“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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New EP From Dreamville’s EarthGang

Today, Dreamville’s EarthGang dropped the second installment in a three-part series of conceptually linked EPs leading up to the debut project, Mirrorland.

 

Last month, in celebration of Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot signing a record deal with J. Cole’s Dreamville Records, the Atlanta rap duo released Rags – EP.

 

Robots continues the trifecta, which is set to conclude with Royalty before the end of the year. Although both Rags and Robots each stand on their own as very solid pieces of work, Dot has assured fans that each chapter makes up part of a “deconstructed album.”

 

The lost art of creating musical narratives appeals to both Venus and Dot, the latter saying:

“What I’m interested to see is how many people play ’em all back to back and play the story through and see … Those kind of conversations are my favorite. Those are the people that pick out the details and interpret shit their own way. It’s my favorite part of doing this shit ‘cause I don’t never tell someone they’re wrong. I think that’s dope. I ain’t think about it that way. That’s my favorite part.”

 

In my opinion, EarthGang represents some of the best lyricism to come out of Atlanta since OutKast. I’m excited to see how the three EP’s tie into the story of Mirrorland.

 

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Recap: 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards

Last night, the BET Hip Hop Awards annual show was held and here’s a quick recap:

Last night, the BET Hip Hop Awards annual show was held and here’s a quick recap:

  • Kendrick Lamar took home “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Hot Ticket Performer,” Lyricist of the Year,” and “Album of the Year.”
  • Somehow, Cardi B won 5 out of her 9 nominations… I’m not sure why that happened.
  • J. Cole sadly left empty-handed because, honestly, 4 Your Eyez Only wasn’t anything special (compared to other J. Cole works).

(Why were there only 16 award categories?)

 

Check out the Cyphers below:

·       Cypher 1 – Little Simz, 6lack, Mysonne, Axel Leon and Tee Grizzley

·       Cypher 2 – Fat Joe, Cyhi the Prynce, Belly

·       Cypher 3 – J.I.D, Ali Tomineek, Cozz, Kodie Shane

·       Cypher 4 – Eminem

 

What did you think of the cyphers? Who do you think should have won that didn’t?

 

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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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