“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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New Chance the Rapper & Jeremih Project

Tis the season for Christmas-themed hip-hop albums!

 

Chance the Rapper & Jeremih’s 2016 mixtape, Merry Christmas Christmas Lil Mama EP, just got a facelift. It’s been repackaged, remastered, and expanded into a 2-disc full-length album. Disc 1 is a remastered version of the original project while Disc 2 contains 9 brand new tracks.

 

According to Chance’s twitter, the project is available for free download via Chance The Rapper’s official website.

 

“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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Jon Connor’s Debut Album Update

Dr. Dre’s newest protégé, Jon Connor, has been hard at work preparing his debut album. Vehicle City doesn’t have a release date yet, however, Connor tweeted a picture of the final product. Now we know that the project’s completely finished and mastered.

I hope it comes early in 2018 because I’d love to hear it!

 

If you’re not familiar with the rising star, check out my article about Jon Connor below:

https://whatsongisthis.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/10-songs-you-need-to-hear-jon-connor/

 

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Kendrick Lamar Re-releases “Damn.”

Today, K. Dot released the Collectors Edition of his recent album, Damn.. The only difference between the new version and the original is that the tracklist has been reversed.

 

If you didn’t already know this, the album was originally intended to be played both ways. The normal song order tells the story of a sinner finding redemption. When reversed, the album tells the story of one man’s fall from grace, ultimately leading to his demise.

 

I think it’s a cool idea to re-release it in the reversed order, but the only people this actually affects are vinyl collectors. Now, fans can have two separate records telling two different stories. People who don’t buy physical copies of music can simply reverse the order in their libraries. So far, it doesn’t look like the new edition is even available in vinyl form, which surprises me. However, I bet that is soon to come probably.

 

Which way do you prefer the album? Do you think it plays better in reverse or in the original order?

 

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