As the international music release date fell on Christmas Eve, many artists made sure they released their projects prior to and avoided this week. With that said, this week was light. There were a few bold rappers that approached the week with no fear and I’m glad they did or we would have no new music to jam for the week. Though it was light, it was special. Here are my thoughts this week in music.
Justin Bieber – Journals
Now many people want to right Bieber off as a child star and guilty pleasure that will soon pass. Well as long as he keeps coming with material like this, he’s not going anywhere. Call it what you want but his new album is almost a perfect R&B album. No surprise that his credits for features, writers and producers that are like a who’s who list of talented veterans in the industry. Journals is packed with R&B genius. I’m disappointed that the Justin Timberlake album earlier this year was so mediocre and Bieber’s release is 10 times better. I’m sure Justin is not mad at it seeing how he stroked his pen on the Bieber album as well. The album is mostly at a slow tempo, so don’t look for any club bangers but you can definitely let it play through during a romantic evening with that special someone.
Score – 9
Fabolous – The Soul Tape 3 (Mixtape)
Known for taking a hiatus between album releases, there is a reason that Fabolous can leave the spotlight and pop back into it at will. His 3rd installment of The Soul Tape is very much worth the free download. He is taking a serious approach and has a lot to get off his chest. The majority of the project is all original production though he does kick off the project with a rendition of Drake’s title track instrumental “Nothing Was The Same”. Fabolous uses no space filler and doesn’t waste a bar. He murders this mellow, soulful and sample heavy project. Special guests Jada Kiss, Young Jeezy, Meek Mills, Jeremih and Ryan Leslie all hold their own and this is a must have mixtape.
Score – 8
Mike Will Made It – Mike Will Been Trill
2013’s super producer releases a compilation free download that features mostly songs that he’s produced for other albums. What a year he’s had from producing all of Miley Cyrus’s album to tracks for Future and Juicy J just to name a few. I personally would of chose a different line up, but this is really a chance for Mike to brag on his success. More of a Mike Will sampler so it can be skipped since you may have heard most of the material before, but that’s not to discredit Mike Will because he’s had some great tracks in his run thus far.
Score – 5
The Alchemist – The Cutting Room Floor 3
This is another super producer that’s been around for several legendary moments in hip-hop. His latest has an awesome theme that cannot truly be put into words. He uses obscure infomercial interludes to tie it all together. It features lyrics from vets Mobb Deep, Nas, 50 cent, Rick Ross, Styles P and more. A superb job from Alchemist and this is a must hear hip-hop album for the gritty New York sound fans.
Score – 9
Gucci Mane – The State Vs. Radric Davis: The Caged Bird Sings
No one would ever confuse Gucci Mane as an elite lyricist but creativity is not something he has ever lacked. He continues to be the poster boy of ignorance but still manages to stand apart from the rest of the riff raff. Gucci’s Christmas week release is not a bad album but it’s not good either. It’s a middle of the road release from Gucci and he’s had much better releases in the past. After all that talk about creativity, well he’s losing points in that area. Maybe towards the beginning of his career, but now he’s just hanging in the crowd.
Score – 5
Lil B “The Base God” – 05 Fuck Em (mixtape)
Somewhere in America there is an audience for this low quality music and off beat rapping that rappers like Lil B and Soldier Boy have been participating in. The original beats sound like they were made on a toy keyboard from Radio Shack and Lil B can’t ride that beat to save his life. He put me to sleep. He has nothing to say, he just makes random statements and sound like he’s talking rather then rapping. Honestly I just don’t get it. Enter at your own risk.
Score – 3
It was a very light week but overall a good one. We had quality not quantity. I’ll take that over a week full of mediocrity any day.
10 – Instant Classic – must have
09 – Great Album just short of classic
08 – Good Album recommend checking out
07 – Above average more upside then down
06 – Worth the listen, has a few moments
05 – Average, maybe core fan base will enjoy
04 – You’re not missing much if you skip this one
03 – Bad album let down
02 – Trash- don’t waste your time
01 – Everyone involved in this album needs to reevaluate their life