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Review: Nicky Jam Is Bound For Crossover Success With ‘Fénix’

In the mid-1990s, rapper-singer Nicky Jam, né Nick Rivera Caminero, took his first shot at making a hit single in English and Spanish with “Gotta Get It” off his debut…

Review: Miguel Lets His Inner Rock Star Flourish On ‘Wildheart’

Miguel isn’t just a lusty crooner. Wildheart proves his R&B revolution is now. Miguel doesn’t give a f**k. Somewhere between rock riffs, off-kilter rhythm, blues…

Review: Justine Skye Journeys Through Her Evolution On ‘Emotionally Unavailable’

Nearly two years ago, Justine Skye was simply the 18-year-old itching to make a name for herself outside of the realm of Tumblr. Signing to Atlantic Records, Skye…

Review: Wale Gets Out Of His Own Way On ‘The Album About Nothing’

Wale’s sensitive side steals the show on his fourth studio album Wale never meant to be Mr. Nice Guy. If you were scrolling through Feedly the past two years, Mr…

Review: Ariana Grande’s ‘My Everything’ Is Everything You Expect

Somewhere between a boombox-touting Taylor Swift and a gyrating Miley Cyrus stands the petite powerhouse Ariana Grande. As one of pop music’s less controversial magnets…

Review: Mariah’s Split Personality Shines On ‘The Elusive Chanteuse’

The octave queen showcases the best of all her worlds on her 14th album Mariah Carey has openly entertained the idea of hosting a talk show. Last December, she showed…

Ultra Dance 15 Gets An Update Combining Pop And Dance

America’s first dance and pop compilation Ultra Dance is officially back and hits stores today with its fifteenth installment. You can expect a mix of the biggest pop…

EDM Game Change: Spruke ‘Lies Synthpop Told Me’

Buffalo-based DJ-producer Spruke – born Bill Boulden – dropped his latest album “Lies Synthpop Told Me” earlier this month, and VIBE’s got some track-by-track insight on…

Review: J. Cole’s ‘Born Sinner’ Is Hip-Hop’s (New) Saving Grace

Physically, Jermaine Cole is still the same supreme rap specimen he was when he dropped The Warm Up in 2009: Light complexion, baby Brillo ‘fro, 6’3” stature and—as…