Non Hip Hop Album: Anderson Paak: Malibu
First off what is crazy to me is that in a time where singers are routinely labeled as rappers Anderson Paak depending on who you talk to doesn’t fit the criteria. Malibu is one of the best albums this year hands down. It’s soulful and deep with the essence of game peppered all over it.
Hip Hop Album: De La Soul: De La Soul and The Anonymous Nobody
Even though we the public knew De La Soul was working an album. No one could have known that the album would have been so different in a good way. Let’s be real the highlight alone is the track with 2 Chainz. De La continues to grow as artists and this album is the newest testimonial to that.
Hip Hop Album: Dr Dre: Compton
Something has to be said for someone like Andre Young, who is still relevant today as he was in 1987. Of course the average Hip Hop fan knows the good doctor for his headphones and his label which has one of the greatest MCs of all time on the roster. During the summer Dr Dre reintroduced himself to the world musically and the results were phenomenal. The album was relevant and up to date with a distinct sound that you’re still not getting anywhere else. Compton was a companion piece to the movie Straight Outta Compton and the summer belonged to the West coast.
Hip Hop Song: Knxwledge Feat Anderson .Paak : Suede
From the moment I heard “Yes Lord” my favorite song became”Suede”. The beat complimenting Anderson’s voice and dare I say swagger makes this song instantly one of those songs that stays on your mind. Anderson .Paak has his Iceberg Slim game way up on this song. Add this to the all star contribution he gave on Compton, Anderson .Paak has had a great second half of the year.
Non Hip Hop Album: The Internet:
I can’t remember what made me go to Amazon and check for The Internet but once I saw there was a new release I ordered it without even trying to listen to sample tracks. There is something about this album that is grounded while still working to be more as the group just subtlety sounds different.
Non Hip Hop Song: Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ – Lean On
Can’t remember when this song became a must have in my music collection, but I wanted it. It’s a nice simple song that makes you feel good. I know I’m the king of hating Pop, Dance and God knows EDM but I like this song.