When you think of summer you think of beaches, pool parties and loud music. Though summer is home to major movie blockbusters, summer is also the home for the newest hip-hop and R&B releases. Everyone lives on a soundtrack that’s playing in their head to get them through the day. Music is life and influential and it’s the reason why we [the writers] contribute to SoSoActive.com. Here are five of my most anticipated summer releases.
•Animal Ambition by 50 Cent
Obligatory 50 Cent name drop but I love the hell out of Get Rich or Die Trying and The Massacre when I was younger. At the time, they were also spinning in my Discman on ‘repeat all’ where I would memorize lyrics and understand the stories he was telling me. When I stopped listening to music altogether in 2006/2007 (I began listening to comedy skit and stand-up), I stopped listening to 50 Cent. But when I heard I Get Money for the first time I thought it was a great time to reintroduce myself with Curtis. What a mistake.
Animal Ambition is the first [studio] album by 50 Cent since Before I Self Destruct in 2009. On a hiatus of about five years plus a very interesting Town Hall on Shade 45, I was once again excited. Smoke featuring Trey Songs sounds stylistically similar to Disco Inferno on The Massacre. Hustler sounds great but there are some hiccups like Pilot. Yet, I’m still excited to hear what 50 can bring to the table again.
•Extinction Level Event 2 (E.L.E.2.) by Busta Rhymes
Busta Rhymes is not only a walking legend but he looks like he ate 1998 Busta Rhymes. He’s huge but that’s beside the point; I just wanted to add my two cents. E.L.E. 2 is the sequel to his third studio album released way back in 1998. I remember owning the album but I was six so I rarely remember anything from that album – except that What’s It Gonna Be!? music video. Jumping on the bandwagon of sequels of popular albums, Busta Rhymes is hoping to replicate the Platinum status from E.L.E. 1.
The reason why I’m excited for this is due to the mixtape Busta and Q-Tip released late last year. Busta showed the world that he’s here to stay, plus with production from Q-Tip, it’s no wonder why the album was critically received. Now that Busta is under Cash Money, there are some exciting and new ways Busta can take this new album. If Thank You is any indication than we’re at a good place.
•Kendrick Lamar (Album to be announced)
You may say he was snubbed at the Grammys but there’s no denying that Kendrick Lamar has talent. good kid, m.A.A.d. city was terrific and showed me that hip-hop was more than just substance abuse and laffy taffy (I was away from hip-hop since 2006). Like Tupac before him, Kendrick can flow and deliver a story that compels you to rewind the song to listen for metaphors, word play, and more.
A new album is slated to be announced for later this year but it’s unclear as to when it will get released and the name of the album. He’s been on a roll over the past 18 or so months so I’m glad he’s releasing a new album soon. gkmc is becoming burnt out on my phone already.
•D12 (Album to be announced)
D12 was and is my favorite rap group. They can goofy and joke around or they can be as serious as a heart attack; they’re not to be taken seriously at all times. After the death of rapper Proof in 2006 (noticing a trend here) the group has since disbanded, for lack of a better term. They released only two albums, Devil’s Night and D12 World, both of which were fantastic.
This new album, at this time nameless, is years in the making. Since Proof died and Swifty McVay was arrested everyone in the group was off doing their own thing. You can say that Slaughterhouse has replaced D12 and you would be right. But I’m not ready to let go.
•Blackout! 3 by Redman and Method Man
I grew up with Wu Tang and Redman in the 90s but I vaguely remember anything else except for Enter the Wu Tang; that album was filled with classics like C.R.E.A.M., Method Man, and Bring da Ruckus. But I also grew up with the How High soundtrack, Doc’s da Name 2000, and Tical.
Blackout! 3 marks the third collaborative effort from the pair and the first album Method and Red has released in eight and four years, respectively. Stylistically, Meth and Red are great with a grungy New Jersey that’s been absent for some time.Google+