PARTYNEXTDOOR Feat Wale - Thirsty Remix
Wale blesses PND’s track with a solid ass verse.
Source: SoundCloud / Hits On Hits Radio
Review: Jeezy – Seen It All
“Seen it All” feat. Jay-z
“Beautiful” feat Game & Rick Ross
Since he came on the scene, Jeezy has always declared to be a motivational speaker and not just another rapper. From Trap or Die to corporate thugging at Atlantic Records, it’s safe to say that over the last ten years Jeezy has Seen It All.
On his latest installment, it’s clear that the formula that made him successful and an elder statesman in the game is here to stay. If you wanted the classic, hard bass line tracks reminiscent of TM:101, look no further than the Drumma Boy produced “Me Ok.” Though his raps may be simplistic at times, you can’t escape the head nodding beat that makes you want to ride in the whip with the sounds blasting and windows down.
One of my favorite songs on the album is “4 Zones” which has Jeezy spitting introspective, motivating bars. He closes the end of his second verse with “Between me and you got tired of sleeping with the roaches / And I’ve been having flashbacks that’s why I need to focus”.
All in all, Seen It All is a good edition to Jeezy’s catalog. While some songs seem out of place, a subpar year of hip-hop album releases definitely give this album replay value. While the state of hip-hop has changed since his Boyz n Da Hood days a decade ago, one thing remains the same, you can’t ban the snowman.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Review: Jhené Aiko – Souled Out
“To Live and Die” f/ Cocaine 80’s & James Fauntleroy (Produced by The Fisticuffs)
“Eternal Sunshine” (Produced by Key Wane)
“Promises” f/ Miyagi and Namiko (Produced by No I.D.)
"Is it strange for me to say that / If I were to die today / There’s not a thing I would change / I’ve lived well”
When I began listening to Souled Out, I was just going through the motions of listening to new music. After really sitting down and digesting Jhené Aiko’s major label debut album, I realized I almost mistaken this diamond for a gem. The beauty of this album is Aiko’s soulful voice and her relatable subject matter. We all have falling in love, falling out of love, and struggle with the pressures of family issues. One of my favorite songs is “Promises,” in which Jhené discusses her personal struggle with being away from her daughter Namiko while traveling and the emotional wear of losing her elder brother Miyagi to cancer in 2012.
The bulk of the 12-song set was produced by No I.D and The Fisticuffs with Key Wane, Dot Da Genius and Woodro Skillson round out the production credits. The lack of guess features adds to the intimacy of the conversations within this album. (I’m a fan of the Common feature on “Pretty Bird (Freestyle)”). “Pressure”, the first music video from the album was directed by Childish Gambino, which added to the theme of Aiko’s heartbreak throughout the album. Overall, Souled Out is a solid album and deserves a listen by both Jhené Aiko core fans and all newcomers alike.
RATING: 4 out of 5
Elle Varner continues the roll-out for her upcoming Four Letter Word, due in stores in the Fall of 2014.