Today is a particularly busy day in the music industry and I’m sure it’s overwhelming for you because there’s just so many new albums to choose from – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
The MF Life, Melanie Fiona: This sophomore effort from one of Canada’s finest is bubbling over with her life’s experiences over the past three years since her debut album, The Bridge, was released. I attended her album release event Monday night and I can tell you that the girl has been through some things. She’s better now and has a wonderful project that chronicles the good, the bad, and the grimy. For features from Nas to B.o.B and production from the likes of No ID, T-Minus, Infinity and more, The MF Life features Mel flexing her versatility musically while baring her soul lyrically. The Jack Splash-produced “Wrong Side Of A Love Song” is especially poignant; I distinctly remember seeing tears in her eyes as she performed this, so it’s definitely a powerful experience to take in the song and this album. Check her out today!
The MF Life – iTunes :: Amazon
Unexpected Arrival, Diggy: The wonderkid from rap royalty is officially striking out on his own with his debut album and the tweens are in an uproar – but so are their older brothers and sisters. UA shouldn’t be stock piled into the “teenybopper kid rapper” category so suddenly; it’s obvious he’s passionate about his craft and has a great team that supports his vision. He’s smart and it shows in his lyrics; he also knows his place and keeps his sound friendly to his demographic, which is also his age group. Diggy gives you what you’re seeking from him, regardless of who you are or what you’re seeking; you want to fall in love with him and for him to feel the same way? “Do It Like You”; you want him to get lyrical and give you a glimmer of hope for the next generation of rap? “88”; you want an alternative sound that takes about five steps left from the average (typical) hip hop beat? “Hello World”. Get the picture? Get the album.
Unexpected Arrival – iTunes :: Amazon :: Spotify
Half Naked And Almost Famous, Machine Gun Kelly: Cleveland’s most laced up wild boy is providing the soundtrack to doing hoodrat things with your friends – and we’re not against that at all. 2011 was a huge year for him and 2012 has proven to be pretty great so far as well: Half Naked And Almost Famous is a five-song EP that provides the soundtrack to an exclusive documentary of the same name that will premiere on his website chronicling the highs and lows of the last twelve months. Maybe we’ll get to see video of him snatching his boss Diddy’s door … a girl can dream, I suppose. He waits no time calling on his fellow Bad Boy label mates for assistance, snatching up Cassie for “Warning Shot”, but it’s “See My Tears” that eloquently puts the EST movement in so many words that those who are new to this may understand. MGK is very fan-oriented and this EP is dedicated solely to them. A rager with a heart, how awesome is that!
Half Naked And Almost Famous – iTunes :: Spotify
Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding: Jazz bassist and 2011’s Best New Artist via The Grammys Esperanza Spalding is taking a different approach to singing the praises of her genre and while this may be risky, it fits well on her. Radio Music Society is a contemporary jazz album that maintains its instrumental foundation but boasts production that may reel in a few new fans. Q-Tip ring a bell? Yes, he’s produced and is featured on the LP that also includes appearances by Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Becca Stevens and many more. RMS expands on the various forms of love and touches on an embattled generation faced with obstacles unparalleled to anything we’d ever experienced before. What’s even better about this album is that there’s a video for every single song – how many artists do you get that with these days? This is a great album that shouldn’t be slept on at all because it isn’t your typical jazz piece.
Radio Music Society – iTunes :: Amazon
The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond, Various Artists: The critics are saying that this could be the biggest movie of our time – bigger than Twilight kind of big; Suzanne Collins, the author of the obsessively popular young adult book trilogy of the same title, is saying that the movie more than holds up to the stories; fans are saying that March 23rd will be a day that goes down in infamy as the greatest day ever … me included. It wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t an epic soundtrack to go along with such an epic movie, right? With a tracklisting that includes Kid Cudi, The Decemberists, Taylor Swift (twice), Arcade Fire, and The Civil Wars, one can only imagine what this film is going to be like. It’s a good thing we only have three days left until we see for ourselves!
The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond – iTunes :: Amazon :: Spotify