Album Reviews 2018 (May-June) Part 3

Trae Tha Truth Shines On “48 Hours Later” Mixtape

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Trae Tha Truth’s “48 Hours Later” is a welcome collection of haunting trap bangers.

 

Teyana Taylor Caps Off G.O.O.D. Music’s Summer With “K.T.S.E.”

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Teyana Taylor brings sensual R&B to the G.O.O.D. Music lineup.

It’s been quite a wild ride this past few weeks. When Kanye West announced that he would be releasing a new album executively produced by him every week for five weeks it was almost unbelievable. Against all odds, and his own last-minute working habits, we’ve finally reached the end of our destination: Teyana Taylor‘s new album, K.T.S.E.This project marks a stark break from the previous G.O.O.D. Music albums that have been released this summer. Without even listening to the album, Teyana has already broken the sacred “7 songs” rule of Kanye’s album, with the total songs on her project being eight. Secondly, since Teyana is an R&B artist following a series of bombastic rap albums, Kanye switches his production style as well.There aren’t any moments on here that soar to the sonic highs of a song like “Ghost Town” or “Feel The Love.” Rather, Teyana’s approach is softer, more soulful, and Kanye follows in turn. There’s probably more acoustic guitar in these eight songs than Kanye has ever used on a single project, but they’re still punctuated by his signature vocal samples.

The music won’t put you to sleep, however. Teyana does get aggressive at points, most notably on the genre-bending closer “Wtp.” Like the other G.O.O.D. Music albums, K.T.S.E. only runs just over 20 minutes, so it’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’ve been skeptical about Kanye’s summer output thus far.

 

Jedi Mind Tricks Drops Wisdom On New Album “The Bridge and The Abyss”

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This is for the lovers of boom-bap.

The latest Jedi Mind Tricks project is here. They have already given us a taste of the album with their single “You Have One Devil But Five Angels” and put out a music video for “La Muerta.”Their latest studio album “The Bridge and The Abyss” hits today. The LP is almost three times the length of most new rap records, counting 19 tracks. It includes features by Yes Alexander, Eamon, CZARFACE, Thea Alana, Scott Stallone, and late Sean Price (R.I.P brother). The songs deal a lot with death and other rough realities, creating an intense experience for the listener who pay attention to lyrics.Jedi Mind Trick’s came up in what many might consider the sweet spot in the history of Hip-Hop. The group has been active since the early 90s, with their first official EP Amber Probe, which dropped in 1996. Their run has lasted over two decades and is clearly on track for another. This is their second project since the 2015 reunion of original members, Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind and Vinnie Paz. Listeners will find some classic sounds. Jedi Mind Tricks is staying true to its roots. 

TRACKLIST

1. Al bid-aya featuring Yes Alexander
2. San La Muerte
3. Rashindun Caliphate
4. Freshco & Miz
5. When the Body Goes Cold
6. What She Left Behind
7. Death Toll Rising
8. Shed the Skin to Receive the World (Interlude) featuring Yes Alexander
9. Certified Dope featuring Eamon
10. Hell’s Henchman
11. God Forsaken
12. Legacy of the Prophet featuring Sean Price
13. Void Ritual (Interlude) featuring Yes Alexander
14. You Have One Devil But Five Angels
15. Marciano’s Reign featuring Scott Stallone
16. Torture Chamber featuring CZARFACE
17. The Letter Concerning the Intellect
18. Making a Killing featuring Thea Alana
19. What Falls Is Fallen (Interlude) featuring Yes Alexander

King Los Plays Target Practice On “410 Survival Kit” Mixtape

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King Los kindly drops “410 Survival Kit” for B’more’s uninvited guests.

Word to King Los, his long awaited album delivers on the promise he’s displayed. As the album title suggest, Los describes Baltimore as a continuous grind, but unlike other auteurs describing life in his city, Los explores the hardship and the joys. Los breaks down human experience in a way that really speaks to his introverted self. That isn’t to say he won’t turnup on occasion. Songs like “Dey Geekin” and “Dope Dealer” go off like a sprinkler.410 Survival Kit makes good use of King Los’ black book. Features are grouped according to their appropriate “fit,” like Yo Gotti and O.T. Genasis on a record about trapping, and Tate Kobang & more localized talent on songs relating to Baltimore or regional charm. the album also features the likes of Swizz BeatzLola Monroe and Wiz Khalifa, so be sure to play close attention for baton passes. King Los is very much in mid season form on 410 Survival Kit.

Stream Gunplay’s “Active” Project

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Featuring Rick Ross, Curren$y, Sam Sneak and more.

After months of promotion, which included hearing songs like “Cheap Thrills” & “My Phone,” Miami native & former MMG rapper Gunplay decides to return to the scene today and share his first album of 2018 called Active.

“I’m active. Im back. Active again. And it’s just a term in Miami that’s used when you “active” and you active in the streets,” Gunplay said about the project’s title.

Laced with 12 tracks, the follow up to last year’s Haram features guest appearances from Rick RossCurren$y, Sam Sneak, Lito, Masspike Miles, and more. Meanwhile production is handled by the likes of Big A, M Millz, & Sam Sneak, among others.

Available on iTunes, fans can stream the project in its entirety via Apple Music. You already know this gonna go hard in the streets. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

1. Intro
2. Black Inca
3. No Way Jose
4. SHPECKIT
5. Interlude Feat. Lito
6. My Phone
7. F Me F U Feat. Sam Sneak
8. Cheap Thrills Feat. Rick Ross
9. My Definition Feat. Curren$y & Masspike Miles
10. Caps Flyunn Feat. Kidd Adamz
11. Finish Lines
12. Outro

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