Kanye West: “Good Ass Job”/ “My Beautiful Dark Twist Fastasy”
The fans have been waiting for this album since that morbid performance of “Love LockDown” on the MTV VMAs 2 years ago. We’re ready to hear Kanye be a rapper again, a true emcee without all the autotone and darkness found on 2008’s “808’s&Heartbreak”, his last album which went completely un-noticed by the Grammy Academy…
This new album will drop Nov. 22nd and the lead single, “Power” is a signature Kanye track! I’m sooooo excited to hear a authentic, pure, soulful album like those past. I’m hoping for something like his 2007 hit “Graduation”. Am I asking for too much? Hope not..
Beyonce: “Virtuoso Intellect”
The title is tentative but I’d like it if she named it that and maybe even brought it this time like she did in 2006… I could write a whole article on that statement alone but I’ll be brief..
Beyonce collected 6 more Grammys earlier this year for her 3rd studio album, “I Am Sasha Fierce”. This album, to me, wasn’t at all what it should have been. I wanna see if that pheonix we saw back in 06 still breathes somewhere inside her. This 4th album will answer that question.
About a week ago Beyonce pregnancy rumors hit the net. Tina Knowles cleared the air on network television but make no mistake, Beyonce is already on the buzz campaign and that rumor had it’s roots in her camp. We should be hearing new music from her in less then a week and she’s got the people talking already. “I Am” shifted almost 7 million copies, won countless awards and delivered a handful of top 40 hits. Whatever she’s been recording for the last 6 to 8 months has to at least match these feats to be labeled a success… B’s new project may be the most highly anticipated on this list..
Jazmine Sullivan “Love Me Back”
This is her second album, following her Grammy nominated debut, “Fearless”. Great album, amazing vocals and some of the most sincere song writing I’ve heard since Keyshia Cole’s “Just Like You”.
The new album will feature production and credits from the same talent that made her debut such a stunning project and that is something I admire. So many artist find what works, an award winning formula and then switch everything up for no reaon (Beyonce & Keyshia Cole)… It’s foolish! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
I can’t wait to hear what Jazzy and Missy have come up with! Judging by her first two singles, I’d say she’s gotta hell of an album to share with us..
Awww yes… This new album is going to be almost a splitting image of 2007’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” or at least that’s what Def Jam is aiming for.
Rihanna’s 2009 album “Rated R” was a slow seller but it wasn’t due to the material. That album is the essence of Rihanna, the real It Girl minus the sugary pop that earned her that title.. Tracks like “Wait Your Turn” and “RudeBoy” illustrate a much darker, much more mature artist then previous seen. But something was off…
The single selection was ALL wrong on this album. “Hard” and “Russian Roulette” should NEVER have been singles. “Hard” was luke warm top 10 hit that did more harm then good and “Russian Roulette” was an awful preview of perhaps the best album Rihanna’s recorded thus far, hence the underwhelming sales of 900k+…
“Only Girl” and “What’s My Name” promise much and I believe Rihanna & Def Jam will deliver with “Loud”! Can’t wait!!
Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday”
Nicki’s promo campaign got off to a slow start. “Massive Attack” was ignored by fans and radio alike but she rebounded HARD with the record breaking hit “Your Love”, which could arguably be dubbed the 2010 song of the summer.. Her recent collabos with Will.I.Am, Rick Ross and Kanye West are great listens but none of those tracks will show there faces on her debut and that worries me..
Industry exports question whether or not she can stand on her own two feet, no collabos, no hype man, no bigger, more successful artist to hide behind.. I also ponder that notion and Nov 23rd will tell all. Sink or swim Nicki…
These albums will all be available before years end, accept maybe Beyonce’s. We’ll probably have to wait until the first quarter 2011 for that. I wish them all luck, I’mma hard grader..