Luke Christopher: Album of the Year

Luke Christopher released his debut album today…

TMRWFRVR might be my favorite project of 2017 so far. Don’t get me wrong, Kendrick is still king but Luke blew me away with this album. When I first heard Section.80, I saw something special. I get the exact same feeling listening to TMRWFRVR.

 

The beats are incredible and Luke’s voice fits perfectly over each, switching between rapping and singing with jaw dropping grace.

 

The awesome thing about this project is that each song feels like a completely unique masterpiece. I can’t even name standout tracks because they are all that good.

Click here to buy the album… You will be so happy you did.

What do you think of the album?

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Lil Wayne- In Tune We Trust- REVIEW

Today, Lil Wayne released a four-song mixtape in anticipation for his upcoming project. There’s still no set release date for Tha Carter V and according to DJ Drama, Dedication 6 is on its way as well. Until then, In Tune We Trust will hopefully keep Weezy fans satisfied.

 

Let me start by saying I am not a fan of Lil Wayne nowadays. He had a great run… Tha Carter III & No Ceilings are classics but around 2011, he started releasing music that was simply not up to par. Lyrically, it sounded like he was being lazy and cranking out fast-food rap. When I say “fast-food rap” I mean it was consistently poor quality, easily put together, and just enough substance to keep some people happy.

 

He still has fans though and I mean no disrespect… but it’s a shame to see a once-talented artist go downhill.

 

I want to hear from you.

Are you a fan of Wayne’s work in the past few years? What do you think of this mixtape?

Listen to the mixtape below and tell me what you think.

hotnewhiphop.com/lil-wayne-intunewetrust-new-mixtape.117328

 

 

 

Joyner Lucas Album Review

Joyner Lucas recently released his debut album, 508-507-2209. The Massachusetts up-and-comer is still making a name for himself and this album is a great start.

 

Lucas’s lyricism is what makes him unique so if you’re one of those people who “only cares about the beat” you probably won’t think he’s anything special. However, if you’re a fan of realness and deep, poetic hip-hop (think “Ill Mind of Hopsin”) then you’ll like Joyner.

 

Standout tracks include “Ultrasound”, “Just Like You”, and my personal favorite, “Sorry” which is an emotional roller coaster with a height requirement taller than Yao Ming.

 

Stream the entire project here

 

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My Reaction to the XXL 2017 Freshman Class

Note: My use of hyperlinks throughout the article is very deliberate. I recommend clicking them.

 

No offense to the XXL staff members… but what the hell?

  

Beginning in 2007, XXL has released an annual list of 10 up-and-coming artists to showcase new talent in the hip-hop genre. The first few years were awesome and accurately predicted the artists with the most potential. In 2011, they introduced an annual cypher, which was a great addition.

 

In 2014, the tide began to turn. The freshman class of 2014 consisted of 5 talented rappers and 5 people that made me seriously question the selection process. The unbalanced talent in the 2014 class was very evident in the cypher because half of the participants rapped like they’d never touched a microphone before.

 

2015 and 2016 were total disappointments. Just when I thought they couldn’t get any worse, they released the 2017 freshman class.

 

This year’s class is undoubtedly the worst one yet. The cyphers are sure to be a laughable mess and I’ve basically lost all faith in the XXL decision makers. The annual list was originally intended to showcase artists who represent the future of the genre. I pray that XXL’s 2017 list isn’t an accurate prediction of where rap is headed. 

  

Below, I’ve made a list of 10 people who should’ve been chosen.

 

  

Young M.A

 At the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, she delivered what XXL Magazine described as a “show-stopping freestyle… one of the best freestyles of the night.” I can’t speak for the LGBT community but I’d imagine they’d be happy to see her in the 2017

 

 

J.I.D.

 I’m really surprised J.I.D. wasn’t picked for this year’s freshman class… especially after J. Cole signed him to Dreameville Records.

 

 

D.R.A.M.

 Why was D.R.A.M. not picked? He has the personality that makes a superstar and he’s collaborated with popular artists like in the song “Broccoli” which features Lil Yachty. There’s no logical explanation for D.R.A.M. not appearing on the cover in this year.

 

 

KYLE

KYLE is one of the few rappers who earned their spot in the 2017 freshman class. Congratulations, KYLE. Well done.

 

 

Token

 Token has yet to drop his debut album but if it’s released in 2017, his name will blow up. He’ll be picked for the 2018 or 2019 for sure and, as a seasoned battle rapper, he’ll perform well in the cypher.

 

 

Montana of 300

Montana of 300 was originally signed to Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment but has since left that label. Regardless, he should have been chosen for the cover. According to his facebook, “So I found out that I had the most votes for the XXL Freshman cover and I still didn’t get on there. They said my fans was going crazy….disrespecting the director and ppl in charge of the XXL cover. Rather my fans was disrespectful of not, we all know I wasn’t gone get on there anyway. It’s all about politics. Everybody, including every rapper on the cover knows who Montana of 300 is. But guess what….since idk anybody that’s connected with them (that’s vouching for me heavy), and I’m not dealing with any major record labels to push for me AND I’m not paying to get on that bitch either, that’s why my votes ain’t mean shit. The power of intimidation is a mf. It’s not about talent, it’s about politics.”

 

 

RJ

 RJ is a talented rapper who’s known for collaborating with YG and DJ Mustard. His recently released album, Mr. LA, is a solid project. I imagine that he’ll be chosen for the cover in 2018 after he gains a little more notoriety.

 

 

Russ

He’s selling out shows wherever he goes and his music video views are off the charts. His debut album wasn’t mind-blowing but Russ is making waves. Kap G was picked for this year’s class and as a GA native, I can assure that Kap G doesn’t accurately represent popular music in Atlanta.

 

 

Xxxtentacion

 I personally think XXX is complete garbage but he’s popular among the younger crowd so being chosen for the 2017 freshman class made sense.

 

 

Joyner Lucas

 Joyner Lucas is a true lyricist with a rapidly growing audience. Having Joyner Lucas on the cover would’ve made up for Xxxtentacion’s lack of talent. In the words of Forest Gump, “That’s all I have to say about that.”

 

What did you think of the 2017 Freshman Class?

 Who do you think should’ve been chosen?

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Vic Mensa- The Manuscript EP

Today, Vic Mensa released a new EP The Manuscript

Today, Vic Mensa released a new EP The Manuscript. 

The four-track EP is disappointingly short. However, Mensa has indicated that a sequel EP and his debut album are on the way.

I guess all we can do is wait patiently for more of his music while playing these four songs on repeat.

Listen now on Spotify

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“There’s Really a Wolf” Album Review

Russ’s recent album, There’s Really a Wolf, serves as his long awaited major label debut but did it live up to my expectations?

Russ’s recent album, There’s Really a Wolf, serves as his long awaited major label debut but did it live up to my expectations?

 

I had high hopes and low expectations for this album. Russ is a true underdog and I wanted this project to be a game changer for him. However, I didn’t know if he was capable of raising the bar to that level.

 

Having heard all of Russ’s previous music I had a pretty clear picture of what the project would sound like. I imagined the album having great beats, some catchy choruses, and a lot of Russ talking about himself.

 

Basically, that’s what I got.

Some standout tracks include:

“I’m Here”

“The Stakeout”

“Me You”

“Don’t Lie”

“One More Shot”

“Emergency”

“Pull The Trigger”

“MVP”

 

Unfortunately, that’s 8 out of the 20 songs on the album (not a great ratio). The remaining 12 tracks sounded like the same song remade again and again with very slight changes.

 

The lyrical content can be summed up as: girls, Russ, money, hustle, success, and more Russ. Themes include heartbreak and his unshakeable self-belief but that’s about as insightful as There’s Really a Wolf gets. The majority of the album’s made up of songs about how much success he’s obtained and how great he is.

 

In my opinion, There’s Really a Wolf lacked the potency that makes a record great. It wasn’t bad but it was weighed down by too much bragging and shallow concepts. At 20 songs, there was a lot of fat that could’ve been trimmed.

 

What did you think about Russ’s debut?

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