Now how the hell was I supposed to anticipate that such an exciting and unique sounding album could come out of an album title like; "Lumpy Gravy"?
Roc Marciano's music really makes you FEEELL like a pimp that can turn your own pain into power, with your lady waiting on the counter with a towel, whilst you're singing a Rick James banger in the shower. Roc's style is distinct, super boastful and his cadence is amongst one of the most cold-blooded of his era- apart from water-tight rhyme schemes, he owns every punchline in his verses and his simplicity allows him to float effortlessly from song 1 to 15. Maybe it feels ... read more
Joey Bada$$ in his prime was nothing short of a poetical poltergeist. I never knew I needed a song where a guy rhymes the words “nine-five”, with “our lies” and “the Jahs and the Allahs” until that very same thing happened on the song *Waves*; an awe-inspiring jam in which Joey raps over Freddie Joachim’s masterful boom-bap instrumental featuring a hypnotic bass line. Joey touches on his ambition with this song; ... read more
The man might be blind but he does not miss, there's music that inspires you to change the world around you and there's tunes that just make you happy to be walking the Earth. This album is both.
I can leave this bitch on shuffle and let any song play and know I'm in for a good time, because he covers an extensive range of topics you can meditate on. Speaking of range... the range Wonder showcases as both a multi-instrumentalist and a singer feels genuinely ... read more
The Wu-Tang Clan by this point had become Hip-Hop's deadliest drug cartel.
After *36-Chambers* (a debut from the group that altered the scene of Hip-Hop displaying not only how raw and hardcore ladies and gents could sound over a beat, but also the level of chemistry and the dynamic between each of the members, retaining their own specialties whilst enhancing their strength as a unity was something genuinely awe-inspiring) quite a number of the members would begin to release ... read more
I'm just really glad that I was the sperm that won the race so that my ears could be blessed by his artistry ❤️
“You know I was... I was wondering, you know, if... if we could keep on, because the force it’s... it’s got a lot power.”
The man we hear on this album is no longer that kid jiving along with the The Jackson 5. What we hear here is not only one of the best albums to bless the genres of funk, disco and rnb/soul respectively, but the best possible reinvention for the most influential artist of all time.
On the opening cut, *Don't Stop 'til You ... read more
Lauryn Hill raps better, sings better and produces better than most who've walked the Earth, hence why this album's been held in such a high regard since its conception. Hill only moves into this album with the bare necessities and her virtually unbeatable arsenal. Production choices that put her far and away ahead of her contemporaries, iconic hooks, versatility unlike most, the fact that even the deepest cuts on the project feel like hits, her gorgeous and confident ... read more
This album ALONE not only shows his dynamic aura but his versatility and production range are apparent as well, everyone featured on the project fit nicely as if it were ... read more
I don't even think the most hardcore of Badu fans will argue that this album is as mind-bending as those first two relics. This one isn't quiet as dynamic and organic as a *Baduizm* and doesn't quite touch even the lowest moments on another full-on masterful effort of rnb like *Mama's Gun*.
Badu's head-scratching hook ideas and beat-switches drifting off into the middle of nowhere are what kill this album, what's present are those very brief ideas of her peak creativity; Back In The ... read more
Aquemini is excellent. Here's some of my favourite quotes:
"I met a gypsy and she hipped me to some life game
To stimulate then activate the left and right brain
Said, "Baby boy, you only funky as your last cut
You focus on the past, your ass'll be a 'has-what'"
That's one to live or either that's one to die to
I try to just throw it at you, determine your own adventure
André" - André 3000
Dwelling on the past will only leave you trapped ... read more
I don't want Nas talking to me from the perspective of a gun thus teaching me of the harm they inflict on your environment. I don't give a shit about Kanye getting into Rock-a-fella and emerging into the mainstream.
I. 👏 WANT. 👏 J. COLE'S MATH BONERS. 👏
There are very few artists I've praised as much as I have Janelle Monáe. Her debut, "The ArchAndroid" has gone on to be my favourite album of all time, due to the emotional potency, the cinematic quality front to back, and the incomparable passion carrying every moment.
Easily one of the most inventive R&B albums ever. With that project alone, she's proven herself to be capable of melting within next to any genre she wants. Her range and ... read more
Masterpieces have just been finding me, dawg.
My mind is still malfunctioning. His bars have been marinated, they don't bore me. He's drilled so many of his words in me I even speak in double entendres. Ka's reign isn't over, you'd be better off hailing him as king whether you like it or not.
Ka is a true poet. A man who spits his words from the bottom of his lungs and thus has nowhere to go but to the top. His words carry so much weight, the supplemented nocturnal, ... read more
Adding the third and final notch to his "Volume" series, I think Hov remains playing to his lyrical strengths and is a lot more wiser with beat selections- the highs on this album are some of Jay's strongest cuts from this era.
This album isn't fantastic, but I'm still proud of Jay and what he's assembled here. For me, and even a lot of die-hard JAY-Z fans, there has been a certain level of quality he set on "Reasonable Doubt" that hasn't been topped or ... read more
Every MC in the 90's that stopped trying after two albums are way too fuckin talented to be rushing projects for the sake of dumbass marketing schemes.
ALSO. Why is it that most of them suddenly forget how to pick a beat? The production choices for the past 2 projects have been laughable WHY ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH DID NAS RAP OVER TOTO'S ... read more
I feel as though the albums from this whole trilogy are the most overlooked batch of projects from Hov, sure they all sold well and have a great ton of influence and hits, but to me, I don't regard any of these as classics. Sure, all three of them suffer from similar pitfalls like odd production choices here and there, a few underwhelming features and a front-loaded tracklist-
but it's as though the JAY-Z we heard from Reasonable Doubt is still present when he holds ... read more
Ayy, this album reeeeaaaalllyy didn't do the right things.
Much like Illmatic, this is an "album". Nas had the bold artistic choice of having songs on this album which play after one another consecutively. They are all in English by the way, in case you were worried.
I'm so tired of this formula, man. I'm listening to this album right now and I'm forgetting what it sounds like.
BEST: N.Y. State Of Mind Pt. II, Small World, Favor For A Favor, Ghetto Prisoners
WEAKEST: ... read more
"You've been in this 10, I've been in it five; smarten up, Nas!
Four albums in 10 years, nigga? I could divide
That's one every… let's say two, two of them shits was due
One was "nah...," the other was Illmatic
That's a one-hot-album-every-10-year average
And that's so (Lame)"
- JAY-Z, 2001. Takeover
Ironically, Jay's discography in the 90's seems subpar when you compare it to what Nas was doing around the very same time.
Or unless he's talking ... read more