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Over a year ago, Kanye West and Jay-Z announced that they’d be putting out a dual album. The track, “That’s My Bitch” featuring La Roux, leaked in the early stages of development and was a hit with listeners.  The second leak, “H.A.M.” was an all out hit and became the new anthem for everyone. The throne was officially being watched.

The two Hip-Hop megastars released “OTIS” as their lead single for Watch the Throne, which quickly became a hit. The album features Beyonce, Frank Ocean, and Mr. Hudson on some of the most amazing tracks I’ve heard in years! As far as I’m concerned, this album proves that Hip-Hop is here to stay.

I love how the two go back and forth, verse after verse, upping the anti each minute the track plays. The lyrics are hard knocking, socially conscious, and gritty all at the same time. The album really shows two rappers at their best and you can tell they consistently pushed each other throughout the recording sessions.

My favorite song is “Ni***s in Paris” where the two constantly use word play and even samples Will Ferrell! It’s just a great showcase of this art we call rap. News has it that the two are gearing up for a second dual album to be out by early 2013. I’m too excited!

 

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If anyone was wondering whether or not Drake’s rise to the top was just a fluke, he’s shut you the hell up with his second offering Take Care. I was really nervous as to what I was going to hear as Drake has been outing out songs for two years straight. In doing that, can he have anything else to say? Apparently, he can.

I do find myself tossing back and forth the genre in which this album belongs. It’s by a rapper who sings R&B. Confused much? I am. But then I realize it doesn’t freaking matter! Drake’s album is a superb anecdote about love, relationships, and all the jump offs in between. Love songs like “Take Care” and “Doing it Wrong” are evenly paired with hood anthems like “Headlines” and “Motto”.

For me, this is the perfect album for almost anyone. You have some songs to dance to, some to sway to, and some to smoke to. Dashiki Drake, as one of my friends calls him, has done it again. There’s no questioning why he’s going platinum again.

Hats off to you sir!

This was one of my most anticipated albums of 2011. Why? Because of “Hope She Cheats On You” Marsha’s lead single. The song created a lot of buzz for the former Floetry singer and made her the one to watch in 2011.

With Late Nights & Early Mornings, Marsha proves she can stand on her own two feet. The second single, “Far Away”, garnered media attention with a controversial video in which gay man is beaten to death because of his sexuality. Marsha took it a step further in the third, album titled single in which two couples are showcased having sexual relations. One uses a condom, and the other doesn’t. The couple that doesn’t becomes HIV positive.

With the strong track listing and controversial visuals to match, Marsha doesn’t step too far away from her Floetry roots. She even does a cover of “Butterflies”, the song she and her former bandmate wrote for the late Michael Jackson.

I hear no flaws on the album. Each song is meticulously worked by her powerful voice with lyrics that make you think, fall in love, and pray his new girl is a slut. The album was a solid first effort and I look forward to many more from a solo Marsha.