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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Ten of the Most Influential Rap Albums

Lately, there’s been a lot of debate regarding whether or not Tha Carter III is a classic. Some people even cited it as one of the most influential albums of the hip-hop genre.

 

I don’t want to get into that argument because I think Complex had a very accurate assessment. (Read the article by clicking here)

 

Instead, I’d like to list some truly influential records.

 

“Rapper’s Delight” by The Sugarhill Gang

Released in September 1979, it’s considered to be the song that introduced hip-hop music to the masses. Generally, “Rapper’s Delight” is seen as the first official rap song.

 

 Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.

Run-D.M.C. is undoubtedly one of the most influential acts in hip-hop history. They were the first group in the genre to have gold, platinum, and multiplatinum certifications. Additionally, they were the first to be nominated for a Grammy, first to appear on American Bandstand, and the first to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Their third (and most successful) album, Raising Hell, featured “Walk This Way” which revived Aerosmith’s career and became one of the biggest hits of the 1980’s.

 

 Public Enemy

I don’t want to pick a specific body of work by Public Enemy because all of their music was influential. Known for their politically charged music and criticisms of the American media, the group’s active frustrations and concerns of the African American community were an important part of the golden age of hip hop.

 

The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest

Bridging the gap between jazz and hip-hop, this was instrumental in the birth of alternative rap.

 

Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.

This was the debut project for N.W.A. The group was among the earliest and most controversial acts in gangsta rap. Their explicit lyrics included glorification of drugs and crime that caused them to be banned from many mainstream radio stations. They’ve still managed to sell over 10 million units in the U.S.

 

Illmatic by Nas

Released in the midst of the boiling East-West conflict, Illmatic is commonly regarded as the best hip-hop album of all time.

 

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan

This was the debut project for Wu-Tang Clan who many critics call the best rap group ever. In 2004, NME named them as one of the most influential groups of the last ten years. In 2008, About ranked them as “the No. 1 greatest hip-hop group of all time.”

 

Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G.

Not only was Ready to Die Biggie’s debut studio album, but it was the only project released during his lifetime. It launched him into stardom and revitalized the East Coast hip-hop scene at a time when the West Coast dominated the industry. I view Ready to Die as one of the most important rap albums of the 1990’s.

 

Me Against the World by 2pac

Pac’s third studio record addressed issues such as: racism, police brutality, poverty, crime and his impending prison sentence. Released while Shakur was imprisoned, Me Against the World became an instant commercial success. The album’s considered the best and most introspective project of his career.

 

The Slim Shady LP by Eminem

Earning him his first Grammy and skyrocketing him into mainstream culture, The Slim Shady LP marked the beginning of Em’s reign as king. He’s received 15 Grammy Awards and sold more than 172 million albums, which makes Eminem one of the most commercially successful artists of all time.

 

Is Tha Carter III a classic? Was it influential? Let me know what you think.

 

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Meet Dreamville’s Newest Signees

EarthGang is an Atlanta rap duo consisting of Doctur Dot and Johnny Venus. Thursday, news surfaced of Earthgang becoming the newest addition to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records.

 

To supplement this announcement, EarthGang released their newest project, Rags. The five-song EP is the first of three, leading up to an album called Mirrorland.

 

In an interview with P&P, EarthGang shared:

“It’s a part of this three-part EP series. Rags, Robots, and Royalty. All these things are the train stops to Mirrorland, which is our album coming out whenever the f*** we put it out,” they said. “It represents being from the bottom. Shout out to everybody who came from the bottom and came from the lowest. At the bottom, there’s nothing but pure potential. Zero is pure potential.”

 

I love this concept.

 

Check out Rags – EP below

What do you think of the project?

Do you think EarthGang will make a good addition to the Dreamville family?

 

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“Blue Chips 7000” Album Review

Action Bronson’s long-awaited album, Blue Chips 7000, finally arrived today.

 

It’s everything I hoped it would be. The smooth jazz samples and signature Bronson vocals combine to form a true masterpiece. Standout tracks include “The Choreographer”, “Let Me Breathe”, “My Right Lung”, and “9-24-7000” which features a great verse from Rick Ross. My favorite thing about Action is his consistency. Bronson doesn’t try to be anything he’s not. He talks about the things he likes and that’s it… No conscious rapping or political statements- just happy-go-lucky Bam Bam doing his thing.

 

Listen to the album below:

 

What do you think of Blue Chips 7000?

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10 Songs You Need to Hear: Action Bronson

Gourmet chef, TV personality, and rapper, Action Bronson is gearing up to release a new album. Blue Chips 7000 will arrive this Friday (August 25th) so I decided to honor his music with a top-10 list.

 

Here are 10 of my favorite tracks from Bronsolini’s discography:

 

“9-24-11”

From Action’s Blue Chips mixtape series, this song is one of the most epic lyrical miracles from the New York emcee.

 

“Actin Crazy”

The music video is a masterpiece that makes me love the song even more. “Actin Crazy” is definitely a standout track from Mr. Wonderful.

 

“Mike Vick”

Bronson’s affinity for luxury is highlighted in this record. His performance in “Mike Vick” is the lyrical equivalent of a pimp walk.

 

“It’s Me”

Action’s lighthearted lyrics and the whimsical tone of the instrumental highlight the comedic demeanor that made him famous.

 

“Easy Rider”

Both the song and the music video are epic.

 

“Tapas”

Action Bronson can deliver one of the best old-school flows.

 

“Tan Leather”

Bam Bam’s laid-back rhymes truly shine in “Tan Leather”. His indefinable coolness is part of what makes Action Bronson a larger than life personality.

 

“Riggs & Murtaugh” by Reks (ft. Action Bronson)

Reks is one of my favorite underground rappers. The two artists have great chemistry in “Riggs & Murtaugh”. Statik Selektah’s the only producer who could create such harmony.

 

“Hookers At The Point”

If you’re easily offended, DO NOT listen to this track.

 

“Pouches of Tuna”

Action’s voice and some string instruments are all the ingredients needed for a dose of dopeness.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Amadu Diablo

Pepe Lopez

Eggs On The Third Floor

 

What are your favorite records from Mr. Wonderful?

 

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Everything We Know About Cyhi’s Album (So Far)

Fans of Cyhi the Prynce have been long awaiting a debut studio album.

 

After signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label in 2010, everyone was anticipating Cyhi’s moment to shine. Six years and two album-quality mixtapes later, the debut was still a no-show. In August 2015, he was released from his contract with Def Jam and made his way to Sony.

 

Cyhi’s indicated that he and Kanye (as well as other G.O.O.D. Music artists) are still on good terms. A few months ago, Prynce announced that his debut album, No Dope On Sundays, was finally finished. He’s assured that the project will arrive “very soon” although the actual release date is still unknown to the public.

 

Here is what we do know about No Dope On Sundays so far:

 

Cyhi’s still a part of G.O.O.D. Music

Although Def Jam handles distribution, Kanye originally founded G.O.O.D. Music in conjunction with Sony BMG. It appears that Cyhi’s move from Def Jam to Sony didn’t affect his position with G.O.O.D. Music. The upcoming project will be executive produced by Kanye West and is slated to feature ScHoolboy Q, Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, and more.

 

2 Chainz will be featured

Prynce posted a video of himself previewing a track including the album name and tagging Chainz in the description. I’d say it’s safe to assume the track is part of the album.

 

There’s one single already

So far, the only full track to be released is “Movin’ Around” (feat. ScHoolboy Q). Although the use of autotune is out of character for Cyhi the Prynce, I think he uses it decently. Based on the previews we’ve seen, not all of the songs will have autotuned vocals. Personally, I prefer Cyhi’s normal sound. That being said, it’s still a good song.

 

The album should be sick

This one is just my opinion but check out this video posted of him previewing an unknown track and tell me it doesn’t sound amazing.

 

Are you excited about the album?

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Sam Lachow Announces New EP

A couple days ago (August 6th), Sam Lachow announced his upcoming project is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Play Pretend (feat. Maggie Lou May) – EP will consist of five songs and is scheduled to arrive August 29th. If you pre-order the album, you get one of the tracks early.

 

According to Lachow’s facebook:

“It’s my most personal project to date and features all original composition by my best friend, Maggie. For everyone who wondered what I’ve been going through and where I’ve been the last year, this is for you.”

 

What are some of your favorite tracks from his past releases? Are you excited for the new EP?

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