Hip Hop Album: Pharoahe Monch: PTSD
Continuing with the theme from WAR Pharoahe came with PTSD. This album is much slower and so much more about Monch than about what’s going on around us in the world. There are little moments where you’re not in the albums mix to me but that’s because the vibe gets a bit colorful, “D.R.E.A.M” is good example. Not a bad song just seems out of place coming after a verbal maze of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”, where the beat is so grimy and funky. Slow, dirty and just murky boom bap shit is the best way to describe the beats on this album. Another banger, classic, must have from one of Hip Hops most unfuckwithable MCs.
Hip Hop Song: Common feat. Ab Soul: Made In Black America
Maybe this was supposed to be on the album. One thing for sure Ab Soul is bodying these feature opportunities given to him. The way they freak the beat is crazy and Common does his thing as expected, not to say Ab shocks by delivering a sick verse but the way the two lock in and fit the beat together, there is no one murdering the other. I honestly got Nobody’s Smiling with the thought it would a bonus track.
Non Hip Hop Album: SZA: Z
I had a Jill Scott song that featured SZA and then I started looking her up. I got Z and was blown away buy the murky melodic music and the way she breezing through the songs. Not afraid to say she comes away sounding like a much more polished and musically ambitious Jhené Aiko, who’s songs all sound alike, good but similar. Z is a enjoyable slow grind of a ride.
Non Hip Hop Song: Mya: Space
I heard “Space” on a mix the legendary Lord Finesse on Mixcloud. There was no playlist on the page but I hunted a few of the songs I was unfamiliar with and “Space” was one of those songs. I haven’t heard much from Mya until now and I hope whatever she does next is just as good as the With Love EP.