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  1. someone got shanked in Oxford street today

    Well Nick Clegg did warn things are going to get worse in 2012
  2. someone got shanked in Oxford street today

    Well Nick Clegg did warn things are going to get worse in 2012
  3. someone got shanked in Oxford street today

    Well Nick Clegg did warn things are going to get worse in 2012
  4. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    Jay-Z and Kanye West earn almost £4 million for playing 16 year old's birthday bash Kanye West and Jay-Z were paid just under £4 million to play live at the 16th birthday party of the daughter of an Arab billionaire. The rappers, who released their much anticipated collaboration album 'Watch The Throne' earlier this year, were reportedly paid a fee of £1.9 million ($2.9 million) each to perform the gig, which took place in Dubai around two weeks before Christmas. According to The Sun , the rappers performed several sets at the party, which was given to celebrate the 16th birthday of the girl, who is also the niece of Sheikh Mansour, the multi billionaire owner of Manchester City Football Club. Jay-Z has previously hinted that the second release from his and West's 'Watch The Throne' project will be released next year . He said of he and West's future plans: "We – I say 'we' because I'm in Throne mode – we're in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year… We've really found our zone." Jay-Z and Kanye West completed a lengthy North American arena tour just before the Christmas period.
  5. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    Jay-Z and Kanye West earn almost £4 million for playing 16 year old's birthday bash Kanye West and Jay-Z were paid just under £4 million to play live at the 16th birthday party of the daughter of an Arab billionaire. The rappers, who released their much anticipated collaboration album 'Watch The Throne' earlier this year, were reportedly paid a fee of £1.9 million ($2.9 million) each to perform the gig, which took place in Dubai around two weeks before Christmas. According to The Sun , the rappers performed several sets at the party, which was given to celebrate the 16th birthday of the girl, who is also the niece of Sheikh Mansour, the multi billionaire owner of Manchester City Football Club. Jay-Z has previously hinted that the second release from his and West's 'Watch The Throne' project will be released next year . He said of he and West's future plans: "We – I say 'we' because I'm in Throne mode – we're in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year… We've really found our zone." Jay-Z and Kanye West completed a lengthy North American arena tour just before the Christmas period.
  6. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    Jay-Z and Kanye West earn almost £4 million for playing 16 year old's birthday bash Kanye West and Jay-Z were paid just under £4 million to play live at the 16th birthday party of the daughter of an Arab billionaire. The rappers, who released their much anticipated collaboration album 'Watch The Throne' earlier this year, were reportedly paid a fee of £1.9 million ($2.9 million) each to perform the gig, which took place in Dubai around two weeks before Christmas. According to The Sun , the rappers performed several sets at the party, which was given to celebrate the 16th birthday of the girl, who is also the niece of Sheikh Mansour, the multi billionaire owner of Manchester City Football Club. Jay-Z has previously hinted that the second release from his and West's 'Watch The Throne' project will be released next year . He said of he and West's future plans: "We – I say 'we' because I'm in Throne mode – we're in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year… We've really found our zone." Jay-Z and Kanye West completed a lengthy North American arena tour just before the Christmas period.
  7. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    Adele sells most albums in a year since 2004 (Reuters) - That Adele's "21" will rank as the year's top-selling album is no surprise - the English singer-songwriter's hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" dominated playlists in 2011. What is surprising is that "21," released by independent British label XL Recordings, sold more than 5 million copies. The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which supplied all sales data for this story. Indeed, music sales overall are expected to end 2011 up more than 3 percent from last year. Not coincidentally, the last time overall music sales rose by so much was in 2004 as well. The resurgence in sales is welcome news for the music industry. A meager 1 percent increase in digital sales last year created widespread panic that the format had already plateaued. Nielsen analyst David Bakula attributed the rebound to a strong release slate, plus retailers getting more aggressive with pricing and promotions. For instance, Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" was priced at 99 cents - less than one-tenth the price of most albums - in a special deal, helping drive sales beyond her core fans, he said. The promotion on Amazon.com angered other retailers who were selling the album at full price, however. "In 2004, you had one massive album driving sales," said Bakula, senior vice president of entertainment analytics for Nielsen. "This year is similar in that you have one really great story that everyone is talking about." Digital sales are expected to end 2011 close to 10 percent higher, prompting Bakula to proclaim the sales performance "a great resurgence." Physical albums still outsell digital albums by a 2:1 margin. But total music sales, which would include digital singles, are now split 50-50 between physical and digital. TOPPING 5 MILLION To put Adele's sales figures in context, the more than 3.5 million physical albums she sold this year would have been good enough to take the top spot in each of the last three years without even adding in digital sales. Album sales include LPs, compact discs and digital albums. Figures for the year's best-selling album declined every year from 2004 to 2008. They hit an all-time low in 2008 when Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" took the top spot with sales of just 2.9 million, the first time an album claimed the best-seller title with sales of less than 3 million. Since 2008, however, sales of the top-selling album of the year have increased, though not by much. Taylor Swift took the top spot in 2009, selling 3.2 million copies of "Fearless." Eminem's "Recovery" finished 2010 as the year's best-seller with 3.4 million copies. "Adele's performance this year shows the demand for great original music," Bakula said. "Here's an artist that had moderate success before, but nothing of this magnitude, and she's doing it all on two singles." Amy Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning in July also factored into Adele's sales performance. Bakula said the attention Winehouse's death received stoked interest among fans to sample other soulful, jazz-infused female British singer-songwriters, like Adele and Duffy. As a result, in addition to buying "21," consumers dipped into Adele's back catalog, making her prior release, "19," one of the year's top 25 best-sellers. Still, Adele's sales total is less than half of the more than 11 million copies that "No Strings Attached" from N'Sync sold in 2000. That year marked the last time the top spot featured an album that sold in excess of 10 million, underscoring the dramatic impact that legitimate digital distribution channels like Apple's iTunes and illegal file-sharing sites such as Limewire have had on the music industry.
  8. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    Adele sells most albums in a year since 2004 (Reuters) - That Adele's "21" will rank as the year's top-selling album is no surprise - the English singer-songwriter's hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" dominated playlists in 2011. What is surprising is that "21," released by independent British label XL Recordings, sold more than 5 million copies. The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which supplied all sales data for this story. Indeed, music sales overall are expected to end 2011 up more than 3 percent from last year. Not coincidentally, the last time overall music sales rose by so much was in 2004 as well. The resurgence in sales is welcome news for the music industry. A meager 1 percent increase in digital sales last year created widespread panic that the format had already plateaued. Nielsen analyst David Bakula attributed the rebound to a strong release slate, plus retailers getting more aggressive with pricing and promotions. For instance, Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" was priced at 99 cents - less than one-tenth the price of most albums - in a special deal, helping drive sales beyond her core fans, he said. The promotion on Amazon.com angered other retailers who were selling the album at full price, however. "In 2004, you had one massive album driving sales," said Bakula, senior vice president of entertainment analytics for Nielsen. "This year is similar in that you have one really great story that everyone is talking about." Digital sales are expected to end 2011 close to 10 percent higher, prompting Bakula to proclaim the sales performance "a great resurgence." Physical albums still outsell digital albums by a 2:1 margin. But total music sales, which would include digital singles, are now split 50-50 between physical and digital. TOPPING 5 MILLION To put Adele's sales figures in context, the more than 3.5 million physical albums she sold this year would have been good enough to take the top spot in each of the last three years without even adding in digital sales. Album sales include LPs, compact discs and digital albums. Figures for the year's best-selling album declined every year from 2004 to 2008. They hit an all-time low in 2008 when Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" took the top spot with sales of just 2.9 million, the first time an album claimed the best-seller title with sales of less than 3 million. Since 2008, however, sales of the top-selling album of the year have increased, though not by much. Taylor Swift took the top spot in 2009, selling 3.2 million copies of "Fearless." Eminem's "Recovery" finished 2010 as the year's best-seller with 3.4 million copies. "Adele's performance this year shows the demand for great original music," Bakula said. "Here's an artist that had moderate success before, but nothing of this magnitude, and she's doing it all on two singles." Amy Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning in July also factored into Adele's sales performance. Bakula said the attention Winehouse's death received stoked interest among fans to sample other soulful, jazz-infused female British singer-songwriters, like Adele and Duffy. As a result, in addition to buying "21," consumers dipped into Adele's back catalog, making her prior release, "19," one of the year's top 25 best-sellers. Still, Adele's sales total is less than half of the more than 11 million copies that "No Strings Attached" from N'Sync sold in 2000. That year marked the last time the top spot featured an album that sold in excess of 10 million, underscoring the dramatic impact that legitimate digital distribution channels like Apple's iTunes and illegal file-sharing sites such as Limewire have had on the music industry.
  9. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    Adele sells most albums in a year since 2004 (Reuters) - That Adele's "21" will rank as the year's top-selling album is no surprise - the English singer-songwriter's hits "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You" dominated playlists in 2011. What is surprising is that "21," released by independent British label XL Recordings, sold more than 5 million copies. The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan, which supplied all sales data for this story. Indeed, music sales overall are expected to end 2011 up more than 3 percent from last year. Not coincidentally, the last time overall music sales rose by so much was in 2004 as well. The resurgence in sales is welcome news for the music industry. A meager 1 percent increase in digital sales last year created widespread panic that the format had already plateaued. Nielsen analyst David Bakula attributed the rebound to a strong release slate, plus retailers getting more aggressive with pricing and promotions. For instance, Lady Gaga's album "Born This Way" was priced at 99 cents - less than one-tenth the price of most albums - in a special deal, helping drive sales beyond her core fans, he said. The promotion on Amazon.com angered other retailers who were selling the album at full price, however. "In 2004, you had one massive album driving sales," said Bakula, senior vice president of entertainment analytics for Nielsen. "This year is similar in that you have one really great story that everyone is talking about." Digital sales are expected to end 2011 close to 10 percent higher, prompting Bakula to proclaim the sales performance "a great resurgence." Physical albums still outsell digital albums by a 2:1 margin. But total music sales, which would include digital singles, are now split 50-50 between physical and digital. TOPPING 5 MILLION To put Adele's sales figures in context, the more than 3.5 million physical albums she sold this year would have been good enough to take the top spot in each of the last three years without even adding in digital sales. Album sales include LPs, compact discs and digital albums. Figures for the year's best-selling album declined every year from 2004 to 2008. They hit an all-time low in 2008 when Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" took the top spot with sales of just 2.9 million, the first time an album claimed the best-seller title with sales of less than 3 million. Since 2008, however, sales of the top-selling album of the year have increased, though not by much. Taylor Swift took the top spot in 2009, selling 3.2 million copies of "Fearless." Eminem's "Recovery" finished 2010 as the year's best-seller with 3.4 million copies. "Adele's performance this year shows the demand for great original music," Bakula said. "Here's an artist that had moderate success before, but nothing of this magnitude, and she's doing it all on two singles." Amy Winehouse's death from alcohol poisoning in July also factored into Adele's sales performance. Bakula said the attention Winehouse's death received stoked interest among fans to sample other soulful, jazz-infused female British singer-songwriters, like Adele and Duffy. As a result, in addition to buying "21," consumers dipped into Adele's back catalog, making her prior release, "19," one of the year's top 25 best-sellers. Still, Adele's sales total is less than half of the more than 11 million copies that "No Strings Attached" from N'Sync sold in 2000. That year marked the last time the top spot featured an album that sold in excess of 10 million, underscoring the dramatic impact that legitimate digital distribution channels like Apple's iTunes and illegal file-sharing sites such as Limewire have had on the music industry.
  10. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    #2011RAPUP BIGGEST HIP-HOP DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2011 Lupe Fiasco-Lasers: Easily the biggest disappointment of 2011. If my anticipation for this album was stairs i could walk to the sun. Unfortunately the album sounded like it should be thrown into the sun and never spoke of again. Consider these Words I Always Wanted To Say. Lil Wayne’s-Carter 4: Dwayne Carter 4th installment wasn’t the Picasso we expected. More like he just took random colors and threw it on a canvas. Wasn’t a terrible album, but with the amount of hype that surrounded the release, we should have saw the best album of his career. A let down that could rival Titanic 2 Ludacris vs Big Sean & Drake: All i could do is shake my head as i listen to one of the most well known rappers from Atlanta sling mud at the two up and comers. Maybe this diss wouldn’t have rubbed me the wrong way if it wasn’t over words said a year ago. Talk about kicking a dead horse. Relevancy will have you tripping balls. R&B rapping: Yes Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Neyo, Justin Beiber and anyone else that sings rhythm & blues that stepped into the rapping lane this year. It’s not like these guys never rapped before but this year the trend became excessive. It would be different if they could really spit, honestly a lot of their bars come off very mediocre. You’re already successful in one craft why be meh in another. Lack Of Big K.R.I.T’s Debut Album: Yep how disheartening this push back was should be addressed. Hopefully we will receive the album early next yeah, but would’ve been great for the Mississippi native to drop this year. Frank Ocean’s Novacane & Kendrick Lamar ADHD music videos: Two huge songs and the music videos just lacked. No reply value what so ever. Just lackluster. Watch The Throne: New Day into That’s My Bitch: THE WORST SONG TRANSITION IN HISTORY. Ok i’m overreacting, but i don’t see who co-signed this horrible placement. Probably my biggest problem with the album excluding lift off. Earls Lack Of Freedom: Free Earl Pitch Fork Camp Review: Giving Childish Gambino’s debut album a 1.5 was astonishing. The reaction was one big wave of disagreement, that got a rise out of many readers, fans, and debate teams. I’ll agree the album isn’t perfect, and Gambino isn’t the best rapper alive but he is superior to a 1.5 rating. Steve Harvey not being Tyler The Creators Father: Yeah to me it makes perfect sense. He hates Steve, Steve won’t acknowledge him, c’mon i know it’s very Guiding Light but connect the dots! shaffes Drake – Take Care I got to give it to Drake for taking a different approach to the album including more singing, I feel like it was a big letdown because his rapping is what made him great and its what he does best! Keep the singing to the hooks Drake. Take care. Game – R.E.D. Album One of the biggest flops of the year. I can’t name decent song off the album besides a few verses that weren’t even from the Game himself. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV One of Lil Wayne’s worst projects to date. Very few decent songs, biggest letdown of the year by far. Just as bad as his rock album Rebirth. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You I’m including this album from the legendary rock group because it was a huge disappointment to all of their fans. They only had one good single and it really wasn’t that great compared to the rest of their work. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers Wiz took the pop route like most rappers do to appeal to a broader audience. I don’t hate his new music but I just can’t get over how much better he sounded on his mixtapes and previous albums. J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story J. Cole had so much promise on his mixtapes and after hearing his debut album I felt empty inside wanting more. Hopefully he can pick it up coming in 2012. Amy Winehouse Dead This was a terrible loss to all music fans. Amy Winehouse had great talent and so much more to give through her life and music. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers Like as with Wiz’ Rolling Papers, Lupe delivers some pop-sounding music with auto-tuned hooks. What happened to the classic Lupe? That’s who we all loved. Danny Lupe Fiasco – Lasers This one goes without saying, after releasing ‘Food & Liquor’ and ‘The Cool’, this just felt like a major step backward. On the flipside, he proved to his record company that he can do numbers so hopefully his next release will be better. No Madvillain Album To be honest, if/when DOOM & Madlib decide to drop a sequel to ‘Madvillainy’ it’s probably gonna be out of left field, nevertheless, any year I haven’t got a major DOOM release to listen to is a sad one *sigh*. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV I was patiently waiting for this, secretly confident that Wayne would be back to his old self and deliver a great, if not, amazing album. I was let down, the best track on the album is 1 of the tracks that Wayne isn’t even featured on. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne Considering the quality that these two artists possess, I found myself underwhelmed with this album. It felt a little disjointed and didn’t really show off the traits that made them the successes they are today. Justin Bieber Rapping Self explanatory. The fact that people let Ross say ‘Fell in love with the pen, started fucking the ink’ This line perplexed me, 1st of all it doesn’t make sense, 2nd of all I get a horrible mental image of him attempting, and 3rd, I’m pretty sure that’s not classified as ‘safe sex’. Lupe Fiasco – Friend of the People Sorry Wasalu, had to put you on here twice, simply because after the disappointment expressed at ‘lasers’ this mixtape felt like a big slap in the face. Jay Electronica’s lack of presence Maybe I was naive to expect to see more of Jay considering his movements since people got word of him but I wanted at least a high profile hip hop feature of some sort. I know we got the mob deep track but meh. Kendrick Lamar – ADHD video The fact that this track has so much emotion and feeling straight off the strength of the mp3 alone, I was disappointed that the video didn’t compliment this. To be honest, the video didn’t even need Kendrick in it, some random shapes and colours and it would of been set. Lil Wayne taking up skating as a hobby Tony Hawk must be rolling in his vert ramp. See what I did there?
  11. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    #2011RAPUP BIGGEST HIP-HOP DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2011 Lupe Fiasco-Lasers: Easily the biggest disappointment of 2011. If my anticipation for this album was stairs i could walk to the sun. Unfortunately the album sounded like it should be thrown into the sun and never spoke of again. Consider these Words I Always Wanted To Say. Lil Wayne’s-Carter 4: Dwayne Carter 4th installment wasn’t the Picasso we expected. More like he just took random colors and threw it on a canvas. Wasn’t a terrible album, but with the amount of hype that surrounded the release, we should have saw the best album of his career. A let down that could rival Titanic 2 Ludacris vs Big Sean & Drake: All i could do is shake my head as i listen to one of the most well known rappers from Atlanta sling mud at the two up and comers. Maybe this diss wouldn’t have rubbed me the wrong way if it wasn’t over words said a year ago. Talk about kicking a dead horse. Relevancy will have you tripping balls. R&B rapping: Yes Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Neyo, Justin Beiber and anyone else that sings rhythm & blues that stepped into the rapping lane this year. It’s not like these guys never rapped before but this year the trend became excessive. It would be different if they could really spit, honestly a lot of their bars come off very mediocre. You’re already successful in one craft why be meh in another. Lack Of Big K.R.I.T’s Debut Album: Yep how disheartening this push back was should be addressed. Hopefully we will receive the album early next yeah, but would’ve been great for the Mississippi native to drop this year. Frank Ocean’s Novacane & Kendrick Lamar ADHD music videos: Two huge songs and the music videos just lacked. No reply value what so ever. Just lackluster. Watch The Throne: New Day into That’s My Bitch: THE WORST SONG TRANSITION IN HISTORY. Ok i’m overreacting, but i don’t see who co-signed this horrible placement. Probably my biggest problem with the album excluding lift off. Earls Lack Of Freedom: Free Earl Pitch Fork Camp Review: Giving Childish Gambino’s debut album a 1.5 was astonishing. The reaction was one big wave of disagreement, that got a rise out of many readers, fans, and debate teams. I’ll agree the album isn’t perfect, and Gambino isn’t the best rapper alive but he is superior to a 1.5 rating. Steve Harvey not being Tyler The Creators Father: Yeah to me it makes perfect sense. He hates Steve, Steve won’t acknowledge him, c’mon i know it’s very Guiding Light but connect the dots! shaffes Drake – Take Care I got to give it to Drake for taking a different approach to the album including more singing, I feel like it was a big letdown because his rapping is what made him great and its what he does best! Keep the singing to the hooks Drake. Take care. Game – R.E.D. Album One of the biggest flops of the year. I can’t name decent song off the album besides a few verses that weren’t even from the Game himself. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV One of Lil Wayne’s worst projects to date. Very few decent songs, biggest letdown of the year by far. Just as bad as his rock album Rebirth. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You I’m including this album from the legendary rock group because it was a huge disappointment to all of their fans. They only had one good single and it really wasn’t that great compared to the rest of their work. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers Wiz took the pop route like most rappers do to appeal to a broader audience. I don’t hate his new music but I just can’t get over how much better he sounded on his mixtapes and previous albums. J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story J. Cole had so much promise on his mixtapes and after hearing his debut album I felt empty inside wanting more. Hopefully he can pick it up coming in 2012. Amy Winehouse Dead This was a terrible loss to all music fans. Amy Winehouse had great talent and so much more to give through her life and music. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers Like as with Wiz’ Rolling Papers, Lupe delivers some pop-sounding music with auto-tuned hooks. What happened to the classic Lupe? That’s who we all loved. Danny Lupe Fiasco – Lasers This one goes without saying, after releasing ‘Food & Liquor’ and ‘The Cool’, this just felt like a major step backward. On the flipside, he proved to his record company that he can do numbers so hopefully his next release will be better. No Madvillain Album To be honest, if/when DOOM & Madlib decide to drop a sequel to ‘Madvillainy’ it’s probably gonna be out of left field, nevertheless, any year I haven’t got a major DOOM release to listen to is a sad one *sigh*. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV I was patiently waiting for this, secretly confident that Wayne would be back to his old self and deliver a great, if not, amazing album. I was let down, the best track on the album is 1 of the tracks that Wayne isn’t even featured on. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne Considering the quality that these two artists possess, I found myself underwhelmed with this album. It felt a little disjointed and didn’t really show off the traits that made them the successes they are today. Justin Bieber Rapping Self explanatory. The fact that people let Ross say ‘Fell in love with the pen, started fucking the ink’ This line perplexed me, 1st of all it doesn’t make sense, 2nd of all I get a horrible mental image of him attempting, and 3rd, I’m pretty sure that’s not classified as ‘safe sex’. Lupe Fiasco – Friend of the People Sorry Wasalu, had to put you on here twice, simply because after the disappointment expressed at ‘lasers’ this mixtape felt like a big slap in the face. Jay Electronica’s lack of presence Maybe I was naive to expect to see more of Jay considering his movements since people got word of him but I wanted at least a high profile hip hop feature of some sort. I know we got the mob deep track but meh. Kendrick Lamar – ADHD video The fact that this track has so much emotion and feeling straight off the strength of the mp3 alone, I was disappointed that the video didn’t compliment this. To be honest, the video didn’t even need Kendrick in it, some random shapes and colours and it would of been set. Lil Wayne taking up skating as a hobby Tony Hawk must be rolling in his vert ramp. See what I did there?
  12. The Music Industry Thread (Articles)

    #2011RAPUP BIGGEST HIP-HOP DISAPPOINTMENTS OF 2011 Lupe Fiasco-Lasers: Easily the biggest disappointment of 2011. If my anticipation for this album was stairs i could walk to the sun. Unfortunately the album sounded like it should be thrown into the sun and never spoke of again. Consider these Words I Always Wanted To Say. Lil Wayne’s-Carter 4: Dwayne Carter 4th installment wasn’t the Picasso we expected. More like he just took random colors and threw it on a canvas. Wasn’t a terrible album, but with the amount of hype that surrounded the release, we should have saw the best album of his career. A let down that could rival Titanic 2 Ludacris vs Big Sean & Drake: All i could do is shake my head as i listen to one of the most well known rappers from Atlanta sling mud at the two up and comers. Maybe this diss wouldn’t have rubbed me the wrong way if it wasn’t over words said a year ago. Talk about kicking a dead horse. Relevancy will have you tripping balls. R&B rapping: Yes Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Neyo, Justin Beiber and anyone else that sings rhythm & blues that stepped into the rapping lane this year. It’s not like these guys never rapped before but this year the trend became excessive. It would be different if they could really spit, honestly a lot of their bars come off very mediocre. You’re already successful in one craft why be meh in another. Lack Of Big K.R.I.T’s Debut Album: Yep how disheartening this push back was should be addressed. Hopefully we will receive the album early next yeah, but would’ve been great for the Mississippi native to drop this year. Frank Ocean’s Novacane & Kendrick Lamar ADHD music videos: Two huge songs and the music videos just lacked. No reply value what so ever. Just lackluster. Watch The Throne: New Day into That’s My Bitch: THE WORST SONG TRANSITION IN HISTORY. Ok i’m overreacting, but i don’t see who co-signed this horrible placement. Probably my biggest problem with the album excluding lift off. Earls Lack Of Freedom: Free Earl Pitch Fork Camp Review: Giving Childish Gambino’s debut album a 1.5 was astonishing. The reaction was one big wave of disagreement, that got a rise out of many readers, fans, and debate teams. I’ll agree the album isn’t perfect, and Gambino isn’t the best rapper alive but he is superior to a 1.5 rating. Steve Harvey not being Tyler The Creators Father: Yeah to me it makes perfect sense. He hates Steve, Steve won’t acknowledge him, c’mon i know it’s very Guiding Light but connect the dots! shaffes Drake – Take Care I got to give it to Drake for taking a different approach to the album including more singing, I feel like it was a big letdown because his rapping is what made him great and its what he does best! Keep the singing to the hooks Drake. Take care. Game – R.E.D. Album One of the biggest flops of the year. I can’t name decent song off the album besides a few verses that weren’t even from the Game himself. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV One of Lil Wayne’s worst projects to date. Very few decent songs, biggest letdown of the year by far. Just as bad as his rock album Rebirth. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You I’m including this album from the legendary rock group because it was a huge disappointment to all of their fans. They only had one good single and it really wasn’t that great compared to the rest of their work. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers Wiz took the pop route like most rappers do to appeal to a broader audience. I don’t hate his new music but I just can’t get over how much better he sounded on his mixtapes and previous albums. J. Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story J. Cole had so much promise on his mixtapes and after hearing his debut album I felt empty inside wanting more. Hopefully he can pick it up coming in 2012. Amy Winehouse Dead This was a terrible loss to all music fans. Amy Winehouse had great talent and so much more to give through her life and music. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers Like as with Wiz’ Rolling Papers, Lupe delivers some pop-sounding music with auto-tuned hooks. What happened to the classic Lupe? That’s who we all loved. Danny Lupe Fiasco – Lasers This one goes without saying, after releasing ‘Food & Liquor’ and ‘The Cool’, this just felt like a major step backward. On the flipside, he proved to his record company that he can do numbers so hopefully his next release will be better. No Madvillain Album To be honest, if/when DOOM & Madlib decide to drop a sequel to ‘Madvillainy’ it’s probably gonna be out of left field, nevertheless, any year I haven’t got a major DOOM release to listen to is a sad one *sigh*. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV I was patiently waiting for this, secretly confident that Wayne would be back to his old self and deliver a great, if not, amazing album. I was let down, the best track on the album is 1 of the tracks that Wayne isn’t even featured on. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne Considering the quality that these two artists possess, I found myself underwhelmed with this album. It felt a little disjointed and didn’t really show off the traits that made them the successes they are today. Justin Bieber Rapping Self explanatory. The fact that people let Ross say ‘Fell in love with the pen, started fucking the ink’ This line perplexed me, 1st of all it doesn’t make sense, 2nd of all I get a horrible mental image of him attempting, and 3rd, I’m pretty sure that’s not classified as ‘safe sex’. Lupe Fiasco – Friend of the People Sorry Wasalu, had to put you on here twice, simply because after the disappointment expressed at ‘lasers’ this mixtape felt like a big slap in the face. Jay Electronica’s lack of presence Maybe I was naive to expect to see more of Jay considering his movements since people got word of him but I wanted at least a high profile hip hop feature of some sort. I know we got the mob deep track but meh. Kendrick Lamar – ADHD video The fact that this track has so much emotion and feeling straight off the strength of the mp3 alone, I was disappointed that the video didn’t compliment this. To be honest, the video didn’t even need Kendrick in it, some random shapes and colours and it would of been set. Lil Wayne taking up skating as a hobby Tony Hawk must be rolling in his vert ramp. See what I did there?
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