Hip-hop Albums Overlooked in late 2016 by James Perry

ANDERSON. PAAK X KNXWLEDGE/ YES LAWD!

Almost a year after Anderson. Paak’s sophomore project Malibu, he and producer Knxwledge released YES LAWD! .In my opinion, this project was overlooked because a lot of people don’t know the star power between these two artists. Anderson .Paak entered the hip-hop world very quietly gaining a co-sign by the one and only Dr. Dre. Making a name for himself prior with his Venice project and then linking with the producer Knxwledge making the hit “Suede” which is on the “YES LAWD!” Album. This project is very family friendly because it gave you a nostalgic feel to old 80’s influences that are very apparent in Paak’s delivery. Knxwledge is spot on with production and this project has plenty of songs you can bump to in your car as well, that is, if you cruising down the street in your 64.

 

ISAIAH RASHAD/ THE SUNS TIRADE

The Suns Tirade was the best project of September in my opinion. From the rollout to the project itself it was golden. Isaiah had a lot to live up to with his previous release being Cilvia Demo. That project was honest and to the point, even though a lot of people felt like his music was really random and didn’t have content, he was kind if just rambling. In my opinion he had a story to tell with this album, lyrically soothing and the production is fresh. You can even get his long awaited TDE feature from Kendrick Lamar. His single “Free Lunch” serves as a cool single visual and his standout songs from the album in my opinion are “A lot” and “Find A Topic”.

 

 SABA/BUCKET LIST PROJECT

People don’t really know who Saba is, he’s more noticeable for his voice than anything because he doesn’t really do TV performances or tour much. He did get a little mainstream stardom when he featured on a friend and collaborator s song, who just so happened to be Chance The Rapper. The song was called “Angels” and was a great way to entertain the hip-hop world on a bigger scale. The newest member of the SAVEMONEY collective made a name for himself with his newest release, the Bucket List Project. This 14 track mix tape has a neo soul feel to it as Saba shines on this project lyrical and in production as he co-produced almost every track. He has artists like Noname Gypsy and Twista on the project as well as Smino and Jean Deaux. Some stand out tracks are “Photosynthesis” and “World In My Hand”

 

 

NONAME GYPSY/TELEFONE

This here is Noname Gypsy, she has been killing hip-hop guest verses since 2013 appearing on Chance The Rapper’s, “Lost” on his break out mix tape Acid Rap. They connected again to his single “Israel” where NoName officially showed that she was a force to be reckoned with when it came to her lyrics and delivery. Her and Chance on a song together made gold for the third time on his 3RD installment

Coloring Book. Her project was nothing shirt of lyrically genius and lighthearted like her spirit. With features from themind and Raury, she shines bright in a lane that is clearly her own. Not to mention she has put on for the women in the hip-hop future with not signing to a major label like artists like Saba and Chance The Rapper. Telefone is a must listen

by James Perry