Albums of the Month Archive
ALBUM OF THE MONTH
Concluding November, Meek captures the hearts of hip hop listeners in a way we perhaps haven’t seen since his sophomore release Dreams Worth More Than Money. After settling old beefs, and a stint in jail stemming from a probation violation, Meek comes from a new vantage point. Maturity is a huge takeaway from this project. Topics like prison reform, black American freedom, and beating the odds are well explored. This album makes use of prominent samples, one example being the Dead President’s sample on What’s Free, which also features a tidal wave of a verse from Hov himself, with some crowning it verse of the year. The most prominent, and unexpected sample comes from Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight. Meek comes through blazing as he does in his album intros, except this one may be his best one to date under Dreams and Nightmares. The project slightly lags towards the end, but nonetheless, wraps up strong on the introspective Cold Hearted II. This is not only album of the month, it is a top five hip hop project of 2018.