Just hours after announcing his new album Nobody Smiling, Common heads to the front lines on his new song “War.” The Chicago lyricist paints a picture of the violence in his hometown on the No I.D. production.
“To all the killas and the hundred dolla billas/ Real hittas who ain’t got no feelings,” raps Common over the marching beat.
He hopes that his “call-to-action” album, produced by No I.D., will bring about change.
“Holy Grail” is a music video and song by American hip hop artist Jay-Z from his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail. It features vocals from singer Justin Timberlake and serves as the album’s first single.
“D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” is a song written by American rapper Jay-Z. It was produced by No I.D.. and Kanye West who also contributed the vocals in the bridge. It was released as a digital download on June 23 as the lead single of Jay-Z’s eleventh studio album, The Blueprint³.
The song made its world premiere on the New York radio station Hot 97 on June 5. Its lyrics address the overusage of the Auto-Tune in the music industry. The song samples “In the Space” by French film composers Janko Nilovic and Dave Stuckey. The bridge is inspired by Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”.
“Best I Ever Had” is the first single from Canadian rapper Drake‘s third mixtape, So Far Gone. Drake recently shot a video in Brooklyn, New York for the track. Kanye West was the director of the video. Trey Songz and Fabolous both have cameos in the video, as well as many artists signed to Young Money Entertainment.
Don’t like Plies? You’re in the majority – and you’re with me. However, his latest work Da REAList, his third studio album – has me thinking different! From nice bangers of tracks, Plies keeps his style and from productions by J.R. Rotem, Drumma Boy and Mannie Fresh. Also with features by Sean Garrett and Ashanti you know it’s gonna be some hot tracks! This time Plies takes on most of his album by himself, and unlike most of the game these-days he holds his ground.
The first five tracks easily keep you interested in Plies for this album. The better of the opening tracks include: “Me and My Goons”, “Fuck U Gon’ Do Bout It” and “Gotta Be”.
The production by BC for “Me and My Goons” is simple upbeat track with bass like most of his tracks. The track could be compared to something like “My Dougie”.
Plies – I Chase Paper
The Drumma Boy produced “I Chase Paper” is easily the catchiest on the album. The track is one you can easily vibe to, and who doesn’t chase paper? “Fuck U Gon’ Do Bout It”, also produced by Drumma Boy is a track destined for the radio, as it’s a track that makes you want to rock back and forth. Plies keeps his hood talk, but this time he takes it a notch up.
Plies – Fuck U Gon’ Do Bout It
The J.R. Rotem produced track “Want It, Need It” features Ashanti, it’s a slower R&B jam.. just something typical you would expect from an Ashanti track, with Plies (of course, it’s his album).
Not that Plies hasn’t talked about the hardship or his money, “Plenty Money” is a track for the streets, just to know that he has “Plenty Money”. It’s an alright banger – besides the repetitive chorus..
Plies feat. Chris J – Put It on Ya
“Put It on Ya” is a song performed by American hip hop artist; Plies. The song features R&B artist Chris J, and is produced by No I.D.. It is the first single from Plies’ third studio album Da REAList. It’s an average track, but Plies can (and has) done better.
Plies – Family Straight
“Spend The Night” is an upbeat radio friendly track, much like a track on his previous album “#1 Fan”. Along with “Street Lights” features Sean Garrett, are both above average tracks from Plies.
Plies – Make a Movie
“Make A Movie” is an upbeat Mannie Fresh produced track, and possibly one of the better bangers on the album. Nothing new, it’s the same old Plies.. but it’s a HOT production, and Plies delivers great. “Pants Hang Low” is another Mannie Fresh produced track, which was presumed to be first single, but a great banger and typical Mannie Fresh (for both tracks) that you wanna repeat over and over.
Out of all the tracks, “All Black” stands out the most. From the production, to the lines Plies delivers – this time he’s serious. “You know I mean business, when I’m in all black.”
If you’ve given up all hope for Plies, this time I’d suggest you’d give him one more try. His tracks keep you interested, and unlike his previous 2 albums – he can hold down on his own with an interesting flow and nice beats. Besides some nice ear candy, I’m throughally happy with what he’s brought to the table with his new album. Plies new album Da REAList won’t disapoint the average listener, and definitely won’t disappoint a fan.
THE HYPE FACTOR Evaluation: 4 out of 5
Plies third studio album, “Da Realist” in stores and iTunes now!