What’s up everybody?! This part of the blog is yet another new part where I will be reviewing new releases of alums and mixtapes. I’ll also be getting help from my boy Sicarii in this area. He’ll review his picks and I’ll review mine.
This time around my picks are the three albums I have previously posted on the blog, Jay-Z and Kanye Wests’ – Watch The Throne, Lil Waynes’ – Tha Carter IV , and Games’ – The R.E.D. Album. I picked these three albums for obvious reasons as well as some not so obvious ones. First of all, I am interested in seeing what everybody else feels about the issues of comparing the three powerhouses and where they stand as far as one verses the other.
Secondly, I feel very strongly about this and want to clear the air about a couple of things. One being the elitist status of Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne, who is constantly claiming to be the best rapper alive. Now don’t get me wrong… I have nothing against any of these guys! I love all of them! I think they are all great at what they do and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that as I sit here today and write this, they are etching their place in history but for one of them to claim to be the greatest rapper alive…. C’MON!!!
I’ll start by reviewing “Watch The Throne”, the joint venture between Jay-Z and Kanye West which was released on August 8th 2011 to debut at #1 selling 436,000 copies in it’s first week. It contains12 tracks on the standard version and includes production from the likes of Kanye West, 88 Keys, RZA, Q-Tip, Swizz Beatz, The Neptunes, and more. So far there have been 3 singles released off the album : H.A.M. , Otis and Niggas In Paris.
I almost hate to say this because I know it’s gonna make a lot of people mad but this album annoys me. Overall I don’t see myself seeking out this album on my ipod to help me through the day… The rhymes are solid, Yes! Some of the beats are even pretty good. Why, then you ask won’t I make a conscious effort to listen to this album? The songs that I don’t like, I REALLY don’t like. It’s either the beat or the annoying singing of Beyonce or some other element of this album that makes me say… I would have to pick a couple of tracks for my playlist and keep it moving. Which tracks? That’s Simple… “Otis”, “H.A.M.”, and “That’s My Bitch.”
Next up is “Tha Carter IV” from Lil Wayne which was released on August 29th 2011 to debut at # 1 selling 964,000 copies in its first week. It contains 15 tracks on the standard version and features production from Cool & Dre, Willy Will, The Commission, Streetrunner, Bangladesh, and Polow da Don amongst many more. So far there have been four single released from the album including “6 Foot 7 Foot”, “John”, “How To Love”, and “She Will”.
This album is much more enjoyable but it’s still not my favorite. It’s genuinely southern and commercial which is fine if you like that sort of thing. A little bit too commercial for me. The beats on this are much better than those on WTT and far less annoying. The rhymes… It’s weezy! He always delivers his top rhyme game doesn’t he? Quotables galore. This one will be in rotation for a few weeks. Only a couple of songs on here that I could do without like “How To Hate”… I mean I really thought that T-Pain and auto tune were a passing fad a few years back and here it is all over again!
Finally…My personal favorite Game’s “The R.E.D. Album”
This is true west coast classic rider music! Game’s 4th album was released on August 23rd to debut at #1 selling 98,000 copies. It boasts 21 tracks and features production by Cool & Dre, Mars, Don Cannon, Boi -1da, The legendary DJ Premier, as well as Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes, DJ Khalil and several others. Game showcases his skills as a story teller on several of the tracks on the album like “California Dream” in which he tells the story of the birth of his daughter. The beats on this album are far better than any of the beats on the other two albums. The rhymes are easier to follow yet still hold up against the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye, and Wayne. This album has pretty much been on repeat for me since it came out almost 4 weeks ago and unless “Detox” drops soon, it’ll be in my playlist for quite a while.
Well there you have it. The first in a long line of music reviews I will be doing for you in the not so distant future. I hope you enjoyed it and I urge you to comment below and let me know how you feel about what I had to say. Thanks again and stop back soon.