What’s up blog world! First off I wanted to apologize for not being able to make this week’s #musicmonday post! It’s been a crazy busy week with school (stay in school kids!) and I haven’t had the time to put something together. My bad!
November has been a great month for music! Three amazing albums that are definitely worth giving a listen are out this month and it gives me hope that good music is still alive and well! Two of the albums have already been released and both have made top 10 debuts on the Billboard Albums Chart , and the first album I’ll be talking about is definitely prime for the same accolades once it releases!
1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (@kanyewest)
I know some of you may be thinking, “what’s up with the album title? Isn’t it a little obscure?” But once you get into listening to the album, the lyrics of the songs, and the production of each track, you’ll begin to understand that this title is probably the most fitting one that it can have. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy takes you on a ride of highs and lows, all at the same time. It is eclectically dark and uplifting. It’s really hard to describe this album but all I can tell you is that it’s a creative masterpiece that is probably going to be one of Kanye’s greatest albums. It’s not a College Dropout or a Graduation, but as the album titles have stated, he has already graduated from that phase in his music career and is exploring for new creative sounds that few are able to obtain.
With all the built up hype from the G.O.O.D. Friday music posts on Kanye’s own blog, or even the hype around Kanye West as an individual, why wouldn’t this be an album you want to check out? Below is the intro of the track which pretty much encompasses the tone of the whole album all in one go. Kanye even peakcocks his rap flow on it. Can’t wait to pick up the hard copy!
2. Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer (@theladykilla)
This is one album that I was not expecting to be as good as it is. Cee Lo, a solo artist & 1/2 of Gnarles Barkley, has been in the game for many years but also has been out of the game for just as long so material from Mr. Crazy has been long overdue! With his first single of the album, F*** you (Forget You), I thought the track was just one of those catchy, one-hit singles of an entire album and though I liked the track, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to give the album a full listen. With the coaxing of some of my DJ friends to give it a listen I decided to dive in and get the album and was I ever pleasantly surprised!
You know that music that your parent’s used to listen to? You know: Lean on Me, How Deep is Your Love; those guilty pleasures that you get caught signing while washing the dishes in your house; This album has that soulful, timeless, love (or love-lost) vibe that you or your dad cannot get over. I love it! If you are looking for party tracks this probably is not the album for you. But if you want a little blast from the past from in the present, check this out!
3. Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (@KIDCUDIONLINE)
If you’re looking for more of that avant-garde sound that Kanye is into, look no further. Mr. Solo Dolo is back with his second installment of Man on the Moon, which is a compilation of spacey music that spans Cudi’s journey through life as seen through his own eyes. This type of music is delivered on a real level, where it connects with feelings that everyone deals with, and some emotions that people struggle with. It stays creative, while tapping some traditional elements in hip-hop production that give each track a familiar sound.
Below is one of my favourites from the album, entitled The End.
The reason why I love all three of these albums is because each has something that most music is lacking these days: Substance, style, and creativity. It seems as if everything made today sounds exactly like the next and it is getting really tiresome to listen to. If you’re looking for something fresh, soulful, and emotionally deep, these are all albums you should be giving a listen to!