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The album artwork for the standard and deluxe edition of Drakes album, "Nothing Was the Same." (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer First off, I’ve always had mixed feelings towards Drake. I’ve never been a fan of his “sensitive douchebag” persona, but I have to admit that his last release, Take Care, was one of the best releases of 2011. He seemed to find the balance in rapping about wealth and fame and writing songs about love …

The album artwork for Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer After his acclaimed album Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne became the figurehead for mainstream hip-hop, but soon started on a rapid critical decline ever since. He’s become the laughing stock of the hip-hop community. Every project he’s released since has been panned by critics and hip-hop fans alike. …

The album artwork for Big Sean's "Hall of Fame" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer Big Sean’s 2011 debut Finally Famous was a perfect example on how not to make a hip-hop album. It was full of cheesy production, sugary hooks and mediocre lyricism. That being said, I was looking forward to this release.Sean has contributed several impressive guest verses on Meek Mill’s “Burn,” …

Daft Punk trbute act One More TIme performs at Exit/In in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday August 30, 2015. (MTSU Sidelines / John Connor Coulston)

By John Connor Coulston // Staff Writer When one thinks of tribute acts, the image of four middle age men dressed as The Beatles or Led Zeppelin playing the hits of their idols comes to mind. Now take that model and update it for the digital generation.  This concept was exemplified with the Daft Punk …

The album artwork for Earl Sweatshirt's "Doris" (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Contributing Writer Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt’s debut studio album, Doris, is a 44-minute display of technical ability, personal reflection and eerie production. It’s been three years since Earl’s debut mixtape Earl captivated the hip-hop scene with its blend of shock value and tongue twisting flows. Over this period, Earl’s life has …

Robin Thicke, left, gets twerked on by Miley Cyrus, right, during a performance of "Blurred Lines" the 2013 Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, August 25, 2013. (FILE)

By John Connor Coulston // Contributing Writer The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was an event filled with over the top performances, surprising appearances, triumphant returns and, of course, music. This year’s ceremony boasted a solid set of performers including: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Bruno Mars, Macklemore & …