Hip Hop Album Release Dates

Today is the official release date of G.O.O.D. Music’s highly anticipated Cruel Summer. The preliminary consensus is that the album fell a bit short of the lofty exceptions, which is something I strongly agree with. Luckily for hip hop fans, there is plenty of actual good music set to release by the end of the calendar year. Here is a preview of the most notable works.

Click on the album art for tracklists.

September 21: Brother Ali – Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color

The Rhymesayers emcee released a streaming version his 5th full-length album today. The physical version will be released on the 2st. He’s kicking off a national tour as well, and if you haven’t ever seen him live, you should make an effort to do so. I was lucky enough to see him perform with another personal favorite of mine, Fashawn, a few years back. It was amazing. The album is very light on features, and is produced by Jake One, another personal favorite of mine. The album is inspired by his recent travels to the Middle East and the Arab Spring, as well as the various political movements here at home like the Occupy movement. As the leaked songs already suggest, and as his website suggests, this album figures to be a thought-provoking “scathing, yet honest, critique of America and its many flaws while simultaneously presenting a hopeful outlook of its possibilities”.

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Top 10 Singles of the Week, Vol. 2

T’was a slow week…not a whole lot released….

Pusha T, Raekwon & Joell Ortiz – Tick, Tock

Clean?!? NO!!!

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10 Favorite Kendrick Lamar Songs

Every week or so – as I’m on my continual quest to kill time and not waste it on twitter – I’m going to highlight some of my favorite songs from some of my favorite artists.

Without a doubt at this very moment in time, Kendrick Lamar is my favorite artist in the game. He’s not my favorite ever – he’s not really even close – but right now it’s the exact cup of tea I crave. It took me a long time to get into him actually. I never really liked his sound, I guess that’s an acquired taste, because after one listen through his first independent album, Section.80, I couldn’t stand any of it. A few months later after the constant hype from people who share similar tastes to me, I gave it another listen through, being a bit more patient. Eventually about half the songs I liked, and half I hated. I still didn’t love his sound. Slowly but surely, it grew on me. It started with my obsession with the song “HiiiPoWeR”, which I listened to on repeat for weeks and racks, racking up the iTunes play count to almost unprecedented levels. I would occasionally go through the songs again, and slowly I started falling in love with most every single one of them. Ultimately, it became the first physical CD I had purchased in years, and my love affair has continued to grow.

Selecting just 10 was really hard to do, and I doubt my list will look like any other Kendrick fan’s out there. I really only included songs that are his, not features, except for one I couldn’t leave off.


Oh, and real quick. Explaining why I love music, and finding the right adjectives to describe things is a futile effort. I’ll do my best, but I’m sure it will all sound so contrived. I didn’t want to explain why I liked these, but felt it was worth giving a shot. I’d be an AWFUL music critique.

1. HiiiPoWeR

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