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The Weeknd – “Beauty Behind The Madness” Album Review

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This tear-jerking latest release from The Weeknd is definitely worth the long awaited time fans have been waiting very patiently for. Beauty Behind The Madness, the highly anticipated release from Alternative R&B singer-songwriter and recording artist of the year, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)“, “The Hills“, “Can’t Feel My Face“, Kanye West produced “Tell Your Friends“, “In The Night” among many others – with cameos from Ed SheeranLana Del Rey – and even production from Kanye West. For a good reason this will surely impress all fans new and old.

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Future – “DS2” Album Review

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DS2 (abbreviation for Dirty Sprite 2) is the third studio album by American rapper Future.

This highly anticipated mixtape/album release from the hottest rapper on the streets this Summer 2015, Future latest DS2 is everything pleasant, ear-candy mind-blowing all of what you would expect from Future- Bangers throughout and definitely exceeding fans expectations with his own unique style. We get exactly what we know and love about Future when he pours it all out. In every song, Future goes harder – he does not disappoint one bit. A MUST HAVE for any fan of Future. On first listen – you’re hooked. On second listen you’re reciting it. Addictive masterpiece and work of musical art.

The Banger of a Track Mixtape/Album was released on July 17, 2015, by A1 Recordings, Freebandz and Epic Records.

The album serves as the sequel from his breakout mixtape Dirty Sprite (2011).

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  • The album’s lead single, titled “Fuck Up Some Commas“, was released on March 2, 2015 along with a music video. The song was later included on the deluxe edition. The album’s second single “Real Sisters” was released preceding for the album. The music video for the third single “Blow a Bag“, was also released preceding the album’s release. The album’s fourth single “Where Ya At” ft. Drake, was released on July 18, 2015.
  • Promotional Street singles “Trap Niggas” on April 27th 2015 and “56 Nights” (DJ Esco’s Mixtape ’56 Nights’) On May 18th, 2015 were also released along with Music Videos prior to the release of the album as promotional purposes.
  • DS2 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with approximately 151,000 units (sales+streams) sold in the United States. DS2 is Future’s first album to reach number-one in the United States.

Tracklist

1. Thought It Was a Drought (prod. Metro Boomin & Allen Ritter)

  • DOPE. Future is above average at excellence, and this is not short one bit! Very satisfying opening song. BANGER. “I just fucked your bitch in some Gucci flip flops I just had some bitches and I made ’em lip lock I just took a piss and I seen codeine coming out We got purple Actavis, I thought it was a drought.” [3 out of 5]

2. I Serve the Base (prod. Metro Boomin)

  • Beat heavy. “They should’ve told ya I got that stick with me You the one who duckin’ from a drive by My niggas unemployed sellin’ pot pies I serve the base, I serve the base” [3 out of 5]

3. Where Ya At ft. Drake (prod. Metro Boomin)

  • Featuring Drake. This is a no-brainer. The two make an irresistible on-fire track. Banger and definitely to-be fan favorite. Make it yours today. Just Future asking.. “Where Your Ass was at??” Catchy, upbeat. “Serve a lot of dog food; call you a mutt Where your ass was at dog, when I was on my come-up? The reason I’m here today cause I ain’t never gave up” [5 out of 5]

4. Groupies (prod. Metro Boomin, Southside & Sonny Digital)

  • Real smooth. “Sip on my cup , it’s a movie I pop me a Perc, it’s a movie Smokin’ oh-la-la-la like a Fugee Turn your homie to food, he a Goofy And my lil’ one get head from a groupie

5. Lil One (prod. Metro Boomin & Southside)

  • Now, don’t make me drop a bird on ya I’m gon’ drop a bag on ya I’m gon’ drop that bag on ya Don’t make me drop that bag on ya

6. Stick Talk (prod. Southside)

  • 10 million dollars cash, fuck a friend Started sipping syrup, I’ve been geeked ever since Gotta keep that heat on the seat ever since You know we talk that stick talk, that stick talk

7. Freak Ho (prod. Metro Boomin)

  • Good one. “Pretty girls reppin’ “Pretty Gang” fuckin’ wit the kiddo Type to fuck a hood nigga good, then tell em “ditto” Went from 5 on the indo, 30 rounds in the extendo Fuck a friend though, ain’t pretend though

8. Rotation (prod. Metro Boomin & Southside)

  • Real dope track. Upbeat BANGER. Dirty South Banger. Nice hi-hat kicks and drum bass sub. “I bought all the sodas at the gas station I just put a famous bitch on rotation I just put that famous bitch on rotation I just put lil shawty out on probation” [5 out of 5]

9. Slave Master (prod. Metro Boomin & Southside)

Personal favorite production and overall most energetic track. Catchy and definitely gets stuck in your head after as little as just a few plays. “Jump out a new whip, nigga, like I’m a slave master I pour up two zips nigga I’m feelin’ way better I’m feelin’ way better, I’m feelin’ way better” [5 out of 5]

10. Blow a Bag (prod. Metro Boomin, Southside & Sonny Digital)

  • Released single, mid-temp BANGER. Able to relate, down to earth and has incredible depth to the track and verses. Repetitive hook, good hook. “I ran it up with the same niggas Get that money and stay with the same niggas I know that money can change niggas They don’t look at you like you the same nigga” [4 out of 5]

11. Colossal (prod. Zaytoven)

  • Typical Zaytoven synth-keyboard bounce. (Little substance to some for those who don’t understand it) – but deep hood Street Banger to the real fans of Future. The definition of colossal is “extremely large or great,” to which Future is saying that his stacks of money are getting colossal, i.e. he’s earning so much money. “I’m hungry, I admit it, I swear I’m conditioned I served and I hustled on any conditions Fuck your permission, I’ll get to them digits Come to your town and I get and split it” [5 out of 5]

12. Rich $ex (prod. Metro Boomin, Frank Dukes & Southside)

  • Mid tempo, catchier than ever. Nice relaxing soothing sounds. I dig it. R&B/swagger style, definitely looking for a feature – but doesn’t need one as Future keeps attention throughout this entertaining track, Hook is dope! “Never made love to a misfit You never made love to a misfit Come and kick a deal on some rich shit I’ma keep it pimpin’ on some rich shit” [5 out of 5]

13. Blood on the Money (prod. Metro Boomin, Cassius Jay & Zaytoven)

  • GREAT TRACK. WOW!!! Another real good one. This is definitely a work of art.. just excelling right here! Really really loving this one. On repeat over – and over.. “She put me off and it was ugly I made a million dollars, say she love me The way she did me, it destroyed me I kept it real with lil’ shorty” [5 out of 5]

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14. Trap Niggas (prod. Southside)

  • If you’re anybody, then you know you NEED this song. Gotta get the Deluxe version for it. Definitely worth it. “When you wake up before you brush your teeth You grab your strap, nigga Only time you get down on your knees Shooting craps, nigga Fuck what you heard, God blessin’ all the trap niggas” [5 out of 5]

15. The Percocet & Stripper Joint (prod. Southside)

  • Real talk. Percocet is a painkiller which includes the combination of oxycodone and paracetamol — in this track, Future highlights the extent of his drug use — even stretching to over the counter painkillers — while he’s in a strip club. “I get mad zooted, I got this bad thing I recruited My passion is a movie, I say fuck it ‘cause that’s ruder I stay on Miley Cyrus, every where I go I’m screwed up

16. Real Sisters (prod. Zaytoven)

  • Up tempo keyboard synth friendly track. Pretty addictive. Zaytoven bringing the heat!! “Say you getting throwed, I’m tryna pour up with you Oh, that’s your best friend? I’m tryna fuck her with you First met the bitch, they said they real sisters I don’t give a fuck if they was real sisters” [4 out of 5]

17. Kno the Meaning (prod. Southside)

  • This one is for those that ‘Kno the Meaning.’ Real stuff “I’m fresh off the plane on them Zaytiggy’s I endured so much pain, ain’t got Esco with me Ain’t got nobody smoke one or pour with me Niggas rocked the lean, man, when I was OT” [5 out of 5]

18. Fuck Up Some Commas (prod. DJ Spinz & Southside)

  • Lead single, and definitely for a good reason. Get yourself to Fuck Up Some Commas, already. What Are You Waiting For? BANGER Fake nigga lie to a real nigga Now that’s just some shit that you don’t do I’mma stay real for my real niggas Now that’s just some shit that I’m gon’ do” [5 out of 5]

All around – HIT ALBUM, and a fan favorite. All Future (all the time), and with only one Feature track (Drake), he needs no others – in which he holds his own ground alone – strong.

If you don’t know it by now, you should get to know it a bit better. Fuck Up Some Commas and get yourself a listen or two, and a copy or two of Future’s DS2 right NOW.

[THE HYPE FACTOR: 5 out of 5]

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Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday” Album Review

Nicki Minaj drops her long awaited debut studio album Pink Friday, featuring special guest performers Eminem, Drake, Kanye West, will.i.am, even Natasha Bedingfield among others!

Featuring production by Swizz Beatz, Bangladesh, J.R. Rotem, will.i.am, Drew Money, Alex Da Kid, Kane Beatz and many more this is for sure one upbeat Female Hip-Hop/Pop/R&B mash up of 2010 that you’re NOT going to want to miss.

It’s been a long wait, but has it been worth it? Nicki says, “now the whole album cracked – you ain’t gotta skip a track” – well, how much of that is true?

Read on to check out a track-by-track (including bonus tracks) reviews with a rating system for each and every track along with producers – so you can go find a new favorite track of yours that you might have missed out on otherwise!

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Robyn – “Body Talk Pt. 2” Album Review

New Pt. 2 Studio album from Pop artist Robyn. Body Talk Pt. 2 is the sixth studio album by Swedish recording artist Robyn. It will be released in the United Kingdom on September 6th 2010 and a day later in the United States. The studio album features many upbeat Pop tracks and features American rapper Snoop Dogg.

It is the second part of the Body Talk series, which consists of three mini-albums. The album will be preceded by the single, “Hang with Me“, which will be released on September 5th 2010.

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E-40 “Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift & Night Shift” – Albums Review

E-40 is the first rapper since Nelly’s Sweat and Suit (in 2004) to drop two entire albums on the same day. Long time overdue indeed, especially when both albums are quality packed. E-40 has his history of rapping that takes every track to the next level, he has skip and can spit some crazy fire rhymes! Be prepared to be blown away with all 38 tracks there is surely something to bump to, spit to, vibe to, bump to and overal just ENJOY to! The ambassador of Yay you know what he’s already spitting. Street talk, white, brown, green, pound talk. You know you want it, E-40 has it. Night Shift features 19 tracks including guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Too Short, Ya Boy, Bobby Valentino, Keak da Sneak, San Quinn and many others. Which one do you prefer Day Shift or Night Shift – both are bangin!! Check out the insanely detailed track by track review below.

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Ke$ha – Animal: Album Review

Ke$ha is a new comer in the game, but from her #1 hit single “Tik Tok“, that blew up the digital downloads and radio charts she’s back with her second single featuring 3OH!3Blah Blah Blah” that’s also already topped charts across the world. From the production of Dr. Luke, Animal is an upbeat, feel good filled Pop album with the sass and attitude that Ke$ha brings to each and every track. A little grittier than you might expect on a Britney Spears’ album, but a little more Pop than you would find on an Avril Lavigne album. No fillers here, and all high quality top notch tracks. From a debut album, you’d might not expect what you’re about to hear – but be ready to be blown away! Every song will be appreciated by Pop fans everywhere, and you’ll be listening to this album on repeat for several months and maybe several years to come!

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Ace Hood “Ruthless” – Album Review

51-p5NAgBEL._SS500_You might remember Ace Hood from his previous singles “Cash Flow” featuring T-Pain & Rick Ross, “Ride” featuring Trey Songz, or “Stressin” featuring Plies. This time Ace Hood is once again working mainly with producers The Runners, The Inkredibles and is featuring guests Rick Ross, Akon, T-Pain, Jazmine Sullivan, Jeremih, Lloyd, The-Dream and others.

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Black Eyed Peas “The E.N.D.” – Album Review

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The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) is the fifth studio album by American hip hop group Black Eyed Peas. The production is led by will.i.am who takes the album away from the group’s traditional hip-hop style into a new ero of electro-hop. The album features production by mainly will.i.am, but features others such as Keith Harris, David Guetta, apl.de.ap, Fergie, DJ Replay, Jaime Gomez and Printz Board.

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Ciara “Fantasy Ride” – Album Review

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Ciara‘s latest album “Fantasy Ride” attempts to take the listeners through none other than a “Fantasy Ride”. This album is Ciara’s debut of her “Super C” which is here alter-ego that comes out when she’s on stage and performing. Super C can be seen in the video “Go Girl”. This album kicked off her first promo single with “Go Girl” featuring T-Pain, followed by first official single “Never Ever” featuring Young Jeezy and the chart topper second single “Love Sex Magic” featuring Justin Timberlake. The album features production and writing credits by Danja, The-Dream, Polow da Don, Darkchild, Tricky Stewart, Ne-YoThe Clutch and Dr. Luke. It also features artists such as Justin Timberlake, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Young Jeezy and Missy Elliott.

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Gorilla Zoe “Don’t Feed Da Animals” – Album Review

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Don’t Feed Da Animals is the second studio album by rapper Gorilla Zoe. It features the Drumma Boy produced first single “Lost”, and Zaytoven produced second single “What It Is” and third single “Echo”. It features guest appearances by Rick Ross, OJ Da Juiceman and Gucci Mane and features productions by Drumma Boy and Zaytoven as well as others. Originally a member of Boyz N Da Hood his singles “Hood Nigga” and being featured on “Coffee Shop” and “Bottle Poppin” is Gorilla Zoe’s second studio album going to be bigger and badder than his first album Welcome to the Zoo?

The banger of an opening Untamed Gorilla is produced by Kane Beatz is a strong track on Zoe’s part, it features JC on the hook. Bass banger nice deliverance and a really catchy track overall.

Dope Boy is a very auto-tuned track, produced by Don Vito. It’s an alright track once you get the feel for it and when you can manage the autotunee. “We be in the hood all the bitches in the hood love a dope boy everybody loves a Dope boy… a dope boy..”

I’m Dumb a bass banger produced by FATBOI is a really nice track to bang in your car. Loud bass and alright deliverance makes this a nice track to repeat over and over in your car. Leaked awhile ago, so I might just be biased to it and might have already overplayed it.


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Lost originally featured Lil’ Wayne on mixtapes, later removed for release as the first single and is produced by Drumma Boy. Great first single which features autotune on Zoe’s part and a good banger. “I’m lost on a road…Don’t know which way to go.. I’m losing my mind.. Losing control of the wheel.. And I’m swerving On and off the road..”

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Shit On Em is a track produced by Zaytoven. It possibly has too many “Shit” references, but besides that umm.. yeah Gorilla Zoe autotune. Nothing out of the ordinary but I guess if you want to sing the chorus.. feel free. It’s extremely catchy and even though I would rather it be about something else.. it’s a very catchy and nice banger for your car.“I doo doo, I boo boo, I poo poo.. I shit on em you shit on em? I shit on em”

Hood Clapalthough produced by new name Dee Jay Dana, it can possibly be compared to Hurricane Chris’ “Hand Clap” but mixed with a bit of Hood Nigga and some Zoe style together in a track. “If you hood and you know it, clap your hands..”

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What It Is is the second single from the album, it was produced by Zaytoven and features rappers Rick Ross & Kollosus. It’s an above average rap track by Zaytoven with horns, some bass and some keyboards. Typical track and above average, possibly a classic hood anthem if it gets enough support. “We took the fours off the chevy and we sat it those sixes (sixes) lipstick on them rims got them rims blowin kisses (kisses)…. they know what it is… yall know what it is… he know what is is… she know what it is”

Helluvalife is produced by Zaytoven, features Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman. You might not think the track is a typical Gucci Mane or OJ Da Juiceman track, however they keep they’re style and it’s an average track. Could probably be a better overall track. “I’m living one Helluvalife.. one of those nights in my Helluvalife..”

I Got It features Big Block and is a produced by Drumma Boy and is a track that particularly stood out to me. Some autotune, although not as bad as some tracks good verses including Zoe with autoune. “It ain’t trickin if you got it, and I got it .. so bad I just wanna take her shoppin. I got it.. you got it I want it, so bad I wanna see you in the mornin – so bad I wanna see you when you moanin you can have whateve you been wantin…”

Echo is the third single from the album and produced by Drumma Boy is Zoe’s attempt at R&B auto-tune artist again, and this time it could possibly go very mainstream radio. Very nice production and nice part by Zoe. “Echo.. ech-ech-echo… And I’m gone and you’re all alone.. can’t you hear the… Echo.. ech-ech-echo… with no one near you – there’s no one to hear you”

Watch Me is a track produced by Drumma Boy, it features Yung Chris. Although produced by Drumma Boy and I typically like his tracks, I don’t think I really like this one too much, probably the weakest song on Zoe’s part, nice track on Drumma Boy’s part.

It would be nice to see Gorilla Zoe try something new besides his R&B autotune singing, but overall – it’s a solid release. It would be nice to see Zoe use some new lines, but I guess when you talk about the same thing the typical lines come up more than once. Basic hood talk, nothing really new besides some autotune and some hot beats. If you’re not looking for lyrical hiphop you shouldn’t be listening to Gorilla Zoe (but you should already know that’s not Zoe), then you’re in for some nice ear candy and some bass bangers to keep your cars happy for awhile.

Outstanding Tracks

  • “Untamed Gorilla” featuring JC
  • “Lost”
  • “What It Is” featuring Rick Ross & Kollosus
  • “Hood Clap”
  • “Shit On Em”
  • “I Got It” featuring Big Block

THE HYPE FACTOR Evaluation: 3 1/2 out of 5

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BoA “BoA” – Album Review

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BoA‘s latest album will be the debut eponymous English studio album by Korean pop singer BoA and her twelfth studio album overall. If you’re wondering what it sounds like, it’s basically the typical Britney Spears album – without the filler tracks and without the slow ballads. Bass thumping tracks from beginning to end. Exactly what you might expect from the queen of pop – BoA is definitely breaking into the U.S. With the help of Avant & Bloodshy, Brian Kennedy and Sean Garrett there’s no doubt this will please fans worldwide.

BoA, originally titled Look Who’s Talking, will be the debut eponymous English studio album by Korean pop singer BoA and her twelfth studio album overall. It was released on March 17, 2009. The album will be released in Japan boxed with her second greatest hits album, Best & USA, as a 2-in-1 CD.

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I Did It For Love” is her second single. The track features, was written and produced by Sean Garrett. It has the very addictive sound that Sean Garrett is currently perfecting with all theses smashes he’s been putting out lately. One of the best songs on the album. “I I I I – Did it did it did it for love..”

Did Ya is a track that includes an acoustic guitar for most of the song, which gives a very different sound that what typically is found in BoA’s songs. It is produced by Bloodshy & Avant and is a great production. “forgot to mention my new man, take that.. You should’ve loved me right when you had me, shoulda shoulda but you didn’t Did Ya?”

Dress Off is a very listenable pop/electo-rock track produced by Adrian Newman, however it sounds to the point you can hardly recognize it’s BoA in parts of the song. However, there is a point where BoA shows off her high vocals, which did impress me. “So all you gotta do is, take my dress off…”

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Energetic is a bass thumping track, very similiar to Eat You Up. It is produced by Sean Garrett who is also uncredited featured. No doubt my favorite track on the entire album. The bass that gets you dancing the second it kicks in, an excellent production from start to finish. HOT! “I’m feelin so energtic, don’t think ya’ll will ever get it.”

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Eat You Up is the first single, produced by Henrik Jonback. This track is very infectious and insanely catchy. If it hasn’t already, you’ll be singing the hook aloud and bumpin it in your system. “I’ll eat you love, your love, your love I’ll eat you up, your love, your love I’ll eat you up, so yum yum Can’t get enough, I think I’m in love.” Excellent single and song!

Touched samples the Jewely box windup sound (listen, you’ll get it), and it does it over one of the hottest beats on the entire album.  It was produced by Bloodshy & Avant “I wanna be touched, I wanna be touched…”

Look Who’s Talking is produced Henrik Jonback, and includes writing credits from Britney Spears. Meet South Korean Britney. The track is also a cover of the 2007 B-side by German girl group Monrose. It sounds identical to what Britney used to do around her Britney/In The Zone era.“Hey hey hey, so look whos talking loud – thats what this songs about, Me. Hey hey hey…”

Obsessed is an electro-rock song, produced by Brian Kennedy that you could easily hear in Guitar Hero with similiar styles to Freeze Pop. “I’m obsessed with you tonight.. I’m goin crazy if I’m myself, I want you and no one else, simply on a signal of my distress I’m confess – I’m obsessed. “

Girls On Top is an English cover of the song with the same name from her fifth Korean studio album.

Hypnotic Danceflooris a really nice dance production by Henrik Jonback. It has an alright hook but a really good beat. Really makes you want to dance. I’m sure if you’re familiar to dancing on a dancefloor, you know that it can be really fun. Hypnotic Dancefloor is a nice track that sums it all up in a song. “Burning up on this Hypnotic Dancefloor, I’m gonna..”

“Eat You Up” and “I Did It For Love” both have been very successful online. Despite the lack of promotion – fans will really notice the quality of the album. Bass thumping tracks with infectious hooks – what’s not to like?! Some fans may not like it however. BoA whom used to write her own songs on previous albums, lacks that on this album. There are some very standout tracks and overall a great dance party and album. So if you don’t mind some professionally written/produced songs, then you have nothing to worry about. BoA provides some great vocals over a great upbeat album. This might please the upbeat listener (like me), but might not meet some expections for those listeners wanting to hear a ballad.

Outstanding Tracks

  • “I Did It For Love” featuring Sean Garrett
  • “Energetic”
  • “Eat You Up”
  • “Touched”
  • “Scream”
  • “Hypnotic Dancefloor”

THE HYPE FACTOR Evaluation: 4 1/2 out of 5

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“iSouljaBoyTellEm” Soulja Boy – Album Review

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iSouljaBoyTellEm is the second studio album from rapper Soulja Boy Tell’Em. The album features artists Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo, Sean Kingston, Sammie and features productions by Polow Da Don, Jim Jonsin and Drumma Boy. Soulja Boy brought you the Top 40 smash hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” and

I’m Bout Tha Stacks (Intro)“, “Rubber Bands” and “I Pray (Outro)” being the better produced tracks, both produced by Drumma Boy. I’m Bout Tha Stacks has an alright hook, but definitely shows that his rapping game has jumped up quite a bit. Also the typical Drumma Boy track bangers. “Rubber Bands” is about what other than “Rubber Bands”, an alright track and probably could’ve done some work on the lyrics. “I Pray” could do without the vocals.. don’t sing if you can’t.

6 of the 16 tracks are produced by Soulja Boy himself that include “Bird Walk”, “Gucci Bandana” featuring Gucci Mane & Shawty Lo, “Booty Got Swag (Donk pt 2)”, “Hey You There”, “Wit My Yums On”, and “Go Head”. “Bird Walk” is a the first single off his second studio album. It’s an alright track overall, and probably the only ok “street radio single” for singles – even includes the annoying Soulja Boy sounds to kick it off. This isn’t a bad thing, but I think it could’ve been done without them. Lyrical flow has really improved.

Gucci Bandana” could’ve been a great street track, however they let Soulja Boy go again and produce the track. The track features Shawty Lo and Gucci Mane. One of the better tracks, with a lacking track that could’ve been worlds better if it had been done by someone else.

All of the other Soulja Boy produced tracks are the typical, if not pretty boring tracks overall. As if we didn’t get enough of the same sound on the CD he thought we’d appreciate to hear some of the same style of his roots of Crank That. Alright hooks, ok bass but they don’t go much further. Rapping lyrically about chains, and how much he’s achieved. Stuff other rappers could get away easily, Soulja Boy can’t really. He got away with it for the first CD, I guess it could be fun for some girls to dance to in particular “Booty Got Swag“, “Hey You There” and “With My Yums On“.


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Jim Jonsin produced and second single – “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” features R&B singer Sammie and probably the best track on the CD for mainstream play. Passable to compare it to Soulja Girl 2.0. Good hook, and great overall track – personal favorite.

Polow da Don produced “Yamaha Mama” features Sean Kingston and has an overall nice hook if you can still listen to Sean Kingston.

Like it or not, “Shoppin’ Spree” has a nice beat produced by Mr. Hanky. It features Gucci Mane & Yo Gotti, and in my opinion is one of Soulja Boy’s better flowing tracks on the CD  (probably because of the help from Gucci Mane). Good lyrical and good verses by both Gucci Mane & Yo Gotti. The album version is censored, check out some mixtapes if you want the explict versions of this and some others.

Turn My Swag On“, produced by Natural Disaster, might be so incredibly bad – that it might actually be so great, you just might never actually understand how amazing it is. Besides the hook, that you never can get out of your head is probably one of the “better” tracks on the CD. I say better, because the hook gets stuck in your head – and that’s all that really matters, right? Young Jeezy, Fabolous and Lil’ Wayne have done covers of this – which could probably help him out in the future for his reptuation, the little that he has.

So, it’s Soulja Boy’s second CD. Overall, I think he has improved greatly from the first album. However, I think until he finds the right producers to work with – and something to talk about (that isn’t media/publicity driven) then he might just be taken seriously. Soulja Boy is definitely here to stay whether you like it or not. Check out his album iSouljaBoyTellEm available now!

THE HYPE FACTOR: 2 1/2 out of 5

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“Incredibad” The Lonely Island – Album Review

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You remember the Beastie Boys? Well, let’s just say The Lonely Island is the Beastie Boys of 2009. I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY at the quality of tracks included on this. From features from Justin Timberlake, with SNL’s famous “Dick In A Box“, and other features from T-Pain, Norah Jones, E-40, Jack Black and Natalie Portman. Their first single spawned the media hit “Jizz in my Pants” and soon to be smash hit “I’m On A Boat” alongside with T-Pain.

First off must I say, reviewing something that is taken comedically is different, so judge for your self and pick up a copy when it drops. Also, these guys can not be taken seriously on any song – ever.  So, think about that before listening to it, and judging it. Yeah – they’re white, and yeah they rap comedically.. so?

First single also known famously as “Jizz in my Pants” across news media outlets across the web and the television. Much like most of their tracks, “Jizz in my Pants” comes off as a “WHAT?!?” type of track. But, if the lyrics aren’t your thing (they’re pretty tacky), then the music and bass will keep you entertained. Great track and great first single.

Incredibad“, the same name as the album is a very Beastie Boy’s sounding track, the typical repeating guitar sound and spitting just like they did in the old days. A classic sounding track.

The very famous Justin Timberlake featured SNL Short track “Dick in a Box” is a very entertaining track to say the very least. It’s about.. wait for it.. a “Dick in a Box”.

I’m On A Boat” is the second single off the album, it features T-Pain and although on first listen you may think it’s a joke – but after a few spins and watching the video you get the whole concept. It’s comedy, T-Pain autotune and a hot ass beat – what else do you need? Oh and don’t let me forget – some white boys putting even more guys in the rap game to shame too. T-Pain: “I never thought I’d see the day.. with a big boat coming my way. Believe me when I say – I fucked a mermaid… “ This is a track that can easily bring the Urban rap/T-Pain listeners in to see what more The Lonely Island has to offer – which is a lot of creativity.

Dreamgirl” is an R&B/Rap track that features Norah Jones, whom I’m not too familiar with but keeps this track very interesting. Her voice makes a very interesting soulful chorus alongside of the rapping.

With a cover of Slim Thug‘s single “I’m A Boss” it’s covered comedically (like every other song). This s#it is too hot, seriously! When the track starts I was thinking “hmm, it sounds familiar” but then “Like A Boss” started and then I started to think “No way.. they didn’t just do that”. The track keeps you interested and entertained, while spitting some fire on the track.

Space Olympics” is a track that apparently takes place in 3022, a track that could be compared to the styles of Eiffel 65 or another type of european/dance track. Lyrically talks about gravities and the things we love and don’t love about space (like, why we don’t host the Olympics in space.)

Santana DVX“, a track about sparkling wine Santana DVX. It is a very very interesting track, it features E-40, and it’s a very typical E-40 Westcoast sounding track. E-40 fans will not be disapointed, good verses and a great track overall.

We Like Sportz” is a track all about them liking sports. A track that everyone that can relate to (that is, if you like sports). Very humorous and entertaining track.

Sax Man” is a rock track, it features Jack Black, typical Jack Black song – so if you like a minimal rock track, this is for you.

Overall, this is an amazing album that you can easily play from beginning to end. Even if you aren’t usually into the music, or their style – their comedy will keep you interested in each and every track. Every track has a different sound and each one is perfected. With bass to please the rap fans, and comedy and jokes to please the rest of them the songs are very entertaining. With great verses and lyrics that make you laugh this is a great listen over and over.

THE HYPE FACTOR: 5 out of 5