Some records have themes and concepts, others are built around the radio singles, the aliterate rely on production, but once in awhile, an album is based on the artist growing in life, and the music vicariously lives through those emotions and thoughts.
Released June 26, 2012 via Maybach Music Group
Rick Ross and his MMG affiliates got it right the second time around. Self Made, Vol. 1 is a mixture of unoriginal, repetitive beats and bland lyricism that leaves you feeling slightly abandon by the genre you look to for inspiration. Volume 2 however, is a completely different story.
Released June 12, 2012 via Mom + Pop Records.
“I’m just as fucked up as they say/I can’t fake the daytime/Found an entrance to escape into the dark,” an opening line to set the precedence for the record. According to a letter, not a blog, but a letter frontman Emily Haines wrote to her family, friends and fans, Synthetica is about identifying with your own reflection, deciphering real from artificial.
Released May 22, 2012 via Arts & Crafts.
Her name is Al Spx, the enigmatic Toronto-native records under the name Cold Specks. At 24-years old, this Canadian has released a remarkable debut album I Predict A Graceful Expulsion.
The Baltimore-based dream pop duo Beach House released their fourth LP May 15th via Sub Pop, following their critically acclaimed 2010 release Teen Dream. The predecessor was thought to be unbeatable, to my amazement, Bloom sprung up and surpassed all expectations.
22 year old Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson (Tyga) released his sophomore LP February 21, 2012.
2008, Decaydance Records released Tyga’s debut album No Introduction. Being the cousin of Travis McCoy, my best guess is the connection landed him the record deal. With an executive producer like Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy), how many of us remember his first record? “Coconut Juice” featuring the Gym Class Heroes’ frontman is memorable because of Madden ’09 and the remix featuring future bossman Tunechi. The record sold just under 7,000 copies.
2009 rolls around and the young rapper has a mixtape with Chris Brown, Fan of a Fan. “Deuces” was taking up space in everyone’s iPod, and “Holla At Me” was being queued in Serato’s everywhere.
2010/2011 the features started rolling in. Birdman, Lil Wayne, Sean Garrett, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled & Drake all enlisted the 110 pound Compton rapper of Vietnamese/Jamaican descent. After two singles, one featuring Chris Richardson and the other, a hook from Drizzy Drake produced by 40 the snowball effect was beginning. Then came “Rack City,” a banger produced by relatively newcomer DJ Mustard that you couldn’t avoid like the plague. Every rapper was freestyling on the instrumental and eventually an official remix dropped. Wale, Fabolous, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill & T.I. all added some fire to the track. The hype for Careless World: Rise Of The Last King was at an all-time high.
Following the hype around the six Grammy awards Adele took home this week, a couple thousand people felt they should pick up a copy of the record, 241,956 to be exact. The phenomenon that is Adele, never ceases to halt or amaze me. Can you imagine a world with a third LP from the British singer?
21 has sold roughly 17 million copies worldwide
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy re-entered the Top 200 after winning Best Rap Album along with two other Grammys for “All Of The Lights.”