KANYE WEST- YEEZUS

ImageRelease Date: June 18, 2013

Rating: 6.5/10

Kanye West seems to amaze us once again in his 6th studio album Yeezus, with production from Rick Rubin and many collaborations from various artist that include Frank Ocean, Chief Keef, and Charlie Wilson. This album contains different genres of music, which many hardcore hip hop fan may not relate to. Lets face it, Kanye loves to separate himself from the typical rapper. He references about how the black people are becoming slave to material things in his single “new slaves” and even said he’s God in “I am God” in the literal sense. Not to mention, Kanye’s egocentric personality, public outbursts and charades may throw fans off and ultimately can effect how consumers of his music take in Kanye’s new reach on different subjects.  When listening to it to the first time it did not impress me but the album seems to grow on you. The production for  this album is great, to the credit of Rick Rubin, who also produced Eminem’s upcoming album. It is clear that Ye is trying to send a message, but fans may be stuck at the end of song asking themselves what does Kanye mean, or worse how should I feel? With that being said this is a decent album , not a masterpiece but “good music” like his label implies. Key songs on the album are blood on the leaves, I am a god, new slaves, and guilt trip.

DJ Khaled- SUFFERING FROM SUCCESS

ImageRelease Date: October 22,2013

Rating- 7/10

Now a days DJ’s are becoming more and more of an influence to the perfect hype music. The type of music where you just cant help but bounce your head with beats that you cant wait to drop. Well, DJ Khaled ,in his 7th studio album “Suffer from Success” did just that. He has some of the hottest rappers in the game on his beats including Meek MIll, Ace Hood, Lil Wayne, Future, J. Cole, Drake, and the list goes on. You wont be disappointed with the appearances on this album. He also has a upcoming underground rapper and his very own artist, Vado, appearing on the album. The album starts with the biggest shout out anybody can have especially a DJ, which is President Obama.Like most of his recent albums he has a lot of street anthems that include “I Feel Like Pac, I feel like Biggie”, “You Don’t Want These Problems” but  DJ Khalad didn’t forget about his females fans with the songs like “I wanna be with you” ft NIkki Minaj and “Give It All To ME” ft Mavado. Over all, this album has a good balance between club bangers, street anthems, and for the ladies songs. Great album for late night riding or getting ready to hit the clubs.

JAY-Z: Magna CARTA HOLY GRAIl

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Release Date: July 4 & 8 2013

Rating: 6/10

What can there be not said about the New York Native, turned hip hop-mogul, turned fashion designer, turned sports agent, turned into whatever your dreams may not be able to conceive in the 8 hours of your beauty sleep. Sean Carter is his name, but we all know him as Jay-z. Jay presents Magna Carta Holy Grail, his 12th album to the masses. With a title like that it would seem that the lord himself would take sometime away from his busy schedule to bestow himself upon us on the release date of the album,but he would have to make two visits and would have to be a fan of android devices since it was released by Samsung first. Magna Carta Holy Grail delivers but to whom. To the avid listener of music, this album deserves a 6/10. The album is filled with references to Moroccan estates, five star dinning, cars that well exceed the price tag of a house in the Hamptons, and his overall success,many subjects his followers cant relate to, but love to ride out to  anyway. Not to mention there are the references to his drug dealing past.  The real question should be: Has success ruined Jay-Z in in reference to his music talent? This album will not certainty meet the standards of his past roots. It seems to me Jay-z is only making music because he can and with his popularity, why not? Not to mention the album doesn’t sound finished on a couple of less than 1 minute songs, but he said in the commercial, the point is to make an album and put it out. Cant blame him. He did just that. Features by Beyonce, Frank Ocean, and Justin Timerlake actually save the album from a crash and burn.The few songs you may want to listen to are Part two, Oceans, and Heaven, and La Familia. To sum this up, take a reformed street hustler, give him 500 million dollars ,plus a record label and all the trimmings, add some beats from a few super producers, and there you have it MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL.

ThE WEEKND: KISS LAND

ImageRelease Date: September 10, 2013

Rating: 8/10

The Weeknd, debut studio album was released last month on his own label XO. In the first week his album went to #2 on the billboard charts trailing behind Keith Urban only by >5000.  This is amazing because he received no radio play and the only promotion was movie like videos posted on YouTube. His sales were driven by his internet fan base.  The Canadian native known for his dark music, kept his style on Kiss Land. He takes you to his dark world filled of drugs sex and love. Single like “Belong to the World” “Love in the sky” shows his struggle to balance his success and dealing with loving the wrong women. He only has one collaboration with a fellow Canadian rapper Drake on “Live For” which is a great song and one of his singles. I love The Weeknd for staying true to his self and his style, which is the reason why he has such a big fan base. 

Drake: Nothing was the same

ImageRelease Date:September 24,2013

Rating:8/10

Nothing was the same, as the Canadian rapper calls his new his album. It is Drakes third album release under the YMCB label. I will admit I never was the biggest Drake fan, but If Charlie Sheen can get as many chances as he wants, why cant Drake? His first single off the album started from the bottom was a success and spawned many party entrances,Insta gram pictures, and spoofs. Drakes sound is similar to his previous albums with singing on songs like Hold On We’re going home, but I will say that I am impressed with this album. The Canadian MC knows how to put together an album and his success should be noted by the arrangements throughout each song. There are many talented lyricist and musicians, undiscovered and discovered in the genre of hip-hop and rap, but only a handful can continually thrive , flourish, and paint a vivid picture with words one album after the next. Drake has found his niche, which is making “ridin music” as he says an interview. Ridin music, the type of music you play when your having relationship problems, or when your over that same relationship and you and the best friends are headed to the club and Greygoose is the drink for the night. Riding music, the type of music you play in the car when when you had a long day at work because your boss wouldn’t stop complaining about how bad the store looked when top executives made a unannounced visit. If this is the type of music he creates, then Drake has certainly found his niche and has pen pointed it. None the less, you can tell there is growth, both in his music and in his personal life. Drake shines on songs like Too Much, The Language, Tuscan Leather, Pound Cake, Own It, and From Time.