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Mace and Crown | May 22, 2018

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Monarch Music Minute: Asking Alexandria, G-Easy, N.E.R.D., Eminem

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

Courtesy Sumerian Records

Asking Alexandria
‘Asking Alexandria’
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British rock conglomerate Asking Alexandria has released their incendiary eponymous sixth studio album with the return of original frontman, Danny Worsnop. With “Into the Fire” and “Where Did It Go?” preceding the new album’s release, the group continues to offer their alternative and heavy metal/post-hardcore soundset. “Alone In a Room” and “Rise Up” deliver relentless energy, yet the set stays on the predictable margin of the metal spectrum throughout.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy RCA Records

‘The Beautiful & Damned’
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Preceded by the singles “No Limit” and “Him & I,” rapper G-Easy’s “The Beautiful & Damned” is also graced with A-list contributions from Halsey, Charlie Puth and Cardi B, among others. The generous, 20-track offering features a lyrically compelling narrative mixed with a varying soundset and beats that keep each track transition fresh and inviting. “Sober,” “No Limit” and “Crash & Burn” verify a compilation that is refreshing and perhaps, precocious within hip-hop.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy N.E.R.D. Music, LLC

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Funk rock outfit N.E.R.D. have dropped their fifth studio compilation entitled, “NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES.” Preceded by the singles “Lemon,” “1000” and “Don’t Don’t Do It!,” the new record also enlists the talents of Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran, among others. “Rollinem 7’s,” “Kites” and “Lifting You” also define the new record’s hyperactive, sonic energy with musical meanderings that delivers at times, minimalistic flair and unabashed karma.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Courtesy Aftermath Records

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“Revival” is the ninth studio album by rapper, Eminem. With “Walk on Water” and “Untouchable” preceding the new LP’s release, the 19-track set features contributions from Beyoncé, Kehlani, Pink and Alicia Keys, among other notable artists. “Like Home” takes direct aim at President Donald Trump and is probably the most politically vitriol track from the Slim Shady rapper. Denouncing issues such as racism and white privilege make this set worth a listen.

Stream the album on Spotify here.

Rating System:

💿  – Face palm.
💿  💿  – Eh…
💿  💿  💿  – We’re getting there.
💿  💿  💿  💿  – I’ll listen to it twice, even.
💿  💿  💿  💿  💿  – Hell yes!