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Preparing For Rihanna’s New Album, The Music Industry’s Worst Kept Secret

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Everyone knows a new Rihanna album is in the works. We just don’t know when it’s dropping.

Earlier this year, rumors began circulating a top tier artist was in the process of planning an unannounced album release, similar to Beyonce’s monstrous self-titled project last December. Would it be Adele, whose follow-up to 2011’s 21 remains legitimately one of the most anticipated albums since the turn of the century? Was it Lil Wayne, who had hinted of Tha Carter V’sexistence off an on for years? Or in a long shot, was Jay Electronica or Andre 3000, perhaps music’s equivalents to Halley’s Comet?

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Album review : Cruel Summer – G.O.O.D Music

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The long awaited compilation from the G.O.O.D music label
Cruel Summer is finally here and from the jump it answers that one burning
question, was the wait worth it? Hell yeah. 
This compilation goes hard straight
out of the get with To the World. This KanyeWest track comes in with an assist
from the chi’s owner R Kelly. This track was one of those that sent the
internet nuts as soon as it leaked and for good reason, this is an awesome
track and is worth all the hype. Those silky vocals from R Kelly pay perfect
complement to the boastful rhymes and flow of the self-appointed god of rap
Yeezy, this is definitely one that will find a ready audience in the Y.O.L.O;
it might even become their new anthem.
Next up on the album is the much hyped about Clique track with
Kanye, Big Sean and Jay Z followed by New God Flow with Pusha T and Kanye. Both
tracks have stellar bars from all those involved but the standout has to be
Pusha T on the latter track. Pusha just goes into beast mode and tears it apart
and the production on the New God Flow just makes it the better of the two
tracks; definitely check out the remix with Iron Man aka Tony Starks aka
Ghostface Killah.  Mercy that
multi-platinum track they dropped is placed between the two above tracks. 
We are then blessed with The Morning a track featuring Pusha
T, Common, CyHi Da Prince, Kid Cudi, D’ banji, Raekwon and 2 Chainz. This track
delivers in every department the beat, bars and delivery. For the me the Chef
Raekwon outshines everybody on this but no truly blows everyone else out of the
water but 2 Chainz kind of let the track down. Cold is another track that’s
been out for a minute now remember that track that came out called Theraflu
well this is it. Higher is brought to us by Pusha T, Mase and the Dream. This is
a nice joint, the bars we get from Pusha T and Mase are justice for this track
as for the Dream’s performance is what kind of hurts the track and prevents
from join the list of stellar tracks on the album. And speaking of stellar we
move into what I hope are the next two singles off this album Sin City and the
One
. They is little to choose between the two because each is great in its own
right and the truth I couldn’t so you are going to have to make up your own
minds.  Creepers by Kid Cudi is the joint
that most people are going to skip and for good reason it’s the poorest track
on the album. Bliss is the RnB joint on the album given to us by John Legend
and Teyana Taylor is pretty good, definitely worth a listen and finally the
album closes with another track that has been on the internet for a while the I
Don’t Like
Remix.
As a whole aside from Creepers the album is stellar and
shows off the best of each of the G.O.O.D music artists and their cohorts who
are featured on the album. In terms of beat selection Kanye shows us why he so
acclaimed because his selections are superb. If Maybach Music’s Self-made
albums have been the standard by which compilation albums are judged in the
modern rap game Cruel Summer has firmly knocked them off their perch and raised
the bar several notches above where it was. So people go out and buy this one
because it’s great and you won’t grow tired of it anytime soon.

Album Review – 2 Chains:Based on a T.R.U story

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At this point, the artist formerly known as Tity Boi’s unlikely, winding career path has been discussed heavily. The quick rundown: He dropped several albums and one smash hit (which benefited heavily from a peak-era Lil’ Wayne hook) as a member of Playaz Circle. He worked as Ludacris’ understudy at DTP. He’s had his fair share of great music scattered across a career that now touches three different decades of hip-hop history. After building a sudden, cult-like mixtape buzz across the country, his solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, has moved an impressive 147,000 copies, a new industry benchmark of how to shift from mixtapes to sales, and a cynical example of the bare minimum of creativity required for that level of success.
He’s released solo mixtapes for several years, but it wasn’t until 2010’s Me Against the World 2: Codeine Withdrawal and Trap-A-Velli 2: (The Residue) that the spark seemed to find a fuse. These tapes even pre-dated the mainstream-friendly 2 Chainz name transition, and indicated possible new momentum behind what had been an aging franchise; tracks like“Between Me and U” and “Up in Smoke” (a masterful, underrated fusion of Christión’s “Full of Smoke” with Art of Noise’s “Moments in Love”) indicated the rapper had a gift for the hazy afterparty slow jam, in an era when most artists reaching for the brass ring of Atlanta’s rap game had to knock out peak-time hits. It’s easy to see Tity’s presence in Gucci Mane’s“Everybody Looking” video as a kind of Styrofoam baton pass; just as Gucci’s popular appeal reached a fevered pitch, he returned to prison. He was joined by T.I., hamstrung by repeated probation violations, while Young Jeezy, ready to capitalize off a hot street single, languished in label purgatory. Atlanta and its major hip-hop infrastructure– the strip clubs, mixtape trade, and tour circuit– had a star machine to generate revenue with a vacuum in its center. Into the void gawkily sauntered a new hero, who took the path  pioneered by 50 Cent, adapted to the internet era by Lil Wayne, and fully fleshed out with three-dimensional songcraft by Gucci Mane.
It’s hard to avoid the feeling, particularly on his debut LP, that 2 Chainz is only able to fill those shoes by sheer force of will, rather than anything resembling artistic inspiration. His verses these days consist of blue-collar hip-hop cultural touchpoints (True Religion jeans, eating at Waffle House and Benihana, a general lack of interest in the consumer choices made on Watch the Throne) spit with a few basic rhyme patterns. These are bundled together by punchlines that split the difference between Gucci’s effortless nonchalance and Young Money’s rib-jabbing hashtag joke style. The gulf between those approaches is deep, yet 2 Chainz manages the tough act of seeming simultaneously disinterested in what he’s saying while underlining the joke in the most eyeroll-inducing manner possible. For a dash of character, he occasionally sounds like a true man-out-of-time, with a bit of anachronistic flair reminiscent of Guru from Gang Starr. (The latter once rapped, “like baggy slacks I’m crazy hip-hop”; the former mentions his “True Religion trousers.”) But unlike Guru, there’s nothing else there; once you understand the basic 2 Chainz persona, there’s no narrative, no room for introspection, no flexibility, nothing beyond the one-dimensional caricature he’s crafted on countless other verses. Whether he succeeds or fails, then, relies heavily on how funny you think lines such as, “Go so hard, Viagra try to sign me,” really are, and ultimately, whether or not he can produce quality songs.
Unlike the rappers who paved the lane he’s expanded to fill, 2 Chainz isn’t quite as comfortable shifting through the song templates required of a flood-the-market street rapper in 2012. He can still manage the slow-burning afterparty anthem; as recently as last year,Codeine Cowboy‘s “Feeling You” captured the smoky backroom vibe he’d perfected. With 2011’s “Spend It”, he passed his most important test by generating a genuine peak-time club hit and even manufacturing one of the year’s most incessantly memorable choruses. “Riot”, that song’s sequel, is included as a bonus track; it is a bit slight in comparison. There’s a baseline of consistency to Based on a T.R.U. Story; some of the beats are clearly the best money can buy, from Drumma Boy’s intricate “Money Machine” to Mike Will’s frequency-filtering “No Lie”, a major chart success that likely owes a bulk of its pop presence to Drake’s guest verse. Drake and Kanye both seem to think the way to best fit in on 2 Chainz record is to be generally kind of shitty to the women they talk about, which makes each guest spot an obvious choice for their respective highlight reels.
Yet despite his chart success with Drake, many of 2 Chainz’ pop maneuvers feel tone-deaf. Typically, The-Dream balances smooth seduction with a tackier lyrical approach by infusing it with an earnest generosity. 2 Chainz is too cynical to make it work: “Dinner dates I demonstrate how to penetrate/ If you ain’t with it, it’s elimidate.” (Rimshot.) Similarly awkward attempts at stitching 2 Chainz to the pop world include Mike Posner collaboration “In Town” and “Countdown”, a dubstep-ballad which contains the representative lyrical tangle, “If love is a drug I’m arrested for your possession.” Perhaps the worst offender, though, is “Ghetto Dreams”: John Legend’s clenched-fist vocal performance and Scarface’s gravitas serve only to make 2 Chainz’ detached, detail-free drug raps seem all the more disconnected from anything resembling an emotional truth. The meat of Based on a T.R.U. Story, then, is songs like “I Luv Dem Strippers”, “I’m Different”, “Feel Good”, and “Like Me” (which contains lyrical chestnut “titty-fuck, CHEST NUT!”). These songs don’t seem like major hits per se, but they epitomize his satisfyingly quirky, juvenile triviality. It’s a much needed reprieve from the album’s other primary color of mild mediocrity. by David Drake
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Album Review x Franck Ocean : Channel Orange

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Frank Ocean’s debut album is finally here, so let’s get to
it.
The first track on the album  “Thinkin bout you”is laid
back joint bout Frank’s former love with a very slow beat reminiscent of them
slow jams from back in the day. Lyrically it’s a fine show by Mr Ocean as he
carries the listener back to his first love experience and breaking the norm
it’s actually dedicated to his first male love.
The album follows with up with “fertilizer” which is a 39s
interlude before “Sierra Leone” which doesn’t sound like
anything out right now and you have to pay attention if you
want to figure out what it’s about. The beat maintains the general sound
through out the album.  “Sweet Life” is a celebration of the good life, in which his asking why would anyone
try to switch up if they got everything going for them even if it is not
luxurious, the beat transitions into something more up
tempo.


 “Not Just Money” interlude precedes  the Earl
Sweatshirt assisted “Super Rich Kids”  joint which not everyone will
vibe to but if you give it a chance it will grow on you. The track is basically
a commentary on how everything isn’t what it seems with the rich, even though
it seems they have everything many are appearances and only touch the surface
e.g friendships, and the recklessness that comes with the money. The next track
is “Pilot Jones” which is a return to the slow beat formula and it’s a pretty
good track and easy to vibe to. “Crack Rock” is a track about what it exactly
sounds like.


“Pyramids” is a great track but a little too long. “Lost” is a
catchy number that will have you snapping unconsciously to its jazzy beat. The “white interlude” seems perfectly placed with its John Mayer guitar play. “Monks”
is more upbeat especially with its emphasis on drums making it sound like a
live band recording. “Bad religion “slows the album once more but not in a bad
way, the track itself is very well done. “Pink matter” is another slow jam and
Andre 3000`s assist blends seamlessly into the track. “Forrest Gump” is a
slightly more upbeat than the previous two tracks but is still a good track.
End closes off the album perfectly.


Overall the album
works, everything he tries comes together and nothing seems out of place from
the interludes to the track selection. This is definitely an album you need to
have in your collection

Nas – "Life is Good " Album Stream

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Nas releases his latest album “Life Is Good,” which features Rick Ross, Amy Winehouse and more.


 
A full stream of Nas’ Life is Good has been released on Grooveshark (via LiveHipHopNation).
The album, which lands in stores today, features a smattering of guest stars.The LP has already spawned the singles”The Don”,”Nasty”,”Bye Baby and “Daughters”  He previously compared his tenth studio project to Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear.“I thought Here, My Dear was brave, beautiful, honest, scary and daring. I remember putting several artists on to it, from Maxwell to Jay-Z,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine what Marvin was going through when he was recording it. And I couldn’t imagine me being in a similar position, years later…when I started working on the record, I tried to avoid [getting too personal]. The timing was just calling for me to not avoid all the shit that was going on out there. It was like a 10,000-ton gorilla in the room watching me. This is the way I got it off of my chest. This album talks about life, love and money. It talks about the fact that marriage is expensive. Life Is Good represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life.”

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