This represents the second week in a row where Nicki Minaj makes one of the Workout Songs of the Week, for an artist I am not particularly fond of this is quite disturbing. Her lyrical talent and word play is undeniable but she lacks content like a bad website. She raps about absolutely nothing for the most part, and her attempts to show some depth come off as formulaic. However, she rides a beat like a Harley and her delivery is enough to keep me interested. This track titled “Blazin” is off her Pink Friday album due out November 22nd. Minaj teams up with Kanye West for a wonderfully produced track and her lyrical delivery is solid and makes the song a good track to listen to while working out.
Blazin’ feat. Kanye West-Nicki Minaj
It seems like T.I.’s album has been anticipated since forever. All She Wrote featuring Eminem is a track off his upcoming album No Mercy due out December 7th. Before I listened to this song I expected for Eminem to completely embarrass T.I. at least more than he usually embarrasses himself in his personal life. The two combine to make a pretty dope track over the snare and guitar mingled track. Eminem murders the track like an assassin a smooth calm collected flow that makes you realize he is the best rapper of last two decades.
All She Wrote feat. Eminem- T.I.
I have the Kanye West album downloaded already but I refuse to listen to it simply because if I do I will never buy the album. I really like Kanye as an artist. His talent is undeniable and the fact that he is probably not mentally stable is also undeniable. Despite that his production skills continue to evolve and he has become a very respectable lyricist. All of the Lights featuring Rihanna and a gaggle of other artists is a track worthy of a Grammy, and supposedly its not the best track on his album. Kanye uses a crescending flow over the trumpet and congo inspired track to make song that can only be described as epic. I cant even describe it fully you have to listen to the song itself, its crazy.
All of the Lights feat. Rihanna -Kanye West
I saved the best for last. If you follow the blog you know that I have a man crush on J. Cole. I think he’s one of the best things to happen to hip-hop in a long time. Last Friday he released his highly anticipated mixtape Friday Night Lights. Between this and Wale’s Mixtape About Nothing you have the two of the best releases in hip-hop this year. J.Cole always comes hungry on every track, he spits every line like its his last, and he has the unique ability to appeal to the shallowness of most hip-hop fans while being thought provoking. The mixtape is available for download at www.datpiff.com or through that thing called Google.