Hot new music releases for under the Christmas treeWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s the most wonderful time of the year …for music releases! This is what the industry calls the fourth quarter. It is the end of the year when an onslaught of music that is a mixture of push backs and scheduled releases either stand out or get lost in the sauce. Artists collaborate and work together to create a buzz that will determine if a newcomer gets a shot or if a veteran gets another chance.
Commercially, you will hear about the usual saviors of the industry like Kanye West, Eminem and Jay-Z, but what about the artists who are not afforded the marketing luxuries of the aforementioned? The word for music this season is “nostalgia.” Listed below are a few picks to help you choose outside the box.
Yelawolf, “Trunk Muzik 0-60”
Interscope signed this caucasian and Cherokee Indian skater from Alabama and if there was ever a white rapper I wanted to hear perform with Eminem it is Yelawolf. Witty lyrics and a 0-60 flow set him up to be compared to Eminem, but subject matter and style keep them far apart. Trunk Muzik; is Rock/Hip-Hop influenced in the same vain as Three Six Mafia, 8Ball &MJG and T.I. If the impressive guest appearances from Hip-Hops most respected like Reakwon, and Bun B don’t make you a little bit curious, maybe “I Just Wanna Party” featuring Gucci Mane will.
Miguel, “All I Want Is You”
I call him “NeoNeo Soul.” You hear the Prince influence and it works with his sexy light tenor. Miguel feels every word and delivers the goods we hoped he would. After releasing the successful title track, ‘All I want is you’ featuring J.Cole, the two new artists showed the industry that if you just put good music on air the response can be great!
Always capable of taking Hip-Hop to another level, N.E.R.D. delivers to their fans in a major way. Laced in Woodstock-sounding nostalgia, ‘Nothing,’ is impressive track wise in a way that will make you forgive Pharrell’s not so perfect vocals. The fellas of N.E.R.D carry this CD alone with only one guest appearance from Nelly Furtado. A complete mood of inspiration makes this a great CD in the home or on the go.
El DeBarge, “Second Chance”
Why? Because it’s El DeBarge! Classic El is back with the appropriately titled, ‘Second Chance’. Samples from El’s music provided Hip-Hop and R&B some of its biggest hits in the 90’s from Notorious B.I.G. & Tupac to BlackStreet. With a voice as beautiful as ever his falsetto will show the younger generation who everyone is imitating. Second Chance, provides a sexy, light mood that is sure to make you smile while you listen.
Kid Cudi, “Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager”
With this CD separated into five acts, Ohio’s native son does us proud by providing music that is innovative and entertaining. Opening the album with Cee-Lo sets the tone for listeners getting them ready to accept something different. Random guests are sprinkled throughout the CD with two appearances from Mary J. Blige and Kanye West. Truly theatrical, Cudi’s CD is a style of Hip-Hop that takes you on a musical journey. Even if he isn’t your cup of tea, you will find that this album is as infectious as his debut single, ‘Day N Night.’
Jazmine Sullivan, “Love Me Back”
It’s a bold statement when the first two songs on your album are the first singles released. Jazmine takes us back in time with odes to the ’70s, ’80s and Prince in this emotionally charged album. A strong vocalist who is unique and unmatched, her sultry delivery begs and pleads like a woman who loves being in love. Jazmine’s voice alone proves why she will be back again and again.
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