Posts Tagged ‘Kendrick Lamar’

So 2012 is almost over and here is a list of my favorite albums of 2012. There are 22 albums total (I could have listed a lot more but got tired lol) 11 Hiphop albums, 3 R&B, 1 Pop and 7 Rock albums.

Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid Mad City”

This would be my pick as the best overall album of 2012. All the guest appearances on the album fit perfectly. The skits fit into the overall story perfectly as well. The only “flaw” to me is the chorus on “Real” to me it is just annoying and repetitive. This album will be heralded as a “classic” years from now.

Frank Ocean “Channel Orange”

While this album is not as good as his “Nostalgia” mixtape/album it is still great. Probably the best R&B album of the year as well. And the album has a guest appearance from Andre 3000 which you can never go wrong with!

Deftones “Koi No Yokan”

Ok so maybe i’m a little biased with this pick since the Deftones are one of my favorite bands of all time. Then again this is MY favorite albums of 2012 list so yeah. Chino’s voice is great as always. Mix of hard rock to more mild mellow tracks.

Nas “Life is Good”

On his 11th studio album Nas delivers one of his best efforts. As probably the greatest rapper of all time he always delivers lyrically but usually his albums do not have the best production. The production on this album however is greatness. Kendrick Lamar’s album just slightly edges this album out for best Hiphop album of the year.

Jack White “Blunderbuss”

I do enjoy me some White Stripes. When Jack White decided to do a solo album I knew I’d like it before I heard it. Great rock album!

Ab-Soul “Control System”

For those that do not know Ab-Soul is a member of the same group as Kendrick Lamar called Black Hippy and under the same label (TDE) with Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock. This has one of my favorite songs of 2012 “Illuminate” with Kendrick Lamar.

Killer Mike “R.A.P.”

Produced by El-P this album is great both lyrically and beat wise.

The Smashing Pumpkins “Oceania”

Their 8th studio album and a great one.

Lana Del Rey “Born to Die”

Yes, you read correctly…. Lana Del Rey. Love this album… she has a 50′s sound to her voice with the vulgarity of 2012 lol. Great pop album overall.

Apollo Brown & O.C. “Trophies”

This album is a collab between O.C. (of the D.I.T.C. crew with Fat Joe, Big L, Showbiz & AG etc.) and producer Apollo Brown. Great boom bap beats and great rhymes from the legendary O.C.

Miguel “Kaleidoscope Dream”

Another great R&B album.

Schoolboy Q “Habits and Contradictions”

Another release from the Black Hippy group and of course there are guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar.

Other great albums this year were:

Sean Price “Mic Tyson”
The Weeknd “Trilogy”
Action Bronson and Alchemist “Rare Chandeliers”
Greenday “Uno” (actually 3 albums uno, dos and tres)
Beach House “Bloom”
Gary Clark Jr. “Blak and Blu”
9th Wonder & Murs “The Final Adventure”
G.O.O.D. Music Group “Cruel Summer”
Mumford & Sons “Babel”
9th Wonder & Buckshot “The Solution”

Thoughts and Comments? What did I miss?

The “new” West…..

Posted: April 6, 2011 by Joe "Bird" in Hiphop
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So it seems the West Coast is taking over Hiphop with talented new artists. Crooked I for example has been making music for years but is starting to make noise again with the signing to Eminems Shady Records along with his group Slaughterhouse. There have always been artists such as Murs, Ras Kass, Kurupt etc.. that have had huge followings in the underground. But here are some newer artists to watch for and check out!!!!

Kendrick Lamar

Pac Div

Ab-Soul

Odd Future

XXL Freshman 2011

Posted: February 28, 2011 by Joe "Bird" in Hiphop
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So XXL finally put out their new freshman list for 2011. And this year they decided to put out 11 instead of the 10 they normally do. I can say i’m a little disappointed with this list and it seems like most people on other blogs/forums aren’t happy either. So tell me what you think about it………….

 

 

 

Now I’m excited to see Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf (2nd cover in a row!), Big KRIT and Diggy. The others i’m not too sure about…. I have heard some good things from Cyhi and Mac Miller isn’t terrible. But I just can’t get down with Lil B (even tho I do kinda like his new track with Tony Yayo) Anyway thoughts………..