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Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Well, what did you expect? Her album sounds like no other album this year nor any other Beyoncé album. Her name is Beyoncé and for the record we all know that her label or the powers that be wouldn’t allow her to drop an average or subpar album. She reaches into her bag of creativity and does B like only B does. She goes back to her Houston roots for some freestyle. Oh I meant she spits a few flows and does it better then most of the actual rappers from Houston. I meant no disrespect, but B is queen and her new album is the cream of the crop. Take note rookies on how you create an album and do it in an original way that stands out from the competition. Stop playing it safe.
Score – 10
Morning Parade – Alienation (EP)
This one rides the genre of alternative rock. This UK band had an excellent debut album and a lot of praise from MTV. Only four tracks on the EP and feels more like a single. They sound like another popular band that I just can’t put my finger on.
As far as the EP is concerned the first two tracks are so-so including the title track. The last two make it worth listening to in my opinion. To give you an idea of what they sound like they once toured with Smashing Pumpkins in 2012 and they’re favorite band is Radiohead. They’re not as good as either but that’s the best I can do.
Score – 5.5
Tyga – Well Done 4 (mixtape)
With his fourth installment of the Well Done mixtape series he continues to spit metaphors and punch lines with every bar. Continuing to work twice as hard as his fellow Young Money label mates, Tyga’s mixtapes are better than his albums in my opinion. He has to work hard to keep up and stay relevant with crew members like Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki and it seems to be paying off. His mixtape received well over 100 thousand downloads on the first day which is an accomplishment. This is Tyga doing what Tyga does with several special guests including an old Eazy-E verse. It rides well.
Score – 8
Far East Movement feat. Kurupt – Murder Was The Bass (EP)
I’m not going to rate this one. It’s more of a DJs project. No lyrics just samples and scratches. Mostly instrumental and very dub-step-like mixed with house music. It’s literally the DJs showing off.
Score – 4
Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes – The Abstract and The Dragon –
Much like Bone they tried to recreate the feeling of their 90s music that started it all. They were successful but only because it really was old school. A couple of original tracks and the rest are classics and hard to find B-sides that feature Busta and Q-tip. It’s really a history lesson on Busta Rhymes and Q-Tips relationship. The hype is that a new all original album is following so lets hope its true.
Score – 8
Juicy J – Stay Trippy
Now this album was actually released last week on the 6th but I missed it because of its late release. So I’ll fit this one in. Not to discredit Juicy J but I expected his album to be lame, average and redundant. I guess he can’t help but to be redundant, but I guess the wait was worth it. The album is feature heavy like I expected but Juicy held his own. This no hip-hop classic by all means but I do feel like he’s stepped his flow up a little and exceeded expectations. He remains the only member that doesn’t want to take part in the Three 6 Mafia reunion; Mafia 6 as they call themselves now that their founder doesn’t want to take part. They also released a project in November. If I had to pick sides I would have to say Juicy’s release is better for the time being but only time will tell.
Score – 7
Jessie McCartney – In Technicolor, Pt. 1 (EP)
Thank you Jessie McCartney for showing these recording artists how you make an EP. If you only release a hand full of songs the least you can do is make sure there is no space filler. It doesn’t hurt to have a common theme to make it flow. This is a fly R&B/pop EP. It’s short and over before it truly gets started, but it’s a good start.
Score – 8
Snow Goons – Black Snow 2
Some aggressive east coast war music from the Snow Goons on their follow up to Black Snow. All about the flow and who’s the hardest. Its features are heavy and they are the highlights. Several notable underground rappers feature and make the Snow Goons look average. A lot of verses from one rapper in particular who can’t seem to stay on beat. If only I knew his name so that I could put him on blast. You have to sit through a lot of ok, bad and average verses to get to the really good ones in-between. I’ll say this it had a go to war and high-energy feel to it. If you’re not studying it to the T like I am it probably would make great work out music. The production sounds like the dramatic action scenes in the movies. If only everyone in the group knew how to ride a beat and even better if they actually had something to say.
Score – 5
Rico Love – El Presidente (mixtape)
This is a mixtape for free download. No original beats but he keeps it entertaining. A hood chick gives an intro before every track. She gives her wisdom and advice for broke rappers and the women that chase them. It’s not great, but it’s worth the ride.
Score – 5.5
Now that was a total of 27 releases if you were counting. A lot of good music this week and still another week of heavy releases to go. Next week I’m looking forward to B.O.B and Talib Kweli, which I’ve already skimmed through. Tis the season to load up on music for the collection. Until next week.
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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+