This week, on time and with a healthy game we hit you with the three recommendations – an influencial legend, a would-be legend and a new kid on the block looking to establish himself in the game.
At the top, having had some type of hiatus for 6 years from the main stream of the music game, T-pain has come back to change that up with the release of “Oblivion”. Having cut his hair for the last project, he is back to it this time with the dreads all grown back (probably the same way fetty got his) and looking to do big things we hope. Once a juggernaut of the game and highly influencial in the way it has gone through his use of the autotune, he has been making a few appearances and making all the right noises in the lead up. Although the album features Wale, Chris Brown and Ty Dollar Sign, the other features are lower-named artists, this of course is not to say they can’t hold their own, but are largely unproven. Given his impact historically, nouse for song-making, intriguing title and a nostalgic reunion with a resurgent Chris Brown, this will be an interesting listen.
After hot verses for Kanye’s MBDTF and two highly rated mixtapes, CyHi The Prynce finally drops his debut album “No Dope on Sundays”. Having had a string of notable appearances of late dropping dope freestyles, and a buzz-worthy lead single, it seems he is on course to push this album in a great direction. The Atlanta rapper features a strong GOOD music collective even though he has left the label, with Kanye, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and GOOD family in Estelle and BJ the Chicago Kid all lending vocals. It does seem feature-heavy however with Travis Scott and ScHoolboy Q the other big-name features and CyHi handling just 5 of the 16 tracks alone. Of course the other artists may not dominate as much but it’ll be interesting to hear how that all comes together. A true emceee with huge respect in the rap world, we expect this to be a significant statement to the game. Listen.
Having blazed onto the UK scene last year with the infectious Addison Lee, it was clear that Not3s had what it took for a wavey track, but with the release of Take Not3s, his full debut project his intent is clearly spelt out. Hoping to make a statement, the 9-track EP features 3 of the songs that have garnered attention and adulation, it’ll be interesting to see where he takes this one and as a demostration of what he aims to be in the game. Many comparisons with J Hus and Mo Stack linger, but his rise has been somewhat more meteoric maybe because the path was already paved for him, but we’re still to see where he wants t take it. First time out, should be a good listen.