Recent Rap Albums Receive Positive Praise

Posted on April 7, 2015 by

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The past couple months have given birth to a couple of fantastic hip-hop/rap albums from artists including J.Cole, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar.  Another will soon come from Kanye West. With many other artists also planning to drop albums this year, it seems as if 2015 will be a very fruitful year in the rap industry.

It all started at the end of 2014–December 9, to be exact–when J. Cole dropped “2014 Forest Hills Drive,” which proved to be a very successful album. It was mostly produced by J. Cole by himself, with !llmind, Vinylz, Phonix Beats, and Willie B also contributing beats. The album ended up selling 371,228 copies in its first week. Since then, it has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

“Forest Hills Drive was straight fire,” junior Mohammed Jalloh said.

Drake eventually followed by surprise-releasing a mixtape. Without any prior announcement, Drake proceeded to drop “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” through iTunes on 13 February 2015. There were 495,000 copies of the mixtape sold in three days and 40,000 online streaming credits sold within those three days. The mixtape was a hit right from the drop.

“It was one of the best mixtapes I’ve ever heard in a while,” senior Gary Gabriel said.

Kendrick Lamar had a lot of hype to live up to after how big of a success his “good kid, m.A.A.d city” was last year.   Lamar certainly produced a very controversial album with some new and different beats that a lot of people didn’t like. His lyrics were still “genius,” but some people just could not get over how different the production was.

“I think the album was really good.  People are just blind to it,” Gabriel said.

Other albums from Big Sean and Kid Ink have recently been released and are also getting good recognition. A lot of other artists are planning to release their new albums in 2015, which could prove it to be one of the best years in hip-hop/rap history.

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