It’s steadily becoming increasingly difficult to discuss the entirety of the backstory behind these albums, as Prince’s frenetic recording process led to many cancelled albums from 1994-1997. Playtime by Versace was a completely unknown album that resurfaced in July 2017 from a RRAuction by Michael Van Huffel1, who was Prince’s art director during this time, […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Chaos and Disorder (1996)"
Around the quarter-point of the 2018-19 NBA regular season is when I realized the Toronto Raptors would be the ones to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2019 NBA Finals. My pick to win it all remained the Golden State Warriors, as they had been since before the season started, and that belief did not […]Read more "Seismic Revisions"
Russell Westbrook has shot 43.3% from the field these previous three seasons, or 0.1% lower than his career shooting average if we want to really put things in context, and 38.4% in the playoffs during this same stretch of time. He’s averaged a triple-double in all three of those seasons, and yet, hasn’t played more […]Read more "Thunderous Dissent: A Fall from Stardom"
Being wrong is often a chastening experience, but a necessary one, as it keeps you humble. Oftentimes, it allows you to step back and look at the bigger picture; understand how something went wrong. My prediction of the conference standings1 was slightly off in some aspects, terribly in others, but I believe I captured the […]Read more "2018-19 NBA Regular Season Analysis"
Boston’s first championship in five seasons came in the form of a transitional Celtics squad led by sophomore Larry Bird, whose 1979-80 rookie season saw the largely similar 1978-79 team led by then sophomore Cedric Maxwell improve by 32 wins, while losing Dave Cowens to retirement; eventually losing to a Dr. J-led Sixers squad in […]Read more "Game Film: 1981 NBA Finals"
Some call it his best album of the ’90s, and others claim the production ruined the appeal of the original compositions on this album. Wherever you stand on the matter, the level of care and respect Prince had in crafting and promoting The Gold Experience trumps everything else he worked on for Warner Bros. in […]Read more "Retroactive Review: The Gold Experience (1995)"
Normally, an album nearing its seventh year of existence is not reason enough for a retrospective on its creation, but when the world built on the album in particular is as vibrant as the hue of the artwork, then some exceptions must be made. Frank Ocean was an internet darling prior to this album, but […]Read more "Retroactive Review: channel ORANGE (2012)"
October 2018 was a surprisingly respectable month for film, which hasn’t necessarily been the case for some time now. Gravity broke the October box office opening weekend record in 2013, which had only just been previously broken in 2011, by Paranormal Activity 3 of all movies. Audiences were willing to spend money this year, as Venom smashed Gravity‘s […]Read more "The Corporate Mandate"
Context is everything, so when this record was released as a contractual obligation just 14 weeks after Come, we should have foreseen the dark days ahead. Peaking at #47 on the Top 200, it was Prince’s lowest-selling album since Dirty Mind stalled out at #43 on the same list 14 years prior. Where that album […]Read more "Retroactive Review: The Black Album (1994)"
The spirituality of Lovesexy was hinted at in tracks on Graffiti Bridge, which to most fans would suggest since that drone at the end of “Positivity” was also at the end of “The New Power Generation (Pt. II),” and the two albums that featured the band named after that song sold just as well as the last […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Come (1994)"