It’s Friday and that means new tracks and albums are about to be released. But as we wait on them here are 3 projects that have been out for a week now that you should definitely listen to before the week ends, or rather over the weekend.
Off the back of the underground classic album ‘Malibu’, a lot of heavy expectation lied on the shoulders of Anderson Paak. After dissecting the album for about a week now I believe he delivered on all fronts tackling every topic which makes his content always enjoyable, discussing everything from police brutality to President Trump. The production on the album was as expected, very rich and rewarding with the great Dr. Dre’s breath of fresh air stamped all through the project. The features didn’t also disappoint with guys like Pusha T killing his verse on ‘Brothers’ Keeper’ and Q-tip continuing his late career renaissance in ‘Cheers’. But the stand out tracks for me have to be ‘Trippy’ and ‘Tints’. This is not just because J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar appear on them respectively (although they elevated the songs) but because each of the tracks brought an element of soulful crooning with one being an oozing tale of love and the other being a fun song to listen and vibe to.
2)The Sunset Tapes; A cool Tape Story
It’s been a very busy year for Jaden Smith; from touring with J. Cole to releasing a total creative overhaul of his debut album within the same year, all were great feats. His latest installment to his discography was therefore very highly awaited. He admitted that he approached the making of this project like a mix tape and it showed. He attempts to curve a Jaden plus mainstream original combination with songs like ‘Plastic’ having his usual guitar based instrumentals but with a Travis Scott-Young Thug flow. His influences are openly seen in this project with Drake surprisingly emerging as the person he heavily draws from with him leaning towards the island r&b vibes in songs like ‘Yeah’ and ‘Distant’. Disclaimer; If you are expecting a Syre vibe from this album save yourself the trouble and don’t listen. This is clearly Jaden’s attempt at diversifying his sound and discovering himself sonically and therefore heads in a largely different creative direction.
3)Lost at Sea
On to some r&b, Jacquees and Birdman have both been on people’s lips for the wrong reasons pretty much the whole year. So when I heard a sequel to their previous project was dropping, I was optimistic their talents for once would be the reason we would be talking about them. This project acts like an extension of Que’s album that dropped earlier in the year ‘4275’ it has solid songs on here and I was pretty pleased with the production and experimentation on some of the songs like ‘Up one’. Other stand out songs included ‘Presidential‘, ‘MIA‘, ‘You‘ and ‘Go harder.’
These are just a few projects that deserve some traction. What do you guys have on heavy rotation and what projects release are you guys looking forward to?