There is a popular saying that there are only two things in life that are guaranteed, death and taxes. Well, I would like to add a third one to that list: change. It happens to all of us throughout different stages of our existence. Even Grammy award winning Rap artist Eve has acknowledged this necessary fact of life during several interviews she’s done to promote her latest album, Lip Lock.
With her fourth album, Fantasia decides to go a bit more uptempo than her previous work. Side Effects Of You, a collaborative project with producer Harmony Samuels is her take at what she calls "Rock Soul." The album title stands out, and the title track, written by Emeli Sandé, also rises above on the 13 track project.
With six solo projects under his belt it would seem that Prank's lyrical ability, his dedication to the culture and the capacity of his craft is unquestioned. But in that time-honored Hip-Hop tradition of lucid rhythm coupled with intense lyrical delivery, Prank certifies the truth of his claim with L.O.A.D.B (Last of a Dying Breed) and elevates his stature from amateur rapper to seasoned emcee.
Fans who've been with Joe Budden from day 1, quickly realize that this new album from the Jersey native is the ultimate reinvention. No Love Lost is Budden's most commercial, most female friendly, most feature friendly album—all more so then his self-titled 2003 debut. Throughout the album there are light appearances of the artist that garnered a large part of his following from his Mood Muzik releases, but for the most part this is a "new and improved Budden." That is evident from No Love Lost's "Intro," what may be the first beat ever that Joe's been around and not laid a verse to. True, Budden said to expect change, but rappers say stuff all the time, Game said he wouldn't name drop on his last album!
With that in mind this album has to be reviewed under the same criticism of a debut album.
Avant has to be R & B's version of a cat, album after album, label after label finding ways to reinvent himself and continue his career. It's safe to assume that he has 9 lives after releasing his seventh album, Face The Music on his 5th label. Music business politics aside, Avant has a slew of hits in his career, and regardless of his label, he has a strong fan base that supports him, if only for his knack for being consistent with his song quality. His latest offering, is no different as far as R & B quality is concerned.