Best of the Month is decided by a number of different variables; voter counts from preceding posts, reader reaction ratings, gut feelings, and lots and lots of heated discussions.
Album of the Month
In case you’ve been sleeping, Freddie Gibbs has been on quite the run over the past few years, delivering some of the most quintessential hip-hop out there. And all of this after his career seemed to be at a crossroads and though not quite in a stall out, definitely on its way towards one. A lot of people would say the real turning point came with the critically well received Piñata album he made in conjunction with production madman Madlib; Bandana sees them teaming up once again for a project that builds on the foundations of their first outing and takes things to even deeper, fully realized depths. The production is spectacular and even more eclectic than the first go around and Gibbs’ continuously impressive bars and effortless charisma make this a match made in heaven. There’s a level of sophisticated griminess that has to heard to be fully appreciated.
Video of the Month
Say what you want about Madonna (plenty of people have a lot to say these days), but there are few, if any, other artists at this point in their careers who could create as much buzz and controversy around their name as she has. Nor take as many artistic risks. Case in point, her latest video for “God Control”, which has created quite a stir with its graphic, socially/politically charged visuals against gun violence. It invokes images of some of America’s worst mass shootings, like the Orlando nightclub massacre, mixed with the glitz and glam of a ’70s disco night. It’s a jarring contrast and in true Madonna fashion, it’s not subtle at all. However you might feel about her, the song, the video, or it’s message, we’re willing to bet you still “feel” some way about it, and in the end that’s its ultimate purpose.
We don’t know if Stephen King is the most adapted author of all-time but we’re pretty sure he’s towards the top of what’s a pretty short list. Now those adaptations have run the gamut from phenomenal to straight up dumpster fires, but I think most would agree that Kubrick’s rendition of The Shining is the crème de la crème of King adaptations. That’s why the latest trailer for Doctor Sleep has us so hyped. It’s King’s direct sequel to The Shining, a sequel that actually lives up to its pedigree, and seeing scenes that look like they’re ripped straight from the Kubrick classic gives us high hopes that the film adaptation will follow suit.