MAH FAVOURITE ALBUEMS OF TVIENTY TWELV
Why hello there, like I promised this is my super awesome post about shit that I liked to listen to and liked this year. This is only my top 5 hip-hop albums I listened to, because in the middle of writing this I realized that this shit is hard (btw, the list is written in no particular order)
Brother Ali- Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
This latest project by Brother Ali is dedicated to America. In this album Ali touches on many different subjects, much like Lupe in his F&L2 album, but unlike Food and Liquor 2 this album is more personal, Ali talks about his personal struggles (like his dad committing suicide)and all the things that are happening in the world, and he meshes them together to really show the listener that life can be a bitch.
The first 2 tracks set up the album really well. He goes from saying that he hated this place and couldn’t wait to tell the president right to his face, but now he’s at the point in his life where he appreciates America and all of it’s ideals, but there are things that need to be worked out.
The album itself has amazing production, it never gets boring, the tracks can range from being more mellow to more aggressive and having a southern kind of sound and his flows change accordingly, he’s a really talented MC.
In conclusion, this project is hella dope, there are no skippable tracks (imo), he made a conscious album while making it entertaining. It’s not something I’d recommend to everyone, but at least for me, it’s damn near flawless.
Killer Mike- R.A.P music
This review can be done in one sentence: HOLY FUCKING SHIT, LISTEN TO THIS ALBUM, IT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!!JKDFNBJKDSNGLDSNGKLDSNVFL
But that would be no fun, so let’s get on with the review.
The album is a collaboration of Killer Mike (the dude that raps and stuff) and El-P (producer and rapper) and after listening to this album you realize that these guys were meant for each other (musically of course, but if you want to get naughty… huhuhu). Mike is an aggressive rapper and unlike Ali, he portrays his messages in a fast, adrenaline pumped kind of way (while Ali’s messages kind of have to sit with you) and the production coming from El-P just takes all this shit to another level.
This album is very hard-hitting with some great, gritty, wacky production which complements Mike’s fast aggressive flows quite nicely. Whether he’s talking about some conspiracy theories (Reagan) or talks about rap music in general (R.A.P music) Killer Mike never disappoints, this is the album that you have to listen to, no matter what, YOU HEAR ME? http://kat.ph/killer-mike-rap-music-2012-album-t6398541.html HERE’S THE LINK! NO EXCUSES.
El-P- Cancer 4 Cure
A project El-P dropped after the collaboration with Killer Mike on R.A.P music is basically a continuation of the previously mentioned album. The production is very similar, but the only difference here is that El-P takes over the rapping and some of his verses are just holy-shit-balls-amazing. Like for example, the single “Full Retard” has this banging ass beat, heavy synthesizers and a vocal sample that make the instrumental just flat out amazing.
But this album does suffer from a couple of problems. Some of the hooks here mediocre at best and some of the beats can be a little bit eerie and sometimes questionable, but that’s El-P’s style, so there’s nothing you can really do about it.
Overall, I think that this is not something that everyone would enjoy, but I sure as hell did, and this is kind of my list, so yea.
Big K.R.I.T.- 4eva Na Day
Big K.R.I.T performs and produces his own music and he does both of those things really well. The album, while not really showing off his technical rapping skills, but more his story telling. In a lot of the tracks he feels inspirational, up-lifting, but he can get dark and twisted pretty fast (Package Story). But this album does have its ups and downs, some tracks just didn’t sound as good as others.
In the end, the album itself is still an amazing project which shows off Krits versatility and talent overall. By the way, it’s totally free, so you don’t have to feel like a dirty pirate when downloading it.
Kendrick Lamar- good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Best hip-hop album of 2012 right here. I don’t even know how to praise this album enough so you’d get how well made it is, but I’ll try.
So this is the follow-up album to Kendrick’s 2011 full release “Section 80” which was one of my favorite hip-hop albums of that year. The hooks, the production, the personality of that album were all great and you should probably listen to it as well. So when I heard that he was releasing another album in 2012 my expectations were massive for this project and all I can say, is that Kendrick outdid himself completely.
The album itself tells a story, so it’s really hard to pick out a favorite from this album, because, literally, every song is a part of a narrative that Kendrick tells through various beats and flows. It’s without a doubt, that this is the most cinematic album in hip-hop this year.
The production is one of the parts that make this album so amazing, Dr. Dre was the executive producer of this album so you know it won’t be trash (I need a doctor never happened, nop nop nop nop nop). But the beats are pretty varied and get the job done, so they cool.
In conclusion, LISTEN.TO.THIS.ALBUM.
If I had to rate them in an order:
1. Kendrick Lamar- good kid, m.A.A.d. city
2. Killer Mike- R.A.P. music
3. Big K.R.I.T.- 4EVA Na Day
4. El-P- C4C
5. Brother Ali- Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
1.Skyzoo- A Dream Deferred
2. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- The Heist
3. Nas- Life’s Good
4. Schoolboy Q- Habits and Contradictions
5. Xv- Popular Culture
6. Action Bronson & The Alchemist- Rare Chandeliers
7. Rapsody- The Idea of Beautiful (<—- Female MC right here)
8. Apollo Brown & OC- Trophies