Janet Jackson: 20 Y.O.
Since Jay Tse might be reading this, I gotta choose my words carefully, or he may come after me. Janet's new album is very fun, and easy to listen to. Hit singles "Call on Me" and "So Excited" will get tons of play in the clubs. How many times have you heard Jermaine Dupri on the radio lately? "Y'all know what this is!" This album is a keeper
John Legend: Once Again
Straight up soulful goodness. The shit that makes you want to go to church. Or get in bed and do the nasty. How did he get both of those emotions into the same album? This gets heavy rotation.
Lupe Fiasco: Food & Liquor
I really love this album. Excellent production on every track, like "Kick, Push", "The Cool", and "The Emperor's Soundtrack", make this a must-have hip-hop album. But what really makes Lupe stand out are his witty, intelligent, and sometimes cryptic lyrics. His album is a backlash to the current state of hip-hop, which is polluted with gangsta lyrics and jiggy lifestyle. It also speaks out on American politics, Deadbeat dads, and ... skateboarding? Black people do that? "Kick, push, coast!" He quotes the Prophet Mohammed: "The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr."
Diddy: Press Play
Garbage. Other than his one single (which is only good because Pussycat Doll's Nicole Scherz-whatever is in the video), this album had nothing for me. I only listened to it once.
Ludacris: Release Therapy
I think I'm finally growing up when it comes to the music I choose. I remember listening to 50 Cent's "The Massacre", and thinking to myself, "self, this don't sound too good." Gangsta rap was cool to listen to, because you were living a fantasy. I want to drive an Escalade. I want big booty hos. I want an iced out grillpiece, low-hanging, blinged out chain, Fendi bag, ya heard me! But now, shit's played out. It's getting boring to listen to.
I think Ludacris is growing up as well. His album is a mix of #1 hits (and soon to be #1 hits) "Moneymaker" and "Grew up a Screw Up", along with some interesting introspective tracks, like "Freedom of Preach" and "Runaway Love." He's hasn't completely changed though.
"and i'm gonna pour patron, 'til i
get 'em in the zone, then i'll
get 'em all alone, 'til i
make 'em wanna bone"
That's funny! Yeah, I haven't completely changed either. Run that back!