Category Archives: Reviews

Reviews for albums, singles, television shows, movies, etc.


After years of contemplating, I decided to move my site and change its name. Not only the name, but its purpose. is now WATMONLINE.COM. When I launched in 2009, I had NO idea what I was getting into. All I wanted to do was post few stories and give my opinion, in hopes of getting a few readers and call it day. Back then, I was clueless to the work, time and energy it takes to keep up a blog, especially when you enjoy it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music. I might not know the day of the week, but I KNOW when Grammys are. Long story short, I took my obsession beyond friends and family and made it public to anyone with access to the Internet, and that’s how was born.

Since my first post about Barbara Streisand keeping Mariah Carey out the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, has grown beyond my expectations. Knowing that nearly a half million people have, at one time or another, visited the site blows my mind. In the grand scheme of things that’s a small fraction of world’s Internet population, but to me, that’s EVERYTHING!

As World According to Monte becomes WATM ONLINE, I’m confident in knowing that this is only the beginning. I’ve seen what a hard work and dedication can do and I refuse to give up until I reach my goals. Whenever I do decide to take on something, I want to be the best; regardless of how it takes to get there, I’m willing and will work my ass off to get to the next level.

There are hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of music-related websites, offering music and entertainment news, celebrity gossip, exclusive interviews, etc., but few are actually credible. And that’s what will set WATM ONLINE apart from the run-of-the-mill music blog.  I want to give the facts, then give my opinion, even if the facts and my opinion conflict. My hope is to highlight artists, known and unknown, with stories that will spark conversation and become your go-to for the latest about your favorites and the best you never heard.

If you’ve ever clicked on a link, left a comment, scrolled down the homepage, liked on Facebook, retweeted a Tweet, subscribed via email, or have been involved with in any way, I humbly thank you!

I’m excited about the new journey and look forward to all that lies ahead! Head over to WATMONLINE.COM and subscribe to receive posts via email, bookmark the site, and if you’d like, drop me a line at (The fact that I have personalize email for the new site is the coolest shit, EVER!)

See you there!

— Montè

Press Play: Nas – ‘Life Is Good’

Just as hip-hop began to shift into the land of “Everybody sounds the same,” with the rebirth of supergroups, tales of bad bitches, partying at LIV on Sundays and name dropping luxury cars most can’t pronounce, Nas returns with Life Is Good.

Before we breakdown the latest gem in the crown of arguably hip-hop’s greatest lyricist, let’s not kid ourselves — Life Is Good has its share of the larger-than-life bravado on which the genre is built, but its author is clever enough to opt for subtlety, rather than beat us over the head with line after line about a life most will never attain.

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Album Review: Chris Brown – Fortune

Fresh off his win for best R&B album at this year’s GRAMMYs, Chris Brown follows up with Fortune, released on July 3 via RCA Records. The 14-track (standard edition) picks up where his last album left off, showcasing multiple sides of the controversial singer.  On one hand, he’s a fearless, 20-something whose only priority is partying and chasing women. On another he’s a defiant rebel who occasionally raps about coming from nothing to something and does not want to be judged by his past. He then adopts the typical bravado synonymous with R&B male singers, before displaying surprising sense of vulnerability and heartbreak.

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The Review: Dawn Richard – ‘Armor On’ [EP]

As the definition of R&B evolves, Dawn Richard, formerly of Danity Kane and Diddy-Dirty Money, steps to the forefront to usher in a new wave of the genre; one free of limitations, relying solely on the music. On Armor On, her debut EP, Dawn takes listeners on an emotional roller coaster ride, filled with love, heartbreak, regret, forgiveness and seemingly everything in between, all the while maintaining a sense of individuality and a sound all her own.

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The Review: Monica – ‘New Life’

Monica celebrates New Life on seventh album.

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Nicki Minaj Roman Reloaded: Too Much, Too Soon

Does Nicki Minaj catch the sophomore jinx on Roman Reloaded? 

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Album Preview: Trey Songz – ‘Chapter V’

With “Heart Attack” at radio, Trey Songz is prepping the release of his fifth studio album, Chapter V.  Last week, the R&B crooner invited Complex Magazine to a special listening session for the new set.

White roses and candles made the room feel more like a place for bedroom exploits than a listening session. The man who invented sex was in his element.

“I’m excited as hell to hear them loud,” Trey said before queuing up the six songs that he’s almost positive will make the final cut of the album, which is tentatively set to drop in August.

After some extensive touring in Europe, South Africa, and Australia last year and seeing the impact his music had on his fans, the singer gained a new appreciation for where he is in his career right now. “I realized I’m here for a reason,” Trey said. “It’s an amazing experience to be who I am right now.”

That’s a believable sentiment. Now let’s get to the music.

Check out the Chapter V preview below.

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The Review: Madonna – ‘MDNA’

With a career that spans nearly 30 years, Madonna has done it all: multiple number one singles, diamond and multi-platinum albums, and record-setting tours. What is left to prove? Absolutely nothing. MDNA, her twelfth studio album, finds the Queen of Pop expressing her post-marriage angst and partying along the way.  If you’re expecting a sappy, divorce record, this isn’t the album for you.
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