So I’m late with this week’s entry for my week in review, my apologies. In the holiday season I was a little late with my music listening. I had limited time with my headphones.
It was a very light week for music releases, so with no further delay let’s get to last week of November.
My big winner of the week is Trae for giving us what we expect from him and more. I am King is mellow, full of street tales and his speedy Houston flow. Guest appearances include Jada Kiss, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Meek Mill, Young Jeezy, and many more. Though it’s appearance heavy, Trae keeps the ABN spirit alive with this album that is also a free download exclusively on Datpiff.com. Production is on point and he’s at the top of his game. The highlight of the album for me was the song Driving where he and Lupe Fiasco do their own re-creation of a Cold Play song.
Score – 8
Pitbull – Global Warming: Meltdown (album and EP)
I have no idea what possessed the label to release an album and EP on the same day, which feature songs also featured on the album. Outside of that mystery Global Warming is one big dance party. For what it’s worth I’ve never been a fan of hip-hop going pop, especially club pop. With that said, almost every song on the album has the potential to be a top ten radio single and he did a fantastic job putting together a complete album with the intention to set the club on fire and make all the girls in the club yell “that’s my song”.
Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery
This 17-year-old young lady is the latest winner of NBC’s The Voice. Her debut self-titled album released on Big Machine records just happens to be the same label as Taylor Swift. Ironically all over the internet she is being compared to Taylor. Well, I don’t see the similarity. Danielle is a much better singer then Taylor but Taylor’s arrangements and writing is UN matched and miles in the sky, far from the reach of this new comer. With that in mind Danielle Bradbery’s debut release is decent and at least enough to afford her the opportunity to grow and attempt a sophomore release in the future.
Score – 6
A Day to Remember – Common Courtesy
Reminiscent of Early Hawthorne Heights, before their vocalist/guitarist died, this band has a serious identity crisis. One minute its a California punk sound from the late 90s and the next it’s hardcore metal. At some points they could pass for a boy band, then they get heavy and start screaming. I ask a serious question, is there really a market for this? This was a hard listen for myself.
Score – 5
Hopsin – Knock Madness
This Kansas City rapper was once signed to Ruthless Records in the post Eazy – E error. Obviously like most rappers signed to Eazy’s widow, it didn’t go well. Since then he has created quite the fan base running his own label. His latest release is a very entertaining work of art. I was once not fond of Hopsin because he always sounded like he was copying classic Eminem. So much so, that I called him a copycat. He has grown into his own. Somewhat conscious lyrical content mixed in with a lot of hatred and complaints about mainstream rappers and labels that promote the selling of drugs, Hopsin goes on an angry rampage and displays his views in color.
Score – 7.5
One Direction – Midnight Memories
There are no surprises or experiments on this album. The entire album is worthy of heavy top forty-radio play. Good melodies, production and lyrics for a teenage girl near you. A solid pop release and decent growth with in the respected genre from the last album. It kind of just is what is.
Score – 7
Starlito – Fried Turkey
This artist is currently the number one download on Google play. His stoner lazy D-boy style is unique though his content is not. Actually it works. He once went by the name All Star Cashville Prince. He was signed to Cash Money Records and has since found more success under a new name in the indie market. This album is only half as good as his Cold Turkey release. With that said it’s his second release of the year and his fan base is begging to grow rapidly.
Score – 6
Horseshoe Gang – Mixtape Monthly vol 1
Trained and cosigned by Slaughter House MC Crooked I, this group of lyrical metaphor slinging students claims to have graduated from their “Crook Class”. Well if you ask me they need to enroll in further education. Before I trash the mixtape, let me say I have all the respect in the world for their teacher Crooked I. In this day and age mixtapes have become just as good as if not better than actual album releases. Original production is so easy to come by, most mixtapes are all new and original songs. In a lot of cases the only downfall is they can clear all the samples used in the production. The Horseshoe Gang is going backwards and borrowing instrumentals. They do the tracks no justice. True they have intricate word play as they try to educate us on rhyme patterns, which is the theme of the mixtape. Their actual delivery is garbage and outdated. The hooks and choruses are even worse. It sounds like they are playing around and should have kept this project in the basement. If this is truly the plan, to release one of these each month, they really do need to re-evaluate this decision.
Score – 1
Rich Homie Quan – I Promise I Will Never Stop Going (mixtape)
I want to state that I am not a fan. The problem is I know that he has an audience that loves his music. He uses the same pattern and cadence on every song. His off key rapping /singing style is annoying. Worst of all his lyrical content is for lack of better vocabulary, ignorant. For example he spends most of the project bragging about the money he has. Then he says a line like “I’m still spending money from last month”. Did he just tell on himself? I say it’s not worth the free download, but you be the judge.
Score – 5
That’s about all I have for the week. If you’re in the spirit of Christmas, A Madea Christmas is a good soulful/R&B collection of holiday songs new and old. I don’t feel it needs a rating due to content, most of which was previously released. Hopefully there is a much better week to come.
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