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The Pink Print, That’s The Real Queen Album

Nicki Minaj’s Pink Print proved to be one truly stellar album, from the awards to the number of albums sold – she shifted the industry on its axis. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 244,000 album units sold in its first week, of which 198,000 were pure sales. More than just a female rapper, she’s a trendsetter and record breaker. In 2018, Onika became the first female rapper ever to sell at least five million copies of each of her albums, which includes Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up and of course, The Pink Print. The Pink Print solidified Nicki as an artist not just a rapper. She even created a mini-film to accompany the album – that’s epic. She’s an undeniable MC, no doubt, and this album boasted with hits like “The Crying Game,” featuring Jessie Ware, “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown and “Feeling Myself” featuring the one and only Beyoncé. When an artist organically creates music, tells their narrative and incubates in their creative process, the music hearkens as such. Nicki, at the time of this album’s release in 2014, hit what I’ve deemed as the “Drake” faze of her career. The “Drake” faze is that untouchable moment in your music career where everything you touch literally turns to gold, hence the fact that we know that every song Drake features on turns into a top charting record – you get the point. Everyone knew her name and everyone adored her music but she didn’t have any real competition. Remy Ma was still incarcerated, Lil Kim wasn’t releasing music, Trina took a break etc. thus she was really only competing with herself. Her only task at hand was to out-do her previous works which she did with the Pink Print, however, if we roll into present day, four years later, she releases the Queen album. Queen laced in 19 tracks amid features from Lil Wayne, The Weeknd and Foxy Brown, to name a few is a valiant effort but falls shy of my expectations. Overall, sonically speaking it is a solid body of work but not an impressive one in my opinion. Rappers lose that “It” factor when they start “trying” to be rappers. The grit she possessed in The Pink Print with records like “Four Door Aventador” where she raps, “I'm in the V like a widow's peak / It's just me and my Rolls Royce pillow seats / Why they staring at me? I brung MacLaren with me /Yo, matter of fact, I think I'ma bring Donna Karan with me.” She loves a good name-drop. Her wordplay gets even crazier as she goes on to rap, “And you my son, I don't know, it's just the parent in me / I am the best, I am the queen, it's so apparent it me.” Her witty pen game thus transcended her into the revered artist she is today but her gifted bars set an expectation that we expected her to fulfill.

Aug 20, 2019

Logic’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, A Noteworthy Attempt but Not His Best Album

The hunger present in a rising artist prior to reaching levels of notoriety and worldwide acclaim proves to be some of their most iconic moments. However, once the taste of numerical applause hits the tip of some artist’s tongues, that hunger almost turns into an obnoxious greed amid a whining banter of what they now deserve. Logic’s fifth studio album Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, laced with 16 tracks amid features from Eminem, G-Eazy, Will Smith and more brims with a pity-party like soirée invitation amidst some cocky, noteworthy jams but does it ooze with top-album appeal? For me, no it doesn’t. His earlier works like Everybody and Bobby Tarantino II hearken with a more effortless approach. This particular album listens like he’s got something to prove yet at the same time his demeanor appears perfunctory. Although the album topped Billboard charts and earned him his third career No. 1 project with 80,000 album units sold amid 24,000 of those accounting for album sales alone; this album still doesn’t give off the same life as his previous works. I feel his energy but I also feel his frustration with the music industry as well. Logic’s no novice to the industry with close to a decade of time put in, if you can believe it, and it’s that time served that either sours you to the industry or increases your hunger for more people to hear your music. More people are hearing Logic’s music but are they listening? I can appreciate his current creativity without loving the execution in this particular album.

May 31, 2019

Brent Faiyaz’s ‘Sonder Son’ Album, a 90’s Style Classic for the Modern Times

Brent Faiyaz is a Maryland native, RnB singer, songwriter and producer whose nostalgic vocals and slow jam productions divorces his sound from the masses of our generation. No greenhorn to the music industry having launched his career in 2014, it’s apparent that his consistency proves worthwhile. The official release of his debut EP A.M. Paradox gained some traction but not quite enough. However, his feature on Goldlink's hit single "Crew" amassed him some warranted recognition and Sonder Son followed shortly thereafter. The album was recorded during a month-long stay in the Dominican Republic – time well spent. There’s something so classic about this body of work. If you love the sounds of Jon B., Carl Thomas, Craig David, Musiq Soulchild etc. then you’ll fall in love with the sounds of Brent Faiyaz. Some artists are apart of the times and some artists appear to be reincarnations of previous times. Brent Faiyaz could have easily stood his own in the 90’s RnB era against the aforementioned soul music legends. You can’t create a voice like this in the studio with all the right vocal additives and auto-tune fashions – you just have to have it. Faiyaz, with a voice like 90’s butter, brings forth a sound we haven’t heard in a decade and a half. Sonder Son laced with 12 ear-satisfying tracks amid production from fellow team members Atu and Dpat to name a few represents the definition of good soul music, good music period. The featureless compilation of controlled pleasing vocals, adept lyricism, diary-like cogitation and a genre blend of soul, blues and hip-hop, will inevitably be one of the greatest soul albums of our generation. Music is evolving in the right direction and Faiyaz spearheads the march.

May 31, 2019

Billie Eilish, The 17-Year-Old Phenom, Releases Her Soul Rupturing Debut Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

The highly anticipated debut album from the viral-pop sensation marvels in the worlds of lyrical depth and personal narrative amid a Goth infused, deep-toned experimental vibe – At 17 years of age I was watching Sister Sister and swooning over my first boyfriend but not Billie Eilish. The young gem has over 15 million followers on Instagram and has sat on the couch of Ellen DeGeneres. As if 17 years old isn’t young enough, her true claim to fame came at age 14 with her obnoxiously successful single “Ocean Eyes” which has amassed over 16 million listens on Soundcloud and over 87 million streams on Spotify. Like fine wine Eilish only gets better over time proving to give herself quite the arduous task of sounding better than what others already have deemed great – The Los Angeles native teenager cultivates music that brims with lyrical complexities, depth, visual anomalies and a knack for penned open explication. Her written ambiguity allows listeners to adopt whatever interpretation they choose. When most artists release their first body of work it hearkens like the beginning of something beautiful but it’s swelling with flaws and room for improvement. Somehow, this barley legal adult has released a debut album that simmers like perfection – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is laced with 13 full tracks each sonically diverse from its previous. Albums that overflow with flavor and topic shifting make for a robust body of work. Eilish leaves listeners with a full stomach after ingesting this project.

Apr 29, 2019

JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, One Of The Greatest Hip-Hop Albums Of All Time

Thousands of hip-hop artists worldwide have released albums over the better part of four decades, however very few compare to the likes of JAY-Z’s Reasonable Doubt. The 1996 released classic can easily be regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. The deserved acclaim for this album doesn’t rest in its commercial appeal or number of records sold but in its gritty-street authenticity and the effect it had on the people. You didn’t just hear this album – you felt it. This body of work boasts with classic anthems like “Can’t Knock the Hustle” featuring RnB legend Mary J. Blige and “Brooklyn’s Finest” featuring the late, great Notorious B.I.G. but each record from this album can be considered as an undeniable banger. JAY-Z has been awarded 22 Grammy’s with 77 nominations along with a host of other awards from American Music Award’s for ‘Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year’ to B.E.T Awards for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’. The accolades speak for themselves but that wasn’t necessarily JAY-Z’s aim in his earlier works like Reasonable Doubt. This particular album was a gutter, almost diary-like refection of who JAY-Z was at that time and who he was becoming. A body of work such as this one wasn’t geared for mass appeal or pop charts, it was and still is an album for people going through the everyday struggles of life but it’s also for those who just like damn-good hip-hop. Most people believe that the Black Album was his best work, however, I believe that Reasonable Doubt, hands down, is his greatest contribution to music. With over two decades in the industry, one of the longest standing hip-hop careers to date, JAY-Z lays down the iconic foundation of what it takes to not only be a hip-hop legend but a business mogul and he is living proof that you can turn project born into mansion living.

Apr 26, 2019

Jacob Banks Monumental Debut Album Village Sounds Like The Definition Of Good Music

Jacob Banks, the British Nigerian singer, guitarist and songwriter from Birmingham, represents the modern era of good music doused in intellect, sonic experimentation, blues, soul and a time capsuled like listening experience sifting from past to present. Banks has a voice that’s strong, stunningly well ranged and beautifully rustic. A name that might not resonate with your memory as of now but his introduction to the world will be felt soon enough. Banks got his start at open mic nights and quickly garnered a following for his compelling vocal presence and daringly intimate songwriting. His music bathes in textured beats, African inspired vibes, blues influences and an undeniable soul component that together crafts a truly idiosyncratic sound. Banks debuted with his EP The Monologue back in 2013 and has supported the likes of Emeli Sandé, Sam Smith and Alicia Keys on their U.K tour - Now, the Interscope Records signed star releases his follow up to his EP The Boy Who Cried Freedom with his premier album Village. Of the album Banks states, “Honestly, I think life is drama, we’re all lead characters, in your own film. This is the finest of movies, it doesn’t get more interesting than real life.” A truthful metaphor gave birth to this classic body of work. “It takes a village to raise a child,” and that ageless aphorism inspired the titling of Jacob Banks impressive debut album Village. Celebrating self makes for some of the most legendary bodies of work. The Birmingham native doesn’t just make some tunes and mash them together thus calling it an album but he puts his heart, soul, blood, pain, tears and fervor into his album thus it bleeds as such.

Apr 26, 2019

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