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Albums of the Month Archive

NOVEMBER 2018

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.

MAY 2018

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

Released on May 4th, Book of Ryan provides fans a deeper look in to Royce Da 5’9″s private life. A side not often seen, the project, at just under an hour takes listeners on an audio journey through prominent scenes from his past. This is easily one of the best releases to come out in 2018, showcasing incredible storytelling, witty wordplay, and engaging content tied together by well situated skits narrated by Royce himself. By the time we finished ‘Cocaine,’ we had to do a double take at the emotions the music had evoked.
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