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Oxymoron is the third studio album by American rapper Schoolboy Q. It was released on February 25, 2014, by Interscope Records and Top Dawg Entertainment. Oxymoron was his first album released under a major record label to music retailers, whereas his previous albums were released independently to digital retailers only.
Schoolboy Q enlisted collaborators such as Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, Jay Rock, Tyler, the Creator and Kurupt, among others. The album's production was handled by high-profile record producers such as Boi-1da, The Alchemist, Mike Will Made It, Clams Casino, Nez & Rio, DJ Dahi and Pharrell, as well as others, including members of Top Dawg Entertainment's in-house production teams Digi+Phonics and THC.
Oxymoron received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its haunting production and Schoolboy Q's aggressive lyrics. The album was also a commercial success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release. It additionally peaked highly on the main album charts in Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe)
Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is the second studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album was released on October 22, 2012, by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment, and was distributed by Interscope Records. The album serves as Lamar's major label debut, after his signing to Aftermath and Interscope in early 2012. It was preceded by the release of Kendrick's debut studio album Section.80, released exclusively through the iTunes Store as an independent album.
The album was recorded mostly at several studios in California, with producers such as Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy, Scoop DeVille, Jack Splash and T-Minus, among others, contributing to the album. Billed as a "short film by Kendrick Lamar" on the album cover, the concept album follows the story of Lamar's teenage experiences in the drug-infested streets and gang lifestyle of his native Compton. Good Kid, M.A.A.D City received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its thematic scope and Lamar's lyrics. It earned Lamar four Grammy Award nominations at the 56th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
Hall Of Fame (Deluxe)
Hall of Fame is the second studio album by American rapper Big Sean. It was released on August 27, 2013, by Def Jam Recordings and GOOD Music. The album features guest appearances from Nas, Jhené Aiko, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, and Juicy J, while the production on the album was primarily handled by Key Wane, Hey DJ, No I.D., Da Internz, Mano and Young Chop, among others. It was supported by six singles: "Guap", "Switch Up", "Beware", "Fire", "Ashley" and "You Don't Know".
Hall of Fame received generally positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 72,000 copies in its first week. As of February 2015, the album has sold 155,000 copies in the United States.
Trap Lord is the debut studio album by American rapper ASAP Ferg. The album was released on August 20, 2013, by ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, and RCA Records. The album features guest appearances from ASAP Rocky, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, French Montana, Trinidad James, Schoolboy Q, Waka Flocka Flame, Aston Matthews, B-Real and Onyx.
The album was supported by three singles; the remix to "Work" which featured ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Trinidad James and French Montana, the album's most commercially successful single "Shabba" featuring ASAP Rocky, and "Hood Pope". It was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, and debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200.
Born Sinner is the second studio album by American rapper J. Cole. It was released on June 18, 2013, by ByStorm Entertainment, Columbia Records, Dreamville Records and Roc Nation. The album serves as the follow-up to his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story. The album features guest appearances from Miguel, Amber Coffman, Jhené Aiko, James Fauntleroy, Bas, TLC, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. The album was also primarily produced by Cole himself, along with others such as Jake One, Syience, Christian Rich and Elite.
Born Sinner was supported by four official singles; "Power Trip", "Crooked Smile", "Forbidden Fruit" and "She Knows", along with the promotional single "Miss America". The album received generally positive reviews from critics. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 297,000 copies in its first week of release. After two weeks of being at number two, Born Sinner climbed to number one in its third week. The album has since been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. As of December 2016, the album has sold 796,000 copies in the United States.
Nothing Was The Same (Deluxe)
Nothing Was the Same is the third studio album by Canadian rapper Drake. It was released on September 24, 2013, by Cash Money Records, OVO Sound, Republic Records and Young Money Entertainment. Work on the record began in 2012 and continued through 2013. As an executive producer, Drake enlisted collaborators such as 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Jay-Z, Jhené Aiko and Sampha for guest appearances on the album. The album's production was primarily handled by 40 and other OVO Sound producers; including Boi-1da, Mike Zombie, Majid Jordan, Nineteen85 and Detail.
Nothing Was the Same was supported by the seven successful singles; "Started from the Bottom", "Hold On, We're Going Home", "All Me", "Pound Cake", "The Language", "Too Much" and "Worst Behavior". "Wu-Tang Forever" was released prior to the album as a promotional single. Drake also toured with Future, Miguel and PartyNextDoor from October through December 2013, on the Would You Like a Tour? concert tour.
Nothing Was the Same received generally positive reviews from critics. The album was also a commercial success, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 658,000 copies in its first week of release.
Though Wiz Khalifa found tremendous commercial success with his major label debut Rolling Papers, he didn't do so without making some compromises. On it the Pittsburgh rapper all but abandoned the stoner-friendly contemporary G-Funk of the underground mixtapes upon which he built his grassroots following, in favor of broader pop gestures. With the follow-up, O.N.F.I.C., Wiz seems to be searching for a midpoint between the two approaches, and occasionally finds it. While he's never been a particularly showy rapper, or even a skilled one, his greatest assets are his instincts for penning enormous hooks and his ability to unobtrusively sink his verses into the production. Much of his success falls entirely on beat selection, and while it frequently underwhelms here, whether he chooses full-on pop or quiet storm funk, Wiz sounds most invigorated when he sidesteps these two extremes and explores entirely new terrain, as on the stripped-down trap stomper "It's Nothin'" or the demented and distorted lullabye "Fall Asleep."
Indicud is the third studio album by American rapper Kid Cudi. It was released on April 12, 2013, by Republic Records. It was the first album of Cudi's solo career to not be an installment of his Man on the Moon series. The album's cover artwork was designed by Kid Cudi himself, who also served as an executive producer of Indicud. It was Cudi's goal to make more uptempo and positive music with the album. He described it as a completely new format compared to his previous albums.
The album's record production was handled entirely by Cudi as well, with only record producer Hit-Boy co-producing one track, while Cudi's WZRD bandmate Dot da Genius, provided drums on two. The album features guest appearances from King Chip, Kendrick Lamar, Too Short, RZA, ASAP Rocky, Father John Misty, Michael Bolton and Haim.
During the early release of Indicud, it was preceded by four singles – "Just What I Am", "King Wizard", "Immortal" and "Girls". Indicud debuted at number two in the United States. With sales of 139,000 copies and debuted at number 32 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Cudi's highest-charting album on the chart, while entering at number two on the UK R&B Chart.
Tyler, The Creator
Wolf is the second studio album by American rapper Tyler, the Creator. It was released on April 2, 2013, by Odd Future Records. The album features guest appearances from Mike G, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats, Erykah Badu and Pharrell, among others.
Wolf was supported by lead single, "Domo23". The album received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 89,000 copies in its first week.
The Gifted is the third studio album by American rapper Wale. The album was released on June 25, 2013, in the United States by Maybach Music Group and Atlantic Records. The album features guest appearances from Meek Mill, Cee Lo Green, Yo Gotti, Lyfe Jennings, Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, and Tiara Thomas among others. The album was supported by four official singles— "Bad", "LoveHate Thing", "Bad" and "Clappers". The Gifted received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 158,000 copies in its first week of release. As of March 2015, the album has sold 367,000 copies in the United States.
Burn (feat. Big Sean)
The Of Tape Vol. 2
The OF Tape Vol. 2 is the debut and only studio album by American hip hop collective Odd Future. It was released on March 20, 2012 by Odd Future Records and RED Distribution. It serves as the sequel to their debut mixtape, The Odd Future Tape. The album features appearances from Odd Future members Hodgy Beats, Tyler, the Creator, Domo Genesis, Frank Ocean, Mike G, The Internet, Taco, Jasper Dolphin, Left Brain and L-Boy, as well as an uncredited appearance from Earl Sweatshirt. Production on the album was primarily handled by Left Brain and Tyler, the Creator, with Frank Ocean, Hal Williams and Matt Martians also receiving production credits. Lyrically the album ranges from being serious to being satirical, with some tracks offering an overly absurdist take on rap.
Odd Future toured in support of the album, and four singles were released from it, all of which received music videos. The album peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 and received mostly positive reviews from critics, receiving a score of 71 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic. Critics generally praised the presence of Tyler and Ocean, the vintage style of production and album closer, "Oldie".
Stay Trippy is the third solo studio album by American rapper Juicy J. The album was released on August 23, 2013, by Kemosabe Records and Columbia Records. The album was Juicy J's first solo album since distancing himself from Three 6 Mafia and joining Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records, who makes three appearances on the album.
Stay Trippy's production was handled between 2011 and 2013 by producers such as Juicy J himself, Mike Will Made It, Cirkut, Lex Luger, Sap, Supa Dups, ID Labs, Timbaland and Young Chop, among others. The album also features additional guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, The Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Wale, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy, Big Sean, Pimp C, Trina, Yelawolf and Project Pat.
Stay Trippy was met with generally positive reviews from critics. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 64,000 copies in the United States during its first week. As of November 6, 2013, the album has sold 138,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was supported by four official singles, the certified platinum "Bandz a Make Her Dance", "Show Out", "Bounce It" and "Talkin' Bout".
The hip-hop departure has become something of a rite of passage for the eccentric emcee. Kanye did it, Wayne did it, and now Kid Cudi is making a go at it, teaming up with producer Dot Da Genius to create the alt-rock project WZRD. Dot possesses a pretty solid ear for clumping up interesting electronic textures and his greatest clumps recall industrial experimentalists like Suicide or Throbbing Gristle. More often, though, he waddles around flatly executed, Nirvana-inspired guitar riffs while Cudi bellows in a tone somewhere between his typical stoner raps and Chris Cornell's pout-croons. The songwriting is particularly unstructured, too, making a crossover to the actual rock audience seem unlikely. It should, however, be just enough to satisfy Cudi's fanbase.
Coming on the heels of 2011's heralded Tumblr-only freebie effort Nostalgia Ultra, Frank Ocean's proper debut Channel Orange firmly establishes the singer/songwriter as one of music's most unique storytellers. His tales tend toward the hyper-personal and are so steeped in naive optimism—even in the face of tragedy and defeat—that they could easily be read as either deeply moving or incredibly cheesy. At their best, they're both. Frank and producer Malay blend and wear their musical influences proudly, finding a sonic middle ground between vintage Stevie Wonder and recent N.E.R.D. Unfortunately, they tend to favor the formlessness of the latter, as Frank's meandering narratives about drug dealers and users and Los Angeles brats gone wild supersede his concern for traditional hook writing and song structure. But, by the album's second half, this ceases to be a weakness. Late cuts like the taxicab catharsis of "Bad Religion" and "Pink Matter," an epic duet with Outkast's Andre 3000 that invokes the human life cycle and Dragonball Z, operate with such naked honesty that they transcend the need for form.
Careless World: Rise Of The Last King
Careless World: Rise of the Last King is the second studio album by American rapper Tyga. It is his first album under a major label after his independent release, No Introduction. Production for the album took place during 2009 to 2012 and was handled by Jess Jackson, Arthur McArthur, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da, and Noah "40" Shebib, among others. The album was released on February 21, 2012, on Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Republic Records. The album endured several release dates due to sampling credits, and experienced a limited release in retail stores due to an uncredited use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I've Been to the Mountaintop", which was his last speech before he was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Despite the limited release, the album received strong digital downloads, and debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week. The album has received generally positive reviews from music critics upon release.
Control System is the second studio album by American rapper Ab-Soul. It was released on May 11, 2012, by Top Dawg Entertainment. The album features guest appearances from Jhené Aiko, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kendrick Lamar, JaVonte, Punch, Ashtrobot and vocals from the late Alori Joh. The album's production was handled by Digi+Phonics, King Blue, Nez & Rio, Skhye Hutch, Curtiss King, Aahyasis, and Tommy Black.
Based On A T.R.U. Story
Based on a T.R.U. Story comes at the peak of an unprecedented second career act. Atlanta's 2 Chainz, formerly known as Tity Boy, stumbled around the rap industry for more than a decade prior—as a Ludacris sidekick and a member of the under-appreciated duo Playaz Circle—before making a sudden and steep rise to ubiquity by way of freebie mixtapes. His solo debut is a work of distilled arrogance from a rapper with a very specific skill set. The story is a familiar one: drug dealer turns rapper, raps about the money and women that come from both, and the message is delivered mostly through smirkingly simplistic puns and an exasperated flow that burrows itself into listeners' brains via blunt repetition. But while 2 Chainz's rhyme style is firmly defined, he's yet to find similar footing sonically. Instead, Based on a T.R.U. Story jumps erratically around established post-millennial rap production tropes—from the quiet storm spaciness of Drake to the aggressive trap romps of Rick Ross.
Pay for It (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Chantal)
Under Pressure (Deluxe)
Under Pressure is the debut studio album by American rapper Logic. It was released on October 21, 2014, by Def Jam Recordings and Visionary Music Group. Development and composition of the album began in 2013, with recording taking place during a two-week span at the beginning of 2014. The album's production was primarily handled by No I.D., with smaller contributions from a variety of record producers, including 6ix, DJ Dahi, DJ Khalil, S1, Jake One and Dun Deal. The standard edition of the album contained no guest appearances; Big Sean and Childish Gambino were featured on the tracks "Alright" and "Driving Ms. Daisy" respectively on the album's deluxe edition.
Logic sought to create an album that would stand out as "beautiful, musical and melodic" while also including "raw lyricism". In order to establish his desired sound, his lyricism is heavily introspective, analyzing himself by exploring his ambivalent outlook on his newfound fame, his family, feelings of self-consciousness, success, and his struggles with addiction. His goal was to provide an autobiography which explicitly detailed the scenarios and experiences that impacted him during his rise in the music industry.
Baby Blue (feat. Chance the Rapper)
I Am Not A Human Being II (Deluxe)
Compared to the albums he's released under the name "Tha Carter", Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being series is noticeably looser. The quality control is certainly above mixtape or street-release level, but stray tracks and "Carter" leftovers are given their homes here, while the overall album flow is allowed to be reckless. Here, Weezy's wisecracking rebel songs get bunched together, coming off as redundant blasts of evil genius narcisswagger, where flaccid penises are "sleeping giants," codeine, promithazene, and weed are the recommended vitamins, and spending your birthday in jail ain't no biggie because the Playboy Mansion can always reschedule. In other words, he lives on this earth but this stopgap release's title is apt, and also believable, since Wayne's real world bio plays more like a comic book origin story, being raised by surrogate father Birdman in the halls of Cash Money. Bundle that background with stunning talent, true wit, and a John Holmes level of cocksure, and it doesn't matter that the bedroom-bragging "Curtains" is next to the conquest-listing "Days and Days," because the first has a rock-solid hook and pop-rap craftsmanship, while the second has a 2 Chainz feature and "You know I'm on that grass/Don't turn on the sprinkles" amongst its many quotables. 2 Chainz is back for more boasting on "Rich as Fuck," a winner with an enticing and eerie beat from T-Minus. Producer Mike WILL Made-It offers a posh and radio-friendly version of the traditional swagger track, covering the "good kush and alcohol" number "Love Me" in sounds so buttery smooth that hitmakers Drake and Future sound wonderfully couch-locked and comfortable. Brilliant single "My Homies Still" is only on the Deluxe version, in frustrating "it's not really an official, official album" fashion, and yet all this redundancy and the scattershot complaints become minor when the album breaks character and gives up surprising diversions like power-baller "Back to You" (rap-rock that really works), the raw, Dirty South winner "Wowzers" (diva Trina wants sex "till' daybreak, then you can go skate"), and the quite good political commentary sketchbook dubbed "God Bless Amerika" ("I saw a butterfly in hell" might not read well, but the way it's dropped in the song is superb). This is an indulgent jumble of a sideline release, but that doesn't mean Wayne isn't in fine form. He is, and anyone with four Carters already on their shelves will certainly want this one. [A clean version of the disc was also released.]
The Devil Is A Lie
Old is the third studio album by American rapper Danny Brown. It was released on October 8, 2013, by Fool's Gold Records and Goliath Management. The album is Brown's first project to be officially sold through music outlets and digital retailers, whereas his previous projects were self-released for free and made available online.
Old includes production from American, British and Canadian record producers such as A-Trak, BadBadNotGood, Frank Dukes, Oh No, Paul White, Rustie and Skywlkr, among others. The album also features guest appearances from fellow artists such as Freddie Gibbs, ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Scrufizzer, Charli XCX and Purity Ring. It was supported by three singles, "Dip", "25 Bucks" and "Smokin & Drinkin".
The album received widespread acclaim from critics, and debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard 200, selling 15,000 copies in the first week.
Honest is the second studio album by American rapper Future. It was released on April 22, 2014, by A1 Recordings, Epic Records, and Freebandz. The album features guest appearances from André 3000, Casino, Drake, Pharrell, Pusha T, Kanye West, and Wiz Khalifa, among others. It was supported by five singles: "Karate Chop", "Honest", "Shit", "Move That Dope", and "I Won", along with the promotional single, "Real and True".
Honest received generally positive reviews from critics. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 53,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Hell Can Wait
Hell Can Wait is the first official EP released by American rapper Vince Staples. It marks his first commercial project, released under Def Jam Recordings.
Cilvia Demo is the debut EP by American rapper Isaiah Rashad. It was released on January 28, 2014, by Top Dawg Entertainment. The EP features guest appearances from Jean Deaux and Michael Da Vinci, as well as his Top Dawg label-mates SZA, Schoolboy Q and Jay Rock. The EP's production was handled by several record producers, namely Ross Vega, Mr. Carmack, Joseph L'Étranger, Black Metaphor, The Antydote, Farhot, Chris Calor, D. Sanders and a member of the Digi+Phonics Sounwave.
Cilvia Demo received universal acclaim from music critics. The EP also developed a cult following. It was included in several year-end top album lists by critics and publications. The EP debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard 200, selling 8,500 copies its first week.
My Type of Party
Schemin Up (feat. Drake and P. Reign)
Don't Be S.A.F.E.
Don't Be S.A.F.E. is the debut mixtape by American hip hop recording artist Trinidad James. The mixtape was self-released on September 18, 2012, but was re-released exclusively to retailers on January 29, 2013 by Gold Gang Records and Def Jam Recordings. The mixtape features guest appearances by other indie artists including Reija Lee, ForteBowie, Juke and others. The retail version features a remix to "All Gold Everything", featuring T.I., Young Jeezy and 2 Chainz.
Excuse My French (Deluxe)
Excuse My French is the debut studio album by American rapper French Montana. It was released on May 21, 2013, by Coke Boys Records, Bad Boy Records, Maybach Music Group and Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Ace Hood, Lil Wayne, Birdman, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Max B, Ne-Yo, Machine Gun Kelly, Raekwon, Scarface and Snoop Dogg, while the production was handled by Mike Will Made It, Jahlil Beats, Reefa, Rico Love, Lex Luger and Young Chop. The album was supported by three singles: "Pop That", "Freaks" and "Ain't Worried About Nothin'".
Excuse My French garnered mixed reviews from critics, finding criticism in Montana's technical delivery and the formulaic production throughout the record. It debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 56,000 copies in its first week.
Underground Luxury is the third studio album by American rapper B.o.B. The album was released on December 17, 2013, by Grand Hustle Records, Rebel Rock Entertainment and Atlantic Records. The album was supported by five singles "We Still in This Bitch", "HeadBand", "Ready", "John Doe" and "Throwback". The album features guest appearances from Future, 2 Chainz, T.I., Juicy J, Priscilla Renea, Ester Dean and Chris Brown among others.
Underground Luxury received generally mixed reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number 22 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 35,000 copies in its first week of release. The album was certified gold by the RIAA August 5, 2016.
No New Friends (SFTB Remix)
My Own Lane
My Own Lane is the second studio album by American rapper Kid Ink. The album was released on January 7, 2014, by Tha Alumni Music Group, 88 Classic, and RCA Records. Recording for the album took place during 2013 and finished in November 2013. The album's production was handled by DJ Mustard, Cardiak, The Runners, The Futuristics, Arthur McArthur, soFLY and Nius and Ned Cameron, among others. Kid Ink collaborated with various artists on the album including Chris Brown, Tyga, French Montana, ASAP Ferg, Pusha T, Elle Varner, Machine Gun Kelly, King Los, Meek Mill, Wale, and August Alsina, among others.
The album was supported by the singles, "Show Me" featuring Chris Brown, "Iz U Down" featuring Tyga, and "Main Chick" also featuring Chris Brown. Following its release, the album was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. It also debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 50,000 copies in the United States during its first week.
My Krazy Life
My Krazy Life is the debut studio album by American rapper YG. It was released on March 18, 2014, by CTE World, Def Jam Recordings and Pushaz Ink. The album features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla Sign, Schoolboy Q, Meek Mill, Jay Rock, Tory Lanez, Jeezy, TeeFlii and RJ, while the production was primarily handled by frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, along with production from Ty Dolla Sign and Terrace Martin.
My Krazy Life was supported by four singles: "My Nigga", "Left, Right", "Who Do You Love?" and "Do It to Ya". "My Nigga" peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. YG also released multiple mixtapes leading up to the album's release including the Just Re'd Up series, and the DJ Mustard-produced 4Hunnid Degreez.
The album received generally positive reviews from critics. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and sold 61,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 2017.
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