Listen to Hip Hop Albums

Too many people nowadays are all about the singles, but y’all should really listen to hip hop albums.

Hip Hop Albums Collage

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You don’t gotta worry about making a playlist or constantly picking the next song

Instead you can just start an album and let that shit ride. This is great if you’re driving, or working on some shit, or just don’t wanna have to stop whatever you’re doing and think about the next song for a bit. You know it’s gonna flow well, because it’s an album so of course the songs are gonna make sense. This isn’t the case with like greatest hits collections, but for original releases it is.

You feel the artist more

Blackalicious - The CraftFirst of all, you really think you can put together a playlist that flows better than an album put together according to an artist’s vision? Unless you’re a DJ or something, probably not. Anyways, the rapper already did the work for you by releasing the album for you so if you like the rapper, why not trust them?

They didn’t mean for their songs to be listened to individually, but have an atmosphere in mind with songs flowing into and out of each other. So really, if you want to listen to an album the way an artist wanted you to and meant for you to, listen to the full album start to end. If you don’t trust the artist’s taste and organization, why even listen to them?

So what’s a good example?

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Well a great recent example of everything I just said is J Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive (scope my review while you’re at it.) Dude had zero features on this album, it’s 100% Cole. He also didn’t release any singles at all. Why?

Because Cole knows that it’s not about releasing one song at a time to show people who you are and what you’re about, it’s all about the album and the full project. Since he wasn’t worrying about one single that would represent him, he was able to focus on the full album. It’s a mad dope album, and I think it’s because he was focused on the whole experience. Buy it on iTunes and see for yourself.

2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole


Now I know some of y’all still prefer singles or individual songs over albums.

Let me know why. And if instead, you’re completely with me on this one, give me some more albums that are good examples that I can show other people to strengthen my point. At the end of the day, though, it’s all about the music.


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