DC4 – Meek Mill

Meek Mill has finally released his highly anticipated “DC4”(Dream Chasers 4). It was looking like that he wasn’t going to be releasing it at all this year, but after some time he let it hit Spotify and Apple music. It is debuted as a mixtape but back  in the day mixtapes were free to download, you didn’t buy them. My favorite songs off this album or whatever you would call it are “Lights Out”, “Outro”, and “Shine”

“Lights Out”- I liked the piano that begins the beat, it gives it such a pump up aspect to it. The beat when it comes in is great, simple but effective. I can see this being played in the Sixers locker room, or even in the gym by anyone looking to get motivated. Meek’s flow is nice on this track, he doesn’t shout too much on this track like he normally does. As well he is moving past dissing rappers and drake specifically, which is a good idea because a lot of us are tired of it.

“Outro”-  What I like is that we are getting some of this unreleased Lil Snupe features finally after he was sadly murdered. It is a shame because Lil Snupe’s verse on here goes so hard on the beat. I also love when Meek goes on these holy beats and straight makes you feel like cranking the volume all the way up.  I loved that they even changed the beat up a little bit half way through.

“Shine”- I always like when Meek does these motivation songs because this is where he shows off his chops. I liked the drums on the track here, they really stand out to me. This is also one of the tracks where Meek doesn’t have a feature, which is huge for him to be able to stand alone by himself. You can really hear the passion in his voice when you hear his lyrics in this song, which is always inspiring to hear from an artist.

A lot of this album is great, you have a nice healthy amount of turn up songs on here and non-turn up songs. Then you have the motivational songs that Meek shines the most on, the ones that are going to get a lot of people motivated for the day or the gym. What I like most is that he barely mentions Drake at all on this album which is nice, that he can move past it and accomplish such a great album. He does have a lot of features which a lot of people criticized about which I can understand. Though that fact doesn’t stop the fact that all those songs are really good so It doesn’t matter to me at least.

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They Don’t Know- Jason Aldean

One of my favorite country artists released a new album titled They Don’t Know. There has not been one single Jason Aldean album that I have hated. I think he offers so much to country music and makes it sound so great. Every guitar riff and every drum beat offer a great country experience to any country fan. My favorite songs off this album are “All Out of Beer”, “Lights Come On”, and “Coming in Hot”.

” All out of Beer”- I like this song because It tells us of a predicament of this girl seems to be only using Jason. Not letting him move on from her, he wants her to desperately to find a new guy to bother. All out of Beer could be a reference to all out of hope or love in his life, and she looks just so good to him. The lyrics are catchy and will get your head nodding, like a fool who’s all out of beer haha!

“Lights Come On” – A nice edgy guitar riff to start the song off and then hits you with those drums to get you ready. The Country rock vibes are strong as the song progresses, this song will be one of those songs that are so great to see live. This is a song I can see being played at a country bar, on a Friday night.  I Also like that it just seems like a very fun, good time having country song.

“Coming In Hot”-  The beginning of this song is similar to many country songs, but as the song goes on it changes up a little bit. I like this song because I am definitely turning this song all the way up and singing to the top of my lungs when I am headed home to see my girlfriend. I also enjoy the fact that you can easily sing along to this song and it’s not hard to catch on to the meaning.

I love this album! Jason Aldean does it again, not one of these songs was bad. Jason is absolutely In the top 5 of best new country artist out right now. Every time he makes an album he gives us hits after hits. His voice sounds so good alongside those twangy riffs that fill your speakers and reach your ears.  Also, I thought it was pretty clever to start off with the album with the track “Lights Come On” and end with the track called ” When The Lights Go Out”. Buy this album if you are a big fan of country music.

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1992- The Game

The Game released another album this year titled 1992. I honestly think the game is pretty underrated among the rap community, he is consistent, and he always offers excellent lyrics. The album is a lot better than that album he put out for that mobile game he created called Block Wars, that album was underwhelming and just sounded like trash. This album though is good just on the fact that almost all these beats sound like they came straight from the 90’s. My favorite songs are “What Your Life Like”,”Baby You”, and “All Eyez”.

“What Your Life Like”- What I like about this track is that it has a  reflective nature to it. I like how Game is accounting what his life has been like. I also enjoy that it shows a little more mature side of the Game’s personality and his veteran status in the rap game. I as well enjoy the beat on this track, most notably what sounds like the bells that go off in the background.

“Baby You”-  This song sounds like a straight 90s R&B/Hip-hop collabo from way back when. That’s what I love about it, is the nostalgia feeling it gives. I could definitely see this being a song Tupac would have jumped on before he got paranoid and died. Jason Derulo on the hook as well sounds like a 90s R&B artist, something like Jodeci.

“All Eyez”- First off I love the shout title to Tupac that the game did. This is the only track on here that doesn’t sound like a 90s song, surprisingly. I also enjoy that it is completely opposite of the original “All Eyez On Me” song, instead is a slow jam for the ladies to enjoy. As soon as I saw Jeremih I had a feeling that it would be one of those.

This album is a good album and surprisingly not that bad of an album, yes there are some songs on here that are “bangers” and some songs that are just stuff that is not that different than any other game album. I liked the idea The Game had here, which was taking hip-hop to I personally think the golden era, where rap really meant something. 90s hip-hop where there was no mumble rap and they actually had content in the lyrics that were clever not ” I got the keys, keys,keys”. Still, this album is good for the fan looking for that kind of songs that are good, if you are future fan stay clear.game-1992

The Divine Feminine​- Mac miller

Easy Mac with the cheesy raps released another album for us! The album is titled The Divine Feminine. This album I am kind of iffy on because it is pretty different from his past stuff, but I usually like that but this isn’t as good as GOOD AM or Watching Movies with the sound off. It’s nice to see him venture out and broaden his musical ear and such but it leaves us, the fans not quite liking his stuff like we used to. My favorite songs off this album though are ” Dang!”, ” Cinderella”, and ” Stay”

“Dang”- What I like about this song most is Anderson Paak, he offered a great chorus and pre-chorus to the song. This song makes you want to get up and start dancing, its got that beat that makes your whole body want to move. The beat is funky and poppy its great, and Mac thrives on this track with his lyrics and flow. This is another song that is great to cruise on the way back from school on a Thursday/Friday or when you get off from that long shift from work.

” Cinderella”- This track features another great feature artist Ty Dolla $ign! I really like the beat alongside Dolla’s vocals. Dolla does his best on those bedroom jams tracks, you know those bump and grind tracks that they put on in the club. This isn’t one track that Mac shines one but he does well enough for me it to be on this list of songs that I like off this album. I think I like this song so much because of Ty Dolla sounds great on it.

“Stay” – I really like the use of the trumpet on this track the most, it’s nice to hear something different in rap besides air horns and huge bass on a track. It’s  a good track because I like Mac’s flow throughout the whole song, and its a little different than what other rappers are doing out there. I also like the fact that this song is not about drugs and being tough It’s a nice soft song about his lady and his thoughts on his brain.

I am still unsure about this album, it’s not his best work. The album itself is decent and tolerable to listen to, I honestly just picked apart this album and only willing to put these three songs on playlists. Not all of these songs are lasting songs for me, and that is sad because usually, I love all of Mac’s songs on his albums too. I have been a Mac Miller fan since his first mixtape, even before KIDs. I know that is something I like to say on every Mac Miller review but its great to see him come a long way from that first mixtape. Mac fans might be disappointed with this album, but go ahead and give it a listen.

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Sunlit Youth – Local Natives

Local natives finally released a new album! Surprising I know, it seems like its been forever since we have heard new music from them. The new album is titled Sunlit Youth, a pretty indie title for an album that could be a good name for an indie rock band as well. The album is great and what you would want to hear from Local natives, and if you haven’t heard of them this a great album to get familiar with. My favorite three songs are “Dark Days”, “Villainy”, and “Past Lives”. There are a lot of great songs on here, but these are the ones that have caught my ear.

“Dark Days”- Contrary to the title it doesn’t sound dark at all, it was very sunny in my opinion. As soon as the song hit my earphones I immediately pictured a sunny afternoon on a nice beach. I also like the mellow vibe the song has, like most of their songs. I really also enjoyed whoever the female vocalist was on on this track as well. Her voice is soothing and sweet to the ears and gets your head nodding to the beat.

“Villainy”- What I first noticed on this was the echo on the lead vocals, and I thought this was a great touch. I could see this song being a big hit on the radio, especially because of the shout out to LA. The song itself just has that radio single vibe to it too, because it has that cookie cutter indie sound to it. When I first heard this song’s beat It felt like I had already heard this song already. Listening to a lot of music will do that to you, though.

“Past Lives” – This song is a good track because I like the breakdowns in it. It is nice to hear a guitar riff every once in awhile among all these indie bands. This song sounds like if it was a mix between their first album and their second album. This isn’t a bad thing because I absolutely love both of those albums, so it is nice to see them mix songs like this into their latest release.

I am really happy with this album. It also makes me hope that they are at Coachella this year too. They played two years ago and their set was so great and captivating. I would love to see all of these songs live as I think they would do well with large festival crowds. The album itself is a nice segway from Hummingbird their last album, which was deemed amazing among critics. If you enjoy indie rock and love music to cruise to then you will love this album a lot .

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Holy Key- Dj Khaled

Dj Khaled released another album, yes ANOTHER ONE! But seriously he released the album titled  Holy Key. The only Dj Khaled album I liked was We The Besand We Taking Over ,  So when I heard this one I was kind of surprised that I actually liked half of the tracks on it. The first half of the album is great up until at least Track 7 and then the one song with Big Sean and Gucci mane and that’s about it. The rest are just blah to me and don’t have any substance to me that stand out to me as well. The songs that I like the best are “Holy Key”, ” For Free”, and “Jermaine’s Interlude”.

“Holy Key”- It should be obvious why I love Holy Key,If it wasn’t too apparent it’s because King Kendrick is on it. Also, the back beat is very similar to the control verse Kendrick and Big Sean and Jay Electronic were on together, and we all know how Kendrick killed that. Other than that I love Big Seans flow on his verse, but Kendrick comes in and completely dominates the track and takes the focus of the song.

“For Free”- What I liked about “For Free” Is the fact Drake mentions in the song ” Like yah boy from Compton said you know this dick ain’t free”. It was a nice little nod to Kendrick, the king of the hip-hop game right now. Anyway, I also liked that this songs beat and backbeat are very beachy themed, it has a sunny appeal to it. Also, Drake has a way to make songs easy for the fans to sing along with, maybe because his lyrical scheme is pretty simple and predictable. If it is that, I don’t mind because it sounds really good.

“Jermaine’s Interlude” This beat has a very east coast dark vibe to it, as well when you hear J cole is on a track you know it’s going to be great. My only problem with this song is that it is way to short! J Cole truly snaps on this track and lets his flow go and shows why he is one of the top 5 out right now. Yes, I will tell you right now this song is way better than the one Drake did on this album. The way J cole is flowing on this track is so amazing.

It was a good album as far as Dj Khaled albums go, usually, most of them are the same repetitive stuff on his albums. His albums normally have way too many artists on one song, and that just totally just doesn’t even appeal to me musically. Like most of his albums, this one wasn’t so much at once, it didn’t overwhelm me. The beats and lyrics weren’t the same re-hash rap stuff that people are used to these days. It is a decent album, has a few bangers on it too.a0a06cef84b391ca8e377500ff3efe6371af47e3

The Suns Tirade – Isaiah Rashad

TDE’s newest rookie dropped his highly anticipated freshman album The Suns Tirade. This album has a really mellow vibe to it to me, a lot of these songs sound like a progressive 90s hip/hop album. The beats alone give you that feel, and also Isaiah’s cadence and flow add to that feel. My favorite songs off the album are “Park”, “Free Lunch”, and “Stuck in the Mud ( feat SZA )”.

“Park”- This is one of the more of the fast-paced songs on the album. I like this song a lot because of the snare in the background that is on repeat. As well Isaiah’s flow is infections to the ear, what I mean when i say that is that it makes your head nod. I think this song first came on when I was driving on a nice sunny day and it fit perfect. It also feels like such a good song to vibe to.

“Free Lunch-” What I like about this song is the beginning of the song because of how it starts with just that nice smooth beat. The beat is not funky but its almost has a slow jazz feel to it. This is for sure a song you are playing on a sunny afternoon day, where you just cruising or just posted up with some people chilling.

“Stuck in the Mud”-  What had my eyes focused on this song was the SZA feature. I absolutely love SZA, she is one of my favorite female artists. I love her voice on the chorus, it feels smooth and nice to the ears when it flows through your speakers. The beat is again slow and makes it perfect if you want to cruise on a nice evening. Isaiah almost sounds like chance the rapper a little bit here in a weird way to me.

It is a perfect first album from Isaiah Rashad, I didn’t have any high expectations for this album. In a weird way, it feels like Kendrick GKMC (Good Kid Mad City) album. But it is a solid album all around to me. The beats, lyrics, and features were all good, not many well-known artists on the album. I liked this album a lot because it’s not MUMBLE rap, like future and lil uzi and Kodiak black. It is nice for rappers to stand out these days along the sheep rappers. Classic hip/hop fans pick up this album give it a whirl.isaiah-rashad-announces-039the-sun039s-tirade039-album-releases-cover-art-new-song-039park039-audio

California- Blink 182

Blink-182 finally! FINALLY! released their newest album, California! First of all, WOW! It is a lot better than I expected it to be. The fact that Tom wanted the band to sound like something they’re not is enough reason to kick him out of the band. Yes, Tom isn’t on the album but Matt Skiba does a great job filling in for him and he doesn’t try to sound like Tom which is even better. I love Toms whiny vocals but I rather Matt sound like Matt. My favorite tracks off this album are “The Only Thing That Matters”, “San Diego”, and “She’s Out of Her Mind”.

“The Only Thing That Matters”- This is my top favorite off this whole album, it actually sounds like original blink! It would have fit perfect alongside their album Take Of Your Pants And Jacket. Matt Skibas cadence on his verse is my favorite part of this whole track other than how it sounds. They did a great job with this track, it sounds like what blink should be sounding like.

“San Diego”-  This song is a great song because it has the feel of blink-182’s stay together for the kids. It was revealed in a recent interview that this song is about Tom no longer being in the band, which is sad and good that they wrote about it. Its good that they did it this way instead of bashing him in a song which would be pretty child like. I do enjoy Matt skiba’s vocals singing “san Diegoooo” but I can’t help but wish Tom’s whiny voice was doing it. Sadly, Skiba does a fine job in his role as the new Tom.

“She’s Out of Her Mind”-  Another favorite song off the album, I like this because the beginning of the song sounds like their song “Mutt”. This song also has a similar sound to their other song “The Rock Show”. Its a great song to blast and sing at the top of your lungs to, just like a lot of their older stuff. It is another song that is proof that blink-182 is finally back in the right direction.

Blink-182’s new album isn’t over the top amazing, but its great! Its the blink-182 we have all be dying to hear from, not that stadium rock/angels and airwaves cousin we were forced to listen to for the last two albums ( Neighborhoods, Dogs Eating Dogs). This is the Blink-182 we all fell in love listening to growing up. Yes, Tom is out of the band and thats okay for now. Hopefully they can add Tom back into the band and also keep Matt as well because I think he provides a great dynamic for the band. This is a must buy, must listen to album.

Still Brazy- YG

YG, west coast native, finally released his sophomore album, Still Brazy. Although, there is no Dj mustard production on here, to my knowledge, I feel like if Mustard was on some of these tracks it would have made some a lot better. These tracks are great but the production could be a little bit better.Yg stepped up his storytelling ability on this album. He is really keeping his beats and sound very west coast and I LOVE that. My favorite tracks off this album are “Still Brazy”,”Why You Always Hating”, and ” Twist My Fingaz”.

“Still Brazy”- What I like about this song is the beat, it makes me nod my head as soon as it comes on. What’s also cool about this song is that it stands out with his lyricism; its more conscious than YG is used to being. Its refreshing to hear him evolve and go hard on a track. I also love the chorus, its really catchy and makes you want to bump the song really loud.

” Why You Always Hating”- I like this song because it sounds really good with a nice system and it bumps really hard in the car. I can see this song going off in a club, especially with  Drake on the track, you know its going to be a club banger. Whenever YG and Drake do a track together its always good and catchy.

“Twist My Fingaz” – This song’s beat sounds really similar to Without Me by Eminem and YG raps alongside it really well. I also like how he calls out the bloods in the industry and the fake rappers who claim they are bloods. This is an issue for him because they claim they’re bloods but they haven’t lived that life and are not repping it.

I liked this album! It was just as good as his first album. YG really stepped up his game here and I think the reason why people are comparing this album to kendrick’s GKMC is because of all of the little skits. It is completely opposite of Kendricks first album and Kendrick himself. They both are telling two different stories from the same place, which is interesting to hear and compare. I prefer Kendrick’s style, it’s a lot more conscious than YG’s and that’s perfect. I don’t like when other artist bite each others sound, there’s too much of that going on.Unknown

Coloring Book- Chance the Rapper

Chance released his first streaming mixtape on apple a few weeks ago titled Coloring Book.   It is absolutely great. I am so happy with this album and its follow up from Acid Rap. Chance is really changing it up and pushing himself to be a better artist everytime he puts out new music. I haven’t heard a hip-hop album this great since Life of Pablo. Chance moved into my Top 10 rappers out right now playlist, thats how good this album is. My Favorite songs are ” All We Got.” ” Juke Jam”, and ” Angels” 



“All We Got” – I immediately loved this song as soon as  I heard it. In fact, I couldn’t listen to the rest of the album because i was so stuck on this song. I loved chances lyrics and flow on this track, I wanted to belt it out everytime I heard it. I also liked Kanye’s little auto-tuned part on the track. Kanye’s part fit perfectly with the song as it flowed nicely alongside the beat. I loved that Chance used a choir from his city on the track as well.

“Juke Jam”- I liked this song  because its so mellow and I loved the R&B beat on this track. I like how versatile Chance can be. He can make a nice slow jam but can also deliver a great hip-hop verse. I believe Chance could have used Frank Ocean or Justin Timberlake instead of Justin Bieber, he sounds fine though. I just haven’t heard Frank Ocean in so long it would have been nice to have him on a track where he can stand out a bit more.

“Angels”-I liked how this song was so infectious to me. I loved the upbeat tempo and how good the bass sounded on here as well. I think Chance does a great job of stepping outside of the box with the flow and vibe of the whole song.

I really absolutely loved this album, its something special in my book. I honestly like it a lot more than Drakes new album. It pushes boundaries and it is completely different than what other rappers are doing right now. Its not about shooting people and getting money blah blah, this album has substance and is good for hip-hop. Do yourself a favor and go grab this mixtape. Its already making music history as we speak.

 

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