Album Review: Wiz Khalifa – ‘Blacc Hollywood’

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If you’ve attended a club the past four years, it means you’re familiar with Wiz Khalifa. He has a knack for hit-making and his career is based on emphasizing weed. Thanks to those facts Wiz became a needed character in rap, albeit not desperately so.

Black & Yellow, Work Hard Play Hard, Young Wild & Free, We Dem Boyz are all inevitable and of high importance — many of his singles showed high consistency by carrying whole seasons, yet his albums lack appeal. Considering Wiz gave us notable bodies of work with mixtapes such as Kush & OJ, Cabin Fever and Taylor Allerdice, it seems to be a curse that follows him during the process of creating albums (prior Blacc Hollywood). This time around, circumstances made waiting a Wiz Khalifa album somewhat exciting. Not quite connected to each other – fatherhood and We Dem Boyz raised a few expectations for everyone with common sense. Does Wiz’ new life (and an intense song) help Blacc Hollywood surpass its predecessors? Read more

Album Review: Future – Honest

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Ever since Same Damn Time dropped in 2012, Future has been internationally known for his hit-making knack. He became a promising personality in the mainstream scene, who to this day never disappoints with singles. With each project, Future possesses the formula of creating Top 40 singles. Nevertheless, the songs released in advance were what stood out the most once the full tapes were available. It made for a disappointing listening experience. Honest had the same rollout, but has Future mastered the art of creating an album with his new release?  Read more

Album Review: YG – ‘My Krazy Life’

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Rapper/blood from Compton, YG has joined the group of gangster acts to release an album this year. The preparation for My Krazy Life started last year with the smash-hit singles My N***a  and Left, Right– the songs quickly became two of the most memorable moments of 2013. Early in 2014 YG let loose of the Drake featured track titled Who Do You Love, and received plenty of love creating unrivaled album anticipation. With two promising singles, the high expectations (and pressure) were evident, leading to questions such as whether YG would deliver a satisfactory album or not. Check that out after the jump. Read more

Album Review: Rick Ross – ‘Mastermind’

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Rick Ross – a rapper who has defined consistency in the last 5 years, released his 6th LP. Titled Mastermind, this album touches Rozay’s latest occurrences. As everyone knows, Ross went through several experiences after his last album’s release. The assassination attempt, the new mansion, the new car & his career success (albums went gold) all happened over a two-year span. It all was beginning to make for a very entertaining album, but did the Miami boss manage creating the album everyone wanted instead of the repetitive body of work he’s known for delivering? Check that out after the jump. Read more

Album Review: Drake – “Nothing Was The Same”

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For a few years now Drake has been dropping subtle hints of tracks on various OVO branded clothing, cryptic tweets, and tour appearances. We finally get his third studio album in “Nothing Was The Same.” Will it live up to the hype that Drizzy creates so effortlessly? After releasing back to back radio hits with “Started From the Bottom” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home” Drake’s promo is definitely looking strong. Hit the jump for the full review on whether or not he stepped up to the plate and didn’t come out empty handed.

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Album Review: John Legend – “Love In The Future”

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It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from G.O.O.D. Music’s own soul crooner, Mr. John Legend.  Besides his most recent work with features on both the “Cruel Summer” collective album as well on the albums of artists such as Rick Ross and Meek Mill. John, along with Kanye West and Dave Tozer, executive produced this album and felt like he needed to create a more modern soul album.  Hit the jump to see if he accomplished his goal.

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Album Review: Big Sean – “Hall of Fame”

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After of plenty of guest features and his critically acclaimed “Detriot” mixtape, Big Sean finally dropped his sophomore effort in “Hall of Fame.” It’s been quite a while since his last album and all eyes were on him to see if he could deliver something worth listening or if his career was gonna fall into mediocrity. The album has 15 tracks, with the deluxe edition boasting another 3 tracks. The cover was designed by DONDA and Big Sean collectively and uses some unique photography as well. Check out the review after the jump.

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Album Review: Kanye West – “Yeezus”

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Kanye West has been quite the busy man these past couple of years. From dropping a collab album with Jay-Z to having a kid with Kim Kardashian. In between all of that Kanye West managed to find time to record a new solo album entitled “Yeezus”. It’s been three years since we received a solo Kanye album and today is finally the day it has been released. The album only has 10 cuts and Kanye West decided to do things a lot differently on this album. He decided to have no album cover, no single for promotion either so it’s gonna be interesting to see how this album does. But lets see if these 10 tracks confirm that Kanye West still has it. Check out what I got to say about each track after the jump.

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Album Review: J. Cole – “Born Sinner”

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It’s been nearly two years since J. Cole has delivered a full length solo album. We’ve received a couple of free mixtapes in the meantime but now it’s finally time to get into J. Cole sophomore attempt “Born Sinner”. Most artists can’t get over the sophomore curse and end up becoming one hit wonders or one album wonders. Right now is J. Cole’s real testament, let’s see if he has what it takes to remain in the Hip-Hop game and confirm his spot in the game. Check out what I got to say about each track on the album after the jump.

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Album Review: French Montana – “Excuse My French”

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From camera man to rapper French Montana has been making a lot of noise these past two years. From dropping street bangers off his mixtapes like “Choppa Down” and “Shot Caller” to dropping hit records like “Pop That” and “Freaks”, French has come a long way. After gaining buzz he signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records and finally got a chance to release his debut album “Excuse My French” in which he promised will be the best album to be released from New York in 10 years. Today’s finally the day it hits stores and we decided to give it a listen and give you a track-by-track review on what we think of the New Yorkers debut attempt. Check out what I had to say after the jump.

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