The Black Excellence of Jaden Smith: Let Freedom Ring

Seriously, how envious are you that you aren’t the offspring of Will and Jada Smith? Like your fathers arguably the most talented black man of all time, and your mother is a beautiful ultra creative. Essentially, life is set up on a silver platter for you served by your butler named Geoffrey. The money your…

SDBUP’s 10 Songs For The Summer

Summer is approaching, the best time of the year for music. The combination of good weather, incredible music, and Corona with lime can turn any summer into one for the ages. Of course you can go by what you’ll hear on your local radio station but that’s boring! SDBUP has taken the liberty of posting…

Why am I Still “Loyal” to Chris Brown?

  By: Dequan Huggins   First and foremost I’d like to preface this article by saying that Chris Brown is a dochebag. Time after time we’ve given this incredibly talented young man a pass for his boneheaded behavior, only to log onto a gossip site weeks later seeing that his name has resurfaced. Every groupthink…

Rochelle Jordan

SDBUP’s Music Thursday focuses on Toronto songstress Rochelle Jordan. Jordan teams up with frequent Weeknd collaborator, Illagelo, for a mood driven alternative R&B song titled “What the Fuss.” Also posted is a video for “Follow Me.”No word on any future projects from Rochelle Jordan but expect big things from the Canadian who is developing quite a…

A Lust For Life: So Far Gone’s 5-Year Anniversary

By:  Dequan Huggins      Graduating high school is supposed to be the focal point of a teenager’s life. Walking across the stage became more and more of a reality and it only led to questions that I wasn’t prepared to deal with— “You must be so excited?” and “What do you want to do…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #1 James Blake- Overgrown

#1 James Blake- Overgrown Released: April 5th By: Dequan Huggins      With the world falling in love with electronic and dance music, UK singer/producer James Blake aimed to separate himself from other artist by infusing the worlds of soul and electronica. The heavenly combination on his second studio album Overgrown was the perfect balance of…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #3 Arcade Fire- Reflektor

#3 Arcade Fire- Reflektor Released: October 28th By: Dequan Huggins      Fresh off their Album of the Year Grammy in 2011 Arcade Fire returned to the Indie Rock scene more inspired to create than ever. The 6-piece band including husband and wife vocalists Win Butler and Régine Chassagne traveled to Haiti and Jamaica discovering a…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #4 Childish Gambino- Because the Internet

#4 Childish Gambino- Because the Internet Released: December 6th By: Dequan Huggins      In 2013 no artist had a better album rollout than rapper/ producer/comedian/ writer/ blah blah blah.. Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Accompanying his second studio album, Because the Internet, Gambino wrote an interactive screenplay that follows a disturbed and doubtful young man…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #5 Kanye West- Yeezus

#5 Kanye West- Yeezus Released: June 18th By: Dequan Huggins      Controversy! Controversy! Controversy! No other artist caused it this year more than Chicago hip-hop legend Kanye West. After a lack luster performance on his record label compilation Cruel Summer, Kanye looked to shake the world up again with his latest project entitled Yeezus. Struggling…

@Xtradope’s Best Albums of the Year List: #6 Tyler, the Creator- Wolf

#6 Tyler, the Creator- Wolf Released: April 2nd By: Dequan Huggins      Leader of the California Collective Odd Future, Tyler the Creator, released his second full-length album last spring titled Wolf. After expressing disappointment with his the creative process of his first album, Tyler returned to music inspired to incorporate more of his sonic inspirations…