After a couple run throughs, it is easy to say that Chance The Rapper’s new album, Coloring Book, is the most soulful and epic sounding hip hop records in the last couple of years. This album shouts at you, sings to you, teases you, and lifts you within the span of 14 original produced tracks.
This is the follow up to his critically acclaimed Acid Rap – the 2013 mixtape which took him from local Chicago rapper, to the genre’s most sought after independent artists. Since then he’s picked up a lot of superstar friends, some of whom appear on this album including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, Future, and Kirk Franklin.
You can download the album for free on several mixtape sites, as well as stream it on Apple Music.
Known as a Soundcloud golden child, Kaytranada quickly became a household name for blogs ever since posting his first remixes to the music sharing platform. Three years later, and the Montreal native producer is now putting out one of the years most anticipated albums in 99.9%. From the moment he dropped “GLOWED UP” featuring Anderson.Paak, it was certain amongst those awaiting the LP release, that it would exceed all expectations. With the album now out, and multiple tour dates selling out quickly, it seems as though this will be the year Kaytranada truly gets his, and goes beyond his internet fame.
Stream the entire album below and find it now on iTunes.
Over the weekend we got a whole lot of amazing albums dropped on us, including this one from singer-songwriter and producer James Blake. The Colour In Anything marks his third studio album release, and has already been acknowledged as one of the best albums of the year so far. The London born musician has a knack for bringing out the beauty in heartbreak and solitude and does it once again on this album. The album runs a little over an hour and is driven by poetic lyrics, pulsing percussion and rich keyboard playing throughout.
Stream the entire album below or get your copy of it on iTunes.
Odd Future’s Domo Genesis steps out of the shadows of his label mates and drops his long awaited debut studio album. Genesis holds 12 tracks with features from Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Anderson Paak and more. Stream the project in its entirety below, as well as the music video for “Dapper”.
Baauer drops his long awaited debut album Aa, consisting of features from M.I.A., Future, Rustie, Pusha T and more. Stream the entire album below.
2015 was a year of major collaborations – Kendrick & J. Cole, Phantogram & Big Boi, Chance & Lil B , Fetty Wap & French Montana and of course Skrillex & Diplo’s massive Jack U project. Looks like the trend is here to stay as we begin 2016 and two of southern hip hop’s biggest names come together for a full length album. Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz give us a 12 track album titled Collegrove – a combination of their respective neighborhoods, College Park and Hollygrove.
You know what you’re getting from these artists when they drop music on their own, but together they actually deliver some of their toughest bars in recent memory. The production on this is solid as well, making for an overall fun album to listen to. Some standout tracks include “Dedication”, “Smell Like Money”, “Gotta Lotta”, and “Rolls Royce Weather Everyday”.
Stream Collegrove below.
The debut album from R&B songwriter, BJ The Chicago Kid, In My Mind, is now available for purchase and stream.
Anybody who knows anything about Majid Jordan knows that they were the writers of Drake’s 2013 hit “Just Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Since the birth of that track, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman have been steadily working for the OVO team as songwriters and producing on their own music as an R&B Dance duo. They eventually dropped their infectious EP A Place Like This in 2014 and we have been patiently waiting for a full length project since.
The wait was definitely worth it, and this was obvious the moment they dropped their first single, “My Love” featuring Drake. From there they previewed the album with a handful of releases, all of which you can hear below. If you’re feeling the OVO duo’s debut album, you can purchase it now.