Odd Future’s Best Solo Albums

Cherry Bomb’s dropping soon.

In case you haven’t heard, Tyler’s dropping Cherry Bomb in just 2 days. From what we’ve heard, it’s gonna be dope. But anyways, I got to thinking about some of the other Odd Future solo albums we’ve heard and decided to talk about some of the best ones. These are some of the dopest albums we’ve heard from rappers coming out of Odd Future.


Tyler, The Creator – Goblin

Tyler, The Creator - GoblinThe album that started it all. It definitely wasn’t Odd Future’s first album, and it wasn’t even Tyler’s first solo album (and Bastard is mad dope), but it elevated Odd Future to national fame and got folks talking about some of the other rappers in the group. Goblin is often criticized for its length, but I don’t think Tyler could have worked it as well without that stream-of-consciousness style for the therapy session. It had quite a few hits, and is also probably one of the more controversial albums (for its content) of the last few years. Anyways, Goblin showed people that Tyler is definitely not perfect, but that he’s got a lot going on. Shit’s deep.


Earl Sweatshirt – Earl

Earl Sweatshirt - EarlEarl just recently dropped I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, and it was consistently dope and showed that Earl just keeps getting better. But I still think that Earl (the mixtape) is the dopest shit he’s done, considering it’s only 26 minutes long, he was only 15, it had terrible sound mixing and people will still be talking about it years from now. Also controversial, Earl stated upon coming back from Samoa distancing himself from the lyrics of his old shit, saying he doesn’t need fans that only liked his graphic content. Regardless of the lyrics, Earl’s wordplay and flow were almost as good as a 15 year old as they are now.


Domo Genesis – No Idols

Domo Genesis - No IdolsFrom the beginning, Domo’s always been one of my favorite rappers from Odd Future. Rolling Papers was funny and had some highlights, but just wasn’t too solid overall. Under The Influence was real good, and showed how hungry Domo was. Shine and Benediction are two classics from that mixtape alone. Then Domo came through with No Idols, which I still think is his best shit yet. It’s got a lot of features, but Domo carries the whole thing, even though Earl jumps on a few tracks. No Idols is just 40 minutes of great beats and great rap, and show why Domo is easily the most improved Odd Future rapper and probably one of their top 3 right now.


Think Cherry Bomb’s gonna top Goblin?

Wolf was a hell of an album, and may have been musically more interesting than Goblin, but I still think Goblin is his best. Cherry Bomb looks like it’s gonna reach back a little bit into those days, and it’ll be interesting to see what Tyler’s got for us. I hope he gets Earl and Domo on more than a few tracks too.


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Vic Mensa – U Mad (feat. Kanye West)

We got another Kanye track.

But he’s only a feature. Luckily, Vic Mensa is mad dope, and he appears to have a big new fan in Kanye, first snatching a feature in Wolves and now getting a Kanye feature on his own track. Even though it’s a Vic track, it definitely sounds like Kanye produced it and shaped the vision, down to the artwork for it. Anyways, let’s scope it and see what it’s like.

Vic Mensa – U Mad (feat. Kanye West) on Youtube


Darkness

Vic Mensa - U Mad (feat. Kanye West)With one look at the artwork, you can probably get some kind of idea what this track sounds like. From the beginning it’s dark, but in a more menacing than depressing way, starting with some horns and some Vic singing. The beat almost has a Blood on the Leaves type sound to it, but just a little bit. It sets the tone for Vic Mensa to tear it up at various speeds. Even though it sounds like Kanye shaped the sound, this is definitely Vic’s shit.

The beat slows down before Kanye comes in with a decent verse, but the beat’s still dope enough to keep it interesting. Considering this is Vic’s track, I think Kanye knew the best thing he could do for him was give him a little spotlight instead of trying to spit the firest verse of all time or something. Vic finishes off the track with another verse, and he kicks it off by instantly kicking it a bit quicker about how and why he’s the shit. Vic kills it on this track and shows his versatility, which is probably why Kanye respects his shit.

Does this mean a Vic album?

Vic Mensa - Down On My LuckDown On My Luck just recently came out on iTunes (even though it actually dropped a while ago), and now we got this track. Are we getting a Vic album then? His last shit was INNANETAPE, which was a real dope mix tape, but still leaves Vic without a major label debut. Now that Kanye apparently likes him so much, it can’t be long until he gets his own album. And if this track and Down On My Luck are any indication, it’ll have a lot going on.


Enjoy.

Anyways, if you wanna get hyped or just generally need some motivation, this track will do the trick. In case you aren’t sold on Vic Mensa yet (which you really should be), this track will show you why Kanye is. Anyways, check it out and let me know what y’all think.

Vic Mensa – U Mad (feat. Kanye West) on Youtube


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Tyler Tearing Up The Charts With Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb is killing it.

As we know, Tyler, The Creator is dropping a surprise album called Cherry Bomb in just a few days, and you can preorder it on iTunes right now. It doesn’t actually come out until April 13, but a lot of folks have preordered because it comes with 2 tracks right now if you do. Wale’s The Album About Nothing dethroned Kendrick and had a good little run, but Cherry Bomb has dethroned Wale despite not even having come out yet. Good shit, Tyler.


Competition in Hip Hop

Tyler, The Creator - Cherry BombThese days, with all the suprise album releases and what not, no album has stayed at the top of the hip hop charts for very long. I think since people can’t really anticipate albums any more, they almost have to buy shit just to see what it’s like when surprises drop out of nowhere. I mean, I know I’ve spent some cash already on albums just cause I gotta hear what they’re like before anyone else. Anyways, Cherry Bomb isn’t the first album to hit number 1 on the iTunes hip hop charts before release this year, just ask To Pimp A Butterfly.

I also think that people’s attention spans are getting shorter, so they’re always looking for the next album. Combined with the fact that we seem to get a real dope hip hop album or two every week in 2015 so far, people don’t seem to start listening to an album if they didn’t catch it right away. In other words, it’s real easy for even a mad dope album to get lost in the shuffle. On the one hand, that’s dope because it means we’re drowning in dope hip hop, which is always a good thing. On the other hand, it’s impossible for a rapper to release an album every month, so unless they make a big impact all their hard work goes unnoticed to a lot of people who might like it.

Might as well enjoy it.

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go OutsideI guess there’s no point in complaining about being so lucky, so we might as well just kick back and enjoy the music. In just the last 3 weeks, we’ve gotten To Pimp A Butterfly, The Album About Nothing, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, Mr. Wonderful and Ludaversal. That’s 5 real dope albums, and we’re about to get what looks like it’s gonna be a 6th in just 4 days. Damn, it’s a great time to be a hip hop head right now, huh?


Anyways, good shit Tyler.

It says a lot about an artist’s popularity when they hit the top of the charts without even dropping yet. There are 2 tracks out there from the album though, so people must have liked what they heard from those and decided to preorder. Either way, good shit Tyler, you deserve it.


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Tyler, The Creator’s Next Album: Cherry Bomb

Tyler, The Creator has announced his next album.

His new album is called Cherry Bomb, and it’s dropping real soon, on April 13. You can preorder it on iTunes for 11 bucks, and you’ll get 2 tracks right now (DEATHCAMP and FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT, then 11 more when the album actually drops) if you do. It makes sense that Tyler’s dropping some shit, considering Earl just dropped I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside and Frank’s dropping (what might be called) Boys Don’t Cry sometime in July. Let’s see what the album might be like.

Cherry Bomb - Tyler, The Creator


The 2 tracks we know of

Tyler, The Creator - Cherry BombSo like I said, there’s already 2 tracks out on iTunes from Cherry Bomb that you get if you preorder. Y’all know I preordered that shit, so I got DEATHCAMP (the first track) and FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT on my phone right now. DEATHCAMP is like Tyler’s take on Yeezus, a hard-edged track with mostly electric guitar providing the beat. It’s definitely got that dark Tyler vibe, but it’s somehow different. If you like Tyler’s shit or not, you gotta scope DEATHCAMP. It’ll be a hell of an intro to the album.

FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT is the 10th track, and it’s real different, showing that Tyler’s gonna be jumping around genres again like he did in Wolf. This sounds like R&B more than anything, even with the weird shit about temptation calling and how this girl’s perfect but way too fucking young. Again, it kind of sounds like some shit Tyler’s done before, but mostly it sounds different. Then with about 2 and a half minutes left (it’s a 6 and a half minute song) it switches up into some different R&B shit, and it sounds real good.

So what can we expect from Cherry Bomb?

Tyler the Creator - WolfWell, again, I think we can expect a lot of different sounds, cause Tyler’s diverse musical tastes seem to have only gotten wider. Old fans will feel comfortable with the general atmosphere, but there’s a lot of new shit Tyler’s picked up with experience. Think of the direction he took his career in with Wolf, and then imagine him doing that again, but even more experimental but polished at the same time. Also, don’t expect too much of a focus on the rap, cause it looks like it’ll be about the beats and singing more than anything. Then again, Wolf had tracks like this but also had hot ass verses, so I guess we’ll see in a few days.


Check back then.

Whether or not you decide to preorder, make sure to check back here at Spit Talking for the review in a few days once the album actually drops. I was wondering when Tyler would drop his next shit, but I didn’t expect it to be this soon. Then again, we’ve been real lucky with all the good hip hop this year. As for Cherry Bomb, I can’t wait to see what he does with it.

Cherry Bomb - Tyler, The Creator


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Frank Ocean’s New Album Coming Soon

Frank’s new album is dropping in July.

He announced it on tumblr, along with a new magazine he’s starting. The magazine is called Boys Don’t Cry, and the album may or may not be called that, were not sure yet. Anyways, its dropping sometime in July (Frank only said July 2015, no specific date) which means it’s only 3 months away. Let’s get hyped, and if you’re not sure why just follow along.


3 Years

Frank Ocean - Channel OrangeChannel Orange, Frank Oceans last album, came out in 2012. That’s 3 years ago! That’s a Kendrick-level wait right there, and Channel Orange actually came out before good kid, m.A.A.d. city so its an even longer wait. Since then, at least on the music side, Frank’s supported some of his Odd Future dudes on their albums, and a few months ago he dropped Memrise, which may or may not be on the next album (but I’m guessing not.) He’s been rapping rather than singing in some of these cases, but that might just be because he only sings on his own shit and wants to switch it up.

What will it sound like?

We don’t really know what to expect from Boys Don’t Cry (if that ends up being the title), but we can guess. It’ll probably define R&B for a decade, because Frank is the king right now. On a smaller level, it’ll be another great evolutionary step for Frank Ocean. Just look at the jump from nostalgia, ultra to Channel Orange. His earlier effort, nostalgia, ultra, was a raw, soulful mixtape whereas Channel Orange was a more polished, atmospheric (and longer) album.

Frank Ocean - nostalgia, ultraI love them both about equally, but he definitely refined his shit more on Channel Orange. If his next album is a mixture of the two, that would be incredible. I wonder if he’s been slowly working on it this whole time, or if he just recently jumped into the studio. Even if he hasn’t been working on it that long, I can guarantee you that he’s been thinking about it for a while. It’ll also be interesting to see if he gets like Tyler or Earl on this shit, or if he’s gonna do another all-Frank concept album. Either way, it’ll be real dope.


Stay tuned at Spit Talking.

Until the release date gets closer, we won’t know when in July Boys Don’t Cry (or whatever Frank’s next album is gonna be named) will drop. It’ll also be dope to see what that magazine’s got for us, cause Frank’s a genius. If you wanna be 100% up to date, you better stay tuned here at Spit Talking by join the newsletter or following Spit Talking on twitter. You can do either of them up top on the right sidebar.


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Hip Hop Charts: Wale Killing It

It ain’t all about the money.

But money definitely does have something to do with what goes on in music. I mean, it’s the music business, so right there you know money’s involved. As we know, artists who sell keep getting contracts and keep getting to make albums, while artists who flop unfortunately usually don’t get to keep making shit, at least not with the control they could before. Whether or not it’s fair, sales usually define this more than the quality of the project. Anyways, let’s look at who’s making some nice money off their music by looking at the iTunes hip hop charts.


Top 5

The top 5 albums on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts are:

  1. Wale – The Album About Nothing
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
  4. Ludacris – Ludaversal
  5. J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Wale

Wale - The Album About NothingFirst of all, congratulations to Wale for knocking King Kendrick off his throne with The Album About Nothing. I don’t think it was perfect, but it was a real interesting album with the way Jerry Seinfeld and Seinfeld clips were used to tie everything together. Anyways, it looks like the critics agreed that this was Wale’s best shit yet, and I guess the fans agree. I wonder how long it’ll stay up there, though.

Ludaversal is also starting strong, dropping a week ago like Wale did. Then Drake and Cole show that you don’t need to have come out recently to kill it on the charts, and it’s especially impressive for Cole cause it’s been like 4 months since 2014 Forest Hills Drive dropped. It still bumps though, and the charts are pretty much showing that.

2 weeks ago

Action Bronson - Mr. WonderfulThe 2 big albums that dropped last week (Wale’s and Luda’s) are killing it, but how about the big ones from 2 weeks ago, Mr. Wonderful and I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside? They’re not holding it down quite as well, as you can see in their absence from the top 5. Action Bronson’s holding down number 10 and Earl Sweatshirt’s right behind him at 11. I think those should be switched, but whatever that’s just me. Point is, even if they’re not blowing up or anything, recent releases are still doing alright on the charts.


Congrats to Wale again.

The Album About Nothing is damn interesting, and it might shape some of the future of hip hop with the way it uses Seinfeld. To Pimp A Butterfly wasn’t at number 1 for too long, but I don’t think it’ll slip out of the top 5 or so for a long while. Anyways, thanks for reading and let me know which of these albums you’ve been bumping the most.


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Ludaversal Intro Video

The Ludaversal intro’s got a video.

Ludacris has dropped a music video for the intro off his newest album (and his first in 5 years), Ludaversal. I guess WorldStarHipHop put it on, and it’s pretty much a sample of the album. It’s shorter than the actual track, but the point is made: Ludacris is still dope, and if you haven’t scoped the album yet you should.

Watch Ludacris – Ludaversal Intro Video


Starts off strong

Ludacris - Ludaversal Intro VideoJust like the intro, the video starts off right away with Luda spitting pretty quick. The video is only for the first half of the track, so it’s not even 2 minutes long. It’s a pretty basic video, with Luda just kicking it alone in a warehouse, you know, like one of those rap videos from about 10 years ago. I think Luda’s trynna show folks who aren’t sure that he can still kick it like he did in his peak, and that they don’t have to worry about him being completely different or something.

But that’s just the rap, cause the beat is a different story. It comes in fully pretty early to show you that Luda’s mixing the old with the new, and it definitely doesn’t sound like early 2000s hip hop. It’s got a little bit of that, but it’s also got more of an electro feel than you’re used to hearing from Luda, and it’s dope.

Sample of the album

Ludacris - Ludaversal Intro VideoSince this video is for the intro, of all tracks and not even the full intro, it tells me that it’s almost like a mini ad for Ludaversal. And if that’s what he was going for, I think it’s a great idea because people who don’t know where to start on Ludaversal to see if it’s solid can just scope like 2 minutes of it to get an idea. If anyone asks you whether or not they should hit up Ludaversal (and they’re not quite ready to scope Spit Talking’s full review), you can just direct them to this video. It shows that Luda can still spit as quick and as dope as ever, but he’s not just remaking his old shit.


More rappers should do this.

A lot of the time, rappers just pick their favorite track on the album for the video, which isn’t a bad choice but might make folks think they’ve already heard all the album has to offer. By just doing the intro, and not even the full intro, people know that it’s not the best on the album or anything but just an idea of what the rest will sound like. And if people like the intro, they’ll almost surely wanna check out the rest of the album.

Watch Ludacris – Ludaversal Intro Video


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Recent Hip Hop Albums, Ranked

We’ve been lucky recently.

Some great hip hop albums have come out in the last few weeks, but how are they? Well, To Pimp A Butterfly is incredible but it’ll be talked about for a long time. What about since then?


3 pretty dope, one a bit doper.

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go OutsideSo Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Ludacris and Wale have all given the world full albums in the last 2 weeks. They are Mr. Wonderful, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, Ludaversal and The Album About Nothing, respectively. None of them flopped or anything, but personally I really think Earl’s was just a bit better than the rest. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside just really doesn’t have any missteps.

The other 3 were good, with Action Bronson joking around but also doing interesting things musically, Luda mixing the old with the new, and Wale innovating with the role Jerry Seinfeld played on his album. When albums like these are coming out and not making that many waves, you know it’s a damn good time for hip hop. I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside is the tightest of the 4 though, maybe cause of its length.

Quality over quantity

Earl’s album is the shortest of them all, but that helps make it the tightest. There aren’t any parts that get you even a little bored, even if there aren’t really any parts that get you super hype either. It’s not only consistent but pretty varied too, with the beat switching it up a lot (especially to finish every track) and with Earl not sounding exactly like he usually does.

Luda does it too though.

Ludacris - LudaversalEven though I gave Ludaversal the same grade as Action Bronson and Wale’s albums, I liked it just a bit more. Luda shows he’s still got it on the album, rapping fast as ever. He also adds in some newer sounds so it’s not just like his early 2000s stuff again. Even though Luda’s got a great acting career, dude can still rap. If you liked old Luda, you’ll probably wanna give Ludaversal a listen or two. Finally, of the last two, I’d put The Album About Nothing just a little above Mr. Wonderful (no disrespect though Action.)


Which is your favorite?

Of the albums that have come out since Kendrick’s, which do you think is the best? Maybe one I didn’t even review or mention here, and if so let me know. Hip hop’s been good to us in 2015, and April just started. Oh, and not to mention that we can expect Kanye’s album almost certainly sometime in 2015. Not bad, huh?


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Latest Hip Hop News: De La Soul to J. Cole

Catch up.

Some shit’s been going down in hip hop, whether it’s about upcoming music, recent music or something else. We got Kickstarter and we got a little bit of sales to talk about. Let’s scope the latest hip hop news.


De La Soul

De La Soul KickstarterDe La Soul is making their first album in 11 years. They hit up Kickstarter asking folks for $110,000, and in like 2 days they’ve tripled that shit. They’re gonna sample themselves (which is gonna be mad dope) and they’re trynna stay independent and keep creative control for their music. I think this is a dope reason for artists to hit up Kickstarter, and I totally support it, especially cause you can usually pay just a little more to support the artist and get the music.

Anyways, they got some pretty good rewards, which might have led to their goal being hit so quick. For $15 you get the digital album when it drops, and for $25 you get the CD too. Not bad. Even though they already hit their goal, more money will probably just lead to doper music, so you should still donate if this is like a dream come true for you.

De La Soul Kickstarter


Cole goes platinum

In case you haven’t heard, 2014 Forest Hills Drive has gone platinum. It took a little over 3 months, which isn’t bad, especially considering it’s the first rap album since 1989 (!!!) to go platinum without any features. I mean, even Illmatic had one feature. Anyways, Cole was trying to bring pure hip hop albums back, and he showed you can definitely be successful doing it. Right after it dropped and it was selling well, Cole tweeted out something along the lines of “no singles, no features, stop serving trash.” Now that he went platinum, more folks might listen to that advice.


Tidal

Tidal MusicTidal, Jay-Z’s new streaming music service that he’s relaunching has been announced, most notably the pricing model. It’s $10 a month, but $20 a month for the high quality version that Tidal prides itself on. It’s trynna be the best-sounding streaming service and the best-paying for artist royalties. It’s also got music videos and an editorial. I’m down for all of those things, but $20 a month is a lot, especially if you still buy albums too. Also, 16 founding artists have a 3% stake in the company, so how much can they really pay other artists? Oh well, I guess we’ll find out soon whether or not it actually changes the game in any way. Scope it here (and I think there’s a free trial.)


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Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta Video

The first To Pimp A Butterfly video’s here.

Or at least the first one to come out after the album. The world’s still digesting Kendrick’s latest album, cause To Pimp A Butterfly has got a lot going on. King Kunta dropped a bit before the album, and it’s still one of my favorites from the album. It’s mad funky and I predicted (based on the bassline) that the video would be Kendrick strutting down the street. I was wrong, but I was pretty close. Scope the video and read on to see what I gotta say about it.

Watch Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta Video


The track

King Kunta is one of the best tracks on one of the dopest hip hop albums in the last few years. Kendrick’s got a bone to pick with the monkey-mouthed muthafuckas sitting on his throne, and he ain’t trynna see it again. He’s King Kunta, and he shouts out the yams and shits on rappers with ghostwriters, asking what the fuck happened and saying most rappers are sharing bars like they’re in a 2-man cell. Kendrick’s talking mad shit here, and he knows he’s the shit.

The video

Kendrick Lamar - King Kunta VideoThe video confirms that he’s the shit, even if it’s not exactly just him strutting down the street. This video’s all about Compton, and it starts with that from the beginning. This shit is a celebration of Compton and everyone in it, and Kendrick’s bringing back those videos where a rapper just acts a fool with a bunch of folks out in the streets with a little juking in the background. You know, the dopest types of videos. This isn’t as good a video as G.O.M.D., but it’s not as serious either so it’s not trynna be.

It’s got some nice touches though, from Kendrick squatting on a throne to all the Compton love. The video’s got the whole track but it doesn’t have the “I remember you was conflicted. Misusing your influence” at the very end. It does have Kendrick just staring into the camera though, so if you expect those lines, their absence almost makes you think about them even more than if they were there. Kendrick’s fucking with us, but he’s happy, and this video shows that.


You dig it?

I love this track and the video’s pretty solid too. It’s not incredible or anything but it’s fun and it fits the track, which is pretty damn important for a music video. I wonder if Kendrick’s gonna drop any more videos for tracks from To Pimp A Butterfly, cause King Kunta’s the only one I can really imagine making sense with a video (besides i which came out a while ago.) Maybe The Blacker The Berry… but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Watch Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta Video


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