Alot has changed in this past year…went through 4 different jobs and moved to a new city to say the least lol. Anyways as I do every year here is my life in pictures for the year 2014.
It is time….for a fresh start. As you noticed in the past year or so posts have become more and more irregular. Over time this blog has moved in a different direction of what it was originally made for, to where I’ve gotten to a point when I was over it.
I’m not going through life crisis or whatever but I need a change starting with this blog.
By now this blog would’ve been deaded but I couldn’t come to grips with it. I’ve literally been doing this for almost 7 years (including the old blog) right before I went to college and I didn’t want to see everything go. I want to look back at my old posts and see how much I’ve grown (I’ve changed…ALOT *DJ Khaled voice*). So instead of bodying this blog for good and creating something I decided to just start over again with this new post.
Everything starting with this post will be back to what this blog was originally was about…me. While I can’t promise posts every day as I originally started out (due to working 2 jobs) I will post more consistently…for myself.
Back to posting what I actually loved which was just posting whatever was in my head at that the time….a collection of free flowing thoughts.
Here we go again…in no particular order here are my favorite albums, EPs, and mixtapes that I enjoyed listening to this year of 2013. Enjoy.
Disclosure returns again on my list this time with an album. Hands down the best dance album of the year. Perfect blend of soul, house, disco and a sprinkle of pop that is pretty much impossible not to like.
I really love this album mainly because Rudimental didn’t close themselves into a box by crossing over to genres with out losing that original drum and bass essence.
This album was all about rediscovering what’s already present. I really couldn’t find a single flaw in this album. Daft Punk assured me that they are still capable of creating that hot shit.
Janelle Monae is just too dope. So many different styles between each track yet it still all makes sense. I still feel after this 3rd album she’s being overlooked smh.
Pusha T delivered everything I wanted to hear a bit more by showcasing his diversity. I just wish there were more than 12 tracks. Pusha T should already know that’s a lil skimp.
Every song on this EP is the jam. No exaggeration.
Never really checked for Troy Ave despite hearing about him for quite sometime on twitter. I so happened to give him a listen after watching an interview of his and I must say he can spit and sounds very New York without really trying. Troy’s album has that classic New York feel while still sounding new and fresh.
Needed some weird obscure raps and Lord Quas delivered with those dope ass Madlib beats. If you’re familiar with his music you won’t be disappointed.
My homies Joey & Brody released a classic EP. Laced with HoxtaH beats, this EP is a perfect summer album to chill out with.
I was really surprised when I first heard this album because I didn’t expect it to sound so poppy. But that really doesn’t really matter because whenever I listen to this album I get happy and start a little 2 step.
Beyonce really is flawless out here smh. Not only did she release her album without an ounce of notice she also a video for every damn song on the album. This album is like her previous album, 4, but but way better and on steroids. The tracks are less radio friendly and more mature but yet every song on the album can be played on the radio and be radio hits. After listening I came to a conclusion that if you’re not poking your girl to this you ain’t living right.
I want to marry this girl. There is something very special about this girl, and this EP reveals it. Powerful soul filled vocals over electronic based tracks. All I need in this life.
Definitely had to put this album in the list. While very diverse with jazz, funk, electronic, and experimental influences, Swindle delivers with precise execution. No gimmicks here folks.
I had to highlight Flava D, mainly because she’s been making loads of new music and releasing them almost everyday like that shit is regular. Her biggest releases would have to be the free 3 volume FlavaD.com series this year. She’s still somewhat emerging from the grime scene but I definitely tip her to make it on the list again next year.
Grande’s beat selection and originality on this tape definitely impressed me and made me fuck with him harder. This is my all purpose tape, whatever mood/time/situation I’m in no matter what I can always fall back and listen to this.
Livest Delaware event I’ve been to in awhile. Alot of good vibes and positive energy. So much positive energy that my 2 homies finally decided to squash their beef with each other. Shout out to Aris Sparks and the UMGees on putting together a great show. Here are a few flicks from the show…
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In no particular order here are my favorite albums/eps/mixtapes for the year 2012. Enjoy.
Kendrick definitely exceeded my expectations of him on this album. Each listen grows on me more and more.
Dom Kennedy really won me over fully with this mixtape. Perfect blend of lowkey shit talking and cool nigga lyrics couldn’t stop bumping this all summer long.
I knew about Hudson Mohawke and Lunice for sometime now but they literally came outta nowhere this year with straight bangers.
Listening to Day In A Life I knew Ab-Soul had skills. This album proved that Ab is in his own lane and not under anyone’s shadow in TDE.
You can’t front Miguel makes some good ass love songs man. Enough said.
I never really liked Frank Ocean mainly because of his subpar voice. Yeah he’s a part of OF but I still didn’t get it. Listening to this album I totally got it.
Let’s be honest Big K.R.I.T. should’ve put most of the tunes of this mixtape on his debut Album “Live from the Underground” or just made this an album itself. Regardless this mixtape is so damn good.
Action and Alchemist teaming up together on this project just makes sense of why it would be anyone’s favourite of this year.
Chill ass beats and with nice vocals sprinkled in. Easy favourite in my opinion.
Disclosure really stood out this year for me. With Tenderly/Love EP and this one they became one of new favourite artists I discovered this year.
The homie went on a less boom bap vibe teaming up with HoxtaH on this EP/mixtape and I love it. This is a very slept on project from the local Delaware native but sooner or he’ll get his well deserved props.
One of favorite grime MC’s came out with this mix cd/ep/whatever last week. Even though majority of the tunes(except for 2 or 3) are not new material but I still fucks with it hard. Can’t par the par. Slewwwww Demmmmm!
Grime was never dead and on this album Royal-T proves it. A lil 2-step and garage is sprinkled in but Royal-T keeps the overall vibe grimey which what I love. Shout out to the Butterz label too for putting out that quality grime.
Along with Dom Kennedy’s Yellow album I was bumpin this mixtape super heavy this summer. Even Complex cosigned him so you know this jawn is fresh.
I love Lone. I probably said this at least a million times but this album is really awesome.
Her afro stood out at first when I heard about KK, and apparently so does her music. Nice blend of electro/jazzy/funk production from Syd tha Kid and Matt Martians. If you liked Purple Naked Ladies you’ll definitely dig this.
Spooky – Playground EP
Skepta – Blacklisted
Rick Ross – Rich Forever
Jessie Ware – Devotion
Roc Marciano – Reloaded
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Sam Frank (he didn’t release an album or ep this year but he stood out alot to me just off of his singles alone)