T-Pain Announces New Album “Oblivion”

It’s been more than five years since the release of T-Pain’s last full-length album, Revolver, so the public is in need of some Pain. As a huge fan of the autotune legend, news of an upcoming project made my day.

 

Titled OBLiViON, the new album will be arriving on November 17th. T-Pain made this announcement in an Instagram post describing a conversation that supposedly happened between him and a passenger on a plane.

November 17th #OBLiViON #GoalLine feat. @blacyoungstafb out now. #officialmusicvideo soon come

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Most of the details of the album have been kept under wraps but his two recent tracks, “F.B.G.M” featuring Young M.A. and “Goal Line” with Blac Youngsta will probably be included in the tracklist.

 

In the past, T-pain’s never failed to deliver some incredible radio hits but I’m excited to see the artistic direction he takes with OBLiViON. His acoustic appearance on NPR Tiny Desk Concert was wildly popular and became the most viewed episode of the series. The video was so successful that the artist returned a year later to deliver a 27-minute concert for NPR Front Row in the same style. In August of this year, Pain even announced an Acoustic tour.

Does this mean that OBLiViON will be less dependent on vocal effects or will he continue the tried-and-true formula that made him a star? I guess we’ll find out in September.

 

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2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher

Since its beginning in 2006, the annual BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony has included cyphers as part of the show. On the whole, BET consistently does a good job of highlighting both talented up-and-comers (unlike the XXL Freshman Classes) as well as rap veterans.

 

This year’s televised ceremony (hosted by DJ Khaled) will take place on Tuesday, October 10. Recently, BET announced the list of artists that will be appearing in the cypher:

6LACK

Mysonne

Tee Grizley

Axel Leon

Little Simz

Cozz

J.I.D

Kodie Shane

Ali Tomineek

Fat Joe

Cyhi The Prynce

Belly

Ball Greezy

Denzel Curry

Ski Mask the Slump God

Zoey Dollaz

 

What do you think of this year’s line-up?

 

Here are a few of my favorite cyphers from previous years:

 

Click here for the full list of BET cypher line-ups.

 

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#TBT: “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” (by Chris Brown)

Another classic from C-Breezy in honor of #ThrowbackThursday. I miss the days when music videos had impressive choreography and synchronized background dancers.

 

 

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Kendrick vs Lil Wayne

K.Dot’s third solo mixtape, C4, was released in 2009. The project features Kendrick freestyling over multiple instrumentals from Tha Carter III, which came out in 2008. This was Wayne’s best album by a long shot and put Weezy in the spotlight. Remixing a bunch of Lil Wayne’s most popular songs at the height of his popularity was a pretty ballsy thing for Kendrick to do. Because so many tracks from Tha Carter III are considered  classics, the question has to be asked… Who wore the beat best?

“3 Peat”

“A Milli”

“Phone Home”

“Dr. Carter”

“La La”

“Let the Beat Build”

“Mrs. Officer”

“Don’t Get It”

Added bonus with both artists on the same track:

 

Who do you think did a better job?

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Underdog Story: Tito Lopez

Tito Lopez is an incredibly gifted rapper from Mississippi. He began to really generate buzz in 2011 when this video of him freestyling for Dr. Dre emerged.

 

It was confirmed he was working with Dre and all signs pointed to Lopez becoming a big name in hip-hop. Tito’s 2012 mixtape, The Hunger Game, was astounding and in that same year, he released two singles “Mama Proud” and “The Blues” which were his first works to be sold on iTunes.

 

Representing “the underdog”, Tito Lopez told a highly relatable story that resonated with listeners. His music spread like a virus to anybody who was exposed to the catchy vocals and impressive flow. In 2013, Lopez released, Y.O.U, which was a breathtaking mixtape and truly deserved to be an album. I think the project would’ve made a proper debut to introduce him to mainstream media. However, it remained a mixtape.

 

Suddenly, like the lost city of Atlantis, Tito seemingly vanished! It was as if he decided to become a monk or maybe he was kidnapped or something. I tried to find new music from him but returned empty handed.

 

In 2016, after years with absolutely no Internet presence, Tito Lopez finally came out of hiding. In an interview with Inspire Magazine, Lopez gave an update about what he’s been up to (watch the video at the bottom).

 

Simply put, he had a lot of family issues to take care of so he had to put recording to the side for some time. I respect that and, as a fan, it’s the most satisfying and understandable explanation. He chose to leave Capitol Records and he’s now with his independent label, GPT, which was his original crew. He now raps under the name Tito Lo which feels like it was a long time coming if you listen to the song “Black Dude Spanish Name.”

 

Tito seems to be making music again and hopefully he continues to do so for a long time. Check out Lo’s latest mixtape, The Emmett Trill EP, which he released in 2015. I didn’t know about its existence until recently because he changed his penname.

 

Watch the 3-part interview with Inspire below

 

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“West 1996, Pt. 2” Album Review

Debut project from Dreamville’s Lute

The newest addition to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, Lute, released his debut album today and all I can say is… Wow…

 

West 1996, Pt. 2 is truly a masterpiece.

 

Lute wears his heart on his sleeve, lyrically painting a perfect self-portrait. From his past, to his present, to his future, Lute takes the listener on a journey deep into his life. Other than the obvious struggle to make it in the rap game, Lute talks about how his career affected his friendships and his family life.

 

Excluding the songs “Birds & Bees” & “Ford’s Prayer”, the majority of the album makes you feel as if you’re being directly spoken to. As a result, you walk away from the album feeling like you really know him. This is a hard task to accomplish and takes a talented storyteller to pull off.

 

West 1996, Pt.2 isn’t geared towards the average listener, however. I don’t see any of these songs being played on the radio or in the club. Hopefully, this won’t prevent Lute from reaching the critical acclaim he deserves with this project.

 

 Check out West 1996, Pt. 2 below and let me know what you think.

 

If you haven’t heard his first mixtape, West 1996, click here to listen.

 

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