Alright people, sorry I haven’t posted for a week or so, but I’m back, and I have been absolutely loving my Rap and Hip-Hop albums of this year, so I thought I’d give you all a little breakdown of some of my favourites that have been released this year so far, and there has been some right crackers. So, without further ado, enjoy:
Kanye West – Ye
Possibly one of the most controversial albums of the year so far, with Kanye expressing thoughts of mental health and suicide, including some of his craziest work yet, and that famous tweet quoted into a song, “Slavery was a choice”. Despite the craziness, this is some of Kanye’s best work so far in my opinion, with incredible beats and lyrics that portray the life of Kanye over a period of a few months of his life. There is no way to deflate Kanye’s bubble of madness, because amongst the madness, is genius.
Nav – Reckless
Nav has been one of my favourite Rap artists for the past couple of years now, producing some of the freshest beats and flows in the game, and the Canadian didn’t disappoint on his most recent album. Coming originally from SoundCloud, Nav makes music that shows where he came from to where he is now, confronting his demons of self-doubt along the way. With irresistibly catchy beats, Reckless portrays Nav as an artist scared to be rejected from the Rap community, opposing his fears, with lines such as “You say you’re feeling down you’re not alone” showing Nav as vulnerable, despite the life of luxury he may live. A rapper that is very self-consumed in doubt and the will to succeed, an artist I can’t stop listening to, Reckless is a fantastic album.
Juice WRLD – Goodbye & Good Riddance
One of the fast-emerging artists of this year, the Chicago rapper expresses his emotions all over this album, explaining problems with females and general life, trying to numb all the pain he finds and surpassing problems he encounters. Heavy emotions are shed on tracks like “All Girls Are the Same” and “Lucid Dreams”, with the rapper having friends to help along the way, but ignoring their judgement for his own. Ending the album on the track “I’ll Be Fine”, shows that he looks to overcome all this emotion, and Juice WRLD has one of the most promising futures in Rap.
Migos – Culture II
Right at the start of the year all the way back in January, Migos released the long awaited ‘Culture II’, and it did not disappoint. With some of the best producers jumping on tracks, including the likes of Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, the album features banger after banger, including some of the most notable songs in “Walk It Talk It” featuring Drake, “Motorsport” featuring Nick Minaj and Cardi B, and “Stir Fry”. The trio never fail to make a hit, and with a roster of huge artists to help, the album was always going to be brilliant
Nas – Nasir
One of the most influential rappers in the industry, produced by Kanye west, and other production credits including Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco, ‘Nasir’ is sheer greatness. From the rapper himself, “The kids are our future” seems to be the theme he runs with throughout this album, with buckets of political speech and race related rapping the whole way through. Kanye tweeted “I feel like I’m 18 years old again when I make beats for Nas,” and the chemistry the two have is immense, whilst dealing with real life issues and producing fire tracks along the way. “Everything” is one of my favourite tracks of the year, and the whole album is one that everyone needs to hear to appreciate the genius that Nas and Kanye bring to the game.
I know this has been a fairly long blog so if you have made it this far I raise a glass to you, you are the best, but I hope these albums are ones that you will all give a listen, and each to their own opinion, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Being as “Nasir” was one of my top picks for this year, I will link his album directly to my page for you all to listen!
Until next time music fans!