Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

My Rating: 86% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: 100%

Rolling Stone Rating: 100%

Metacritic Rating: 94%

Average Rating: 95%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Dark Fantasy
  2. Gorgeous Feat. Raekwon, & Kid Cudi
  3. Power
  4. All of the Lights (Interlude)
  5. All of the Lights
  6. Monster Feat. Jay-Z, Bon Iver, Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj
  7. So Appalled Feat. RZA, Jay-Z, Prynce Cy Hi, Pusha T & Swizz Beatz
  8. Devil In a New Dress Feat. Rick Ross
  9. Runaway Feat. Pusha T
  10. Hell of a Life
  11. Blame Game Feat. John Legend
  12. Lost In the World Feat. Bon Iver
  13. Who Will Survive In America
  14. See Me Now Feat. Big Sean, Beyoncé & Charlie Wilson

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Ready for a mish mash of different genres and proof that Kanye is a genius.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Well it depends on the cover but I like the story behind it more than I actually like the look of it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely friggin’ yes.

Final Thoughts:

Kanye and I have an interesting history. I swore to myself I would never like his music in high school, and when it came to Columbia House (my monthly ordered album service) I would never pick his album Graduation (which was popular at the time) because of this oath, even though the album cover was really intriguing. Around comes 2010 and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is dropped and I’ve significantly calmed down from my overly conservative self and I decide to finally give the guy a shot. I couldn’t stop listening. It was one of those albums that changed the way I looked at music. This is one of those times my rating system doesn’t do the album justice, it’s one of my favourite albums of all time, and definitely my favourite Kanye record, but the purest that I am must stick to the formula even when it doesn’t meet my personal draw to the album. The tracks flow well and are diverse, experimental and expertly done. This is an album that will continually impress generations and I’d be surprised if it’s not the album that he is most known for.

KRS-One-The World Is MIND (2017)

My Rating: 83% (B++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 83%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Show Respect
  2. Same Shit
  3. Keep Clicking Ft. Shai
  4. Out For Fame
  5. My Dreams
  6. Fuck This Ft. K.O.D
  7. Don’t Ever Stop Ft. Janiece
  8. RAW B.E.A.T
  9. You Ain’t Got Time
  10. No Problems
  11. You Like Me
  12. Put Ya Ones Up
  13. Keep Flowin’
  14. Hip Hop Speaks From Heaven
  15. The World Is MIND

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Really missing old school hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it, super psychedelic and weird.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yuuuuup.

Final Thoughts:

KRS-One is the man, if you don’t know that, you need to study your hip-hop history more. He’s one of those artists who is more respected than actually listened to, he doesn’t get much radio play. I’ll be honest, I’ve found some of his previous albums to be misses, but The World is MIND returns to his old school style and is just really really fun. I didn’t realize how much I missed having this sub-genre of Hip-Hop in my life until I sat through this album. I’m a big fan of inovation and experimentalization with music, but it’s a breath of fresh air to return to basics. Want a contemporary old school hip-hop album? The World is MIND is for you.

Kaytranada-99.9% (2016)

My Rating: 80% (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: 80%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 81%

Average Rating: 80%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Track Uno
  2. Bus Ride
  3. Got It Good (Ft. Craig David)
  4. Together (Ft. AlunaGeorge & GoldLink)
  5. Drive Me Crazy
  6. Weight Off (Ft. BADBADNOTGOOD)
  7. One Too Many (Ft. Phonte)
  8. Despite The Weather
  9. Glowed Up
  10. Breakdance Lesson N.1
  11. You’re The One (Ft. Syd)
  12. Vivid Dreams (Ft. River Tiber)
  13. Lite Spots
  14. Leave Me Alone (Ft. Shay Lia)
  15. Bullets (Ft. Little Dragon)

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

About to throw a party.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Super unique and artistic, I love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah it almost demands to be listened to on vinyl.

Final Thoughts:

I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge fan of House as a genre, repetitive music just doesn’t do it for me, and the lyrics are usually too basic and shallow. But Kaytranada does it different, not only is he interesting stylistically, he recruits some heavy weights (BADBADNOTGOOD, Little Dragon, and AlunaGeorge to name a few of my personal favourites) to help him on this album. The album flows really really well, and there’s never a boring moment. It’s diverse enough while following a similar theme that makes it feel like an album and not a playlist. One of the most delightful artists I’ve rolled the dice on in a long time.

Kendrick Lamar-DAMN. (2017)

My Rating: 89% (A-)

Jen Yip (abandonsight) Rating: 93%

Pitchfork Rating: 92%

Rolling Stone Rating: 90%

Metacritic Rating: 96%

Average Rating: 92%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. BLOOD.
  2. DNA.
  3. YAH.
  4. ELEMENT.
  5. FEEL.
  6. LOYALTY. (Feat. Rihanna)
  7. PRIDE.
  8. HUMBLE.
  9. LUST.
  10. LOVE. (Feat. Zacari)
  11. XXX. (Feat. U2)
  12. FEAR.
  13. GOD.
  14. DUCKWORTH.

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

High. Or just want to listen to someone keeping Hip-Hop/Rap alive.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I actually really don’t like this cover. Why couldn’t we get something like To Pimp A Butterfly? Or even a screenshot from the HUMBLE. Music Video?

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

I don’t know if it’s the awful cover art, or just the fact that I don’t really think it’d transfer to a record that well, but I have no intention on buying this on vinyl. I’ll just rock it in my car instead.

Final Thoughts:

I’ll admit it, I’m not the biggest Kendrick fan, it’s not because I don’t think he’s talented or anything like that, I guess he just hasn’t grown on me as an artist yet. But DAMN. was a really solid step in the right direction of making him one of my favourites. There are some damn impressive songs on this record, I’m super stoked to have it on my ipod.

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