Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is being tagged as the album of the year.  Kayne has been all over the place promoting throughout his G.O.O.D. Friday released songs and making TV appearances and headlines.  The album dropped Nov. 22 and in its first week sold an amazing 518,775 copies.  Masterful production, great rapping, and super collaborations make this album truly one of the best of 2010.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

1. Dark Fantasy
2. Gorgeous feat. KiD CuDi & Raekwon
3. Power
4. All Of The Lights (Interlude)
5. All Of The Lights
6. Monster feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver
7. So Appalled feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz & The RZA
8. Devil In A New Dress feat. Rick Ross
9. Runaway feat. Pusha T
10. Hell Of A Life
11. Blame Game feat. John Legend
12. Lost In The World
13. Who Will Survive In America

 

All songs are pretty amazing and should be heard.  Several of the song were released through Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Fridays music.  So Appalled is probably the best track.  Blame Game is a softer and piano heavy track which is a classic Kanye relationship song.

Rollingstone.com gave it 5/5 stars.

I give it 9.5/10.  Very worthy as Kanye goes all out

T.I. No Mercy Album Review

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Album Review

T.I.’s No Mercy, his 7th studio album, dropped Tuesday December 7th.  T.I. has been all over the news the past few months with his various legal troubles and the released singles have been smash hits (particularly “All She Wrote” ft. Eminem and “Welcome to the World” ft. Kanye West & Kid Cudi).  This album explores various ranges and topics while boasting about a dozen guest spots.  No Mercy is put together very well was well received by hip hop fans of all types.  It sold 159,000 in its first week, and T.I. thanked fans for support of the “Hustle” via the TrapMuzik website.

T.I. – NO MERCY

1. Welcome To The World ft. Kanye West & Kid Cudi

2. How Life Changed ft. Mitchelle’l & Scarface

3. Get Back Up ft. Chris Brown

4. I Can’t Help It ft. Rocko

5. That’s All She Wrote ft. Eminem

6. No Mercy ft. The Dream

7. Big Picture

8. Strip ft. Young Dro and Trey Songz

9. Salute

10. Amazing ft. Pharrell

11. Everything On Me

12. Poppin’ Bottles ft. Drake

13. Lay Me Down ft. Rico Love

14. Castle Walls ft. Christina Aguilera

Listen to the songs online at jushustle.com

Hiphopdx.com gave it 3.5/5 stars, along with an indepth track by track breakdown.

Allhiphop.com gave it 7.5/10 stars.

I give No Mercy an 8.5/10

Top 10 Hip Hop Albums 2010

Posted: December 15, 2010 in Hip-Hop, music

The top 10 hip-hop albums of 2010 don’t raise as much of a debate as the top 10 hip-hop songs of the year.  It’s pretty clear that Eminem (3,000,000+ albums), Drake (447,000 in first week), Kanye West (600,000 and counting), T.I., Lil Wayne, B.O.B., and Rick Ross all deserve to be among the discussion.  The creativity of Nas and Damian Marley earn them a nod on the list.  Hip-hop legends The Roots check in with their 9th studio album making some noise.  Overall, a very solid year across the board for hip-hop fans of all types.

Drake, Eminem, and Lil Wayne= biggest sellers (photo courtesy of mtv.com)

List of the 10 best hip-hop albums of 2010 in order:

Recovery– Eminem- (June 22th)

No Mercy -T.I. – (December 7th)

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West – (November 22nd)

Thank Me Later – Drake – (June 15th)

I Am Not a Human Being – Lil Wayne – (September 29th)

Eminem's Recovery is phenomenal

The Adventures of Bobby Ray – B.O.B. – (April 27th)

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico DustyBig Boi -(July 5th)

Distant Relatives– Nas and Damian Marley- (May 18th)

How I Got Over – The Roots – (June 22nd)

Teflon Don– Rick Ross-  (July 20th)

Honorable Mentions:

The Hunger for More 2 – Lloyd Banks– (November 22nd)

Trill O.G. – Bun B – (August 3rd)

5.0 – Nelly – (November 12th)

Flockaveli – Waka Flocka Flame – (October 5th)

Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager – Kid Cudi – (November 9th)

Pink Friday– Nikki Minaj -(November 22nd)

Leave comments regarding opinions or albums I left off the list…

Top 10 Hip Hop Songs 2010

Posted: December 14, 2010 in Hip-Hop, music

The top 10 hip-hop songs of 2010 is an impossible list.  The world was blessed with truckloads of  awesome music after the genre suffered a lackluster year in 2009.  Everybody has their own specific tastes and this year tons of artists were releasing albums.  From The Roots to Nicki Minaj, quality albums and tracks kept flowing from January to December.  I tried to include more of the well known and airplay heavy songs rather than underground or sleepers.

Various rappers (photo courtesy of http://www.thesource.com)

Here’s the list of the 10 best hip-hop songs of 2010 in rough chronological order:

Beamer, Benz, or Bentley– Lloyd Banks ft. Juelz Santana

Airplanes Pt. 2– B.O.B. ft. Hayley William & Eminem

Not Afraid– Eminem

No Love– Eminem ft. Lil Wayne

No Hands– Waka Flocka Flame ft. Roscoe Dash & Wale

Right Above It– Lil Wayne ft. Drake

Black and Yellow– Wiz Khalifa

Deuces (Remix)– Chris Brown ft. Drake, T.I., Fabolous, Kanye West, & Andre 3000

Fancy– Drake, T.I., and Swizz Beats

What’s My Name– Rihanna ft. Drake

Honorable Mentions:

Love the Way You Lie– Rihanna ft. Eminem

Kush– Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg and Akon

Fire Flame (Remix)– Birdman ft. Lil Wayne

T.I., Kanye, and Cudi were busy in 2010 (photo courtesy of http://www.fresh-university.com)

So Appalled– Kanye West ft. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Swizz Beats, & Cyhi the Prynce

Welcome to the World– T.I. ft. Kid Cudi & Kanye West

All She Wrote– T.I. ft. Eminem

Any Girl– Lloyd Banks ft. Lloyd

The Show Goes On– Lupe Fiasco

Beast Mode– B.O.B.

and many, many more… please leave comments addressing any songs you think I left off the list…

Hunger For More 2 Album Review

Posted: November 29, 2010 in Album Review

Lloyd Banks’ new album, The Hunger For More 2 , came out on November 22nd and has received overall solid reviews.  The G-Unit rapper promised a strong and true feeling for the album, which, like 2004’s The Hunger For More, was created with little input from the label.

 

H.F.M. 2 Cover

No. Title Length
1. “Take ‘Em To War” (featuring Tony Yayo) 3:29
2. “Unexplainable” (featuring Styles P) 4:12
3. “Payback (P’s and Q’s)” (featuring 50 Cent)
4:12
4. “Home Sweet Home” (featuring Pusha T) 3:59
5. Beamer, Benz, or Bentley” (featuring Juelz Santana) 3:28
6. “So Forgetful” (featuring Ryan Leslie) 3:59
7. “Father Time” 3:25
8. Start It Up” (featuring Kanye WestRyan LeslieSwizz Beatz, & Fabolous) 4:49
9. “Celebrity” (featuring Akon) 3:29
10. “On The Double” 2:49
11. Any Girl” (featuring Lloyd) 3:31
12. “I Don’t Deserve You” (featuring Jeremih) 3:52
13. “Sooner Or Later (Die 1 Day)” (featuring Raekwon) 3:31
Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
14. “This Is the Life” 3:13
15. “Stuntin'” 3:00
16. “Kill It” (featuring Governor) 3:21
17. “Where I’m At” (featuring Eminem)
5:18

The first track, Take ‘Em To War with fellow G-Unit member Tony Yayo, sets the tone with a heavy but upbeat and catchy drum and synth loaded beat.  Definitely one of the better classic Banks tracks on the album.

Payback (P’s and Q’s) featuring 50 Cent is another one of the best tracks on H.F.M. 2, as 50 contributes to part of the hook saying “my heart’s so cold I dont trust a soul/it’s funny how the bullsh-t goes you never know.” Banks and 50 joints are always fire and this one is no different, as both speak the truth about the game.

Where I’m At featuring Eminem is a can’t miss bonus track.  Em comes in at the end and reiterates Banks’ message of: “I’m moving on, don’t worry about me/ cause I’m gon be just fine without you, you’ll see/there aint no one on this Earth right now I’d much rather be/cause God-dammit I’m glad that I’m me”

Beamer, Benz, or Bentley and Any Girl were previously released, in February and June respectively, and are hits any hip-hop fan has already heard.

50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo (photo courtesy of http://50centmusic.gportal.hu)

Overall, the slew of guests, variety of songs, and reassertion into the game for Banks makes the album successful.  It’s a gritty album with Banks spitting straight from the heart while landing his stone cold classic punchlines throughout.

I give it a B+ or about an 8.0/10

HipHopDX.com’s Editor gave H.F.M. 2 a 3.5/5 rating, with an in depth breakdown of the elements.

AllHipHop.com gave it a 7.0/10.

Banks didn’t promote his album nearly as hard as Kanye West and Nikki Minaj did for their November 22nd release date.  It seems like all we’ve heard for months has been about Young Money’s new break-through female rapper and Kanye West going crazy on nationally broadcast interviews and twitter posts.  Banks is more mature and low key.  He’s humble, he’s old school, and he won’t sell out or abandon his roots.  It’s certainly good to have Lloyd Banks’ presence back in the game.

T.I. Probation Information Released

Posted: November 11, 2010 in Hip-Hop

As we know, T.I. is back in jail in Arkansas’ Forest City minimum security prison for violating his probation.  Lil Wayne was recently released and the whole hip-hop world was focused on his first three days free.  Well, when T.I. gets out around October 2011, we can tell you what he’s NOT going to do.  Or at least, what he’s not legally able to do.

T.I.'s multiple personalities (photo courtesy of judiciaryreport.com)

Court documents were obtained by TMZ and released on the internet just  days ago regarding T.I.’s new one-year probation terms.

BET.com reports:

one of the terms of Tip’s one-year probation stipulates that the king of the south won’t be able to leave the Northern District of Georgia upon release unless he can prove it’s for “verified employment within the United States,” meaning the rapper won’t be allowed out of the country.

Tip also won’t be able to leave Georgia for more than seven days per month or seven consecutive days. Tip is also barred from driving a vehicle, owning “any firearm, dangerous weapon, or other destructive device” and must submit to drug/alcohol testing and a treatment program.

So basically… no guns, no driving, no drugs or alcohol, no leaving the United States.  The kicker is his confinement to Northern District of Georgia for 23/30 days per month.  It’s going to make touring quite the hassle.  Drugs, alcohol, and guns seem to go hand in hand with most rappers these days, no pun intended.  These probation terms, though harsh, are the best way to attempt to eliminate the problem.

No Mercy album cover (photo courtesy of thehiphopupdate.com)

T.I.’s 7th studio album due out December 7th, was changed to “No Mercy” from “King Uncaged” on October 25th.  I guess with the new slew of legal troubles, he didn’t really feel like “Uncaged” would work well in the title if he was actually “caged” in a cell.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Leak

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Hip-Hop, music

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy leaked yesterday.  Kanye’s much hyped 5th studio album is scheduled for official release on November 22nd.    It really is quite hard to keep an album from leaking these days.  However, most of the Kanye leaks to hit the internet so far are clean versions.  The album sounds pretty genius and artistic, as we’ve come to expect from Kanye.  The album will sound significantly better unedited and with bonus tracks.  Check out songs Hell of a Life and Blame Game, plus all the others, too.

One of five album covers

Download Link

Download Link 2

Track list

1. “Dark Fantasy” 4:40
2. “Gorgeous” (featuring Kid Cudi & Raekwon) 5:57
3. “Power” (featuring Dwele) 4:52
4. “All of the Lights” (Interlude) 1:02
5. “All of the Lights” 4:59
6. “Monster” (featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nick Minaj & Bon Iver) 6:18
7. “So Appalled” (featuring Jay-Z, Push T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz & The RZA) 6:38
8. “Devil in a New Dress” (featuring Rick Ross) 5:52
9. “Runaway” (featuring Pusha T) 9:08
10. “Hell of a Life” 5:27
11. “Blame Game” (featuring John Legend) 7:49
12. “Lost in the World” (featuring Bon Iver) 4:16
13. “Who Will Survive in America”