After flexing my muscles (writing, not biceps) and compiling the best songs and best albums of 2015, how about diving into genres? Here’s a quickie – 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015. Are there some ‘best’ songs that didn’t get loving from yours truly? Probably, but that’s life, and life’s a five-letter word that rhymes with witch at times. Enough rambling – you don’t need … Continue reading 25 Best Rap Songs of 2015
Here are 45 albums that missed my ’25 Best Albums of 2015’ list. Continue reading Best Of The Rest: 45 Albums That Missed ‘25 Best Albums of 2015’
Ah, there was quite a fight for the top spot on the Billboard 200 this week. Ultimately, the a cappella darlings bested the former Disney pop diva, though neither album exactly set a new precedent for album impact or sales. Those takeaways and more! 1) Pentatonix’s self-titled album of originals won the battle to top the Billboard 200, meaning Demi Lovato’s Confident settled for … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Pentatonix Beats Demi Lovato For Top Spot
The Game • The Documentary 2.5 • Blood Money / Entertainment One • Release Date: October 16, 2015 West Coast MC The Game has been ‘on a roll’ in 2015. First, he kept it real on The Documentary 2, arguably among his best albums in years. Now he drops the ½ – better yet the .5 – sequel’s continuation, The Documentary 2.5. With The Documentary … Continue reading The Game Sounds Reinvigorated on ‘The Documentary 2.5’ (Review)
It was a legit fight between Selena Gomez and The Game for top honors on the Billboard 200, but The Game couldn’t seal the deal. Hence, Selena Gomez experiences the glory of the number one spot once more. Others wish they could have a slice of that chart glory – looking at you Collective Soul! Here are 25 chart takeaways, led by Gomez’s second consecutive … Continue reading 25 Chart Takeaways: Selena Gomez Takes The Top Spot…Again
Don’t call this list profound, call it profane! Corny yes, but true! All of the songs on this list feature every college guy’s (and probably girl’s) favorite expletive in some form – that would be the f-word if you were confused. So, here goes the list! 1) 2Pac, “F*ck The World” (Me Against The World) 2) A$AP Ferg featuring A$ton Matthews, B-Real, Fredo Starr, Onyx … Continue reading Playlist: 45 Songs With the F-Bomb in Their Title
The Billboard 200 Albums Chart has become the spawn of Satan – to many of its artists… Here’s some chart takeaways from last week’s chart, released October 23, 2014. 1) Unsurprisingly, Florida Georgia Line score their first #1 album with excellent sales – 197,000 copies of Anything Goes. 2) Sam Smith is back home – in the top 10. Potential Album of the Year… 3) … Continue reading Chart Takeaways from Billboard 200 (Released October 23, 2014)
October is among us my friends and fellow music enthusiasts. There is no shortage of new albums being released. That said, some project stick out more than others, and that doesn’t necessarily mean every ‘bandwagon’ act necessarily stands out (at least to this guy right here). That said, here are 10 of my personal, most anticipated music releases in October 2014. The top three are … Continue reading 10 Most Anticipated October Music Releases
Kendrick Lamar • Good Kid, M.A.A.D City • Aftermath / Interscope / Top Dawg • US Release Date: October 22, 2012
West Coast Rap
There seem to be several gaps internally within the rap genre. One of the sub-genres that has received less notoriety as of late is the West Coast movement. The West Coast has plenty of notable and legendary artists including Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion), Ice Cube, Eazy E, and Dr. Dre but in recent times hasn’t necessarily dominated the scene. Game has had his fair share of success (The Documentary was certified double-platinum), but his last release, 2011’s The R.E.D. Album sold the fewest numbers of his previous releases despite debuting at no.1.
Kendrick Lamar materializes at just the right time to give The West Coast the boost that it needs. Lamar’s base has been consistently and constantly growing given the release of mixtape ADHD as well as several singles preceding the release of good Kid m.A.A.d City (“The Recipe,” “Swimming Pools (Drank),” and “Compton”).
Kendrick Lamar to the Rescue
Kendrick Lamar is easily one of the most unique rappers of recent times. He joins an elite group of ‘odd-ball’ rappers that don’t ‘roll with the establishment,’ but rather pave their own pathway. This group includes the likes of Drake (mellow with R&B sensibilities) or KiD CuDi (stoner, left-field) in the sense that 25-year old Kendrick Lamar brings something different to the table. Good Kid m.A.A.d City ends up being one of 2012’s best rap albums because Kendrick ‘goes against the grain’ tapping into his own experiences and delivering those through rhymes and songs that truly channel creativity to the utmost.
Good Kid m.A.A.d. City is a conceptual album that always returns to the idea established by the title (ultimately a good kid, but trapped within the sins/demons of a bad, rough city). Lamar is from Compton, California, a city often connoting or confirming the phrase ‘Hell’s Kitchen.’ On good Kid m.A.A.d City, Kendrick Lamar highlights his teens specifically, referencing his rampant hormones with a ‘bad’ girl (“Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter”), desire to be ‘big’ (“Backseat Freestyle”), or an overabundance of alcohol (“Swimming Pools (Drank)”). Because all songs have a concept or meaningful theme, there are no misses whatsoever to speak of.
Good Kid m.A.A.d City features guests Drake, MC Eiht, Chad Hugo (of Neptunes), Anna Wise (of Sonnymoon) and of course West Coast legend Dr. Dre who also executive produces. Producers include Tha Bizness, Sounwave, Hit-Boy, and T-Minus among others.
Positive for Lamar, good Kid m.A.A.d City is on pace for a big debut somewhere in the 220,000 ballpark, good for a potential no. 2 bow right behind Taylor Swift’s RED. *Good Kid m.A.A.d City debuted at #2, selling 241,000 copies.