J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive Album Cover

Cole World is back, 18 months after the drop of his second LP the #1 Billboard Charting & critically acclaimed Born Sinner J. cole is set to release his third LP out on his Dreamville Imprint.

Aptly titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive as this is the address of his new abode in his hometown of Fayette, North Carolina.

No promo singles, no lead in single just the album all for our listening pleasure on December 9th. I don’t know if he will go down the Beyonce route and release a video for every song and see if it charts that way? My guess is he won’t but either way Cole World it’s good to have you back homie!

Check out the trailer for 2014 Forest Hills Drive:

Drake – Draft Day

The guy just can’t go away can he! After finishing off his successful ‘Would You Like A Tour?’ Tour, Drake has decided to bless us with some new music.

The track is called Draft Day, and features a prominent interpolation of the classic Lauryn Hill song Doo Wop (That Thing) from the seminal Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

For me it’s not as good as Trophies and makes me wonder if it was just a track lying around in the vault somewhere or whether it was produced during the Nothing Was The Same recording sessions, I am however willing to give this track a pass as Drake can do no wrong at all right now. Who knows, it might even turn out to be a grower.

I do like the art work though and for those who aren’t familiar with the face it belongs to College American Football standout and rumored 1st pick of the 2014 NFL Draft Johnny Manziel aka Johnny Football.

Have a listen:

 

Nicki Minaj – Lookin A** N****

Is this the return of Mixtape Nicki? The return of the same Nicki whom throughout 2009-10 killed every guest verse and appearance? The same Nicki that had guys fast fowarding to her monstrous verse on ‘Ye’s Monster?

I think so and couldn’t be happier for it. Out of nowhere it seems, she has dropped a video for a track called Looking A** N**** and is intent on killing all opposition. The track is slated to appear on the new Young Money LP titled Rise of an Empire and on her third solo effort The Pink Print

She ain’t looking ‘alf bad in the clip neither!

Welcome back Nicki, you’ve been missed.

 

Have a butchers at the clip:

 

Top 5 Albums of 2013

It has been a long and eventful year for music in 2013. Pretty much the who’s who of popular music has dropped some sort of effort whether it be a Mixtape, EP or full length Album. From the triumphant return of Eminem once again to Beyoncé blindsiding the industry with her unexpected opus Beyoncé and her husband demonstrating new rules with his opus the Magna Carta Holy Grail. The joyous week in June where Kanye & J. Cole went head to head, Wale followed suit with his effort The Gifted. We waited seven long years for Justin Timberlake’s follow up to the epic FutureSex/LoveSounds and we got Part I & II to The 20/20 Experience. Somewhere along the way Miley twerked all the way to the top of the charts with two smash hits and a #1 Album and surprisingly Rihanna didn’t release a new album of brand new material breaking her run of four successive albums in four successive years!

It was an even better year for music in the UK with Rudimental, Disclosure & AlunaGeorge breaking through with critically and commercially successful debut LPs, the latter two combining for quite possibly the hottest track of the year in my honest opinion. Drop white noise even now and still bangs like the first time I heard it. Emelie Sande continued her amazing run into 2013 with up until yesterday Our Version of Events was the biggest selling LP of this year as well as 2012. An estimated 2.07 million copies sold (blame 1D) UK Producer Naughty Boy stepped from behind the mixing desk and gave us Hotel Cabana with the smash La La La featuring Sam Smith (2014 watch out for him)

Pharrell probably had the biggest year of his professional life since 2002/3 when he was literally on everything. The two biggest tracks this year, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines & Daft Punk’s Get Lucky featured him on the hook and on production, he also scored his first UK #1 with Happy.

Now down to business, here is Ted’s top 5 Albums of the year in NO particular order:

1. Disclosure – Settle

2. AlunaGeorge – AlunaGeorge

3. Pusha T – My Name Is My Name

4. Drake – Nothing Was The Same

5. J. Cole – Born Sinner

Drake – Trophies

For me this track should have made the cut for Nothing Was The Same.

If anyone is familiar with or care to remember even, the instrumental was used for the trailer for the Nothing Was The Same LP (The fleet of luxury cars riding through the city just because!)

Trophies is the name, produced by Hit-Boy and is another banger in the same vein of Worst Behaviour and The Language. Destined to be a club/house party favourite and should go down well live.

2-13 has been a monster year for ol’ Drake, long may it continue in 2014.

Have a listen to the track:

 

Have a butchers at the trailer:

The Manor – Little Britain

Beckenham Trio The Manor are back with another tune, the ever so patriotic Little Britain.

Celebrating all things English with their typical humour, wit & cockney charm.

The guys are also gearing up for the release of their third mixtape Full English, so watch out for that. If their last two efforts were anything to go by then Full English too will definitely make the grade.

Have a butchers at the Little Britain video:

 

 

 

ASAP Ferg – Shabba [Remix] (Feat. Shabba Ranks, Busta Rhymes & Migos)

ASAP Ferg has done it again, if you thought his Work Remix was something then you’ll love his Shabba Remix.

He payed the ultimate homage and got the legend Shabba Ranks to join him, Busta Rhymes & ATL upstarts Migos to create the remix.

Shabba has NOT lost a step and absolutely kills his verse dead, his intro, flow, cadence EVERYTHING. Busta does his usual thing and Fergie Ferg stepped up his bars for the remix as well.

Another club banger in the same echelon as the brilliant Work Remix. How I wish this was on the the Trap Lord LP as a bonus.

SHABBA!

Have a listen: