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"Been rich since the late 80’s" proclaims Juicy J in the opening track "Stop It" off his latest album Stay Trippy. One of the most left field developments in Hip Hop the last couple years has been the way Juicy J has revolutionized his career with his affiliation to Wiz Khalifa. That move brought his music to a much younger audience that has embraced the club and party friendly songs. If you were expecting Stay Trippy to flop, I’ll admit I did, prepare for a pleasant surprise. It’s still a very club friendly album but there is a ton of depth here. Every track deals with guns, drugs, clubs, and money so don’t expect much lyrical content. Aside from that Stay Trippy is almost flawless. A star studded cast attests to his years in the industry and getting a posthumous verse from Pimp C on “Smokin’ Rollin’” is too perfect for the feel of the album. Nearly every song is a certified banger with “Show Out” featuring Young Jeezy and Big Sean being the highlight of the bunch. “Scholarship” featuring ASAP Rocky refers to his pledge to give a $50,000 scholarship to the girl that sends the best twerking video to him, twerk for your future. Smoke friendly songs like “Wax”, “Smoke a Nigga” featuring Wiz Khalifa, “If It Aint” and “All I Blow Is Loud” populate the album, with the theme being in most of the other songs as well. A couple of the club songs, “Bounce it” feat Trey Songz & Wale, “The Woods” featuring Justin Timberlake, and “Talkin Bout” featuring Wiz Khalifa & Chris Brown, straddle the line of sell out but Juicy’s verse’s save them. Other features include Project Pat, Yelawolf, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. Overall Juicy J killed it with Stay Trippy and proved many people wrong who where expecting a more pop/radio friendly album.
“Smokin’ Rollin’” feat Pimp C
“No Heart No Love” feat Project Pat
“Smoke a Nigga” feat Wiz Khalifa
“Show Out” feat Young Jeezy & Big Sean
“Scholarship” feat ASAP Rocky
Two years ago Big Sean’s Finally Famous dropped and instantly cemented him as one of the artist’s to watch. Hall of Fame slightly misses the scope that was his first album. I doubt he will convince any of his detractors to change their mind’s as the album plays very much like you would expect. The features are all over the place with rap giants likes Lil Wayne, Nas, Kid Cudi, Nikki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Common, Meek Mill, pop sensations Miguel, Jhene Aiko and relative unknowns with Payroll and Early Macc; all lend their talents. Anyone chasing a dream will appreciate the underdog and ambitious themes present on almost every song. “Nothing is Stopping You”, “10 2 10”, “It’s Time”, and “All Figured Out” are the biggest providers to that. “All Figured Out” may be one of Big Sean’s deepest songs, examining how even though he has all the money he needs there are still things he will never understand or figure out. It is far from a flawless album, “MILF” and the accompanying skit are the worst offenders. Two of the song titles, “Mona Lisa” and “Sierra Leone” are interesting because label mates Jay-Z and Kanye West have similarly named songs and I’m guessing Big Sean is very much aware of them. “First Chain” seems like a major missed opportunity, with features from Nas and Kid Cudi it has the potential to be the best song but falls just a bit short. “You Don’t Know”, “Beware”, “World Ablaze” and “Ashely” are for his female/RnB orientated fans. While “Mula”, “Guap” and “Switch Up” round out the album with the usual money over everything themes. There are some missteps present but for the most part Hall of Fame is a very solid album adding some great songs to Big Seans ever growing catalog.
“Nothing is Stopping You”
“First Chain” feat Nas & Kid Cudi
“It’s Time” feat Jeezy & Payroll
“All Figured Out”
In 2011, on A$AP Rocky’s debut mixtape, we were introduced to A$AP Ferg on Rocky’s “Kissin Pink”. Who knew two short years later Ferg would be releasing his debut album no mixtape and all. Trap Lord is obviously inspired by southern trap music but Ferg still finds a way to inject the more slow talking New York flow into many of the songs. A$AP Mob has always made waves in their production and videography, Trap Lord doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Banging beat after beat will ooze through your speakers making it a perfect candidate for blasting in the whip. The features range from all over the country and have newcomers and oldheads alike. B-Real, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Waka Flocka Flame, Onyx, Aston Matthews and A$AP Rocky round out the features, not including the summer smash posse cut “Work” (remix). Though short, none of the songs feel like filler, sadly a very real achievement in Hip-Hop these days. Ferg is great at switching his mood mid song and sometimes even mid line. One line will be packed with bravado, then the very next one reflecting on past pain. From the lighthearted and funny “Shabba” to the more serious tones accompanied by “Hood Pope” and “Fergivicious” Ferg is able to hit a range of moods. A great listen from front to back it defiantly leaves you wondering what Ferg and A$AP Mob have in store for us. Side Note, A$AP Yams could make an album of him just talking shit before songs as he does on the opening track “Let it Go”, shits too funny.
Must Listen –
• “Lord” featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
• “Dump Dump”
• “Fuck Out My Face” featuring B-Real, Onyx, and Aston Matthews
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