Average User Score: 8.1Oct 10, 2013Song by song:
1. King Push (10/10): no way to start out a great album than like this, a haunting beat plus some classic Pusha T; absolutely amazing.
2. Numbers On The Board (10/10): how do you follow up to a great track like King Push? Throw down a great solo song like Numbers On The Boards. Best Kanye West beat in a LOOOOONG time.
3. Sweet Serenade feat. Chris Brown (10/10): Awesome song, great Swizz beat, plus a different sounding Chris Brown? are you kidding me? Check out the music video, other than the girl doing a pole dance I'd say it could win Music Video of the Year.
4. Hold On feat. Rick Ross (10/10): Probably the best Rick Ross I have heard in a long time, with an amazing hook and some added harmony by Kanye. Only way this song gets any better is if Kanye had thrown down his own verse.
5. Suicide feat. Ab-Liva (9/10): Not exactly a Clipse reunion (where are you Malice!) but Ab-Liva really switches up the albums direction here. Honestly I hate albums where song transitions are too perfect, so this was a great change in pace. Not my favorite cut of the album, but a solid one!
6. 40 Acres feat. The-Dream (10/10): Finally Pusha gets to the slowed down, meaningful song complemented with a beautiful hook by The-Dream. This is the halfway point in the album, and it honestly feels like a half-time cut. Perfect place in the track list.
7. No Regrets feat. Jeezy and Kevin Cossom (10/10): Classic Kevin Cossom hook, and Pusha kills it as usual. But what really stuck out to me was the Jeezy guest verse, haven't heard Jeezy throw down like that especially on a song that isn't quite a banger.
8. Let Me Love You feat. Kelly Rowland (7/10): This is the ONLY song on the album I don't love, mostly because of how uncomfortable Pusha sounds with his verses, kind of a basic hook by Kelly Rowland also. There would be one way to save this song, and that would be if 50 Cent had made an appearance. He's the only rapper I can see making this track not sound as awkward as it came out. No offense Pusha T
9. Who I Am feat. Big Sean and 2 Chainz (10/10): Right when the album starts to get off track, Kanye West brings out the best beat in a long time, and we get to hear Pusha get back to his real craft. 2 Chainz and Big Sean provide possibly the best guest verses on a posse cut since Mercy. 2 Chainz alone really threw down here and went off. Big Sean also went hard and brought the final blow home on what is my favorite cut from the album.
10. Nosetalgia feat. Kendrick Lamar (10/10): Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, Pusha and K.Dot throw down possibly the darkest and most artistic collaboration on an off-kilter but right up Pusha's alley Nottz beat. This is possibly the best K.Dot feature of the year (excluding Control) and it left me speechless how perfect they worked together!
11. Pain feat. Pusha-T (10/10): Pusha is really bringing it for the home stretch now! No I.D. contributes a great beat, Future puts in some of his darkest realest hook magic, and Pusha just takes it up another notch. 12. SNITCH feat. Pharrell (9/10): Great hook, great verse, great production. Just another track in Pusha's arsenal.
WOW. I had incredibly high expectations for this album, and it delivered on all fronts.
The ONLY thing I could have wanted more for this album would have been a Deluxe Edition. Picture that:
Remastered cuts of "Doesn't Matter" with French Montana, "Only You Can Tell" with Wale, "Millions" with Rick Ross, and a fourth never been heard of track, either solo or with possibly Kanye, Kid Cudi, Gunplay, Schoolboy Q, Jay-Z, No Malice, A$AP, etc.
Pusha has this unique ability to bring out another side of artists, and I cannot wait to see what he has planned for King Push.
My Name is My Name is possibly one of the greatest rap albums of all time.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Jun 30, 2013Wow. Just from the title track, this is an album like nothing I have ever heard before. This is an album that you can never get tired of. Its got everything needed for a great album, and I was just blown away. The guest verses were mostly amazing, with the only one really not that good being Yelawolf's verse on 1Train. The best part about the album though, is that the bonus tracks sound even better than the first twelve. Ghetto Symphony, Jodye, Angels, and I Come Apart are some of the best songs of the year no doubt. It will be exciting to see where Lord Flacko goes from here… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jun 29, 2013When Game talked about this album, he talked about trying to keep his life right with god, but still "enjoying" it. This album is a perfectly crafted piece of music, that follows exactly Game's intentions. Jesus Piece is mostly Game getting angry and snapping off with some amazing guest features in Ross, Meek, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz to name a couple... however there are tracks such as Church, All That, and Celebration that just talk about really enjoying life. Game did a perfect job with this album, by combining some new direction with some RED ALBUM anger.… Expand
Average User Score: 3.6Jun 29, 20132 Chainz, you came up on the scene so hard, and people just expected way too much out of your first album! Everyone's expecting a classic southern version of possibly Illmatic-caliber! 2 Chainz has been around for a minute, and BOATS just sounds like one of his mix tapes with a couple different types of songs. Collaboration wise, I was a little disappointed with the Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj collaborations. However this album was carried by the Kanye West assisted "Birthday Song" and I'm Different. Birthday Song is literally my favorite song ever, because of how cleverly simple it is. 2 Chainz is an amazing guest feature, but I will expect more out of him with his new album dropping in September… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Jun 29, 2013This album is a classic group album, because it keeps the Rick Ross street banger formula, while Meek Wale and Pill just complement it with some great verses. Personally, the best song was definitely the Pill and Gunplay collaboration "Don't Let Me Go" I am excited for Self Made 3, but I still rock songs like Fitted Cap, 600 Benz, Tupac Back, and of course I'ma Boss… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Jun 29, 2013Unfortunately for Mr. Ross, The hype surrounding God Forgives, I Don't really set the bar as high as what we expect from Kanye. This would be a good album, unfortunately there is very little cohesion. Teflon Don was an amazing album, but Ross diverted from his tried and true style. Fortunately he is able to ride the success of Diced Pineapples and other solid songs to a Gold Album! The worst song on this album was definitely Presidential, while the best was 911. 911 reminded me of old school Ross, and the 2 Chainz verse would have perfected the song. All in all, Ross didn't dissapoint, but he didn't impress that well either. I expect a huge comeback with the new Self Made this summer… Expand
Average User Score: 7.1Jun 27, 2013Honestly I did not jump on the Future train at first, I was unfamiliar with his mix tape work, and really did not like the Drake assisted "Tony Montana" However I had money, and I gave Future a chance. I still rock this album even though its over a year old, because its just an album that you can keep listening to. Future has found his niche as "The New T-Pain" except he is a hard core street guy compared to T-Pain's slow and painful progression from working with Ace Hood to working with Pitbull. I think Future will be around for a very long time, and if Pluto is just the first taste, I cannot wait to buy that Future Hendrix. Keep it up Future!… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Jun 27, 2013The intro song, literally made the album amazing to me.
Lyrically, it is the same Meek Mill everyone loves, however the guests somewhat reminded me of two other albums this year in "God Forgives, I Don't" and "Based On A T.R.U Story" This might just be because of John Legend being on all of these albums, but to me, there was no difference between Meek's Dreamchasers mix tape series and the album. I think everyone looks forward to the next Dreamchasers and I was disappointed by Meek. Fortunately the album still has some solid hits ("Maybach Curtains" and "Young Kings") and a couple of catchy tunes, including the Rick Ross assisted "Believe It" and of course, "Young and Gettin' It" I look forward to Meek Mill growing as an artist and believe that one day his skills as a rapper will challenge those of his captain, Ricky Rozay.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.2Jun 27, 2013Truthfully, the song that stuck out to me the most was definitely 90210, which I found to be just different from many of Wale's peers. Wale is definitely on the come up and Attention Deficit was a great start. Especially with songs like Girls and Chilling, Attention Deficit is an album that you can listen to many times without getting bored.… Expand