There is undeniably one man who has taken hip-hop by the throat and refuses to let go. This man is Kanye West, and I for one, wouldn’t want it any other way.
Kanye West deserves every accolade and insult thrown at him; he is a musical genius and a crazy maniac. He also must be one hell of a business man, because not only is he taking 2010 by storm with his soon-to-be-released (and currently-to-be-leaked) album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but he has also signed some of the most talented people in Hip-Hop to his label, G.O.O.D. Music.
The label’s name officially stands for “Getting Out Our Dreams”. And this ambitious and uplifting slogan has harnessed the talents of everyone from established artists like soul-singer John Legend and hip-hop legend Common, to some of the brightest new stars like blogosphere prince Kid Cudi and the UK’s autotune master Mr Hudson.
What really has me excited though is the last quarter of 2010 is going to see a slew off albums coming out of the G.O.O.D. Music hit factory. In fact, let’s take a look at what we have in store for us.
If you haven’t been paying attention to music lately you may have missed the GOOD Fridays Giveaway Bonanza Mr. West has been having for the last couple of months. It isn’t entirely clear if these are tracks from his album or if he is so gifted that the hottest rap tracks the blogs have seen all year are b-sides.
Either way, you can already get your hands on a bunch of amazing Kanye tracks from his website. And he gives out a new one every Friday (sometimes other days too). And if you aren’t into hip-hop and have somehow found yourself still reading this far into my article, he has Bon Iver on a couple tracks. Definitely worth looking into.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be released on November 22nd, 2010.
Kanye West – Good Friday
Kid Cudi took the hip-hop world by storm last year with his album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, and the single, Day ‘n’ Nite. His unique rapping style along with depressing introspective lyrics seemed to touch a chord with the music community beyond the core hip-hop peeps.
He also seemed to be one of the first big rap acts to cater to music blogs, including releasing mixtapes with popular indie songs in the beat. This along with his amazing talent has earned him a sort of ‘he can do no wrong’ feeling on the internet. So far, songs that have been leaked do seem to keep some of the Cudi magic, and with returning production from Ratatat, I expect another successful trip to the moon.
Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager will be released on November 9th, 2010.
Kid Cudi – Mr Rager
Common has been in the hip-hop game well longer than Kanye, but when Kanye became a star, their shared Chicago hometown brought them together.
There isn’t a lot of information available about the forthcoming Common album, other than it promises to have some Kanye produced tracks on board and is expected in 2010. With the rest of the line-up for the year’s end, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was Common’s best album yet.
The Believer will be released sometime in 2010.
Consequence is on his second album with Kanye’s label. Consequence has been around since A Tribe Called Quest, and is actually Q-Tips cousin. And speaking of Q-Tip, that guy has found himself on a handful of G.O.O.D. Music tracks lately, he might not be far behind in making this list.
I thought Consequences first album was a really solid piece of work. He had quite a few great songs with tight drum beats, and this guy is very clever with his words. If you have ever listened to a Kanye album and wondered who that guy is tearing up a guest verse, chances are it is Cons. His upcoming album also is simply set at 2010, but I hear his latest mixtape is a lot of fun and filled with other rappers in this article.
Cons TV will be released sometime in 2010.
Consequence – G.O.O.D. Music
The Clipse were long known for being the gangster cred makers for The Neptunes. Their first couple albums were almost excelusively produced by Pharrel and Chad. And then last year they kind of fell off the map, and by them I mean both The Clipse after a failed third album and the Neptunes after not making any memorable beats.
When I first saw Pusha T’s name appear on some of the tracks Kanye was leaking for his album I knew something was up. Yup, Kanye got him on G.O.O.D. Music too. Lord willing he will get himself some hot beats and bring back that Virginia flow.
And if his guest appearances on the new Kanye is any indication, we are going to be seeing a major comeback.
Kanye West – Runaway (featuring Pusha T)
Pusha T’s debut solo album is rumored to see the light of day in early 2011.
Oh, and on a personal note, it’s great to be writing for ESM. And don’t be afraid to comment on this article to let us know what hip-hop you are looking forward to closing out the year.
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