Logically, what Steven Oh said at the end of the video about hypothetically accepting a Coca Cola sponsorship "because he likes Coca Cola" doesn't align with what they said earlier in the video about "you can't talk badly about someone who's giving money to you" and the overall tone of TYT/Aggressive Progressives.
This tape does nothing for me. I came into this mixtape like I try to come into every album/mixtape – with no expectations. It makes for a more fair review. After listening to this piece, I don’t think any more or less of Fabolous as a rapper, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s definitely not good either. He’s not re-inventing himself.
Can a dream-team actually work? If you had a star player at every position in basketball, egos would surely kick in, and ball-hogging would likely take place. No? Sure, it's fun to see an All-Star game where the best players compete, but even then one can see the players' egos kicking in as they opt for highlight dunks and half court shots instead of running an offense.
This takes me to the Wu-Tang Clan.
If there's one album/film/story or any other sub-genre within the art medium that captures one artist's hunger and drive, Kanye West's debut album, The College Dropout, is undoubtedly at the top of the list. The spirit of the album is vibrant; with every track you experience the emotions Kanye West conveys, be it through beat or lyric.
It wasn't too long ago where people thought Kendrick would fall off and go Pop after GKMC based off his features. TPAB is the furthest thing from what we'd consider mainstream pop rap today and I feel like those who thought it would be pop rap are the ones who are disappointed with this album. Although pro-Black and aggressive in ways, I feel like this is still a very accessible album to others and any fan of music. Kendrick's best album. I copped my physical copy last week to support and you should do the same.
Young Dolph began 2017 quickly and with a bang, releasing his much anticipated Gelato (#52) mixtape in early-February. Later that month, 100 bullets were infamously fired at Young Dolph in Charlotte, NC as he sat in an SUV.
At What Cost by GoldLink was one of my most anticipated albums coming into 2017 after GoldLink's 2016 effort And After That We Didn't Talk. GoldLink met and exceeded my expectations with At What Cost, dropping song of the year "Crew" with DMV-family Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy and another top 20 song in "Summatime" featuring Wale and Radiant Children.
1. Goldlink f/ Shy Glizzy & Brent Fayiaz – “Crew” (Teddy Walton)
2. Sampha – "Timmy's Prayer" (Rodaidh McDonald & Kanye West)
3. Sampha – "Blood On Me" (Rodaidh McDonald)