Within the first quarter of 2018 underway, there have been a few projects that has caught our ears as stellar projects and great bodies of work. Here are the projects that we have been bumping and urge our readers to press play:
(In no particular order)
Black Panther Soundtrack
Produced by Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment
This project transcended off the big screen into a quality, top notch project featuring the sounds of the west coast including SOBXRBE, Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, Zacari, Ab-Soul, and others. Each track plays to the concept, plot, and direction of the Black Panther movie. The soundtrack landed at the #1 spot on Billboard hot 100 list.
Memories Don’t Die by Torey Lanez
Torey Lanez is back with another amazing project filled with heartfelt tracks, beautiful melodies, and his speciality of samples. This project features songs with Future, 50 Cent, NAV, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, and more.
Platinum Fire by Arin Ray
The debut album from Cincinatti born, X-Factor contestant, Arin Ray features 14 tracks of raspy, evolved melodies, digging into love, manhood, and life on the rise. The project features the hit singles “We Aint Homies’ featuring YG, and ‘Communication’ featuring DRAM. One of our favorite tracks is the self titled song ‘Platinum Fire’ accompanied by the angelic tunes of Terrance Martin.
The Kids are Alright by ChloexHalle
With their first studio album, ChloexHalle set the bar high with this project. The Grown-ish stars let it all out on this project showing that they are more than just Beyonce’s protege’s, but a vital part of Parkwood Entertainment. All tracks were written and co-produced by the girls. This project features tracks such as ‘Happy Without Me‘ ft. Joey Badass, ‘Hi-Lo’ ft. Goldlink, ‘Warrior’ from ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, and the theme song to the hit show ‘Grow-ish’, ‘Grown‘. Our favorite track is ‘ Happy Without Me’.
Its Complicated- EP by Wale
Wale came back on the scene with a short but powerful four track EP that discusses the complications of finding love in the industry. In a recent interview with Rap radar, he dives deep into the meaning behind the title, and how it came about stating, “it’s complicated to divulge to someone himself as a person.” The project features ‘Black Bonnie‘ with Cash Money’s Jacquees.
ULTRAVIOLET by Justine Sky
In a recent interview, Justine Sky, explained what she wanted people to get from her album, “I feel like, with this project being by debut album, the point that I want to get across is that I am a artist. Because I feel like something that I battle with in my career is that people don’t realize that,” she told MTV last month. “They see me, like, on storefronts or in videos or in pictures, and [they’re] just like, ‘Oh, she’s really beautiful. She’s this pretty girl.’ And it’s just like, ‘Thank you. I appreciate that so much, but this is my music. Check that out, too.”
The Chocolate Box EP by Jeremih
Jeremih can do no wrong. The Valentines Day project features four tracks that go beyond the realm of love. It dives deep into the further explorations in sultry slow jams and R&B bops. The track ‘Forever Im Ready’ samples the hot 90’s song ‘Knocking the Boots’ by H-Town.
With the addition of each of these projects to your music library, you would be sure to diversify your collection while adding new projects to the rotation. Check them out and let us know what you think.
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