September 18, 2012 Leave a comment
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”.