A small thank you to the late Daniel Dumile, better known as MF DOOM.

During the early 2000s, the strange and mysterious “Metal Face” released albums like “MM… FOOD,” “Take Me to Your Leader,” and of course, the illustrious “Madvillainy.” This prolific period gave way for the formation of the greatest supervillain of all-time. A notorious title that isn’t given but earned. One small example of the leeway you are granted as the greatest supervillain ever to live is the justification of sending imposters to perform at live shows. However, if DOOM does decide to show up and is at the mic, you don’t go next; simple as that. This is because nobody can…

In April, The Stokes came back with a vengeance after a seven year gap since the disappointing “Comedown Machine.”

As promised, here is part two and the final 25 of what I believe to be the best albums 2020 had to offer. If you haven’t read yesterday’s part one, take the time to read that before reading number 25–1. Numbers 50–26 saw an array of newcomers such as young drill mastermind 22Gz and the longtime in the making Boldy James, who was perhaps the MVP of hip-hop in 2020, releasing four fantastic projects. Part one wasn’t filled with strictly newcomers either, but plenty of space for seasoned veterans releasing some of their best material yet. Familiar faces such as…

While not an album, Tkay Maidza’s breakthrough EP warranted a spot inside the top 50 for her groundbreaking take on the pop-rap genre.

I hate to be redundant with this introduction to my year-end list, but is it even possible to talk about 2020 without at least acknowledging the unprecedented events of this year? The second week of March, I sat in a barren library at Temple University, sipping on a coffee and listening to the latest releases, particularly from Lil Uzi Vert and Jay Electronica. This would be the last time I would step out in public, not wearing a mask. Since then, the past nine months, I have spent most of my waking hours in front of my laptop screen for…

(An essay from my Persuasive Writing class at Temple University)

H.R.1384 — Medicare for All Act of 2019 is the proposed legislation that would transform America’s broken, corrupt health care system.

In 2018, America spent 3.6 trillion dollars on health care, by far the highest number per capita in the world (CMS.gov). However, in that same year, 37 million Americans were uninsured (Galvani), hundreds of thousands went bankrupt due to medical bills, and tens of thousands died from lack of health insurance. This is the grim truth of living in the only first-world nation not to guarantee health care, where private companies prioritize profits over human lives. In America, health care is treated as a commodity to be bought and sold…

Kevin Shields, better known as Tame Impala, kept fans waiting for five years. While not bad, “The Slow Rush” doesn’t live up to the hype of his past work.

Each year, we’re inevitably blessed with fantastic albums that will be the talk of music fans for years to come. However, for every great album, there’s a handful that fails to live up to lofty standards set by fans. In identical fashion to my list from last year, “Most Disappointing Albums of 2019,” here’s a look back at this year’s duds. Each album here isn’t necessarily bad but left plenty to desire.

“Blame It on Baby” by DaBaby

Bob Marley and the Wailers had a prolific 1973, releasing both “Burnin’” and “Catch a Fire” within five-months.

Those who have been keeping up with my series “Ten Best Albums of…,” I apologize for breaking my promise of writing weekly. Last week was the start of my junior year of college, and couldn’t find the time to get this article out by last Monday. Two weeks ago, I explored the year 1989, a melting pot prelude of grunge, indie rock, and hip-hop that would dominate the upcoming decade. This week though, I explore a year from hands down the greatest decade of music the 70s, but more specifically, 1973. This was a time in history where the soul…

The Cure dominated the 80s, capping off the decade with renowned classic “Disintegration.”

After spending the first couple of articles in the series “Ten Best Albums of…” within the 2000s, I jump to the very tail end of the 80s, in 1989, where genres that dominated the early part of the decade like new wave and post-punk were set aside for the immense popularity of metal, post-hardcore, and the U.K. Madchester scene. Beneath the mainstream horizon, hip-hop continued it’s rise to stardom that would dominate the 90s while early indie rock and grunge took shape with bands like Pixies and Nirvana leading the era respectably. Household names included but were not limited to…

Amy Winehouse, as seen on the cover of “Back to Black.”

Jumping forward just a few years from 2003, the music landscape as one would expect hadn’t changed too much. In the mainstream eye, the garage rock revival was still dominating the airways, Justin Timberlake had his solo breakthrough after a four-year hiatus in the form of “FutureSex / LoveSounds” featuring mega-hits “SexyBack” and “Summer Love.” Other high profile releases included Beyonce’s sophomore “B’Day” and Red Hot Chili Peppers behemoth double album “Stadium Arcadium,” including the successful single “Dani California.” The east-coast hip-hop scene stole the show producing classic albums from veterans Ghostface Killah and The Roots while the modern-day trap…

White Stripes lead the garage rock revival explosion of the early 2000s.

Getting in the habit of regularly publishing on Medium, let alone weekly, has been my goal ever since I published my first article last year during my freshman spring semester. For various reasons such as school and lack of motivation, my content on Medium has been few and far between, something I have now decided to change thanks to some internal inspiration.

Starting with this article today, I have set out to create a weekly series where I’ll write about what I believe are the ten best albums of a given year. The goal, take a trip down memory lane…

FKA twigs performing during her 2019 “MAGDALENE” tour.

Spots 50–26 showcased trap all-stars like Young Nudy and Pi’erre Bourne’s collaborative effort “Sli’merre,” Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ability to reinvent themselves with “Ghosteen,” and a UK rap classic from slowthai in the form of politically driven “Nothing Great About Britain.” 25–1 features everything from Lana Del Rey’s longtime coming opus to Danny Brown, finally rapping from a state of wellbeing. It was a well-diversified year of music, ending the decade on a strong note with one of the best years of a boundary-pushing decade.

25. “Zdenka 2080” by Salami Rose Joe Louis

Evan Shrewsbury

College student with aspirations of working in the music industry, for now, I’ll try my hand at a blog.

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