– Curren$y: Pilot Talk. Newest album by the New Orleans rapper who loooooves getting high (hence “Pilot Talk”). Top Songs: “Audio Dope II“, “Breakfast“, “Chilled Coughphee“. Recommended for: Hip hop heads. If you have a good system in your car, “Audio Dope II” is worth the $10.
– The Roots: How I Got Over. Your band’s favorite live band’s newest album. You’ll find it in the rap category, but this is music for everyone. Top Songs: “How I Got Over“, “Right On“, “The Day“, “Doin’ It Again“, “Hustla“. The only song I skip is “Dear God 2.0“. Recommended for: Everyone, this band is all about good music.
– Trombone Shorty: Backatown. Trombone player from New Orleans who claims his style is called “supafunkrock”. Top Songs: “Hurricane Season”, “Quiet As Kept”, “Neph”, “Suburbia”, “In The 6th”, “Where Y’ At”. Recommended for: Everyone. The instrumentals should have everyone’s head bopping.
– Meth, Ghost, Rae: Wu-Massacre. Trio from the Wu-Tang Clan. Probably your three favorite Wu-Tang members, and RZA shows up on production. Top Songs: “Our Dreams“, “Dangerous“, “Criminology 2.5“. Recommend for: It’s the Wu, so if you grew up in the 90s you owe it to yourself to support them.
– Curren$y: This Ain’t No Mixtape. New Orleans rapper who spent time on No Limit and with Cash Money, supposed to be a prodigy of Lil Wayne. Has a good flow, with better production everyone will know this guy. Top Songs: “Elevator Musik“, “The Jets Son“, “16 Switches“, “Get It Ya Self“. Recommended for: All rap fans.
– Curren$y: Jet Files. Album prior to This Ain’t No Mixtape. Not as memorable as TANM, but still worth a listen. Top Songs: Give me more time, but nothing off the top of the head. Recommend for: Anyone who likes above album, rap fans looking to dig a little more.
– BlakRoc: BlakRoc. Two white blues players (The Black Keys) providing beats for RZA, Raekwon, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, and unfortunately Jim Jones. Originally I called it a “must own” but the beats kinda blend together. Top Songs: “Dollaz & Sense“, “Why Can’t I Forget About Him“, “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)“. Recommended for: Hipsters, white people who don’t like aggressive rap, rock fans who kinda like rap.
– Wale: Attention Deficit. Rapper from D.C. First heard about him on The Roots “Rising Up” song. Is a good rapper but the album is kinda more for chicks, I think. Top Songs: “Mirrors” with Bun B, “TV In The Radio” with K’naan, “90210“. Recommended for: Rap fans, Bun B fans, chicks.