2015 has been a great year for music already, with quite a few releases really wowing me. I’ll cover those in more detail in another post, but for now, let’s look forward to what the rest of the year holds. This is strictly personal opinion, and this list may not represent the quality of these albums whenever they actually come out. So without further ado…
Alabama rapper Yelawolf is almost like a glitch in the matrix. His whole image and style is an amalgamation of ideas that just shouldn’t work together, but somehow work amazingly. Even more interestingly, his releases all bring something unique to the table, and he has yet to put out a sub-par project. Well, except perhaps his first Shady Records album, Radioactive. However, in the years since that project, Yelawolf has been brutally honest about the label intervention involved in that album. It is quite odd then that his album, Love Story, seems to have the greatest crossover appeal of his discography.
“Artistry” is always a taboo word when trying to avoid giving a pretentious opinion. But if you were to use any word to describe Tyler, the Creator’s discography, “artistry” would be it. Tyler has gone from strength to strength with every project he’s put out. However, with his new album Cherry Bomb, it’s difficult to justify its quality without applying the “artistry” label.
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Hip hop music is in a weird place right now. It’s almost like a tug of war between the poppy, mainstream music from the likes of Iggy Azalea and Macklemore and the more experimental, politically incorrect music from the likes of Run the Jewels and Death Grips. One artist who always seemed to tow the line was Kendrick Lamar, a Dr. Dre protege who slowly rose from the underground and made a name for himself with his sophomore album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Now, following a screw-up at the Apple offices, his third album To Pimp a Butterfly has been released a week early, and we finally get to see what “King Kendrick” has to offer.
When Agent Carter debuted as a short film on the DVD of Iron Man 3, it was released to almost universal praise. It marked the first time Marvel stepped up and made a female character the central protagonist. It proved so popular that Marvel decided to create a prequel miniseries of the same name to fill the midseason gap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, with Marvel’s much darker Netflix shows beginning in April with Daredevil, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proving to have much deeper ties to the rest of the Marvel universe than previously thought, does Agent Carter still have a footing?
Two years after his disappointing sophomore album, Hall of Fame, Big Sean has returned with his third album, Dark Sky Paradise, with much heavier involvement from mentor Kanye West and the conspicuous absence of heavy collaborator No I.D.. These factors may seem like a bad thing to some people, but honestly, this is the album that Big Sean should have made years ago.