So, even though I’ve been listening to a lot of albums in the last year, these two are still my favourite:
J.Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive”
My favourite album since Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid M.A.A.D City”
I’ve been bumping this album since I got it in December and I’m STILL on it.
I love most of all that he did the production – and I’m a sucker for a good sample.
It’s this great production and story-telling that definitely made Nas proud along with wonderful messages like “Love Yourz” that what make this what is my favourite Hip-hop album of the year and it probably will be for a really long time.
Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”
This is definitely the most important Rap album I’ve heard since Dead Prez’s “Let’s Get Free”
Kendrick really exhibited his unique ability to have awesome content with that adaptive (to the production and therefore feel of the song) Kendrick delivery that I came to love while listening to “Section 80”
Many people argue that “it’s not as Hip-hop as his other works” or that “it’s too jazzy” but I beg to differ: you know, because besides the fact that Hip-hop is DEEPly rooted in Jazz (making THAT argument invalid), this album has a really important message that is delivered really well with amazing flows – exactly what Hip-hop is about.
I believe this album, like “Let’s Get Free” will continue to be played for as long as there are Hip-hop heads.