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Monthly Archives: December 2012

VIDEO WORLD: 2 Chainz “I’m Different”

After teasing “I’m Different” would be 2 Chainz official next single, he’s released the visual. The track was an early favorite of mine from Based on a T.R.U. Story. Check it below.

Full cheetah print outfit? Oh. 2 Chainz, you are truly different. His debut album is in stores now!

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MUSIC WORLD: A$AP Rocky x Kendrick Lamar x Joey Bada$$ x Yelawolf x Action Bronson x Big K.R.I.T. “1Train”

Whew! A$AP Rocky debuted a new track with a slew of mu’fuckas on it. In order of appearance, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Action Bronson, AND Big K.R.I.T. all make an appearance. The track is titled “1Train.” This shit right here… Listen and download below.

Did they murder him on his own shit? It’s these types of risks that make A$AP Rocky so interesting to watch. His debut album LONG.LIVE.A$AP. is slated to drop January 15th, 2013. You copping?

MUSIC WORLD: My Quick Review of T.I.’s “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head” + Download Link

To say that listeners are skeptical for any new music from T.I. is putting it lightly. Earlier this year, he released a few buzz singles that were completely disappointing. There was “‘I’m Flexin,” “Hear Ye, Hear Ye,” and “Pyro.” Each got progressively worse. The public was left wondering if T.I. could ever bring it again or was he done. He has become the family man, the modern day Cliff Huxtable. Welp, he found his stride again on this album. My full review is below.

I pressed play on the Tip‘s latest album hoping and praying I wouldn’t be disappointed. I was pleasantly surprised. There’s been rumors that this may be his last album. It’s not exactly The Black Album, but it’s a far cry from the horrific No Mercy. This album sounds like a grown T.I. In the album, he visits themes that are befitting of his current life. He talks his gun charges and subsequent prison sentences, he talks about his family and wife, and he talks about balling out. It works.

In theory, T.I. presented this album as a concept. He wanted you to know he’s troubled  and presented songs indicative of that. The R. Kelly-assisted “Can You Learn” most represents that. The track opens with an interlude detailing his infamous arrest before the BET Awards a few years back. R. Kelly sings, “Baby, could you learn? Could you learn to love a troubled man?” The Marvin Gaye influence is clear. Listen below.

The album also includes standout performances from Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky. Each song sees T.I. taking the best qualities of both artists and projecting that into his vocal performances. “G Season” featuring Meek Mill finds T.I. at his most agressive spitting lyrics like:

Fuck what they say bout my cases, fuck what they say bout my lady, fuck what they say we were doing on that day in visitation.

A$AP Rocky‘s appearance is appropriately about smoking weed and features a short skit that details his arrest while smoking weed in LA. A$AP Rocky proves again why he’s someone to look forward to in 2013.

Then there’s “Guns and Roses” featuring P!nk. It’s a clear departure from the majority of the album and is poised to become a radio single. P!nk sounds good, but I don’t like this T.I. He feels much more believable on the similarly-pop song, “Hello” featuring Cee-Lo. I did enjoy the track following, “The Way We Ride” in which he plays with the chopped and screwed sound.

Then of course, there’s “Sorry.” Not enough could be said about Andre 3000‘s verse on that track, so I won’t even try to sum it up. But as a whole, the album doesn’t disappoint. I don’t necessarily think T.I. is going to gain a slew of new fans with this album. But I do think that old fans will return and be pleasantly surprised.

My overall review: 3/5… There are some cluggers that feel unnecessary and weigh the album down. His features shine though and the production is memorable. And I love albums that include a proper introduction track.

Standout Tracks: G-Season,Wildside, Sorry, The Way We Ride

Throwaway Tracks: Cruisin’, Wonderful Life, Hallelujah

What do you think? You can purchase on iTunes or download HERE. 

MUSIC WORLD: T.I. x B.o.B. x Kendrick Lamar x Kris Stephens “Memories Back Then”

T.I. is prepping to release his next album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, tomorrow. Ahead of that release, he primiered a track featuring B.o.B. and Kendrick Lamar. It’s a radio rip, but you get the point. Check it below.

This isn’t listed on any tracklist for the new album. Would’ve been a nice addition though. Make sure you go and cop the new album tomorrow.

VIDEO WORLD: Big Sean “Guap”

This song took a while to grow on me (and the rest of the public). But now, I rock with it. Big Sean released his visual to “Guap.” He taped in the streets of Detroit. Lord knows they need the revenue. Check it below.

You don’t love this song yet? His sophomore album, Hall of Fame, is scheduled to drop early 2013. You coppin?

MUSIC WORLD: Tamar Braxton Releases First Single, “Love and War”

After hearing Tamar Braxton go on and on about releasing her own music in two season of “Braxton Family Values” and her own reality show, “Tamar and Vince,” the first song is here! If you watch the show, you’ve heard her perform the track live and she sangs it! Check it below.

I’m honestly surprised she came out with this song first, I thought she would go with one of the more uptempo tracks she’s previewed on her show. But this works too. She did that! What do you think?

VIDEO WORLD: Jhene Aiko “Mirrors”

The ever angelic Jhene Aiko has released a new visual to her track, “Mirrors.” Check out the dark, Black Swan-esque video below.

Beautiful song. Beautiful woman. No word on when her official Def Jam debut will his the public. But to whet your appetitie, you can definitely download her mixtape  “Sailing Soul(s).”