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Review: Big Sean – Finally Famous

June 15, 2011

Big Sean’s first studio album with notable features from Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Chiddy Bang, Chris Brown, Dwele, John Legend, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell and Pusha T. I left out Roscoe Dash because frankly I’d like to forget he is on Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay. I listened to this album on my way to my internship today and honestly I was expecting more. The tracks I was expecting to stand with features from the likes of Wiz and Lupe just fell flat for me. The only track that I really even felt the need to bump was Dance (A$$) because I liked the sample. I have always liked Big Sean in his features and this was his time to shine on his own. For me it didn’t live up to my expectations. NO I.D. produced a lot of the tracks and was taking a “sonic” direction with the album. The only thing sonic about this album will be speed that it is dismissed. Later I will post some tracks so we can hear your opinions!

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Infinite Hip-Hop’s Guide to Recent Albums

March 31, 2011

There has been a lot of good hip-hop lately and I’ve been to busy keep up with it all!  Here’s is a brief guide 5 of the most recent hip-hop albums:

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers

After a three year delay and long battle with his record company, Lupe Fiasco finally dropped his third album Lasers. Although the fingerprints of record label CEO are all over this project, Lupe still manages to put together an impressive display of lyricism which, despite the clear cooperate influences, manages to stay nearly true to his vision despite his confines.  Lupe was quoted as saying he “both hates and loves Lasers” and its very clear why. With an artist as talented as Lupe Fiasco, its a shame when record execs decide they know  better better than their artists what good hip-hop is.

4/5

Favorite Song – State Run Radio:

Travis Barker – Give the Drummer Some

Travis Barker, the drummer from blink 182, may seem like an odd person to release a hip-hop album but his may very well be the best on this entire list. The album is a compilation with nearly every major hip-hop rapper and producer currently hot in the game.  And if you’ve ever heard one of Travis Barker’s past hip-hop remix the outcome of this album should be predictably awesome. Although I had high expectations, Give the Drummer Some really went above and beyond anything I had hoped for.  It is one of the better hip-hop albums that has come out in the recent past.

4.75/5

This was seriously a hard decision to make there are so many good tracks on this CD.

Favorite Song – If You Want To (feat. Pharrell Williams & Lupe Fiasco):

Favorite Song 2 – Let’s Go (featuring Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes & Lil Jon)

Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers

Wiz Khalifa was catapulted into the public sphere at the end of last year with his platinum single “Black & Yellow”.  While Lupe battled with his record company to stick with his artistic vision, Wiz quickly and quietly signed his contract and sold his soul.  It’s really fuckin’ obvious. Nearly every aspect of this album sounds like  generic mainstream pop-rap. Never is it more obvious than the second single Roll Up where Khalifa monotonously sing-raps in what more closely resembles Rebecca Black’s newest single than hip-hop.  Die-hard Wiz Khalifa fans will buy this album but others should save their money.

2.25/5

Favorite Song –  One My Level (feat. Too $hort)

Least Favorite Song – Roll Up:

Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)

I’ve never listened to much Pharoahe Monch but I know he’s supposed to be good and listening to his most recent album that is exactly how I’d label him. Now I’ve only listened to this album a few times so I’m going to hold off on a longer review but definitely an artist that has peaked my interest.

(Tentatively) 3.75/5

(One of my) Favorite Song – Assassins Ft. Jean Grae And Royce Da 5’9′

Snoop Dogg – The Doggumentary

In The Doggumentary, Snoop returns to his G-Funk roots as he  “fuck[s] around and bring it back to classic Snoop”. Maybe its the recent death of G-Funk Legend Nate Dogg or the new direction that Dr. Dre is taking with Detox…or the fact that I’ve been craving  more of the type music that got me into hip-hop but something about this album really resonates with me.  While steering away from the mainstream sound he went for Malice in Wonderland, Snoop instead employs the assistance of the hip-hop greatest which helped him craft the sound which he  godfathered nearly twenty years ago such as  Devin The Dude, Too $hort, E-40, R. Kelly and John Legend.

Favorite Song – Eyez Closed (feat. Kanye West & John Legend)

4.25/5

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Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers” leaks on internet

March 5, 2011

Lupe Fiasco’s long-awaited and oft-delayed Lazers is finally coming out March 8th, 2011.  However, as always is the case with major label releases, the album has been leaked in its entirety on the internet.

The album comes out after three years of waiting after being considerably delayed by Atlantic Records over Lupe’s creative direction on the album.  He reported being told by record company executives that to lyrics were consistently “to deep” and that he felt like he was “being held hostage” by his record label. He describes Lazers as a compromise and thats exactly what it sounds like.  It is a desperate and pathetic attempt to turn a truly talented and unique musician into a generic top 40 pop-rapper. Atlantic Records should be ashamed of such blatant stifling of an artists creativity.  We can only hope the Lupe will have more creative control over his next CD The Great American Rap Album which is reportedly going to drop before the end of the year.

That being said there are a handful very good songs on the album and it is overall enjoyable.  Below are a couple of highlights, if you like what you hear go cop the album when it drops Tuesday.

Words I Never Said (feat. Skylar Grey):

The Show Goes On:

State Run Radio (feat. Matt Mahaffey):

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Review – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 23, 2010

Well now you have it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (that is unless you’ve already downloaded it like half the internet): Kanye West’s highly anticipated 5th studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is out today.  Much of the album is comprised of the soundtrack from the hip-hop mind fuck that is Runaway.

Kanye has strayed from his roots a la hip hop classics like College Dropout and  Late Registration but it is still an exceptionally well produced and lyrically impressive album. By blending the heavily synthetic production quality of 808’s and Heartbreak with the soul sample of earlier in his career, whilst simultanously showing a lyrical prowess unprecedented so far in his music,  West is able to create something truly unique.

Full review after the break:

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