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Take Care’ Gave Birth To The Era Of Drake


“Since Take Care, I’ve been caretakin’.” – Drake “Redemption”Drake, similar to the likes of JAY-Z, Lil Wayne and Method Man, in regard to the consecutive quality of his albums, reeks with legendary status. His climb to fame, although over a decade in the making, began with one of his first and most notable releases Take Care. Everyone has a favorite Drake album and mine happens to be Take Care. Drizzy creates music in a generation that has a short attention span yet he can curate an album with over 15 records on it and everyone listens from beginning to end. Most musicians produce some of their best music during the infancy of their careers and although Drake has only improved overtime, there's something so classic and raw about this album. I enjoy listening to artists that were born to create music. There's nothing forced about Drake's delivery - ever. It's his effortless approach to music that gifts his records stuck-on-repeat trends. Take Care boasts with 19 records amid features from Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar to name a few. Each feature on this album comes from an artist that's already a legend or a legend in the making. Think about it, artists like The Weeknd, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar truly began to flourish after this album's release. Now let's be clear, I'm not saying this album kicked off any of the aforementioned artists careers, but I will say that it was a healthy boost. Furthermore, each of the featured artists on this album were noteworthy additives not mere meaningless, poppycock verses or pitchy hooks. Drake's genius was apparent from the beginning and his relentlessness and slightly petty antics over the years have shaped him into the mogul and character we know him as today. From Degrassi to the Grammy’s, he’s a true chameleon in the best way. In my opinion Drake created a new genre of music.

Aug 20, 2019

DaBaby Might Be Giving Birth to a New Sound

DaBaby finally makes his Interscope Records debut. His top-charting album Baby on Baby solidifies his mark in the music industry. Unlike the thousands of fans who’ve known the name for quite some time, he’s a new voice to my ears, one I had chosen to lollygag about. My brother raved about the North Carolina native MC and insisted on my listening to his latest body of work. I brushed it off but one day while I was scrolling through Tidal, the Baby On Baby project popped up on my list of ‘Suggested New Albums.’ I was at the gym and I figured, “Why not take a listen,” and I freaking loved it. He truly has a sound all his own. It’s infused with hip-hop and trap but there’s something about his flow that’s undeniably unique. This generation tends to replicate sounds amid simultaneously trying to call it a sound they “created.” However, DaBaby truly does have his own sound. I listened to every song on this album because I fell in love with his energy from the opening hype anthem “Taking It Out” to bouncy closing acts like “Walker Texas Ranger.” He has a crazy flow and a high level of marketability that’s catapulted him to international acclaim – The album opens with his hit single “Suge” that’s amassed millions of streams and over 80 million views on YouTube. There’s something about that record, that’s just absolutely infectious. He found the pocket of the production and flowed over it perfectly thus giving this track stuck-on-repeat tendencies. The record listens and views like a Suge Knight parody riddled with truths about the slave-like nature of the music industry. “Suge” also boasts with his witty, playful and charismatic personality. DaBaby raps, “The first n** play, I'ma body a n** (Ha) I just checked my balance / I'll probably pull up to your hood and come buy me a n**** (No cap)”

Aug 20, 2019

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

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