★★★★: In-depth & packed with personal anecdotes. Live instruments in production + an impressive lyrical display by UK rapper, Little Simz
★★★1/2: Dreezy separates herself from her peers by commanding the project with her delivery and lyricism alone.
★★★★★: A true rapper-producer double threat, Big K.R.I.T. aligns the stars on Return of 4eva a testament to his craft, and the best rap album of 2011. Rise and shine.
Al Green’s Greatest Hits featuring “Tired of Being Alone”, “Lets Stay Together”, and “How to Mend a Broken Heart” is Vinyl of the Week #6!
Atlantic invested heavily in Cardi for this album and will likely want to do the same with her Sophomore follow-up. It will be interesting to see how this plays out considering Cardi B’s pregnancy, her personality dynamics and her rampant fanbase built on the fact that she was being herself RAW 100%.
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.