We have a full line-up this go round so let’s get into it…
Of course I have to start out with 4:44. Now, let me be the first to say this “Tidal release only” has become a real headache but, I understand why the artists do it. That being said…the album was awesome. There was truth and transperency in every song. I’ve even heard jokes saying this is his “Lemonade Album.” That is a fitting descripiton. This is definitely in my Top 5 Jay-Z albums. He addresses topics such as the infidelity rumors, black excellence, financial freedom, shooting his brother, colorism and black empowerment. It’s an album that will take several listens to fully catch everything. I’ve listened three times now and each times, I’ve heard something i didn’t hear the time before!
Fave Tracks: Legacy, The Story of O.J., Smile, 4:44
2 Chainz: Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
First off, I love the title of this album. I also love the pink cover! But, on to the music…as a whole 2 Chainz always puts out good collective works. I’ve been listening to him since the mixtape TRU Story dropped. He not only makes good turn up songs, but he has decent slow songs on the album as well. He features artists such as Monica, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Jhene Aiko and more.
Fave Tracks: Burglar Bars, Bailan, It’s a Vibe
DJ Khaled: Grateful
Between music, Baby Asahd and keeping his Snapchat fans entertained, DJ Khaled is one busy man. I love that he put Baby Asahd as the cover art, I mean look how adorable he is! Khaled has become know for his mega artist albums, and this one did not disappoint. He features artist such as Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, and many more.
Fave Tracks: Wild Thoughts , Shining, On Everything
TLC is back! Their album was funded by fans who wanted them to make another album, and they delivered. Although Left Eye has been gone for quite some time, they do a good job of keeping her spirit alive. TLC is a group that has shown time and time again that they are still just as relavent now as they were in the early 90’s.
Fave Tracks: Way Back, Scandalous, Start a Fire
Big Boi: Boomiverse
Big Boi gives us his classic southern sound on this album. He has features from artsist such as Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Curren$y and Pimp C. This album is definitely something to ride around to all summer long. The album gives off blissful vibes and catchy beats. Now all we need is a new Outkast album or an Andre 3000 album…wishful thinking right?!
Fave Tracks: Follow Deez, In the South, Freakanomics
What are you listening to now? What’s on your playlist? Let me know in the comments!