"BLACK AMERICA AGAIN"
With this album Common may have put together a classic. His lyrics are so powerful and thought provoking. The production is on point and it fits perfectly with his content. This album is like the theme music for the social issues going on in America. The album is a must have and would be a nice addition to your music collection.
"INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: SOI2"
I have always been a big Ras Kass fan every since I first heard his debut album "Soul On Ice" released in 1996. So when I found out Ras would be releasing a part two to his debut, I was excited and Ras didn't disappoint with this album. The album is full of dope lyricism and hot beats. What more could you ask for if you are a true hip hop head? My favorite songs on the album are "Paypal the Feature" ft. General Steele and Sean Price, "Bardom" ft. KRS-ONE, "Wwjd", "Kanye Moment", "Downward Spiral" ft. Bumpy Knuckles & Onyx, "Reverse Engineering" ft. O.C. and Torae. Ras Kass recruited some serious spitters on this album. Make sure y'all go buy this one!
"FILTHY AMERICA...IT'S BEAUTIFUL"
The Lox didn't release a album since 2000, So this album has been long over due. I can't front when I heard their single with Gucci Mane a week before the album came out, I said damn The Lox going to release a dud. I was dead wrong, they released the proper dose of songs only 10 excluding the skits. The biggest problem I had with this album was that I had to get used to each member only spitting 8 to 16 bars. I got so used to hearing them as solo artists. This Lox album was needed for this era of hip hop cause of a lot the young fans of hip hop may not have heard them as a group. I like how they did a good job of blending new school style of beats with those gutter raw dark lyrics. The album is definitely a Lox album with them keeping their same flows. I like 8 songs out 10, my favorite song is "Move Forward" produced by Dj Premier. The whole album bangs, I have been playing everyday since it came out, make sure y'all buy it!!
"DO WHAT THOU WILT"
Ab-Soul album is lyrical amazing, this dude is a genius on the mic. I always been a fan of the lyrics of an dope MC, the production hits me second. I have to say Ab-Soul is more lyrical than his outstanding label mate Kendrick Lamar. This dude has metaphors on top of metaphors. He also does a good job of not losing the listener with just his metaphors, he adds good content with messages. My favorite songs are: "Huey Knew THEN" ft. Da$H, "Threatening Nature", "D.R.U.G.S.", "INvocation" ft. Kokane, "The Law" ft. Mac Miller & Rapsody. If you love dope lyrics and metaphors you should own this album.
HAVOC & THE ALCHEMIST
"THE SILENT PARTNER"
Many close to me know that Mobb Deep is my favorite all-time rap group but this isn't a Mobb Deep album. This is collab album with Havoc providing the lyrics and The Alchemist cooking up this hot ass production. I always thought Havoc stepped up his lyrics awhile ago with the release of a couple of his solo efforts. This one is his best solo album, Havoc is on point with usual dark grimy lyrics while The Alchemist is flawless with his production. Who would ever think two great producers could put together a dope ass album like this? I like that this album give you that hard gritty 90's sound of hip hop and Havoc didn't change up to fit in with this era of hip hop, he stayed true to his style and brand. Havoc alone is one of my top 10 all-time hip hop producers but damn the past 5 years The Alchemist has produced so many dope beats, I may have to place him in my top 10. My favorite songs are: "Seize Power", "Buck 50's & Bullet Wounds" ft. Method Man, "Out The Frame", "Never Trust a Soul", "The Gun Holds a Drum" ft. Prodigy. This album is a certified hood classic, if you are a fan of that grimy street rap with fire production, this is a must have!!
APOLLO BROWN & SKYZOO- THE EASY TRUTH
STATIK SELEKTAH & CROOKED I- STATIK KXNG
T.I.- US OR ELSE: LETTER TO THE SYSTEM
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST- WE GOT IT FROM HERE...THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE