My Thoughts on Yeezus

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As this is a hip-hop blog, I feel like I need to address Yeezus, since it is obviously a huge deal to the rap game. However, I will not write a usual post about Yeezus, because my usual posts deal with music that I like. I do not like Yeezus. I found the album absolutely horrible. First of all, it only has ten tracks, which is weak considering Kanye has not released a solo album since 2010. Secondly, and more importantly, it simply does not have the usual lyricism and meaning that Kanye has been able to deliver in the past. Yes, New Slaves is meaningful. But outside of that one song, it sounds like an album any mainstream rapper could make. The beats sound like dubstep, and I think that might be why supporters are trying to say the album is “new age” hip-hop. In my opinion, people who call the album futuristic just don’t want to admit that Kanye dropped a bad album. Maybe from another artist an album of this quality would be acceptable, but from someone as traditionally great as Kanye, it was ten tracks of pure disappointment. Sorry for the rant.

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Born Sinner (Album) – J. Cole

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I’m a few days late on this one but it seemed like the perfect post to make my comeback to the blog. Born Sinner is nothing short of a masterpiece. Unlike on his debut album, Cole was not under pressure from his label to make commercial tracks. Able to make the deep music that he does best, Cole delivered the album of the year to this point. Born Sinner sees Cole contemplate the state of rap, the problems facing our nation, and above all his own feelings since releasing Cole World: The Sideline Story. He went through a very dark period after dropping his last album, saying he feels as if he essentially sold his soul to the devil in the hopes of making money and radio music. The dark tone of the album matches his feelings, and it is one of the most emotional and meaningful projects I have ever heard. I know I said this above, but I don’t know how to describe the album other than “masterpiece.” It should go down as a classic, and Cole says that Born Sinner marks the beginning of his prime. If this is the beginning, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Buy Born Sinner on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/born-sinner-deluxe-version/id651105499

Lamp City (Album) – Cam Meekins

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Last night at midnight, Cam finally dropped his debut album, Lamp City. I have not heard the whole project yet, but what I have heard so far is exactly what I was hoping for: extremely real and relatable raps and Cam’s nice flow over solid production. Only three songs on the album have features, which come from Stizzy, Jeff Replay (twice), and Skizzy Mars. It’s really impressive that Cam could put out a 14-track effort with only three features, and I love that we get to hear more from Cam himself as a result. He also handled a lot of the production on his own, which again deserves major respect in my opinion. This is an incredible debut from a truly great artist, and I encourage everyone to give it a listen and download Lamp City on iTunes here.

Indicud – Kid Cudi

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Kid Cudi’s new album, Indicud, officially released today. Yes I am aware that it leaked a few weeks ago, but I didn’t want to download it yet out of respect for Cudi. I encourage everyone to buy the album and support a true artist. I have only gotten a chance to listen to a little bit of the album yet, and I like what I’ve heard but it hasn’t sounded to me like it can match the original Man on the Moon. I’m still hopeful though that as I listen to more of the songs, it will bring back that old Cudi feel.