that because he wants his music to have impact and last for years to come.

“Ain’t no point in using weapons

I am at war with my reflection

I want fame, well, I can’t take L’s

I can’t stay still, but I can’t pay bills

It hard to feel shit when you livin’ off pain pills

Hard to put on war boots when you walkin’ on eggshells

Don’t let no nigga tell you that you slept on

You better take the blame that you progressed wrong and then got stepped on, uh”

2. Silent Ride – Officially the first promotional single off his album. I love the beat to this song and the catchy hook. This song is about his girl going into his phone and seeing he is not being faithful and the ride home being silent. It’s a funny record, but also very honest and transparent of what goes on in his relationship.

“She read my text, I read her mind

Pressing time and dead my high

Connect to lies, express your mind

I wish you’d talk more, know that that’s a lost war

She gon’ take the aux cord, and let her play her thoughts for her

She gon’ play them throwbacks and hold back, pretend to be lit

No cap, I need a energy shift”

3. Skydive – This song is about letting his significant other know he is broken and not perfect (has insecurities) and letting her know. Pretty much giving her the heads up before she commits to a relationship with him.

“I heard your commitment can turn to a sickness that I never seen, mmh

And for sure ain’t no cure, shit, I hope ain’t no cure, uh

If I told you my symptoms was trippin’, don’t fault my conviction

From tension I felt on my core

If I told you these feelings I’m missing became my addiction

At this point I hope that you pure”

4. Swap Meet – This song is more R&Bish and soulful. I liked the guitar instrumental, as well as Boogie’s vocals. He is one of the fewest rappers that can pull that singing rap without any autotune. In this track he dedicates this song to his girl. He compares finding a swap meet bargain to having been fortunate to find her and winning the best bargain which is her love.

“Know that you tarnish when you sit there with that blank stare, yeah

I clean you up myself

Won’t have you on the shelf

And treat you like an antique

I hope you understand me”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “Tune in to Channel Zero! Canibus – Full Spectrum Dominance 3 Album Review”

By: Gaby Moreno

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Artist: Canibus
Album: Full Spectrum Dominance 3
Rating: 3.5/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, and cadence)
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Buy/Purchase album: Thatshiphopmusic.com 

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,

It is no secret that Canibus is one of my all time favorite lyricists/emcees! A brief story of how I came across Canibus and his music was back in 2008-09′. It was back in the Lime Wire days. I was in college, so I started getting into lyrical rap. Yes, I know I was late to the party, but better late than never!

I was downloading music one day and somehow I came across two of his songs: “Buckingham Palace” and “Channel Zero”, I was hypnotized. Up until that moment I hadn’t heard complex rhymes that involved scientific terms. His voice and his flow were also unique something I hadn’t quite heard before. He had this aggressive/raspy tone, which I dug reminiscent of DMX.  Canibus has a style and lyrics that were definitely ahead of their time. I was captivated by his battle rap flow. Also he has this poetic side to him that I love. His use of metaphors and lyricism to paint a picture have always amazed me!

As a lyricist I can say listening to his music expanded my language and influenced my lyrics to be more poetic and intricate. He inspired me to take my craft and writing more seriously and work on my wordplay. When I look back to my old lyrics and compare them to now I can see the impact he has had on me.

I’m glad I came across his music it was one of the best things that could have happened! That day I became a die hard Canibus fan and ended up downloading his full discography. From that point on I kept up with the albums he dropped and supported his music!

I will be reviewing Full Spectrum Dominance 3, which is Canibus’ 16th studio solo album. Canibus is an accomplished rap veteran! This album is a testament to that. Canibus followed the short album formula this time around. This project only has 7 tracks, with a length time of 19 min, just a few minutes shy of 20 minutes. The brevity of the project works in its favor.

All the songs have a common theme about government control, questioning ourselves to see if exterior forces control our decisions, self love and Canibus showing off why he is a lyrical beast!

For those who are Canibus fans like myself. Please check out Thatshiphopmusic.com and purchase his album there! I always encourage people to support their favorite artists so they can keep dropping dope music!

Favorite Tracks:

  1. Blind By Design
    “According to God’s biblical source
    I just feel like saying lyrical law
    Just because I fell out of love with Hip Hop now Im bored
    I didn’t like the Peace Treaty accord”
  2. Pen Game
    “Now customs wants to check my cargo
    They got a Hip Hop embargo
    I visit Mar-a-lago to see if Marshall law is normal
    Eagle Point Marina, party on the slip?
    Polly want a cracker shorty want to strip
    RIP, this is some James Brown living in America shit
    The Cherubims win
    The Seraphims quit”
  3.  Make Up – Dope song about self love! Natural beauty!
    “It all starts in that chair sitting on a movie set
    In a round about, waiting used to be direct?
    That bronze glow for men
    That cleopatra tan”

Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it. Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue: “Belief in oneself is contagious – Glass Movie Review”

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Review By: Gaby Moreno

Release date: January 18, 2019

Main Cast: James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark.

Brief synopsis from online:

“From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans!!!

Welcome to my blog, Nighmare on Sedgwick Avenue!  Thank you for reading and hope you enjoy my review of Glass! This weekend I went to check M. Night Shyamalan’s most anticipated superhero trilogy “Glass”. Mr. Shyamalan spent years developing this series.

Everyone was taken by surprise at the end of Split where we found out it took place in the same universe as Unbreakable. Here we pick up after the events that occurred in Split. The beginning does drag a bit, but then it gets to the action. “The Beast” AKA “The Horde” is still on the run and still kidnapping young teenage girls.

The film then moves onto David Dunn’s life and how it’s been after the events of the Unbreakable film. David has turned into a vigilante and has a very close relationship with his son, who know’s his superhero secret as we knew from the first film.

We finally get to see a brief showdown between “The Beast” and “The Overseer”, which is Dunn’s coined superhero name by the media. Of course this film could not be complete without the infamous villain Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price who loves to cause chaos like the Joker. It was an entertaining film, we get to see more of these characters and what shaped them into who they have become.

In this film you get to see all three characters interact with one another and get to know a bit of their psyche, what motivates them, their trauma that played an important role in making them stronger or weaker. You also get to see the people in their life’s who care for each of them and how the actions of these three main characters impact and shape their loved one’s lives. It is a film that allows all three stories to come to a full circle.

We are also introduced to psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple, played by the talented and gorgeous actress Sarah Paulson who is treating all three characters making them believe they are NOT superheroes/villains.

This film became more of a superhero/comic book film than Shyamalan’s normal horror movies, which is not a bad thing. I always love two see two genres come together to create an amazing universe with in depth characters and a fresh new storyline.

The cast once again pulled it off! James McVoy deserves an award for his brilliant portrayal of Kevin Wendell Crumb and “The Horde” in this series!

This couldn’t be a Shyamalan film without him delivering a twist at the end. I can’t say I was too happy about the ending, but I understand why he did it, to give some “closure” in a sense.

I am still rooting for the story to continue though. There are several characters that the torch can be passed onto like Dunn’s son and Crumb’s victim/survivor Casey Cooke. Definitely go check it out the movie in theaters! You know everyone is going to be talking about so you don’t want to miss out!

In the end this film could be said to be more than a superhero film. It touches on the following topics: mental illness, child abuse, childhood trauma, toxic relationships and believing in oneself, as if we are superheroes who we can do anything we set our minds to!

Thank you for reading until next time!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue: “This is My Design: 2019 Most Anticipated Horror Films & Tv Shows”

By: Gaby Moreno

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans!!!

In this post I will mention the most anticipated horror films and tv shows that I am excited to see this year! Oh what a great year to be a horror fan a lot of dope films and tv shows are being released!

To another year of gore, creepiness, fear and dark humor! There are also horror tv shows that are returning from hiatus to please our horror desires!

Excited to see the following TV shows and films that allow us to escape our reality for a few minutes/hours to be consumed by fear, amazing storytelling, entertain our imagination and also remind us about the dark reality of today’s society as well as the beauty!!!

2019 Most Anticipated Horror Films:

  1. IT Chapter 2
    Release Date: Sept. 16
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  2. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark
    Release Date: Aug 9

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  3. Are you Afraid of the Dark
    Release Date: Oct 11

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  4. The Curse of La Llorona
    Release Date: April 19th

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  5. Annabelle 3
    Release Date: July 3

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  6. The Prodigy
    Release Date: Feb. 8
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  7. 3 From Hell
    Release Date: TBD

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  8. In the Tall Grass
    Release Date: TBD

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  9. Zombieland 2
    Release Date: Oct 11
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  10. The New Mutants
    Release Date: August 2
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  11. Us
    Release Date: March 15
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  12. Grudge (Sam Raimi’s is Producing!)
    Release Date: June 21
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  13. Captive State
    Release Date: March 29
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  14. Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix)
    Release Date: TBD
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  15. The Final Wish
    Release Date: Jan 24
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  16. St. Agatha
    Release Date: Feb 8
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  17. Glass 
    Release Date: Jan 18
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  18. Jacob’s Ladder (Remake)
    Release Date: TBD
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  19. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    Release Date: May 31st
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  20. Rabid
    Release Date: March 25

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Skeptical about watching:

  1. Pet Sematary (Release Date – April 5th): The 1989 version is one of my favorite horror movies of all time. Honestly I don’t believe it needs to be remade, but we will see how this new version brings Stephen King’s story to life!
  2. Child’s Play (Release Date – June 21st): Another favorite childhood movie of mine. It’s crazy that this movie is being created without involvement of the franchise creator Don Mancini and Brad Dourif voicing Chucky. The funny thing is Mancini’s franchise is owned by Universal and it looks like there is a Child’s Play tv series in the works. On the other hand MGM owns the rights to the first film so they decided to remake their own version based on the same plot as the original 1988 film that was written by Tom Holland. The only reason I am giving this movie a chance is they’re going to use an animatronic doll vs. CGI, which I am glad since I am a fan of practical effects! Either way looks like Chucky won’t be dying anytime soon! Now he has a tv show and new movie that will keep him immortalized!!!

2019 Most Anticipated Horror TV Shows:

  1. Good Omens: TBD (Amazon Prime) Based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel about Angels and Demon
  2. NOS4A2: TBD (AMC) Based on Joe Hill’s (Stephen King’s son) novel about a supernatural killer and the amazing actor Zachary Quinto is playing the monster!
  3. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S2: April 5 (Netflix) Season 1 was great! I love this darker version of Sabrina can’t wait for season 2!
  4. The Passage: Jan 14 (FOX) A vampiric virus outbreak involving Zach Morris (I mean Mark Paul Gosselaar) count me in lol
  5. I am the Night: Jan 28 (TNT) When I saw the trailer I was like WTF is this. Nonetheless the trailer was intriguing. The story involves an investigation on a gynecologist that might be connected to the infamous Black Dahlia Murder. The trailer reminded me of that artsy type of horror show like Hannibal. I am def tuning in to see this!
  6. Swamp Thing: TBD Based on the comic book series of the same name
  7. Stranger Things S3: July 4 (Netflix) Let’s see what adventures Eleven and her friends get into this season. Excited about the brand new cast from Jake Busey to Cary Elwes.
  8. Lovecraft Country:TBD (HBO) Based on Matt Ruff’s novel by the same name. A story that takes place in the 1950’s Jim Crow Era with lovecraftian type monsters!
  9. Locke & Key: TBD (Netflix) Based on Joe Hill’s comic book series by the same name.
  10. Westworld S3: May/TBD (HBO) Even though it is more of a sci-fi series, it has some horror elements. I have to say this is one of my favorite shows out right now. Not only is the writing, cast and cinematography astonishing, but the score solidified it for me. Especially the episode in S2 where they did an instrumental version of Wu-Tang’s C.R.E.A.M by composer: Ramin Djawadi. This was an amazing moment for the hip hop culture! I can’t wait to see what this season has in store!
  11. Siempre Bruja: Feb 1 (Netflix) Glad to see Netflix picking up new horror shows that also represent the brown and black community! 
  12. Channel Zero – Fall 2019 (SyFy) This anthology series is like no other you’ve ever seen. It’s psychologically terrifying with a creepy vibe! A unique horror show like no other!
  13. American Horror Story S9 – Fall 2019 (FX) Four words “Wednesdays we wear Black!”
  14. Into the Dark S1 Continues – Feb 1 (Hulu) A fresh new take for an anthology series its a mixture of tales from the crypt, tales from the darkside and influence of today’s society. From our obsessions with technology to the new era of self care/love. I really enjoyed the dark humor!
  15. Deadly Class S1 – Jan 16 (SyFy)

Hope you enjoyed my list. Until next time!!!

Nightmare on Sedgwick Avenue – “All I Have Is One Mic! Most Anticipated Rap & R&B albums of 2019!!!”

Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans!!!

In this post I will mention the most anticipated Rap and R&B albums of 2019!!! It is purely subjective so some projects that I might mention might not be on your list, but that is okay. Feel free to comment below or follow me on social media @7octoberz and let me know which projects you are looking forward to see drop this year!

First I will list my top rap albums that I am most excited to see drop. Then I will list my top R&B albums. Also I will share my list of Rap and R&B artists that I believe will rule 2019! Finally I will cover singles that have dropped in the last few weeks of January.

This year just started and we are starting to see that trend again of artists beginning to drop new singles, projects or begin recording in the 1st quarter.

As mentioned in my other post, with the era of streaming and people’s attention span being so short, artists seem to drop projects or singles back to back to remain relevant. This has worked for some artists, but not all. Some artists are better at taking their time with their craft to release a great body of work. Other artists have a formula or great team where they can drop songs/albums back to back and still produce amazing projects! With that being said, I am excited to see what the hip hop culture has to offer this year!!!

Most Anticipated Rap Albums for 2019:

There is more albums that might be announced later in the year, but for now this is my list!

  1. Canibus – Full Spectrum Dominance 3 – Dropped Jan 11fsd3
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  3. Childish Gambino – Don’t know if it will be a rap album or another soul/funk/r&b album. He also hasn’t given us a release date or name.images.jpg
  4. A-F-R-O – TBDb1ea4bb9e1ad3dbe21ddda74c004c69f.1000x1000x1
  5. Schoolboy Q -TBD022814-shows-106-park-exclusive-access-schoolboy-q-31.jpg
  6. Q-Tip – The Last Zulu -TBDfeature_11142016_gonzalez_tribequest1_gavin_bond.jpg
  7. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Bandana if it’s ever released, but I will keep waiting! lol -TBD1395162478_freddiegibbs_madlib_600_22-e1462715115472.jpg
  8. Immortal Technique -TBD – been waiting too long, but I know it will be worth it!Immortal_Technique-Election-hhdx.jpg
  9. Black Star – TBD663f6c1619b88636b92432f5c4365ea3.png
  10. Joyner Lucas – ADHD – TBDhttps___images.genius.com_d0eb2b80d212b93b097d604c4c6af62e.680x680x1.jpg
  11. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 4 – TBD94c83514d5589ff98ec3194ba5a694d1.1000x1000x1.jpg
  12. Big Sean – TBDdownload.jpg
  13. Joey Badass -TBDjoey.jpg
  14. Pro Era Album – TBD09d265d0fced40713664d95f7f20f23c.900x900x1.jpg
  15. Czarface and Ghostface Killah – Feb 15C86DBD34-419A-416D-8A48-22297A489C69.jpg
  16. Saba, Smino & Noname – possible collabo album?DizeLFpVQAADrh5.jpg
  17. R.A. the Rugged Man – Drops in AprilA-82702-1414491093-7114.jpeg.jpg
  18. Earthgang – Mirrorland -TBD

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  19. Cyhi the Prynce – Black Histori Project 3 – Feb 2019cyhi.jpg
  20. The Underachievers – Lords of Flatbush 3 – TBDDvhZKtCVsAUnr5j.jpg
  21. Griselda crew will be dropping projects once again! They are bringing back that gritty/gutter street rap back!DPCSa3HWkAMtNZH.jpg

Most Anticipated R&B Albums for 2019:

  1. SZA -TBD
  2. The Weeknd – Chapter 6 – TBD
  3. Chris Brown – Indigo -TBD
  4. Kehlani – TBD since she dropped a single their might be an album in the works!

January singles of 2019 so far:

  1. Noname – Song 31: Noname is bringing a new sound to the rap game. Her sound is a mix of storytelling and spoken word. Also her choice for beats is unique love the live instrumentation and jazzy vibe. I am excited to see her grow this year. Really diggin that she is creating a new lane for spoken word rap and that is also representing for the ladies!
  2. Chris Brown – Undecided: The choreography to the music video is amazing! The song and music video show how MJ had and has played a huge influence in Chris’ music specifically in this song. It sonically sounds like a melody MJ would have chosen. Also the music video is like a movie similar to how MJ’s music videos were so elaborate. Chris Brown is one of the few artists who still cares enough to have dope visuals that tell a story.
  3. Benny Blanco ft Calvin Harris & Miguel – I Found You/Nilda’s Story: Miguel’s vocals are always on point def one of my fav R&B artists that has been consistent. He is versatile and it shows it even in this song his voice shines and its a vibe!
  4. WS Boogie – Silent Ride: I’m glad I got put onto WS Boogie about a year ago. His music videos are dope with unique concepts. His music is so melodic and catchy. You can hear his songs just once, memorize his lyrics and instantly have them playing in your head. He has a formula that works. His mixtapes are amazing! I can’t wait for his debut album!
  5. Halsey ft. Juice Wrld -Without Me RMX: Didn’t see this collabo coming. I am a fan of Halsey because she has a unique voice, poetic lyrics and her sound is a mix of pop and rap. Juice Wrld is one of the new generation of rappers that I like due to his melody selection and the kid can rap too! Seen his freestyles and he has a lot of potential and talent. This song is good, but I’m not gonna lie I like the original better. But it is awesome to see two artists I like from different genres collab.
  6. Kehlani ft Ty Dolla Sign: Nights like this: Loving this song the lyrics are simple, but melodic. As always Ty Dolla provides a dope feature as always.
  7. Pharaohe Monch – Yayo – Pharaohe is back!! Hope this means a new album?!
  8. Canibus ft. Pyrit – Pen Game – Canibus always bringing that dope lyricism! I will be reviewing his album that just dropped on Jan 11th!
  9. More than That – Lauren Jauregui
  10. Deadass- Kemba
  11. I’m Alright – R.Lum.R & Brasstracks

2019 Predictions of Rap and R&B artists that will be killing the game!

  1. YBN Cordae – Should be dropping an album soon too this year!
  2. Joyner Lucas
  3. WS Boogie
  4. DaniLeigh
  5. Melii
  6. Freddie Gibbs
  7. JID
  8. Noname
  9. Saba
  10. Smino
  11. J. Cole and his Dreamville crew (dropping Dreamville compilation album “Revenge of the Dreamers” and his solo album)
  12. Brent Faiyaz (one of my favorite new R&B artist out right now)
  13. DVSN (best R&B duo out right now in my opinion. The duo is composed of Producer Nineteen85 and Singer Daniel Daley. Saw them live last year and they were amazing!! Daniel can sang!! They need more recognition. Their album, “Morning After” that dropped in 2017 has been my fav R&B project that has dropped in the last few years. They will be at Coachella this year so I believe people are gonna see their potential and finally blow up like they deserve!
  14. Daniel Caeser
  15. Rapsody
  16. H.E.R.
  17. Griselda Crew (Conway/Westside Gunn and Benny the Butcher)
  18. Denzel Curry
  19. 6lack
  20. Big K.R.I.T

Honorable Mentions of artists that will get more recognition in 2019:

  1. IDK
  2. Buddy
  3. Locksmith
  4. Phony Ppl
  5. Terrace Martin
  6. Masego
  7. Kemba
  8. Asiahn
  9. R.Lum.R
  10. Summer Walker
  11. Mahalia
  12. Reason
  13. 070 Shake

I am probably forgetting some other artists. There are so many dope new artists that have a lot of potential and talent. As well as OG’s in the game that still have stayed relevant due to their skills and being able to reinvent themselves to not only please their loyal fans, but even the younger generation!

Don’t think I forgot about my Horror fans! I will be dropping another post of my most anticipated horror movies to be released this year so stay tuned!!!

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