When XXXTENTACION (I still can not pronounce his name ) burst onto the hip hop scene, he was instantly encompassed in controversy. I first caught wind of him while he was still locked in prison. It a disheartening statistic that in hip hop music, prison is common place, yet it was XXX actual charges that were alarming. XXX had pending charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery on his alleged pregnant ex-girlfriend, including charges of domestic battery by strangulation placed by the victim. With all that information going public, I wrote XXXTENTACION off. I did not give his a music a chance and intentionally avoided it. Yet I was still fascinated with what everyone else saw in this guy. With court looming and if found guilty, he could be facing major time, I told myself to let the justice system work. If everything that was being spewed about XXX turned out to be true, I would literally be done with his music. Yet until then, I thought maybe give the kid a chance. Finally XXX drops his first complete body of work and it is his debut project, “17“. Against everything morally right within me, I gave the project an honest listen. I was thoroughly surprised by the fact that it was actually an “alright” album.
Lil Uzi Vert finally released his highly anticipated next chapter in his Luv Is Rage series. With major buzz building up around his name and one of the hottest singles of the year (“XO Tour Lif3”), Uzi has all the chips in his corner. With the new crop of rappers that are at the forefront, Uzi is leading the charge, so his debut would have the most eyes on it. The first “Luv Is Rage” was the breakout mixtape that Uzi released back in 2015. Since then, a lot has changed for Lil Uzi Vert, the obvious being that he is now a bonafide star. With that accolade attached to his name, comes high expectations. With features being limited on his debut release, Uzi only brings along The Weeknd and Pharrell. For the instrumentals, some of the industry’s hottest join the party. TM88, Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, etc. all show to bring out the best in the self-proclaimed “rock star“. With mostly positive reviews by the industry, this release is surely to only add to the star power that Uzi gracing the hip hop scene with.
A$ap Ferg snatches up everybody in the industry, literally, for his new album. Out of 14 tracks, Ferg only goes for dolo on three. With guests ranging Meek Mill to Cam’ron, “Still Striving” continues the win streak of success for Ferg. With a stacked month for August, the A$ap Mob still have the “Cozy Tapes Vol.2” on the way, so it is safe to say we will hear more from Ferg. But take a listen to his latest below….
(August 17th, 2017)
Make sure you go online to Itunes and download a few copies, or just hit up Tidal, Spotify, or Apple Music and just stream the hell out of it!
The man who many considers the G.O.A.T., Jay Z has blessed us with his 14th studio album. Now I must admit my expectations for this album was low. I still have Hov’s last project, “Magna Carter, Holy Grail” ranked low on the totem pole. I felt age and money had put Shawn Carter on a decline. Yet it is clear that with his newest release, Hov had thought otherwise. Not only did Jay prove to the world that at age 46, he is still the best in the game, he also let it be known he has plenty left to talk about.
Kendrick Lamar last full length album came back in 2015 with his debatable classic “To Pimp A Butterfly“. Heralded by many as his finest work to date, “TPAB” established K.Dot as one of the greats of this generation, yet with that album, his music took a different route. Whether it was his new jazz infused sound or his political commentary, Kendrick was clearly evolving. So the question that Kendrick faced after that release was…. “Where does his sound go from here?”. Well with his newest offering, titled “Damn“, Kendrick makes it known his political and social commentary is still intact and he is angry, yet his anger is warranted and needed.
After numerous delays, Drake finally delivered on his much-anticipated new album (or as he calls it a “Playlist“) “More Life“. Taking to his Beats 1 radio show, OVO Sound Radio, Drizzy released the album for the world to hear. In typical Drizzy fashion, the playlist is laced with a little of everything, ranging from rap, r&b, dance hall and even grime. With an eclectic mix of genres, Aubrey gives us his most experimental album to date.
Rick Ross is at the point in his career when most rappers tend to fall off. With 2006 being the year when his debut “Port Of Miami” heated up airwaves, making it 11 years officially in the game, it seems that father time has not caught up with Rozay as of yet. With album number nine dropping this past Friday, William Leonard Roberts II is still as nice on the mic as he ever was. Titled “Rather You Than Me“, his latest offering is a star-studded affair which is typical of a Ross project. Hip hop heavy weights such as Future, Gucci Mane, and Young Thug all show up to handle the guest spots. Even his MMG cohorts Wale and Meek make appearances.