It's been a few years in the making but Nelly has finally released his latest album, M.O. Hard to believe, but it's already been 13 years since the critically acclaimed debut by the rapper, Country Grammar, was released. Here he is all these years removed from the release, with years of success under his belt, but not much has changed for the emcee. He's still got the Midwest slang, still putting his vocals to the test on his hooks, and he's still repping St. Louis, Missouri, as evidenced by his latest album's title.
A new K-Ci & JoJo album wasn't exactly anticipated, especially after having been away from music as a duo seemingly since their last studio effort Emotional, which was released back in 2002. While they've still been making strides with a solo K-Ci album, a duo album released in Japan in 2008, and a reality show about their struggles with addiction on TV One in 2010, a new album seemed like it would never be released in the states. Though not expected, for a fan like myself, the new project, My Brother's Keeper is greatly appreciated.
One of the most anticipated albums of the year, Nothing Was the Same, Drake's third studio album is a brasher Drake. The inner-directed collection of tracks is sonically well executed. Nothing Was The Same, is quite different from Thank Me Later and Take Care, as they stay away from the carbon copy radio friendly formulas providing Drake more leeway to delve into meaningful subject matter.
The Three Kings project is a few years in the making, for the R & B trio of legends that is Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank. They first released a single two years ago and announced a Single Ladies tour, but with solo projects, movie projects and label issues in the way, the project and tour were delayed. It wasn't until Atlantic Records picked them up earlier this year that things became official. The lead single, "Sex Ain't Never Felt Better," provides quite the preview into what audiences can expect from the overall album. It's R & B at it's core, slow jams, baby making music, love ballads and songs that champion women. Simply put, it's what the game's been needing.
Listening to Stevie Stone's 2 Birds 1 Stone, two things immediately stand out: the rapper has a knack for brash lines and the production is top notch. The title track is an in your face cut that is complete with what any rap enthusiast would be looking for - heavy bass, a memorable hook and superb rhyming. On the track, it becomes clear that Stevie Stone, while at first listen may sound similar to Pastor Troy, Petey Pablo or even Juvenile, that he is a lane all by himself. "Get Out My Face" is a club banger that discusses the fascination of spending money and living life to the fullest. It is one of the highlights on the album.