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Patrick Smith

I am a staff writer with focuses in rap, hip-hop, folk, and music as a multifaceted discipline that grew up with a fascination and love for all things musical. I am currently studying English and Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati and I am also a creative writer (viewable on my website), a musician/aspiring SoundCloud rapper, and a video game enthusiast.

Scale and the Art of Reviewing Art (The Neutral-5)

When I reviewed Bryson Tiller’s True to Self, I received a good amount of backlash from friends and commentators alike saying that the album was good and my score failed to reflect this. Album reviews, although scarce, have very much been my primary interest in the past and will continue to be so moving forward as […]

Young Thug’s “Beautiful Thugger Girls” is both Innovative and Versatile

[7/10] (read about my scale and process here: http://thesightsandsounds.com/scale-art-reviewing-art-neutral-5/ That is a review score that will most likely catch many readers off guard, and understandably so; I, myself, was quite surprised at just how much I enjoyed this project. For quite some time, I had been a Young Thug denier, dismissively categorizing his music within the […]

Russ: Unapologetically Brash and Undeniably Talented

Consider, for a moment, the curious and enigmatic case of Russ Diemon.  I first encountered Russ some time back on Soundcloud on a smooth track called “Take It All In“. I was incredibly impressed with a variety of things: rhythmic bars, undeniable vocal range, and an uncanny attention to detail in the production stages made […]

[REVIEW] Bryson Tiller Drops Lackluster Sophomore Album, True to Self

[5.3/10] Bryson Tiller‘s latest album, his sophomore release, True to Self, was surrounded with anticipation, and for good reason: Tiller, a Louisville native, exploded onto the scene with his 2014 Soundcloud drop, “Don’t”, which peaked at 13th on the Billboard Hot 100 and would ultimately serve as the premier single on his first studio album, […]

[THOUGHTS] Frank Ocean’s Recent Withdrawals Lead to Recollections of Inconsistency

In the months following Frank Ocean’s critically acclaimed Blonde album, he has been, contrary to the past, in line with what is now expected, if not demanded, of popular artists in contemporary times: a continuous stream of releases, consistent and thorough tour dates, and a general transparency and communicability with one’s audience are about all it takes […]