Album Review: Paperwork

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T.I. released his 9th studio album, Paperworkon October 21st. Within the first week the album went on to sell 80,000 copies in the first week landing him at #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 atop both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts. He landed at #2 on the Billboard 200 with his 2013 album, Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head (CLICK HERE for that review).

I absolutely love the opener of the album. It wouldn’t be a T.I. album without him proclaiming and reminding everyone that he is ‘King’, hence the title of the track. I absolutely love his flow on that one.

My Top 5 —

  • ‘King’
  • ‘New National Anthem’
  • ‘No Mediocre’
  • ‘I Don’t Know’
  • ‘You Can Tell How I Walk’ (feat. Rick Ross) *

Pros: I love the fact that T.I. did whatever he wanted to do on this one and featured a showcase of artists. It’s a very heavily featured album compared to his other albums. I also like how he touched a variety of topics from politics, to his usual flaunting of money, getting down and dirty with the ladies, and even shining light on his high profile relationship issues.

Cons: While the album touched base on a variety of topics, it was all over the place. I like albums that flow and have some type of storyline. Not a storyline as in every track connecting, but better transitions.

The album overall has a very soulful sound to it compared to T.I.’s previous works. That’s a sound that T.I. loves and embraces so it’s not a real surprise there, but I honestly didn’t like it. Overall, I’d still give the album a 3/5. There were great songs on the album, but the complete package didn’t make me go crazy. To be honest I wasn’t expecting to. I commend T.I. for releasing his 9th album and of course I can’t wait on the 10th. This album was just alright. As a fan I’ll stay tuned for more.

Listen to the album below:

Single Review: T.I. x Pharrell, ‘Paperwork’

T.I. is back with yet another single off his upcoming album and this time it’s the self-titled track ‘Paperwork’ featuring Pharrell. He discussed the track in an interview with MTV News:

“…it pretty much kinda sums up the tone of the album. The cinematic presentation of it all. When you listen to the album, top to bottom, it kinda sounds like the score to a movie and I think ‘Paperwork’ is the perfect introduction to that.”

As a die hard T.I. fan I will not hesitate to say that I do not like the track. I would be sugar coating this review and being biased if I did not explain my true feelings about the track. Musically, it’s different from what T.I. usually releases, but he loves that kind of music so I’m not really surprised in that aspect. For those who have followed T.I.’s music, he’s no stranger to discussing the shortcoming in his life and on this track it is no different. The song sounded like it could’ve been a part of his debut movie, ATL. I’ve tried to play as if this is a great move for T.I. and find ways to like the track, but I’m really just not a fan of it. In knowing that Pharrelll would be producing I was expecting a harder more upbeat track from the two. I love T.I.’s songs with a message and I absolutely love his track ‘New National Anthem’ (CLICK HERE for that review), but this one not so much. It’s boring to me. In his description of the track yes I get the motion picture vibe of it, but it’s not my cup of tea. I’m a bit disappointed as I was anticipating something different.

Despite that, of course I WILL be buying the album because I’m a fan. For the most part everything I’ve heard so far I’ve pretty much enjoyed. Be on the lookout of rmy review. Paperwork IN STORES 10.21.14. Listen below:

 

Single Review: OMG, ‘Boy It’s Over’

OMG-boy-its-overOMG Girlz have dropped their teenage look and simply go by OMG.  The trio is made up of Bahja (Beauty), Breaunna (Baby Doll), and Zonnique (Star). For those that watch Family Hustle these girls are regulars being that Zonnique is Tiny’s daughter. The trio is back with a new track, ‘Boy It’s Over’, which is a remake of Jagged Edge’s ‘Girl It’s Over’. The song was penned by Jagged Edge’s own Brandon and Brian Casey with production by J. Reid. The song is more of a cover than a remake. The only difference is that OMG has a rapper unlike Jagged Edge.

To me Beauty has a stronger voice than Star. I think that there could have been more power, sass, ad-libs, etc. for them to be pursing R&B. The girls have come a long way from what they have previously released and I haven’t liked a song of theirs since ‘Where The Boys At’ (CLICK HERE for that review). That was back in 2012. These girls have a lot of work to do, I’ve never been sure of their name withstanding even though it has a deeper meaning other than ‘Oh My Gosh’. The girls go by ‘Officially Miss Guided’ and I think that they need a sound of their own to really make a pop. They haven’t found it with this one.

Take a listen to the the track plus the original below:

Single Review: T.I. x Iggy Azalea, ‘No Mediocre’

iggy-azalea-murda-biznessThe King of Hustle Gang, T.I., has teamed with its First Lady, Iggy Azalea, for a radio friendly track (and possible smash with the right push/marketing) ‘No Mediocre’. As a DIE HARD T.I. fan (check my archive) I’ve always been in support of his music and his career in general, but some of the stuff he’s been putting out lately has not been of interest to me. None of it was radio qualified anyway. Listen to what you hear on the radio. None of the tracks T.I. was releasing was in that lane. It all comes down to the beat to be honest.

Here he is with this track ‘Mediocre’. The beat is catch, the hook is catchy, yet T.I.’s bars BORE me. It’s all generic. Same thing said time and time again just over a different beat. Overall I can dig the track and Iggy did her thing. Now when you read comments on various blogs/YouTube they say she’s throwing shade at Nicki Minaj (blah, blah, blah).

SIDEBAR — Now I like Nicki and Iggy and the only thing they have in common is that they rap. They are in two different lanes musically. I can see Nicki free styling, Iggy not so much. There’s nothing wrong with that. I’m just glad to see another female MC getting shine. No shade whatsoever to Nicki, but just like someone paved the way for her, she’s paved the way for others. Giving credit where credit is due, no Iggyy  might not have grown up listening to Nicki being that they’re not too far off in age, BUT Nicki made it cool to merge Pop & Hip-Hop. She got a lot of flack for it, but she made it work.

Ok, back to the track. As I said, overall I can bump to it. We’ll see how this pans on the radio. Take a listen below:

Album Review: The New Classic (Deluxe Edition)

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After months and what seems what years of a delay, Iggy Azalea has released her debut album The New Classic. Is her debut to be considered classic? I wouldn’t necessarily call it that, but I am pleased with the content on it although some of it was redundant. Let’s get into my top 5 (in no particular order):

  • ‘Black Widow’ (feat. Rita Ora)
  • ‘Bounce’
  • ‘Fancy’ (Charli XCX)
  • ‘Rolex’
  • ‘Work’

If I had to choose ONE song as my favorite it would come down to ‘Fancy’. I know a lot of songs I chose were songs she’s previously released, minus ‘Rolex’, but there really hasn’t been an Iggy song released that I haven’t liked. Well I lied, her collab with Keyshia Cole (‘I’m Coming Out’) was horrid. Moving on I liked the flow of the album. She talks life, love, and how fab she is which is what you would expect. Lyrically songs did sound similar, lyrically, such as ‘Don’t Need Y’all’, ‘Walk the Line’, and ‘Work’.

‘Rolex’ is one of my favorites because lyrically I love a song when an artist talks about a past love. In this case Iggy was speaking of her ex, A$AP Rocky.

I got you tatted / You took off before the ink dried on my hand.

Incase you didn’t know, Iggy used to have a tattoo of A$VP on the outside of her left pinky finger. Out of all the songs that are on the album I feel that this one is most personal.

Overall I think this album is a great debut. I am really impressed and have become a HUGE fan of Iggy Azalea. Again as far as this being a classic, eh I’m not sure about that. She’s come a LONG way within a year and I’m glad that her debut did not get swept under the rug. ‘Fancy’ is what capitalized on her career and it’s a song that works with her voice. I absolutely love it. Take a listen to the album below (via Spotify):

 

 

 

 

Video Review: Iggy Azalea x Charlie XCX, ‘Fancy’

I have been anticipating this video once Iggy leaked that it would have a Clueless theme. First off this is by far my favorite Iggy track thus far and I will be doing an album review once her duet project drops in April. On to the video, I’m very impressed. Iggy has been one to give great visuals and with each video it just gets better and better. Despite what people think of her rapping style of rap plus the debates on whether she is Hip Hop or not her visuals are on point.

At first I was trying to figure out what Clueless had to do with the song, but the song is bragging about how much of a BOSS Iggy is and the standards of her life and Clueless fits that. She reenacted classic scenes from Clueless such as Dionne’s driving lesson. The wardrobe was on POINT as well. Clueless top notch with the fashion and beauty. The choreography wasn’t really needed. Kudos to Iggy on this one. Whether you think that the song related or not, mute the music and peep the visual.

 

Iggy Azalea Announces “The New Classic” Tour + Album Artwork

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Iggy Azalea is hitting the road this Spring for a promotional tour in the states with for her debut album, The New Classic.

Here’s the tour dates + locations (via Rap-Up):

April 23 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 24 – Montreal, QC
April 25 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
April 26 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
April 27 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 2 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
May 5 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 7 – Atlanta, GA
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
May 17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
May 18 – San Francisco, CA
May 21 – Vancouver, BC
May 22 – Seattle, WA

The tickets will be available in select markets February 25.

Here is the official album cover (similar to that of the tour poster):

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The New Classic — IN STORES 4.15.14

Iggy Azalea GQ Spread With BF Nick Young

Iggy Azalea takes a drops the mic and steps in front of the camera for her GQ spread alongside boyfriend, Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers. Check out the pics below:

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