I keep going to write a blog for a song of the week but over the last couple of months I just can’t chose one, because I have too many options!
So I’ve decided to write this post instead, because three hip hop albums have been dominating my listening as of late. I’m sure many of you are already fans of at least one of these artists, but if you’re not – it’s time you chucked these talented musicians on your playlist.
- Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
The third studio album from Childish Gambino (Real name Donald Glover – also an actor who plays my favourite character in TV sitcom Community), Awaken, My Love!, has a more soulful style than his previous works. The artist has moved on from a rap focus and embraced his voice. I liked the old stuff, but this I love!! Each song has a funky base line and melody but the vocals are jazzed up in each different track too – it’s amazing what this man can do with his voice. Must listen tracks are Redbone, California and Stand Tall.
- Anderson .Paak – Malibu
This California man, born Brandon Paak Anderson, initally started producing music under the name Breezey Lovejoy – I’m glad he reverted to his current moniker. I never knew of Breezey’s work but thanks to the album Malibu, I’ll never forget Anderson .Paak. This is one hell of a record from the groover, its GRAMMY nomination for best urban contemporary album is testament to that. Each track on this album is upbeat and catchy, a smooth mix of soulful vocals and light rap makes for easy listening, but if you want to delve deeper into the tracks there is a lot to them. This is a record you won’t tire of quickly – having 16 songs on offer also helps on that front- impressive! The Bird, Put Me Thru, Celebrate and Am I Wrong are the stand outs for me.
- Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
He just smashed it at the GRAMMYs – he snapped up the best new artist prize as well as best rap album, and that’s a mean feat for an artist who only released his album via streaming. What a step forward for the music industry! But the reason Chance won is because he’s brilliant. With shades of Common and Kendrick Lamar, anyone who didn’t know of him before the GRAMMYs will certainly be a fan after seeing his compelling performance. I couldn’t take my eyes of the screen and have been watching it on repeat. Coloring Book, featuring an impressive array of collaborators such as Justin Bieber, Anderson .Paak and Kanye West, makes for compelling listening and I keep going back for more. His gospel take on rap music is powerful as heck but also funky as hell. Give it a crack and start with tracks No Problem, All We Got, Blessings, Same Drugs.