Album Review: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Introduction

Good kid, m.A.A.d city is the amazing sophomore album from Grammy award winning artist Kendrick Lamar. The project is one of the best rap albums of the past decade, period.

Summary

The album is a masterpiece, containing stories of growing up in Compton in an era where artists like Tupac and Biggie were witnessed in their prime and where Hip-Hop as a genre went through some of its biggest changes yet. The project shows Kendrick’s past, laid over perfect west coast beats and flawless flows.

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Throwback Thursday Album Review: Illmatic

Introduction

Illmatic is the legendary debut album of the incredible lyricist Nas. At the age of 17 the artist started to write the project showing his natural and amazing talent as one of the greatest Hip-Hop artists to ever pick up the microphone.

Summary

The album is one of the most well known albums to ever be released within the Hip-Hop community. It is a massive piece of New York and east coast rap and was a building block at the time in shaping the east coast sound. Nas’ flow is smooth and executed perfectly over classic New York beats, which have been remixed hundreds of time since, due to their amazing production quality.

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Album Review: I Decided

Introduction

Big Sean has always lacked something as an artist in my opinion. There is very little that stands out about himself as an image, figure, lyricist or musician to myself.

Summary

His newest album sounds like another addition to the repetitive discography that he has managed to build thus far. Sean is keen to constantly remind listeners of his improvements as a rapper, often putting down his past work, an interesting take to have on so much of his own music. This often comes across not as progressive, but as an insecurity within himself.

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Throwback Thursday Album Review: ATLiens

Introduction

Outkast’s sophomore album is a very important album in the history of Hip-Hop. The project is clearly very much influenced by Dr Dre’s “The Chronic” which featured massive influential tracks such as Still D.R.E., with the duo seen still finding their sound.

Summary

The 20 year old album marks a turning point for the industry, with little hits, but the obvious display of Andre 3000 and Big Boi‘s skill as artists. Outkast maintains sounds from their debut album (Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik), however ATLiens is a very individual project with numerous flows shown from both the rappers this time around. Andre finds himself much more animated and able to create more ways to make amazing tracks despite quieter less hard instrumentals.

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Album Review: B4.DA.$$

Introduction

Created at the age of eighteen and released at 21, ‘B4.DA.$$‘ is the Brooklyn rapper’s (Joey Bada$$) debut album. With tones of his predecessors shown throughout the project this is an album that plays like you’ve heard it a hundred times thanks to his amazing lyricism and classic beats. The album is a key part of the hip-hop genre today, helping tie it to its roots for when other artists sometimes perhaps stray too far from what the genre was built on.

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Album Review: Awaken, My Love!

Introduction

Donald Glover is an artist who continues to push his talent into different industries showing his immense capability to produce quality content in all aspects of entertainment.

Summary

His newest project, “Awaken, My Love!” is one that once again displays the reach of his talent. Fresh off the airing of his brand new TV Show, “Atlanta” starring created and wrote by the star, which recently won a Golden Globe. Childish is basking in his comfortable position, releasing an album, which is nothing that any Gambino fan could’ve expected from past work.

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