It’s the second week of December and the music industry left this week to the underground. I’m ok with that, because the rest of December is about to get a little crowded.
If you missed out on the past week of music releases and want to know what was worth checking, well this week belonged to hip – hop. Here are my thoughts on the week of December 3, 2013.
Britney Spears – Britney Jean
Britney returns with a ten-song project that is short and sweet. It’s a normal Britney pop. Something to dance to and nothing super original. TI and Will-I-Am pop up for guest appearances and Will-I-Am is named the executive producer of the album. The highlight for me was little sis Jamie Lynn Spears featuring on “Chilling With You”. In my world that’s the only song that finds a spot on my playlist. I’m looking for Britney to theme her album, reinvent herself like Madonna did and give me a masterpiece of an album. This album is lazy. I would like to tell Britney, this album is OK but you’ve done this before. Give me something new and fresh and well put together. At this point I guess this is it.
Score – 7
Young Jeezy – #itsthaworld2 (EP)
Jeezy releases a short teaser that I really think is intended to promote a group he is endorsing (Doughboyz Cashout). Jeezy has a few good tracks for the average fan to snack while we wait for dinner, but that’s about it. As for this group that is featured on half of the project, they are average. I think we could do without them we just want Jeezy.
Score – 5
Leona Lewis – Winter Wonderland
All I have to say is hell yea!!! I know some people don’t get excited about Christmas albums and yea I know they are seasonal but good music is good music. There have been some good ones this year. This album is old school R&B and Soul. I’m talking old Motown sound with todays quality recording and Leona kills it. This is the best Christmas album of the season thus far and the only way it could of been better is if it came with a film.
Score – 10
Jim Jones – We Own The Night (EP)
Now Jimmy has never been the best rapper, we’ve enjoyed his hustle over the years. He’s had his moments through the years. He taught rappers to ride for self and not to wait for the label to do stuff for you. I like that message. As for his EP… Well it’s Jim Jones. It rides well, it’s short and yea, and it’s Jim Jones. We hustle, we get money, watch for the feds and the jack boys and this how we do it. A feature from Jeremih makes my highlight song of the project “Nasty Girl”. It’s decent teaser.
Score – 7
Smif-N-Wessun – Born and Raised
Can you say boring? I thought I was in for a treat because well, I’m a 90s junkie and this group was apart of the legendary Bootcamp Click led by old school MC Buckshot. They used to be called Smith and Wesson until the gun company of the same name sued them. Then they changed their name to Cocco Brovaz, and then back to Smif-n-Wessun. Thought I was in for some old school MC-ing and instead they are a little old and washed up. They took a reggae approach and featured guests like Junior Reid and other Reggae artists pop up for a boring EP length project.
Score – 4
Ashanti – A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti
Here is another decent Christmas album from Nelly’s wife Ashanti. I’m starting to hope that these albums pick up as the month progresses because Christmas albums cannot crush the competition. It’s not the best one of the season but it’s upbeat and efficient. This album makes me hope she’s returning next year with a good album.
Jake Owen – Days Of Gold
So yes, I was jamming some country and this guy is hip and upbeat. He had some good stories to tell and spit a couple country rhymes for us. It was a solid county release for me. He’s spent most of his career opening up for bigger country acts. Well, I think he’s ready to headline.
Score – 8
Soldier Boy – The King
So the long awaited and anticipated Soldier Boy. At least that’s how the label is promoting it. So he taught the world some new dances, cranked some super heroes and had a few hits like “Miss Me By The Phone” and “Pretty Boy Swag”. Strip all his hits away and lets just focus on his skills. You know like ability to rap off beat even if there is no beat or his ability to make absolutely no sense. His choruses are so bad I found comedy in them. This project is completely laughable. I hate to be the one to break the news to you but I think his spotlight days are over.
Score – 1
Master P – The Gift
When I saw this album on the list of releases this week, I couldn’t wait to tear it apart. I Thought this was going to be down right terrible. Boy was I wrong. Don’t get mad or judge until you listen to it. This is the best Hip – Hop album of the week. The production is solid and Master P held his own. Even Lil Romeo popped up and spit a couple of hot 16s. Listen to me because this is no joke. I’m serious; this is a solid well-rounded, well-produced album. What a pleasant surprise.
Score – 8
Sevyn Streeter – Call Me Crazy, But…
It’s her first release as an artist but this singer/songwriter has been around. She was in a failed Chris Stokes girl group project (TG4) back in the B2K days. Since then she has written several hits for Beyoncé, Brady, Chris Brown, Estelle, Alicia Keys and the list is extensive. With this EP she does a few things well, but it’s not enough to believe she should be an artist. She’s written so many hits I just expect so much more from her. Don’t get completely down though. If you’re an R&B fan, it’s a solid release. My expectations are just high. It’s average present day R&B.
Score – 6.5
He has the singing rap style similar to Future and Rich Homie Quan but he can actually sing a little bit. The mixtape is somewhat short so he doesn’t really display everything that he has to offer but all new original tracks fit the times. The same subject matter as the rest of his peers but a little more polished. We’ll see where his career goes.
Score – 6
Simple Plan – The Second Coming!
This alternative Canadian band has been around since 1999 with no lineup changes. Now that’s quite an accomplishment for rock band. They rode in on the wave of youthful late 90s alternative punk and have never grown up. They still have that youthful sound even though most of the bands that surrounded them in the early millennium have vanished. This is a solid release for their fan base and I enjoyed all seven songs. No skip tracks and I guess we can just get used to short albums and EPs cause these projects are just getting shorter and shorter.
Score – 7
That just about does it for albums that I’m rating. There was also the release of The Sound Of Music The Original Soundtrack. I watched maybe 30 minutes of the live production on NBC this week and all I took away from that was that Carrie Underwood is not a good actress. I didn’t jam the album though, so you can be the judge on that one.
There was also a free release from Maybach Music Group. I’m not rating it though because most of the songs were previously released on other albums. The point was to promote the latest additions to the label. Trust me your not missing anything.
Next week has me feeling all anxious. I already have copies of most of the albums and I’m about to jam them as soon as this post is complete. Look forward to projects from R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg, Childish Gambino, and many more. Until then, stay thirsty my friends.
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 lifeGoogle+