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So Many Hot Rap Albums out Right Now

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With rap music growing more popular every day — and getting better at the same time — an increase in hot album reviews that are fun to read is totally warranted. Billboard recently let out a list of the best albums released so far in the first quarter of 2017. Some of the artists include Migos, Drake, and Future, three ever-popular staples of the rap industry.

 

Rap album reviews like those Billboard writers released are important for listeners to consume prior to purchasing them. Sometimes, samples of songs off a new album are just not the same. We can’t say any of this about Drake’s ‘More Life’, which had absolutely zero duds on the album. The artists taken on this record include 2 Chains and Young Thug, including a full line of other popular rap artists.

 

Future’s recent release of HNDRXX, of which you can find another write up of here, is another staple of popular strain of rap music that blare autotune. Future has another album coming up soon, something that new true rap head is forgetting about anytime soon.

 

Khalid’s release of ‘American Teen’ is outstanding breezy to listen to. Khalid actually came out of nowhere this year to take the rap game by storm. ‘Location’, one of Khalid’s top songs of his short career so far, has landed this album on the map for good reason.

 

Migos, just like Future, is expected to put out a brand new album later this year that is expected to fly off the shelves just as fast as ‘Culture’ did. There were many hot features on this album, including Young Thug and all-star caliber rappers like him.

 

Take full advantage of the 2017 year of rap music as it prepares to be decorated as one of the richest rap years in recent history.

 

Meek Mill is back with new hot track

Meek Mill is ready to set the world on fire again. Taking another hit in the loss column is not on his mind. The highly talented rapper from Philadelphia is back with new hot track. Many hip-hop insiders feel that “Glow Up” will turn heads and send people to the dance floors in night clubs around the globe.

 

On this blazing track, Meek let’s everyone know that he is not taking any prisoners. You can tell that Meek made an earnest effort to showcase his creativity and skills with this new piece. For instance, he says “I say Lord be my savior when it comes to getting this paper.”

 

“Glow Up” is traveling down the path created by the three-track project titled “Meekend Mix”. “Meekend Mix” was released earlier this month. It featured Young Thug and A$AP Ferg. Both artists are talented in their own right.

 

Loyal fans are looking forward to getting Meek’s third studio album. Meek stated that “DC4.5” will be better than his previous studio album. It’s fair to say that he’s telling the truth. Meek has an impeccable reputation when it comes to putting out good music. His passion and dedication separates him from other artists.

 

Meek is now getting ready to hit the road with Yo Gotti. This exciting tour will kick off in July. Everyone is looking forward to seeing these two Hip-Hop superstars take the stage this summer. Who will steal the spot light? Well, we will have to wait and see.

 

It’s good to see Meek back on the grind. The proud Philadelphian is well-known for getting the crowd excited when he takes the microphone. The future looks bright for this hip-hop giant.

 

 

 

Drake Recommends 2 Chains In New Album Trailer

Drake has done 2 Chains a very big favor. Not long ago, Drake appeared in the trailer for the upcoming 2 Chains album, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” This is the highly anticipated, long-awaited studio album that 2 Chains has been tweaking and perfecting for quite some time. The fourth official 2 Chains album recorded so far, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music” is one of the most anticipated rap records of 2017. In the recently released album trailer, Drake gushed about the skills and abilities of 2 Chains. In fact, Drake claimed that 2 Chains is one of his favorite rappers. Considering the fact that Drake is a best-selling rapper, this endorsement definitely carries some cultural weight. Although I am excited about hearing the new 2 Chains album, I have mixed feelings as well. In my opinion, this rapper’s last album had some glaring flaws. Although 2 Chains is a rapper of undeniable brilliance, I felt that some of the productions on the last album lacked authenticity and grit.

 

Quite a few music journalists are anticipating the new 2 Chains album with baited breath. Whatever its strengths or weaknesses, this album is likely to help 2 Chains burnish his career. 2 Chains might well achieve a new level of commercial success. Although 2 Chains certainly isn’t a technical rapper, his charisma shines through when he is matched with an excellent producer. Though he’s far more than a punchline rapper, 2 Chains is a deeply witty performer who uses a lot of pithy lines. Fortunately, the new 2 Chains album features production work from the likes of Mike Dean and Pharrell.

 

Hopefully, 2 Chains will continue to evolve over time. I agree with the many commentators who have stated that this artist has a great deal of potential. Although I am hopeful for the future of hip-hop, far too many hip-hop artists have stalled in mid-career. By the time they reach their third or fourth albums, many rappers seem stuck in a kind of formula. Aesop Rock and Kanye West show that rappers don’t have to fall victim to this common pitfall. Time will tell if 2 Chains will do what he must to grow and evolve as an artist.

 

BET Announces Two New Urban-Themed Documentaries

Recently, BET announced it would release two documentary shows related to rap and R&B music. “The Bobby Brown Story” will chronicle the life and career of the infamous Bobby Brown, the R&B artist who famously struggled through personal problems and a tumultuous marriage to Whitney Houston. This exciting new show will feature the talents of writer Abdul Williams and executive producer Jesse Collins. Because Bobby Brown’s life featured so many ups and down, I’m confident that BET has plenty of material to work with in its quest for true drama. Judging from BET’s previous documentary offerings, it is likely that “The Bobby Brown Story” will stay fairly close to the facts. I certainly hope that Williams and Collins do not exercise too much artistic license as they cover this sensitive and fascinating story about celebrity run amok.

The other documentary series announced by BET is entitled “Death Row Chronicles. As reported by a number of music journalists, this docu-series will follow the story of Death Row Records, a controversial hip-hop music label. Although Death Row was responsible for breaking a number of outstanding artists such as Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, this record label was dogged by scandal from its earliest days. Tupac Shakur was signed to Death Row when his life tragically ended. Reportedly, this documentary will mix music history with true-crime drama. Although you never quite know how any series will pan out, I think it is safe to say that “Death Row Chronicles” bears all of the hallmarks of a successful program. I am glad that BET is stretching its muscles and exploring new territory. Although music documentaries aren’t necessarily the most glamorous types of programs, this variety of informative programming should have a prominent place in any network’s lineup. It remains to be seen if BET will continue producing high-quality documentary shows in the future.

Machine Gun Kelly Drops New Single, “Let You Go”

Fan-favorite rapper Machine Gun Kelly just dropped a new track entitled “Let You Go”. The well-received song has already accumulated a substantial number of views on YouTube, and furthermore, the track’s popularity looks to be a solid indication that MGK’s upcoming Bloom album will be a hit.

Bloom is widely expected to be MGK’s most groundbreaking album to date. Previously minimal instruments like the guitar and bass, along with some variable rapping styles and sound controls, have already made appearances in the album’s three released tracks: “Bad Things”, “At My Best”, and of course, “Let You Go”. Whether or not this new sound will translate to commercial success remains to be seen, but once again, the released singles’ popularity is a good sign.

Even better for fans is that there isn’t long left to wait before Bloom hits store shelves. The 13-song album has been recorded and perfected for over one year now, and is expected to release on 12 May 2017. Talk about an awesome way to kick the summer off!

As if the album wasn’t incredible enough, MGK will be taking his talents all over the globe on his Summer 2017 tour. Numerous states in America, as well as a number of countries in Europe are scheduled on his tour, which runs all the way through mid-July. Tickets are on sale now.

This summer is shaping up to be memorable for rap fans. Thanks for reading, and remember to enjoy the music!

Drake’s New Playlist Aims To Promote The Grime Genre

Recently, Drake released a playlist called “More Life,” which features some of the most talented artists in the British music genre called grime. Without doubt, the artists Drake selected for this playlist are among the most exciting artists working in Britain today. Grime is a very interesting form of music that combines rap and hip-hop with a hyperactive, electronic sound elements. Although grime was created in London, this genre is a multi-faceted form of music that can appeal to people from many countries.

Artists featured on “More Life” include Skepta, Sampha and Giggs. Though Drake has loved urban British music for quite some time, this is Drake’s most high-profile tribute to grime so far. If anyone has the star power to get America listening to a new type of urban music, it is Drake. Without doubt, Drake is enormously influential in modern popular music. Although some feel that Drake is a bit too emotional for his own good, I think that this artist is heartfelt enough to overcome his occasional tendency to overshare. It was an interesting choice for Drake to release a playlist instead of a mixtape. By releasing “More Life” as a playlist, Drake shows that he is willing to explore new territory when it comes to branding and categorization. Although Drake’s own music follows some very familiar patterns, the artists featured in “More Life” are bound to feel incredibly fresh and original to most American listeners.

This is far from the first time that influential people have tried to introduce grime to a broader American audience. During the 1990s, many music writers felt that grime artist Tricky was set to make it big in the United States. I sincerely hope that Drake’s new release will achieve mass appeal. Although many music journalists have expressed interest in “More Love,” the public might not follow suit.

R&B Singer Ciara Gives Birth to Baby Girl

R&B singer Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, welcomed a baby girl into the world on Friday, April 28, 2017. The singer’s Instagram account officially welcomed the birth of Sienna Princess Wilson.

“Dear Sienna Princess Wilson. No matter how big the wave, we will always be your calm in the storm. We Love You,” Ciara wrote as the birth announcement, accompanied by an image of ocean waves.

Sienna Princess Wilson was born weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. She shares her middle name with her mother, whose full name is Ciara Princess Wilson.

The healthy little girl is the first child for the Wilsons, who married in June 2016. Ciara, 31, previously gave birth to a son, Future Zahir Wilburn, from a previous relationship with the rapper Future. Ciara’s son turns 3 in May 2017.

Earlier in April, Ciara’s Instagram photos revealed the pregnant Austin, Texas native looking fit, healthy, and fabulous in form-fitting black gowns and sky-high stiletto heels. Clearly her impending maternity did not slow the actress, model, and “Queen of Crunk&B” down.

Ciara first came to international attention in 2004 with her album “Goodies,” featuring the title track as well as hit singles “1,2 Step” featuring Missy Elliot and “Oh” featuring Ludacris. Her 2005 hit “Lose Control” won her a Grammy award for Best Short Form Music Video. Ciara’s sixth studio album, “Jackie,” was released in 2015, and in January 27 the singer announced she had signed a new recording contract with Warner Bros.

T-Pain is Coming

T-Pain’s newest hit, ‘See Me Comin’, is an aggressive song that reminds listeners of the ups and downs of his career. His lyrics reminisce about his youthful times and how he has transitioned to the top of the hip hop game. Accompanied by a melodic beat and hard hitting drums, T-Pain cements his legacy as an auto tune genius with this piece. ‘See Me Comin’ has been commended by critics for a steady beat and promising longevity. When it comes to the hottest hits, T-Pain has shown again and again that he has mastered this genre of music. This song is part of his latest album, Stoicville: The Phoenix, that was teased in early 2015. In recent interviews, the artist has said that the delay was due to tour dates and VIP events. Now that he has resumed his regular schedule, the album should showcase a wide variety of styles and featured artists. On Billboard, ‘See Me Comin’ has surged to the top 100 and will likely remain there for a while. Similar singles have thrived during the spring months of music where fast paced songs are the most popular. Although T-Pain has shifted his sound over the years, the fundamental tones are still there. Listeners will be pleased to hear a raspy voice during intermissions and a smooth call during the chorus. Overall, ‘See Me Comin’ has been a tremendous success that is supported by a music video. We can visualize the difficulties of T-Pain’s life and how he works to provide a life for the future.

Big TLC Fan? New Music Is Headed Your Way

If you’re a fan of nineties R&B girl groups, T.L.C. is likely at the top of your list. They had a string of major hits and enjoyed a great deal of success for several years. However, since that time, they have largely stayed out of the limelight. This has left behind a huge void that the most devoted T.L.C. fans have surely felt.

 

That’s why when news broke that T.L.C. was hitting the studio again to record an album, so many people were chomping at the bit to get a listen to it. Although there have been delays and the record seems to have taken much longer than expected to complete, a Rolling Stone magazine article wrote that the group announced that the album will drop on June 30,2017.

 

This is incredible news, especially in light of the fact that the group hasn’t released new music since 2003. Even with such a large absence, fans of the group showed their loyalty by donating a whopping $430,000 dollars to a Kicklighter funding campaign to come up with the money necessary to fund a new album. The duo’s manager says that they’ve been working extra hard to try to meet the stated drop date and that this will be their last and final album.

 

I don’t know about you, but I plan to do whatever it takes to get this album. Whether it means standing in line at the music store, camping out overnight outside of a big box retailer or even making multiple calls to radio stations in hopes of scoring an autographed copy. T.L.C. represents everything so many people love about the nineties and this album is sure to bring back a bit of nostalgia from that time. Much love and success to the group and hopefully this album will be one for the history books.

 

7 R&B Songs That Are Lighting Up the Charts

The year is approaching its halfway point, and the R&B sector is on fire. Here are seven of the hottest songs in the industry thus far.

 

  1. Chris Brown – “Privacy”

The celebrated recording artist has been in the industry for more than a decade and knows what people love. “Privacy” is a hit as it gives reference to “Tight Up Skirt” by Red Rat. The Dancehall classic was a hit back in the day, and Chris’ latest single is following in “Tight Up Skirt’s” footsteps.

 

  1. Nicki Minaj – “Regret in Your Tears”

Minaj released “Regret in Your Tears” in March, and it has taken off ever since. Many fans cannot get enough of Nicki’s vocals featured on top of a Caribbean tune.

 

  1. Frank Ocean – “Chanel”

Some believe that Frank Ocean’s latest single is a hint of the artist’s plans to release another album. Regardless of whether or not Ocean has another project on the horizon, “Chanel” is a track that can stand on its own.

 

  1. Kanye West – “Bed Yeezy Season 5”

Kanye West’s latest installment is a gift to the industry. The hit single features The-Dream on its track and is poised to make waves for years to come.

 

  1. Trey Songz – “Nobody Else But You”

Trey Songz’s long awaited album, Tremaine: The Album is in the works. In the meantime, fans can enjoy “Nobody Else But You.”

 

  1. Alicia Keys – “That’s What’s Up”

What better way to celebrate your 33rd birthday than with a hit song? Alicia Keys released “That’s What’s Up” just in time for her special day and remnants of Kanye West’s “So Alive” are present.

 

  1. Sampha – “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano”

Sampha’s emotional track brings out every feeling. The piano drives the song while the lyrics convey Sampha’s heartfelt message.