Who Is Jose James?

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Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Magician.

Jose James is so smooth that we are officially changing the word SMOOTH to Jose James.

(Example Sentence; Man, this wine is soooo Jose James)

Please Proceed.

Jose James is what you are missing out on if you have ever said you were tired of hearing the same ole, same ole. With such a rich voice, you won’t regret putting this man’s music on repeat. And fellas, it wouldn’t hurt to find out what he is talking about either. James’ word play is amazing, and the way he maneuvers through each song plays with the acoustic value of the music.

He has dropped his latest album, “No Beginning  No End” within the last month, and it describes the album best. This album’s continuity is amazing, with distinct live instrumentation and sounds  that can only be produced in the atmosphere of Soul.

Out of 5 stars, he receives 5 (A great listen from start to finish!)

Jose James’ sound (or should we say his approach reminds us most like) D’Angelo.

Be sure you check out the man, and the music!

http://www.josejamesmusic.com

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid M.A.A.D City”

Genre: Hip Hop

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Artist: Kendrick Lamar    
Album Title: Good Kid M.A.A.D City
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Rating (out of 5): 4.25
Brief Description: After releasing numerous mixtapes and features, the long awaited debut album of Kendrick Lamar has arrived just on time. Singles include “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice” featuring Drake.
Pros:
Overall approach of album
Lyricism
Style
Features
Cons
Theme of album lost after first few tracks
Fluitity of album
The wrap up:
Amazing album. From start to finish. I was hesitant on if Kendrick would be able to live up to the anticipation and hype that was created around this effort, but he definitely delivered. Although there were a few tracks I had to let grow on me, the overall effort was a great one. I really think he took us to Compton, through the streets of Los Angeles and opened up his mind and world to the public. You can definitely hear his experiences through his word choice and delivery. Only downfall of the album was the placement of his tracks. I would have liked to see certain songs preceed others, but I can’t bicker too  much about that.
Favorite tracks off the album were:
Black Boy Fly
The Recipe feat Dr. Dre
Bitch, Dant Kill My Vibe
Money Trees
Poetic Justice feat Drake
Good Kid
M.A.A.D City

Hell… The whole thing.
Good effort Kendrick. Can’t wait for the next project.


Da Queen

Album Review: Lupe Fiasco FL2

GENRE: Hip Hop

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Artist: Lupe Fiasco
Album Title: Food And Liquor 2: The American Rap Album Part 1
Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Rating (out of 5): 3.9

Brief Description:

Lupe Fiasco’s highly anticipated album release after Lasers, Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album (Part 1) came out with hopes of rekindling the flame of the first Food and Liquor album released in 2006. Touching on some of the same issues, Lupe stirs up the fans with the single “Bitch Bad” where he mocks the coined phrase for an attractive woman.

Pros:

  • Lupe Fiasco came out with another album.
  • Uses Ayesha for the album’s intro
  • Has a LARGE spectrum of styles on each track
  • Dope rendition of T.R.O.Y
  • Super dope outro

Cons:

  • Lyrically did not remind me of Food and Liquor
  • Some songs sound like Lupe was holding back
  • Too many trendy songs
  • Not enough relevant content
  • Didn’t feel like there was a theme for the album

The wrap up:
Okay, so I may sound harsh, but I did not care for this album. I was really excited to see that Lupe had named the album after his debut album, which set an expectation in my mind that this album would compare to that first attempt. I don’t feel like it did. Food and Liquor 2 did not seem to have a consistent theme, and that is one thing that I love about Lupe (his ability to plan and execute themes in his albums). In addition, the overall sound was a little too POP for what I like to hear from Lupe. I even took the time to go back and see if it was just me or if I really was hearing a POP side to him. The second album (The Cool) was well planned and executed. Even Lasers (Which wasn’t really a favorite but was better than this album) had an agenda.

Honestly, I won’t stop being a fan of Lupe from this album, but I do think about the timing of it. What would have happened if he came out with this album first instead of 4th? I probably would have stop checking for him.

But I did have a few tracks that did not disappoint:

Strange Fruition

Around my way

Bitch Bad

Braveheart

and Hood Now

Sorry Lupe, I guess I will have to listen to the first two albums until Part 2 comes out.