A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

The homie Justin Jermaine put me onto A Boogie. He was out in New York this past December and said this was what his people were riding to.

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A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is an NY cat and at the moment has a handful of singles, features and 2 projects out.

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Autotuned ballads is his thing, and it works (who isn’t on this autotune wave though huh). Boogie has been in my daily rotation the past week. Though his subject matter can be a somewhat depressing, it’s hitting home at the moment.

A Boogie is currently on his TBA Tour and is being documented by Tidal Rising. Through episode 4, Boogie is consigned/seen hanging with Kodak Black and Trey Songz, dapped up by Stalley, and appears at a video shoot with Meek Mill. A fan says he’s better than Beyonce. High praise.

Check him out and show some love if you dig the music. Leave a comment below.

@wemajorwemajor

@_jackietran

Quick Review: Rick Ross, Rather You Than Me…. A Touch Of More Life & Kanye West

Coming off his latest release, Black Market, Rick Ross releases, Rather You Than Me.

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One of my favorite rappers, Rick Ross’s pen game (and beat selection) is nothing short of immaculate. He absolutely makes luxury rap that belongs in a Maybach. We all are in a Maybach when riding around to Ross, that’s how powerful I feel his music is.

“In a room full of failures I feel out of place…. I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki, instead of beefing with ya dawg you just give him some distance…. I’m happy Donald Trump became the president, because we have to destroy before we elevate,” are some of the lyrics that melt over the simmering soulful production by Chad Nine on track 1. Chad Nine is a former Miami Hurricane defensive linemen.

Track 2, Santorini Greecekeeps the soul rolling into the nuke bomb that is track 3, Idols Become Rivals.

Before I continue, I have to say that Rick Ross has dropped so many good tunes over the years. His body of work has been really solid, and what’s more important to me is the gems/knowledge he’s bestowed upon us during that time. Not saying I always have to learn from the music, but man it can’t be ignorance in every track on the whole album. These gems show me that Ross is a student of hiphop and his culture. Well aware of his surroundings and history, Ross is one of the few artists able to perfectly blend consciousness with fly talk.


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Onto Idols Become Rivals, a lot of people were stuck on this track. Ross goes after Birdman a lot harder than he did on Black Market (he sends shots damn near the whole album). On this record he brings up Trick Daddy (probably because of his Breakfast Club interview), Birdman’s fake watch (maybe more depth to this, a fake watch foreshadowing you been a fraud), Mannie Fresh, BG, Turk, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled. He says some shit.

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Though the album is a little feature heavy, it doesn’t take away from it at all. I wish Isa Muhammad was on the album and Chris Rock played a bigger role. I think Ross could’ve cut She On My Dick, and replaced it with a, She On My Dick Interlude, narrated by Chris Rock, leading into I Think She Like Me instead. It’s somewhat redundant to have She On My Dick leading into I Think She Like Me because the subject matter is similar. Plus his last album had a track titled Dope Dick, which is indeed dope. Just my two cents though.

Wale spazzed on a track that also featured Young Thug, an interesting combo. And after hearing Powers That Be? We definitely need a Nas executive produced by Rick Ross album. Nas gliding over Rick Ross picked beats has a lot of classic potential. Ross is down with the idea but Nas shut down the rumor, however, he left the door open for it so it’s still possible though a reach. Nas and Rick Ross have good chemistry together, but Jay Z and Ross feels better, what happened with that photo of them (plus Rockie Fresh) in the studio?

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If memory serves me correctly, someone tweeted Ross if this had something to do with the new album and he replied 👀 … it may very well still be on the way.

Drake’s “playlist”, More Life, also dropped this weekend. Off the first straight-through listen (and a few plays here and there), More Life has some tracks but as a whole is average. I was more impressed with the features and production than Aubrey himself. Jorja Smith, Skepta, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2Chainz, Young Thug and Kanye West stood out.

Some of the island/tropical sounding songs are definitely going to be hits, and with how everywhere the album is, his tracks will have placements in various markets. Truly, an excellent strategy.

You just never know what’s going to happen with Young Thug on the track and that’s why he’s amazing, so diverse. Thug sounds clearer than ever on that Sacrifices track with 2Chainz where, of course, 2Chainz kills it. Thug sounded clearer because of this opportunity or the mixing engineer? Chainz always kills the guest verse, he is a bit underrated I would say. Then toward the end of the album we are blessed by the GOAT. Kanye really brought some old Ye vibes on Glow. Kind of Graduation like. I think this is where we all thought TLOP was going. I definitely thought so when I heard Ultralight Beam at the Yeezy Season 3 premiere.

A theory is that when TLOP was still So God Help Me, it was going to be a personal album. I.E. All Day/I Feel Like That, Only One, Wolves Yeezy Season 1 (@ 8:28), however somewhere along the line the relationship between Hov, Tidal and Kanye soured and we got TLOP. Maybe that’s the reason for the rants? Just tired and fed up of the industry politics?

My issue with Drake still remains, he continues to reuse the same formulas to succeed. Those late night/early morning venting rap tracks, R&B samples, flow snatching and wave riding. He really an island ting now huh? I would love to hear him take a chance and push himself outside of this comfort zone. It’s hard to deny the numbers, he’s a good artist but I cannot listen to him for long. I’ve never been a fan like that, he’s just not for me. Maybe if he tries something new I would feel different. His subject matter and singing doesn’t move me. The singing is cringeworthy and the lyrics doesn’t seem genuine, but he’s moving so it’s hard to argue why he isn’t #1 right now. More Life is better than Views though.

Someone mentioned his career would be interesting to examine when it’s over. The numbers are hard to deny. Drake is at the top of the mountain without a clear classic, how will we view him in 20 years time? Does his “hits” hold longevity? It doesn’t look like he’ll slow down any time soon.

Unlike More Life, Rather You Than Me left me more speechless than critical so yes, Rick Ross’s album is better to me. But listen and see for yourself.

Below is a link to all the producers that worked on Rather You Than Me, via DJ Booth, one of the best blog sites out.

http://djbooth.net/news/entry/2017-03-16-rick-ross-rather-you-than-me-album-producers

Leave a comment.

@wemajorwemajor

@_jackietran


Griselda x Shady; The Essence Is Back

Last week, it was announced that the Griselda Boys signed a deal with Shady Records. At first I was skeptical, though Aftermath usually brings their artists success, the music tends to be bland for me (comparing TDE’s music before/after the deal, 50 Cent’s pop turn and the lyrical ability yet very ok songs Slaughterhouse churns out). After learning it was only a distribution deal, I figured they would be alright. Like Rocafella.

I’m assuming there was a bidding war with RocNation.

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Prior to the news, Westside Gunn released an EP tilted, Riots On Fashion Avenue. 12 tracks consisting of an intro, outro, 2 new rap tracks, 2 remixes of those tracks and 6 instrumentals.

Following the news, Westside and Conway released a Just Blaze produced track…

Respect to the legend, but has anyone else been unimpressed by Just Blaze’s beats as of late? I know he gets tired of rap so he must not be as inspired. Who do you think won the Swizz vs Just battle?

…most of their projects were taken down from streaming services, and the Griselda Boys (Westside, Conway and Benny) stopped by Sway In The Morning to unleash some fury.

Didn’t I say we needed a Benny project? Yup, I said it when Westside released Hermes 4. I didn’t know at the time but Benny is Griselda, his rhymes are picturesque. “Got my GED behind bars in a cage, almost cried when I seen my daughter crossing the stage.” Benny lowkey washed Conway on this one. Then they stopped by Statik Selektah’s show…

Another view of the same freestyle below…

http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/03/conway-westside-gunn-prodigy-and-benny-freestyle-on-shade-45/

…and Conway redeemed himself. The essence is back! After hearing these freestyles, me and a few homies definitely got that Rocafella/Dipset feel.

The new business partners released Hitler On Steroids the same day of these freestyles. A DJ Green Lantern mixtape combining old and new tracks, to put the new fans up to speed.

Congratulations on the deal fellas. 12projects in two years? Y’all deserve it. Make sure to check out the full Sway interview here, if you’re unfamiliar with the future legends.

Oh and Benny does have a few projects out. 1 On A 1My First Brick. 17 Bullets.

Leave a comment below.

@wemajorwemajor

@_jackietran

Chanel By Frank, The War Against The Industry

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On episode 2 of Frank Ocean’s Blonded Radio, an Apple Music exclusive, he streamed a new song titled, Chanel. I didn’t catch the entire show but caught the end where the track was on repeat. I have been listening to it nonstop since Friday night. Every time Frank Ocean releases a single, it’s like the most potent drugs my ears have ever been under the influence for. Every single time. His writing skills are something else, I only put Anderson Paak in the same category as him when it comes to that.

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Chanel… Tidal link because I’m a huge supporter of Tidal.

About Tidal.

I still trip off the fact we came up with the Tidal/Apple Music idea before Tidal/Apple Music was released to the public. Too bad we don’t have the connections. But that’s what MJR/WeMajor is. Inspired by BluRoc/Creative Control, we had the Tidal/Apple Music idea first. A platform for artists, we’re here for the art.

On episode 1 of Blonded Radio, Frank Ocean premiered a new song, Slide, with Calvin Harris, Quavo and Offset. Why won’t they let Takeoff eat? Bad And Boujee politics?

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Slide.

Aside from the new release, Frank shared a conversation with Jay Z about modern-day radio. Jay Z is the owner of Tidal, why would he be on Apple Music? Well Frank released his last album under contract with Def Jam, Endless, a visual album (part1, part2). The following day, Frank released Blond as an independent artist. The label was so pissed. He now owns his masters and is reaping all the benefits of his art.

Jay Z is a strong advocate for artists taking back the art, Prince was in the works of giving his records to Tidal in support of this. Prince was in a constant war against the music industry, even calling record contracts slavery (do your research). I believe Frank is using his Apple platform to get paid, but is siding with Prince, Jay Z, (Kanye), in this war. So Jay Z sharing his thoughts on Apple was a bit of promotion for Tidal, a kind of way to convince listeners why they should go to Tidal or support artists like Frank, subtly.

Excerpts of the conversation below (via Pitchfork):

“Take radio for instance. It’s pretty much an advertisement model. You take these pop stations, they’re reaching 18-34 young white females. So they’re playing music based on those tastes. And then they’re taking those numbers and they’re going to advertising agencies and people are paying numbers based on the audience that they have. So these places are not even based on music. Their playlist isn’t based on music. If you think a person like Bob Marley right now probably wouldn’t play on a pop station. Which is crazy. It’s not even about the DJ discovering what music is best. You know, music is music. The line’s just been separated so much that we’re lost at this point in time.

They have to revolutionize that thing, you know, be more progressive. I think with all the technology and where we are today, it’s definitely a more efficient way to get music out. Because it’s the whole idea behind having a festival that played all sorts of music. Because no one listens to music like that – you just listen to music more than ever. Back in the days there used to be hip-hop clubs. Like, specific hip-hop clubs. Now every club is a hip-hop club. Every club is a music club. You go in there, you’re liable to hear EDM, hip-hop, you’re gonna hear some soul, you’re definitely going to hear “Poison” around 2-3 in the morning.

It’s unfortunate because with, you know, technology and everything moving forward, we should, it should be a better way that the music, the musicians, radio, and these things that are supposed to be instruments for the arts, should exist. And it shouldn’t be about advertisement. And it shouldn’t be about—so the more times, you know, someone like yourself can bypass that, it’s better for the, for the arts. And it’s better for the audience ‘cause you have to have, like, a level of discipline and just a belief to put music out in this place where not everyone can. You know, people, like, they wanna shoot for that, and then they’re making music that’s not really conditioned to who they are [Frank says “right”], who they are so they can reach a certain platform.”

Chanel RMX feat. A$AP Rocky

Leave your comments, thoughts on the music or industry below.

@wemajorwemajor

@_jackietran

Only Christopher We Acknowledge

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20 years to the date, (March, 9, 1997), one of the greatest rappers to ever grace the mic was fatally shot in Los Angeles, CA. Above is Biggie with Puff. One of the last photos taken before his death.

Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. had it all. One of the best story-tellers with an undeniable flow and lyrical ability, he was appreciated by all hip-hop fans (and in my personal top3). He dropped so many gems/wisdom in his music. To think he did all of this by age 24, it’s truly a shame. Beanie Sigel said it best @ 2:02.

And Biggie was getting better. What he did on his last recording, Victory? We didn’t witness prime Biggie yet, we were close but not yet.

I saw someone tweet today that Kendrick Lamar’s GKMC and TPAB would out-duel Ready To Die and Life After Death. Lil homie needs to pass that blunt.

Kendrick has been suspect since signing with Interscope. When I heard GKMC, I knew it was meant to appeal to the masses. Good album, but it had that mainstream/commercial sound. And though I think TPAB is amazing, I haven’t revisited the project in a very long time. Both projects didn’t have the lasting impression Section80 or Overly Dedicated had. Maybe because they’re not as organic?

He’s rapping Eminem-like since the GKMC era. High-toned voice and a sped up flow. I don’t like it. A conspiracy formed is the Interscope/Aftermath machine (via @SunLade, a very informative dude on the culture).

The Aftermath/Interscope machine is Lade’s theory on how they stole the market, how 50 Cent singlehandedly dismembered New York rap, and how they make their artists appeal to middle-class America. GRODT and The Massacre. Somewhere (whereabouts unknown), there is an argument that Kendrick is meant to appeal to the “woke” audience.

Hopefully the Griselda boys’ Westside and Conway don’t fall victim to this. They recently signed to Shady Records, but it’s only a distribution deal so I doubt they’ll change. I just don’t see it also, but let’s hope.

However, this post is about Biggie. Below is two links:

The link below is a Pigs&Planes article where they interviewed Robert Cagel aka Zauqael, speaking on Biggie’s unknown life in North Carolina before he blew up. The two met each other through hustling and formed a strong bond.

http://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2016/05/before-biggie

From a reliable source, Biggie used to work at a local grocery store in Brooklyn. The owner said Biggie was the nicest person he ever met. So kind that when he was told about Biggie’s hustling lifestyle he couldn’t believe it.

This second link is a thread of what Biggie planned to do in the years to come after the release of Life After Death.

http://www.thecoli.com/threads/life-after-life-after-death-what-biggie-had-planned-for-the-future.199987/

The man was ahead of his time.

Jay Z and Biggie would’ve been the greatest duo. They matched each other perfectly. Brooklyn’s Finest, I Love The Dough, Young G’s.

Thinking about it, it reminds me of Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt. The way they complimented each other, and didn’t want to get washed by the other. That type of chemistry creates amazing records. Elimination Chamber, Hive.

Two dope MC’s that respected each other as rappers and friends, but having the competitive spirit wanting to come out with the hottest verse at the end of it all. Junior Mafia speak on it here:

What’s your favorite Biggie track, verse, memory?

Leave a comment below. RIP to the legend.

@wemajorwemajor

@_jackietran

The Trill Is Back! Chino Proclaims On A New EP

The South has taken over the rap industry, and rap is taking over the music industry.

Houston has the potential to become the powerhouse of the South. Business is booming, the music scene is growing and the culture is captivating.

With Atlanta making huge strides, the mainstream musical landscape has begun to mimic that. But why not Atlanta? Why would Houston be the powerhouse of the South and not Atlanta? Though, Atlanta has taken over the rap scene I feel like Houston, as a city, is a bigger overall attraction than Atlanta.

Once upon a time, there was a whisper about the South. “No one is spitting down there. They’re too slow.” But like everything in life it comes full circle.

I cringe when a rapper from the east coast attempts to make trap/Southern music. The styles don’t blend well. There are exceptions but I’m speaking from a general standpoint.

With Atlanta’s triumphant run, the Houston influenced A$AP Mob blowing up, and a growing city, who is ready to take Houston’s throne?

I don’t label Travis Scott as a Houston artist. Houston just doesn’t come to mind when his name is brought up. So for the moment the throne is still vacant.

If you don’t know Chino, I wrote about him here.

Founder of Money Never Loses ENT (MNL), Chino is heavily influenced by Screw and Houston culture. He’s been rapping about it since his first recording session. Constantly hash tagging #DoinItFoScrew, in a conversation, he later gave me an explanation for the hashtag. “I just want to make music, live life and be comfortable. Screw was a movement. He put people on. I want to do the same for my people.”

Shot and edited by Jackie Tran.

Engineered by Jackie Tran, Chino proclaims, “The Trill Is Back!”, over colorful production by 318tae. “Country rap tunes”, he likes to call them.

The new EP is 7tracks, 20minutes long and features what sounds like his best work yet. The writing skills continue to improve for Chino, shown on Texas Hold and Today.

He is getting better, the music is sounding better, and the product is looking better.

I talk about progression and evolving frequently as vital keys for artists. The end result of it is very beneficial for both the artist and consumer. Chino is impressive with this one.

The World Is Yours Interlude comes after the intro in which he states, “life’s bigger than eighths and 7grams… To see a quick dollar you don’t have to be topless.” Believe in yourself when no one else does, he raps. This interlude serves as an ode to DJ Screw but has some depth to it as well. The world is yours, go get it.

Every feature on here brings it, the production is solid, the EP is cohesive, and the little instances like that interlude are hidden gems. Lil Wayne makes a special appearance as well. This EP is just good hiphop. Back To Rap is the “curtains close” example of that.

Houston is still up for grabs since I last wrote about Chino, can he take it? Who is on your Houston radar?

Check out the new music. Leave a comment below.

@wemajorwemajor

@_jackietran

Byron “Post To Be” A Legend

Post To Be by Lord Byron. Artwork by Lord Byron.

Above is the lead single to Lord Byron’s upcoming project, We Kill Cowboys. But who is Lord Byron?

Lord Byron is an East Dallas artist that I have been following aimlessly since hearing his Dark Arts Vol. 2 project in 2012. In the form of an Alicia Keys sample, I feel like a spell has been cast and I have been stuck in this trance since the Intro to Vol.2. Byron’s progression from then to now has made me a more than loyal fan.

In 2016, I hit the road to Dallas to see the future GOAT live.

Byron’s set was unlike any other local rap artist’s performance. Byron’s set was performance art.

2012 was a different time. The Internet, world of art, and even society felt like it was in a much better state. Twitter made the world a whole lot smaller and everyone was excited about it. You were connecting with locals, folks across the states, overseas, and even celebrities. People were curious to hear other’s opinions/views as well as sharing their own. Fast forward to the present, we can’t even hold a decent conversation without insults. 2010-13 was a great era. I mentioned the art world because during that time the Internet wasn’t so oversaturated with artists. I have no problem with the boom but despite it, the work has been very lackluster. The originality and creativity is missing, thus everyone looks and sounds the same. This is crucial for legitimate local artists. The consumer has to surf through so much trash to find the gems. It’s not as easy as it once was to get a listen. Dropping a link today is like Jehovah’s witness at the door.

“I have no problem with the boom but despite it, the work has been very lackluster. The originality and creativity is missing, thus everyone looks and sounds the same.”

That’s where Byron shines.

Byron’s first video, and new music after Vol.2 initially dropped.

Byron’s evolution is a fascinating one. When I first heard him he was rapping over hypnoticnew eraboom bap tracks, complimenting it with a rhyme style similar to Earl, Nas and Jay Z. It’s funny because he once tweeted that Vol. 2 is better than Illmatic. And on his latest rap album, Digital Crucifixion, he boasts, “experts don’t compare me to Earl Sweatshirt, I’m not a Sweatshirt Ima mink.” Both bold statements but with solid reasoning behind them.

Vol.2 is a push-play album and Digital Crucifixion is arguably a masterpiece.

Since Vol.2, everything has gotten better. Artwork, song production and also Byron himself. Part of his brand success has to do with some of the amazing artists he’s worked with along the way. 5Star, Brrd, Lade (FKA Doughmars), Q1, Sam Crooke, Ben Hixon and Felix, just to name a few.

He is now supporting/supported by indie label, Dolfin Records. Based in Dallas, this is a team you should definitely keep your eye on.

Earlier I mentioned, Digital CrucifixionReleased in 2015, this is his latest rap offering. DigiCrux marked the end of the Vol.2 era and began a new one. Rapping over more experimental production, it is a perfect clash of sounds crashing for Byron to slice through with his marksmanship.

It’s dope because his music was already unique to begin with. I mean who could’ve guessed a Dallas native would draw comparisons to Nas and Jay Z? At the time I only knew them for songs like My Dougie and Stanky Leg. But here we are.

Byron went left with DigiCrux, but continued further left with his most recent project. A lo-fi/Prince/80’s/funk styled EP under the alias, Ghoulfive.

Byron is truly blessed with the artistry and creativity so many of us lack.

His progression has been a joy to witness as a fan. A lot of times I get bored with artists because they find a formula and sit comfy in that safe zone. Byron could’ve easily did this. He could’ve went the Vol.2 route but thankfully he didn’t. And if this was 2012, where the human mind was as curious as it once was, he might already be a legend. He really should be, and at this point only time will tell if he can break through to the other side.

It looks like we may be in for another change. With We Kill Cowboys on the way the music has become more “Southern.” No release date has surfaced but I cannot wait for it to arrive. 

Here’s a link to an old interview of Byron I came across. Thank goodness I have Dark Arts Vol.1 in my archives. Unfortunately, it has been off his bandcamp for some time now. I have most of his older work except for his Pre-Mixtape Mixtape project. I admit that kind of hurts.

Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what y’all think. Follow/tweet @wemajorwemajor, also.


I’m not a writer, I’m a fan.

Jackie Tran, MJR

100 Miles w/ Isa Muhammad

After dropping one of the best mixtapes I’ve heard in recent times, Maybach Music’s newest signee(?), says he’s done making music.

Hailing from Inglewood, CA, I discovered Isa out of curiosity. I saw someone claim Isa Muhammad to be one of the best rappers out on my Twitter feed. A few days passed and someone else tweeted a YouTube link to one of his tracks. I clicked the link, which ended up being a song called “William Roberts” featuring Rick Ross. Ross simply added some adlibs, but those extra vocals on top of Isa was enough to capture my attention. Scrolling through the comments I found out that he was once homeless. On the recommended column of the Youtube video is where I realize that Isa Muhammad is the same dude that cypher’d for Ross a few months back. What a story. Rick Ross signs a homeless man after his “Big Sean moment.”

Isa says he is not MMG however. He says that MMG did not think he would sell, and Rick Ross only signed him after information leaked that he was getting an MMG deal. Via tweets from Isa himself, he went on to praise Rick Ross for his generosity. Ross gave Isa $10k, allowed Isa to stay in his home for months, took him everywhere and introduced him to everyone.

But the game is the game.

I’ve heard many stories about the politics and shadiness of the music industry and this seems to be no different. Isa says Ross was very kind, but a lot of the people he met were not. They weren’t there for the music, they only wanted fame. And Isa wanted no part of that.

Throughout this mixtape you walk 100 miles with Isa Muhammad. The same 100 miles he walked towards the sun to find himself. From a broken home to Holyfield’s abandoned mansion to Ross’s luxury home, you can tell through the music his love for life is pure. His mission in life is more than simply making music. He loves Allah, his family and his skin color. Isa doesn’t want to make music, he wants to be a good family man and help his people/community.

Forget the music.

At this point I realize Jay Electronica will more than likely never drop his album. Not one artist owes us anything. We take for granted what these artists sacrifice to provide us with entertainment and sometimes forget they are also human. I am not mad at Isa’s decision at all.

Thank you for the insight and mixtape you provided us with. Best wishes on your journey.

Jackie, MJR

Favorites of 2016 List

This list is subjected to what I listened to, and I didn’t hear everything-Jackie Tran

Top Albums:

Anti-Rihanna

FLYGOD-Westside Gunn

Yes Lawd!-NxWorries

TLOP-Kanye West

MONDA-Cousin Stizz

A Seat At The Table-Solange

Blonde-Frank Ocean

Konnichiwa-Skepta

Top Records:

Pick Up The Phone-Young Thug, Travis Scott & Quavo

Ultralight Beam-Kanye West feat. Chance The Rapper & Kirk Franklin

Drug Dealers Anonymous-Pusha T & Jay Z

Kanye West-Young Thug feat. Wyclef Jean

500Horses-Cousin Stizz

Black Superhero Car-Smoke DZA feat. Rick Ross

30Hours-Kanye West

Ladies Hit Squad-Skepta feat. A$AP Nasty, D Double E

Top Verse:

Drug Dealers Anonymous-Jay Z

The Cow-Conway

Ultralight Beam-Chance The Rapper

 

BassRob‘s 2016 List (Same rules apply)

Favorite Albums:

The Weeknd – Starboy– Favorite tracks- Starboy, Party Monster, Six Feet Under, Love to Lay, A Lonely Night, I Feel It Coming

Mndsgn – Body Wash– Favorite Tracks- ‘Alluptoyou’, ‘Ya Own Way’, ‘Use Ya Mnd’, ‘Vague/Recalibrate’

Chance The Rapper- Coloring Book– Favorite Tracks- ‘All We Got’, ‘How Great’, ‘Blessings’, ‘Finish Line/Drown’, ‘Blessings (Reprise)’, ‘No Problems’

KING- We Are KING– Favorite tracks- ‘Love Song’, ‘Carry On’, ‘In The Meantime’, ‘Hey’, ‘The Right’

Noname- Telefone– Favorite Tracks- ‘Diddy Bop’, ‘Freedom (Interlude)’, ‘Casket Pretty’, ‘Forever’

KAYATRANDA- 99.9% – Favorite Tracks- ‘Got it Good’, ‘Bus Ride’, ‘Drive Me Crazy’, ‘Leave Me Alone’

Anderson Paak – Malibu– Favorite Tracks- ‘The Bird’, ‘The Waters’, ‘The Season/Carry Me’, Am I ‘Wrong’, ‘Without You’

NxWorries (Anderson Paak x Knxwledge)- Yes Lawd! –Favorite Tracks- ‘Livvin’, ‘Wngs’, ‘Lyk Dis’, ‘Get Bigger/Do U Luv’, ‘Khadijah’, ‘Suede’

Kendrick Lamar- Untitled Unmastered– Favorite tracks- ‘untitled 03 | 05.28.2013.’, ‘untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.’, ‘untitled 07 | 2014 – 2016’ (aka ‘Levitate), ‘untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.’  

Common- Black America Again– Favorite Tracks- ‘Home’, ‘Black Amercia Again’, ‘A Bigger Picture Called Free’, ‘Little Chicago Boy’

Rapsody- Crown EP– Favorite Tracks- ‘Crown’, ‘#Goals’, ‘2AM’, ‘OooWee’, ‘Fire’

Westside Gunn- FLYGOD– ‘Dunks’, ‘Gustavo’, ‘Mr. T’, ‘50 Inch Zenith’

21 Savage & Metro BoominSavage Mode– Favorite Tracks- ‘No Advance’, ‘X’, ‘Savage Mode’, ‘Mad High’

ScHoolboy Q- Blank Face LP– Favorite Tracks- ‘TorcH’, ‘By Any Means’, ‘JoHn Muir’, ‘Neva CHange’, ‘Black Thoughts’, ‘Blank Face’

Childish Gambino- Awaken, My Love!-Favorite Tracks- ‘Me and Your Mama’, ‘Have Some Love’, ‘Redbone’, ‘Stand Tall’. ‘Terrified’, ‘The Night Me and Your Mama Met’, ‘Riot’

*Honorable mentions- Solange- A Seat at the Table, Young Thug- Jeffery, Skyzoo & Apollo Brown – The Easy Truth, A Tribe Called Quest- We Got It From Here… Thank You For Your Service*

Favorite Verses:

Westside Gunn ‘The Cow’ (Conway’s Verse)
Pusha T ‘Drug Dealers Anonymous’ (Jay-Z’s verse)
Migos ‘Bad & Boujee’ (“OFFSET! WHOO WHOO WHOO WHOO WHOO!…”)
Gucci Mane ‘Aggressive’ (1st Verse)
Skyzoo & Apollo Brown ‘A Couple Dollars’ (Skyzoo’s 1st verse, Joell Ortiz’s Verse)
Common ‘Black America Again (Remix)’ – (Gucci Mane’s verse)
Conway 1/28/16 Shade 45 Statik Selektah Showoff Radio Freestyle

 

Justin Jermaine (Same rules)

Albums:

Kanye West-TLOP

YG-Still Brazy

Westside Gunn-FLYGOD

Kodak Black-Lil Big Pac

Drake-Views

Songs:

Carnage & Lil Yachty-Ma$e In ’97

Blac Youngsta-Kid Cudi

MF DOOM & Madlib-Avalanche

Westside Gunn & Action Bronson-Dudley Boyz

OMB Bloodbath-Doin’ Nothing

Verse:

Conway-The Cow

Jay Z-Drug Dealers Anonymous

Drake-For Free (Verse 1)

Andre 3000-Divine Council Decemba RMX

Jay Electronica-How Great

 

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