I was just waxing about product placement less than a month ago. Similarly to Young Thug pushing Karlae Swimwear into our consciousness, Balmain has partnered up with Kanye West for their Fall 2016 campaign. The fashion house built it around Kanye’s song “Wolves” off of his latest album, The Life of Pablo. Beyond the glamour fest, I’d also like to invite you to indulge in some East African music and a little focus on up-and-coming French rapper Ninho. Feast your eyes!
Hip Hop heads wouldn’t normally associate DJ Tony Touch with this type of mix, would they? Then again, you don’t become legendary without range to complement your area of predilection, do you? The Piecemaker is an uncontested legend in the annals of Hip Hop. So it isn’t surprising to have him pull out a deft sequence of popular records from his arsenal, is it? Let’s proceed then…
This is the most compact I’ve gone since I started this. Again, the opening videos come from projects that I’ve enjoyed so much that I’m always eager to expand on. The debut album from Sam’s was a pleasant surprise as I’d never expected such depth, introspection and elaborate train of thought. BJ’s major label bow flew under the radar in my opinion; it’s undoubtedly one of the standout R&B album releases this year. Finally, the Save Money Summer offered us several gems, including a killer EP from a significantly improved Vic Mensa. I’m expecting the likes Barack Adama, Jidenna and Wale to follow in the same path of excellence. In the meantime, feast your eyes!
One of South Philly’s best, Beanie Sigel, faced jail for illegal weapon and drug possession. And he was in the throes of the Roc rift; the formidable crew eventually broke apart. Yet, he did enough to complete The B.Coming, his third album. Clearly a rush job due to the aforementioned circumstances, The B.Coming remains a very solid effort. First and foremost, it is loaded with grade-A production. Also, Beans brings forth master class lyrics. Lastly, there’s his trademark: that emotionally-charged delivery! None other can so easily convey such sense of bitterness, despair, hopelessness or regret as need be. One standout example among many others: “I Can’t Go On This Way.”
The concept of a break is not new. To cope with the weight of our realities, we take a break to relieve the weariness, give the mental gears a second to cool and readjust our frame our mind to push on through and move forward. As the inspiration for this playlist, Carrie Underwood, notes: “[…] life is so hectic and it’s so nice if and when you actually get to kind of step away for a second. We all need that time to ourselves, to get to take a break.”