Home Featured Post Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the...

Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

0 1763

It’s that time again when we access the week behind us in music releases. The music industry was good to us last week. I listened to several albums and mixtapes from around the industry in several genres both indie and mainstream.

I love the art of the album and I’ve always felt like you must listen to an album in its entirety to get a feel for the artistry.

This week in music let us know that 2014 is in full of effect. Artists are climbing out of hibernation and releasing their music. Here are the notable releases that released between the dates of January 17 through the 23rd.


 Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Ace Hood – Starvation 3 (mixtape)

Ace Hood gives a complete project full of original songs. To be honest the project has a slow start. The beginning of the album was far from impressive. I wanted to write him and say that there was nothing original and no lyrical content. I’ll now take that statement back. Give it a moment, Ace spits on the mixtape. He covered the dumb down material as well as picked up a little depth as the mixtape progresses. I lost respect and gained respect in the same hour of listening. My highlight moment is F.Y.F.R., which will stay on my playlist.

 

Score – 8 of 10


Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Ty Dolla Sign – Beach House $ign (EP)

His lead single “Paranoid” featuring B.O.B. is currently in heavy rotation on rhythmic radio stations everywhere and if you are a fan of that song then this EP does not disappoint. It’s an almost pop and radio ready sound with a raw and explicit edge. I’m interested in what the albums to follow will sound like. For now a decent lay over. It’s not great but it’s serviceable.

 

Score – 6.5 of 10


Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Benefit – Executioner of Time

To be completely honest and straight to the point, Benefit is not a good rapper. Features like Mobb Deep, Sheek Louch of The Lox, Joe Budden and Red Café among others keep it interesting but Benefit is not in the same class as those names.

Score – 4 of 10


week review

Young The Giant – Mind Over Matter

The album isn’t as good as their debut album released 4 years ago but it works. When it’s all said and done though I think they will find the results disappointing. The critic raved about their first album and I don’t think this is the follow-up expected. It’s still a good album just no landmark. Then again what a tough act to follow, but a good alternative rock album overall.

 

Score – 7 of 10


Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Trae Tha Truth & The Worlds Freshest – The Tonite Show with Trae tha Truth

After a really good mixtape last year Trae shows up with a jazzy EP that sounds unlike anything he’s done thus far. As he inches toward his debut Grand Hustle album release he keeps he’s name relevant. I personally think it was a smart decision for Trae to sign to T.I. On this project, Trae collaborates with all west coast underground talents including Problem, Philthy Rich and Mitchy Slick among others.

 

Score – 8 of 10


 Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Philthy Rich & Pooh Hefner – No B.F.E. 3

Back to the west coast we go. Here we settle in the bay area to relish in the pimp life style. Paying homage to the legends of the bay that have done it before them like

Too Short and Dru Down to name a few. So how did this dual do on their third installment? Well they did fair. Yes that’s the best I have, fair.

 

Score – 6 of 10


Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Plies – Da Last Real Nigga Left (mixtape)

Plies, in my opinion has the 2pac complex. Not to compare him to such but just the fact that he can practice ignorance on one track and preach to you about on the next. In this day and age people speak about all of the parody in the music industry and say all the rappers sound the same. I disagree as we move forward into a new era. So many different sounds and styles are emerging and we need rapper like Plies to maintain that balance. This mixtape is not his best work and as a matter of fact I could have done with out a lot of it. However, he will hold his fan base over until he releases his next album later this year.

 

Score – 5.5 of 10


 Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence) – Lord Steppington

Alchemist has been a busy man and in the zone as far as production is concerned. This is classic hip-hop at it’s finest. All lyrics and raw east coast production. It flows very nicely and there is no weak links on this album. Alchemist teams up with Evidence from Dilated Peoples and appearances come from Odd Future’s Domo Genesis, Styles P, Action Bronson and many more. This is a must have!

 

Score – 9 of 10


Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Mibbs – The Program (EP)

Branch off to a solo career and leaving behind his group Pac Div who had some success on in the mixtape world. His new EP is one of five he plans to release this year. Coming from southern California I have to say there is a lot of competition coming from that area this year and he just doesn’t stand out around them. There’s nothing wrong with this EP it’s just not special and middle of the road is a terrible place to be in this industry.

 

Score – 5 of 10


Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Ray West & OC – Ray’s Café

A laid back conceptual piece from Ray West that has a jazz/old school hip-hop feel. They take a trip to the café and give us positive lyrics over mature live production. It’s a laid back easy listen but lyrically just not that strong. Ray is just not a strong M.C. lyrically but I can see why someone would enjoy the sound they bring.

 

Score – 4 of 10


 Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Aer – Aer

A Midwestern Alternative/ Hip-hop sound and they do it well. If you haven’t heard them yet and like their underground alternative sound I would recommend that you check out their catalogue because they have some good projects over the past few years. It’s sound like no other group and this is a good album from the Fresh Aer Movement as they call it.

 

Score – 8 of 10


 Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

Bad Things – Bad Things

Another wild card pick is alternative rock Bad Things. This is their debut album and it made me love rock-n-roll one more time. This album will be talked about in the rock world. It feels good and they have been receiving lots of exposure lately. A really good rock sound.

 

Score – 7 of 10


 Music Week in Review: January 21st featuring Ace Hood, Plies, Young the Giant and more

The Jacka & Laroo – Never Be The Same – Season 2: No Mercy

The Jacka is a hard-working rapper from the bay area that may be overlooked by the industry. He releases multiple quality projects yearly and has is own style of rhyming over classic mob music beats. I’ve always felt like he sounds more like Sacramento then the bay but close enough. A decent underground release.

 

Score – 6 of 10


 

 

That is the music that I’ve spent the past week listening to. Sorry for the late post this week but it’s been about a month since that much music was on the menu in one week. Overall a good week is behind us. If you missed out on any of these releases, now is the time to catch up. Tune in next week for what should be a little lighter.

 

Marcus J. Clark is not a human being, but an experience. An energy that revolves around art, music, comic books and Film. A Gift to the free world containing supernatural artistic powers to transport every open mind to the contradiction that is The Savage Wonderland.