“November” Album Review

One year after SiR officially signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, November has arrived.

 

The album is already receiving praise from TDE fans and critics alike. The 31-year-old Inglewood artist, SiR, blends aspects of soul and r&b with a modern, dark twist. Other than two features from ScHoolboy Q and Etta Bond, November is SiR’s project which allows the listener to really become acquainted with the artist.

 

Even if you’re not a big r&b fan, November is definitely worth checking out. Any fan of TDE would appreciate the album’s complexity.

 

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Dave East Releases “Paranoia 2”

After much anticipation, Harlem rapper, Dave East, comes through with the sequel to his Paranoia project.

 

Last year, he released Paranoia: A True Story. Three months later, he gave us another mixtape, titled Karma. This year, Dave East’s keeping the momentum going by dropping Paranoia 2 (along with announcing an accompanying tour).

 

The album features appearances from Tory Lanez, T.I., Lloyd Banks, and many more. I definitely think this is his strongest project yet. Standout tracks include “Talk to Big”, “Corey”, “Thank You”, “What Made Me”, “Never Been”, and “Grateful” (although some other songs were amazing too). East’s harsh vocals and fantastic storytelling ability remind me of legends like 50 Cent and Game.

 

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Best Albums of 2017

2017 was a pretty fantastic year for hip-hop fans. Before 2018 begins, I thought I’d take a look back at 2017 and recall some of the great projects that were released.

 In no specific order, here are ten of my favorite albums from 2017:

 Damn. (Kendrick Lamar)

West 1996, Pt. 2 (Lute)

TMRWFRVR (Luke Christopher)

The Never Story (J.I.D)

No Dope On Sundays (Cyhi the Prynce)

4:44 (Jay-Z)

Jay’s too cool for Spotify

Blue Chips 7000 (Action Bronson)

Laila’s Wisdom (Rapsody)

OBLiBiON (T-Pain)

State of Mind 2 (Dizzy Wright)

 

Honorable Mentions:

There’s Really a Wolf (Russ)

Everybody (Logic)

X Infinity (Watsky)

Trial by Fire (Yelawolf)

Rags & Robots (Earthgang)

Real Person (Caleborate)

508-507-2209 (Joyner Lucas)

 

What were your favorite albums from 2017?

 

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“Revival” Album Review

Many people call Marshall Mathers “The Greatest of All Time” but I believe Hip-Hop doesn’t really have one single G.O.A.T. However, most Rap fans can probably agree that Eminem’s one of them.

 

I was really excited about hearing Revival, and much like the new Star Wars movie, I have mixed feelings.

 

“I’ve been working on it for over a year. You know how it is — you make songs, and as you make the new ones, the old ones get old and you throw them out,” Eminem said. “The album is called Revival. It’s a reflection of where I’m at right now, but also I feel like what I tried to do was diversify. I’ve tried to make a little something for everyone.”

 

Mathers knew what he was doing by giving fans a mixed bag of 19 tracks. Ranging from classic Em to something that sounds like Migos penned it (“Chloraseptic”). On the whole, I was left feeling unsatisfied. The album has some pretty good tracks but I don’t see any of these records becoming “classics”. Every time Eminem drops a project at least a couple of the songs end up being timeless jams. I don’t see that in Revival.

 

The majority of the album had a punk rock tone. I’m not a fan of when Yelawolf does that and I’m definitely not a fan of when Eminem tries. By being so talented, Marshall’s permanently set the bar high for fans’ expectations. After a 4-year break since his last project, Hip-Hop heads were hoping for something better than what they got. There’s nothing really wrong with Revival, but I feel like Em could’ve done better.

 

Standout tracks include “River”, “Like Home”, “Nowhere Fast”, “Offended”, “Castle”, and “Arose”.

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“Oblivion” Album Review

I love T-Pain…

Unlike the movie Oblivion, T-Pain’s Oblivion was awesome.

 

He’s one of the few artists that doesn’t change his sound too drastically. If it isn’t broke don’t fix it. Everything you want from a T-Pain project is present in Oblivion.

  • Smooth melodies, catchy hooks, and clever lyrics? CHECK
  • Humorous lines? CHECK
  • A Chris Brown feature? CHECK

Oblivion is exactly what I’d hope to get from the Autotune King. Standout tracks include “Cee Cee From DC”, “2 Fine”, “Second Chance”, “Who Died” (just to name a few).

 

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“No Dope on Sundays” Album Review

Background

Atlanta rapper, Cyhi the Prynce, released his long-awaited debut album today titled No Dope on Sundays.

 

Most hip-hop heads are familiar with the G.O.O.D. Music artist but until now, his biggest claim to fame’s been his breakout verse on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

 

Cyhi the Prynce receiving co-signs from both Beyoncé and Kanye generated a lot of buzz around his name. However, due to label issues and family matters, Cyhi’s debut album was postponed far too long. After switching from Def Jam to Sony, he finally got his project green lit. Fans’ expectations for NDOS (No Dope on Sundays) were very high after waiting 7 years.

 

 

Review

 No Dope on Sundays was a very solid and well-done project. The majority of the tracks were just what I was hoping for as a fan of Cyhi’s work.

However,

While NDOS was a fantastic project, it played more like a sophomore album than a debut. The subject matter (crime, drugs, violence, religion) isn’t a particularly great way to introduce yourself to mainstream media. Debut albums should be more relatable and paint a picture of the artist as a whole. Cyhi only really focused on where he came from.

 

Take Kendrick Lamar for example. Good Kid M.A.A.D City was an incredible entrance to mainstream. It covered a variety of topics and appealed to a much wider audience. Then, once he was famous enough, Kendrick was able to successfully make an album like To Pimp a Butterfly, which featured deeper subject matter and more experimental sounds.

 

I think No Dope on Sundays would’ve served as a fantastic second project for Cyhi.

 

My concern is that very few of the songs on NDOS are radio friendly and the songs that were intended to be (“Movin’ Around”, “Dat Side”, “Looking for Love”, and “I’m Fine.”) aren’t particularly awesome tracks.

 

No Dope on Sundays was a great album for true hip-hop fans but I’m interested to see if it catches the attention of the general public. Maybe I’m being too critical of the project… Hopefully, NDOS launches Cyhi into stardom but only time will tell.

 

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“Trial By Fire” Album Review

I wasn’t originally a fan of Yelawolf. However, his 2015 album, Love Story, won me over.

 

I thought the laid-back vocals and country driven sound fit him better and made Yelawolf a more relatable, approachable character. As someone who really enjoyed Love Story, I was ecstatic to hear there was a new project in the works. I hoped the new album would mirror the style of Love Story.

 

Sadly, the recently released Trial By Fire isn’t quite as good as its predecessor. It’s a solid project but it didn’t live up to my expectations.

 

There are some great songs on this album but the records were hit or miss. Out of the 14 tracks, only 9 or 10 of them bear semblance to Love Story (not a bad ratio in my opinion). Love Story didn’t appeal to his entire fan base so he needed to include a few more aggressive songs to appease more people and that’s understandable. I just could’ve done without the in your face, punk rock sound.

 

All in all, Trial By Fire, is a solid project that grows on me a little bit with each listen. I think Love Story is Yelawolf’s best album but Trial By Fire sits comfortably in second place.

 

Ain’t nothing wrong with silver.

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