Today, there are not many albums that released that I’m interested in. I only know of Forevery in a Dayby Day 26. My boyfriend has constantly been reminding me to get Round 2 by J. Holiday, whom I saw in the airport a few weeks ago, and I finally decided to get the album which was released on March 2.
Going off of first listens, Forever in a Day is very nice. The album is definitely a more mature sound than their first self-titled album. I have listened to the album from beginning to end several times, which is always a good sign! However, I can tell Que has some influence in taking some of the songs mainstream as he stated he wanted to do so via Making the Band. What makes me mad is when artists feature an artist on their song, i.e. T-pain on Day 26’s Shawty What’s Up, the track ends up sounding like the featured artist’s song vs. the original artist’s song! While the song is one that will play in the club, it’s not ‘Day 26′ to me. Same goes for Need That that features Jermaine Dupri. The true ‘Day 26′ songs are great and these are my favorite that have been on repeat already: Think of Me, Bipolar …BOMB!…but the beginning beat sounds very similar to something I’ve heard before- Man in Your Life by Joe Thomas, Girlfriend, and Then There’s You. Whichever member of the group said Willie is not the leader of the group must be trying to save face. That man’s voice leads and dominates most of the album!
On to the next. J. Holiday’s attempt at a second album is ok. The ballads are alright and there are several tracks I like such asLights Go Out, Make that Sound, and Fly. I LOVE Wrong Lover mostly because I heard this song prior, but there are no songs that I listen to and get chills. I can envision myself listening to this album for every bit of two weeks. His first album was much better in my opinion and it makes me wonder if the problem is that he was given the wrong songs. I’m not saying that J. is the next Marvin Gaye by any means, but it seems as though if artists are not 150% marketable their labels do not give them the pick of the crop of in reference to songs and their production is only mediocre. I think he has a great voice, but he needs to be given more exposure with better a better song choice. When is the industry going to change?
by T-Pain: I can, and willingly, admit that my boyfriend put me back on T-Pain. I’m sure he will be happy to read to this! I like T-Pizzle’s first album but I had began to hate how he was on every track! For some reason today, I was hooked on Thr33 Ringz album and The Ring Leader 3 mixtape. T-Pain has so many songs out I can never tell if they are on his latest album, a mixtape, the featured artist’s album, or an unreleased track. I realized there are a lot of songs by T-Pain that I like, some of which are on the Deluxe Edition of Thr33 Ringz and some are on the mixtape I was listening to. I was heavy on the repeat to Phantom, Sweet, and Everybody Else that features C. Mal. If you bought the regular version of the album you are missing out on all these tracks! My favorite, however, has to be Bad Side and the song is fire! Even the background, melody, or whatever you want to call it is hot…just listen!
by Ludacris co-starring T-Pain: I like the beat on this track. Sounds like one Usher would sing on, but with T-Pain presents a different sound for Ludacris. This track is real chill and the lyrics crack me up! They are not really influential or meaningful; rather they detail a weekend outing in Atlanta. Drinking is involved, vision is impaired, girls are met, and activities that shall remain unsaid occur. This probably won’t be an official single released, but will make it on Ludacris’ album Theater of the Mind that was scheduled for an October 21st release but has been pushed back to November 25th. I always wonder the thought process behind delayed album releases??? Oh yea, and the reason for the co-starring vs. ft. is because Ludacris stated that none of the tracks will be featuring any guests and instead they will be “co-starring”.
by DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West & T-Pain: This weekend, someone super duper special asked if I heard this song. Surprisingly, I never heard it and you all KNOW I love almost every song that Kanye is on. Alternatively, I do not like DJ Khaled! Why? Take this song for example – it’s his track and you automatically know by him screaming his name at the beginning – as though his annoying voice wouldn’t give it away. However, if you miss the first 30 seconds of the song, you would think it was a Kanye track featuring T-Pain because DJ Khaled does not say anything besides the intro. Although Kanye’s lyrics are alright, I’m labeling this track as whack because the artist who owns it can’t even complete a full verse!
by Ray Lavender ft. T-Pain: Everyone, including myself, roasts T-Pain for being on just about every song that is released. I agree that his voice/the robot sound is played out, but it is undeniable that the man can make a hit. I’m not calling it quality music, but rather a “hit” – being a track that is catchy, given radio play, and will cause people to dance in the club. I have to give T-Pain credit this track would not be the same if he was not a featured artist. Not too impressed with Ray L, but we’ll see what’s is store for his next single…
by Timbaland ft. T-Pain: I contemplated posting this song a few weeks ago, but I did not want to make anyone aware of ANOTHER T-Pain song. Seems like I can’t get away from it! This track is on every mixtape I listened to today! I do know this beat is hot and with my car’s sound system on high, this will beat hard! I also think this is a great club song! With a drink in my hand and this song playing, I am positive I would be dancing. This song is one of the singles off Shock Value 2, Timbaland’s 3rd solo album. In my opinion, the original Shock Value was a great album. Timbaland describes the Jr. as a Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation which means that this album is anticipated to be pure hotness!