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It’s Finally Here!

Anyone who knows me, knows how BIG a fan I am of Jay-Z & Kanye West. The idea of a joint album, however,  came with mixed feelings. The reason I was concerned was because those that remember “Best of Both Worlds” know that project was supposed to be what this one has shaped up to be: two heavyweights going back and forth creating classic tunes. Despite the fact that both artists were in the respective primes, Jay and Kells didn’t see eye 2 eye and the project went downhill from there. It had also been estimated that the pair left over tens of millions on the table for abandoning the project. #ANYWAYDOE, “Watch The Throne” comes with big hype behind it, as the two hip-hop behemoths collide to create one of the magical moments hip-hop has in 2011. Neither needs an introduction, so here goes my review of the album:

Hits: “Primetime”, “Murder to Excellence”, “Who Gone Stop Me“, “Gotta Have It”, “N*****s in Paris

Misses: “Lift Off”, Not much more to critique, lol.

One of the top albums of 2011, "WTT"

This album really raised the  bar for the competition. It has been reported that Jay and ‘Ye recorded in Bath, England as well as in Paris. The highlight of the album, “Murder to Excellence” shows the versatility of the duo, who rap back and forth about a young kid named DJ Henry who was killed as a result of police brutality. How many MC‘s do you know who would feature a current event on their album that has nothing to do with cars, women or jewelry???? These guys do exactly that. On “Who Gone Stop Me”, they experiment with the electric Dub-step, which has been made popular in England as the new wave in music.  Another standout on the LP, “Gotta Have It”, features both rappers dueling back and forth over a smooth Neptunes track that samples James Brown.  Production wise, how many artists could get RZA (“New Day”) and Q-Tip(“That’s My B***h”) on the same album?  Not many.

The power duo....

Most hip-hop albums these days feature a number of other artists, but this album only has features from Beyonce’, Frank Ocean (of Odd Future fame) and Mr. Hudson. I almost have a gripe with just about every album and this one is no exception. I wished the album featured more of the soul samples that are heard from past Roc-A-Fella days. I guess I need to just go back and listen to those records, lol. Despite it all, the two artists teamed up for what could be quite possibly one of the best records we have heard all year and that’s good enough for me.

Continue to check 4 my blog, I will feature a different album every week from now until…..

One Love,

JT


MMG drops tomorrow!!!!

 

The MMG group....Pill, Meek Mill, Rozay & Wale

I’m not sure if I have had this feeling in a while…..an album actually drops tomorrow that I am interested in! Maybach Music Group will be dropping an album called “Self-Made “, which features a barrage of new talent! Wale, Meek Mill,Pill, Stalley and of course “The BossRick Ross will hit us with 15 new tracks on the album. Features include J. Cole, Curren$y, Teedra Moses and French Montana. I must say that Ross has kept the streets a buzz with his last mixtape “Ashes 2 Ashes“. On this tape, I heard a young bull by the name of Meek Mill on a song called “Play Your Part”, which is included in the album. Needless to say, I was very impressed by the lyrical style and knock-out punch lines. Wale, the notorious D.C. artist who joined MMG last year, makes several features of this album, none hotter than the joint “600 Benz” which also includes Jadakiss.  One disappointment that I must admit: “Perfectionist” featuring Mill and Ross, is not included on this album. This song was a mix tape smash that had Mill & Rozay going back and forth a la Styles P and Jadakiss. Although, this is not included, the album is still flames nonetheless!!! Be sure to visit iTunes, or drop by your nearest store and support this album!!! I know it will be in my hands tomorrow…

Peace,

JT