Well damn. Apparently Uncle Murda did his own version of the year end wrap up, something that Skillz has been doing successfully for years. Inevitably, this didn’t go over well. Peep the diss via the YouTube link below. Let me know your thoughts via twitter @Dropajewel. #doitnow
If you’ve gone down the rabbit hole a time or two, you’ve seen some of the super bowl predictions since the NFL’s pre-season. Up until recently, I’ve kept my proverbial ear to the streets and have made small fortune on predicting games just by following the gematria. Most of the sites I pay attention to were predicting the Colts/Giants/Vikings, but the powers that be had other plans. In any event, draw your own conclusions by looking at Zach Hubbard’s numbers. Let me know your thoughts via twitter @Dropajewel
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It’s always a good day when I come across new music from the homie AJ Suede. This time Suede teams up with Blizzedout after vibing in the heat of the mean Brooklyn streets. This joint definitely has some funk and good rhymes to vibe to. Check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts via twitter @Dropajewel #DoItNow
Yessss! Esperanza is back in full effect, giving us life, color, and all that jazz with her new video One. I’m usually late on staying up with the best in new music…except for today. Check it out and let me know your thoughts via twitter @DropaJewel. Of course follow her twitter @EspeSpalding and pre-Order Emily’s D+Evolution now via: EsperanzaSpalding.com: http://smarturl.it/EmilysDevD2C #Go
Oooh the end of 2015 is upon us, Hallelujah. I can admit that it was a rough year for many. Terrorism was alive and well…Racism was upon us in the truest form. Through it all, God reigns and music was plentiful!! I’ve seen a lot of list of the ‘Top Albums of 2015’ list, and I’m not surprised. There were certain albums that were undeniably relevant…Others that were not so awesome. I can not give you a top albums list without saying that these are my favorite albums of 2015. My rating system is really simple…How much did I listen to the album? How did it make me feel? Did it inspire me? Check out my list and let me know some of your favorites via twitter @DropaJewel
10. Tame Impala- Currents
Yup! Of course I was bumping this one. I’d been waiting for this album faithfully as they were dropping track after track. I was not disappointed!
9. Grimes-Art Angels
I’m not even sure how I caught wind of Art Angels…it must have been my endless blog browsing. Nevertheless, I was impressed with Grimes. You really can’t categorize this type of music. Most of the album had an electronic pop-ish feel and my eardrums were grateful. If you haven’t listened to it yet, check it out and expand your mind.
8. Fabolous-Summertime Shootout
Fab surprised me with his latest project. It was filled with a few artist collabs including Nicki Minaj and Trey Songs, but was a hip hop heads wet dream. I’ve had it in rotation since its release and I know it’ll sound damn good in the speakers next summer.
7. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp A Butterfly
And now let us take a moment for the elephant in the room. This album was at the top of everybody’s list this year. I thought it was a really good effort on Kendrick’s part: the black power theme, the west coast love, the cohesiveness of the project and the ability to relate to our day to day lives. The issue I had with TPAB was not the actual project; it was the small minded individuals who forgot that hip hop has no one particular sound. All of the kudos I saw on social media and hip hop sites reminded me that SOME PEOPLE don’t listen to anything but mainstream radio. They lack the ability to be independent thinkers and enjoy what they were not PROGRAMMED to listen to. Kendrick can rhyme, and TPAB was a damn good project; however, he is not the second coming of Christ. I think he’ll collect quite a few grammys this go round. Hip hop has always been a fusion of other genres and inspirations…I challenge all artists to explore that ideology as they create their art. It makes for an authentic project. Keep up the good work, Kendrick.
6. Add 2- Prey For The Poor
This may be the most slept on album of the year. The beats were pure dopeness; shouts out to 9th Wonder as usual. Add-2 didn’t get nearly enough airplay as he should have. I think Prey for The Poor was suitable for old and new school listeners and was nice fresh breath of air from the fuckery in the hip hop industry today. I’m looking forward to hearing more from him in the future. Kudos.
5. Skyzoo- Music for My Friends
Yessuh! Music for my Friends is one of those projects that somebody puts you onto at the last second. I have a homeboy who ALWAYS gives me the heads up on great hip hop projects and this happens to be one of them. Skyzoo did his thing as so many of the tracks embody a humility not often seen in mainstream hip hop. Most of the songs had great break beats and dope hooks. I felt like this was some shit I would listen to riding along the streets of the Bronx as a kid in the summer. I felt like Skyzoo knew his audience BUT just wanted to make some feel good music for real people…including himself.
4. Game- The Documentary 2
Game came through with a game changer (pun intended) with The Documentary 2. I miss the day of raw hip hop and this gave me my fix. I think it’s rare for a hip hop artist to do a part 2 to their introductory album and still make it a worth while listen. Clearly, Game had a vision and inspiration from other west coast artist celebrated this year (NWA, Kendrick Lamar). Whatever the cause, I’m still very much thankful.
3. Foo Fighters- St. Cecilia and Songs From The Laundry Room
Boom! Foo Fighters have given me life all year long. They dropped St. Cecilia as a free download for their fans a few months ago. How noble in our time of turmoil?! They also dropped Songs from the Laundry Room for record store day and both EPs are in my heavy rotation playlist. All I ask for is good music that invokes good vibrations and positive energy. I love a good guitar riff any day of the week and this gave me just the soundtrack for closing out the year. #Respect
2. Lianne La Havas- Blood
My Lordy. I fell in love with this young lady in 2015. I’m not sure if it was my mood, but I have been playing this album out since its release this summer. Blood was my first real introduction to Ms. La Havas and I was grateful. The album has a mellow, jazzy, soulful feel to it…authentic and genuine. I’ve heard mixed reviews from other music sources, saying that it didn’t have her personal spin on it but I beg to differ. It’s important for artist’s sound to evolve and for them to work with different producers to create new sounds. Blood is nominated for a grammy award and I’m eager see if her hard work will be rewarded. Very dope project from Ms. La Havas.
1.The Internet- Ego Death
It is my understanding that Ego Death is nominated for a grammy. Well it’s about damn time! There really isn’t much to say about this album. It pretty much speaks for itself. Again, I felt all good vibe in listening and an interesting fusion of sounds. Ego Death reminds me of how good R&B used to feel, though I can’t rightfully place it in any specific category. The hip hop elements shine through a neo soul bed of casual feel good musicianship. Well done, great execution. Praise God.
Check out my homeboy Vegas’ blog Hiphopolitic.com for his top Hip Hop Albums of the year.
Praise de Lawd and pass the headphones! Every month or so, I try to keep DropaJewel.com viewers in my earbuds with what I’ve been listening to. I pride myself on being a music junkie, and diving into some of the best of each genre…but my mood plays a big part. Check out the list and share your thoughts:
The Game- The Documentary 2 & The Documentary 2.5
I’ve seen about 50 versions of this album artwork by now, but these albums are solid. If you are a hip hop head, you may have been a fan of Game’s music but this is some of his better work. The Documentary 2/2.5 features a good variety of acts such as Lil Wayne, Will.i.am., Jay Rock, Nas, Schoolboy Q, Dej Loaf, Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex, Snoop, Drake etc etc etc. Go get you some rap and enjoy.
Big Grams- Big Grams
Ohhhhhh so rapper Big Boi from Outkast linked up with New York alternative rock-ish duo Phantogram to give us Big Grams! The project is short and sweet but gives you allllll dope beats over dope rhymes. It’s definitely more than a one time listen.
Janet Jackson- Unbreakable
I got all good vibes from Janet with this project. Of course Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are producing on here along with Missy Elliott and J Cole. I think since Janet’s marriage, she didn’t want to get too sexy on this one and I can understand. Owwww! It’s always great to hear new music from Ms. Jackson as I respect her artistry and salute her as a pop icon. Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
Lana Del Rey- Honeymoon
Let me just keep it 100% real with you guys and say that I’m still up in the air about this album. I feel like it was over and under rated at the same damn time. Lana Del Rey does not make music for everybody. You have to be a very specific demographic to enjoy this. I will say that there are really high points in the music that make me feel a little low. Honeymoon is melodic and haunting. I’m just going to keep playing it until I can come to a sane conclusion. The fact that it makes me work so hard is possibly a good sign that it could overall be a timeless album. I have no idea.
Let me know what you are listening to right now! Check me out Friday nights at midnight on Strictly Hip Hop, WEAA 88.9fm #DropaJewel4mayor
Happy Hump Day!
We at DropaJewel.com try to drop gems and information, but we drop new music too! I always try to stay on top of new artist and good music, so sometimes I’d like to share my taste. This week I’ve been shuffling between genres (as usual) and landed on a few really dope projects, some of which are still growing on me. Check em out.
Ellis- Ocean Grown
Ocean Grown JUST DROPPED MONDAY! So far, this is a really dope album from the Baltimore emcee. For people who claim to be fans of ‘real hip hop’, this is your go to. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Follow his twitter @Ellis_410 and cop Ocean Grown on google play, itunes, etc. #DoItNow
Lianne La Havas- Blood
I just got hip to Ms. La Havas, but her music is unlike anything out right now. I think this project is authentic…nothing forced, all from the heart. The writing is stellar and the music captivating. Do yourself a favor and just let this one bump from start to finish.
Dr. Dre- Compton (Soundtrack)
I’m in between a rock and a hard place with Dre on this one. Of course he has a rack of emcees featured on here, but I’m not in love with it yet. I’ve seen all good reviews so far, but I’m listening to give a fair assessment before my final verdict. Check it out for yourself and let me know your thoughts.
Wondaland- The Eephus
I waited MONTHS for this album. I am a Wondaland stan to the core, but this one so far is just ‘alright’ for me. I appreciate the fact that Ms. Monae’s sound is ever evolving…I just wish there were more tracks.
Tame Impala- Currents
This was another album I waited for like a puppy waiting to go outside. I give this one two thumbs up!!! Currents can’t really be classified as a specific genre…just good azz music. It does have an oldies melodic feel to it though. Enjoy.
So what are you listening to currently? Hit me on twitter @DropaJewel and catch my segment The Drop on WEAA 88.9fm every Friday night at midnight. #DropaJewel4Mayor
Happy Saturday, art lovers! Last night I attended an art exhibition at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center in Baltimore. The artist in showcase was a young brother by the name of Davon Carey. A good friend of mine put me on to the event, as I am somewhat of an artist myself but most of all…an art lover. The event had complimentary wine and food (right up my alley), and there was a rainbow of hues in attendance. I was blessed to see so many different shades of people, all for the support of a very talented Baltimore artist. I don’t know Davon personally, but I could tell that he is well loved by many. There was no riff raff present…all smiles and hugs, even in such a packed crowd. There were a few opening acts consisting of gifted singers and poets. Overall, I had a blast!
I was very impressed with Mr. Carey’s honesty, line work, subject matter and color schemes.
I didn’t get many pictures (the body painting was soooo dope) but I would just like to share a few.
I can see nothing but peace and prosperity for Mr. Davon Carey in the future. As always, show him your twitter love @DavonCarey and let me know your thoughts @DropaJewel. #DoItNow #Salute
Guess who’s back? Baltimore emcee Ellis kicks off the first single from his upcoming album Ocean Grown. Super Conscious is produced by the big homie Statik Selektah, and is a sure fire banger.
Peep the footage from one of their studio sessions and let me know your thoughts on twitter @DropaJewel.
Don’t forget to show your twitter love @Ellis_410 and @StatikSelekt