Featured New Releases:
T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
The release of T.I.’s last album, No Mercy, came with its own heavy anchor as the rapper, knowing his upcoming 11-month prison stay, reflected on the path that lead him there. Now with the first Trouble Man, the weight of his actions push him towards redemption and, allegedly, retirement. We will see after the album’s sequel, Trouble Man: He Who Wears the Crown is released sometime next year what the future holds for T.I., but it’s clear that he is man with so many stories left to tell.
If You Like: Ludacris, Outkast, Lil Wayne
Recommended Track: “Love This Life”
Chief Keef – Finally Rich
As a 17-year-old rapper with a major label deal, it didn’t take Chief Keef long to be Finally Rich, sparking huge buzz already for his debut album on Interscope Records. Skipping past the mixtape standard debut, Keef comes out full force with a series of raw, unapologetic tracks which include guest appearances by hip-hop big-wigs Wiz Khalifa, 50 Cent and Rick Ross as well as fellow up-and-comers French Montana and Lil Reese.
If You Like: Eminem, Nelly, Chingy
Recommended Track: “I Don’t Like (ft. Lil Reese)”
The-Dream – Terius Nash : 1977
In response to a dispute with his label, The-Dream had initially put 1977 up for free online under the moniker Terius Nash in 2011. Over a year later, he is now giving the album a proper release and sweetening the deal with two new singles, “AK47” and “Tender Tendancies.” In spite of rumors of his 5th album Love IV MMXII in 2012, it looks like this will need to hold fans over until it’s possible release next year.
If You Like: Usher, Chris Brown, R. Kelly
Recommended Track: “Real”
Other Featured Albums Available This Week [12/18/12]
Buddy Guy – Live at Legends
B.B. King – There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
Eric Clapton – Slowhand [35th Anniversary Remaster]
Dry the River – Shallow Bed (Acoustic)
Office Romance – I Love the Holidays – EP
Slum Village – B Sides
New Releases will be taking a break for the next few weeks. Look forward to more great new music in 2013!