So, in the last two months, we have been blessed with some amazing music, but what did you listen to this month? Here, at the Black Youth Project, we’ve compiled a small list of the 5 best albums and mixtapes that were released this month, so if you’re not listening to them now, you better get on it!
By: Sam Fleming
Drake is one of the few legitimate pop stars to come out of hip-hop. Already joining the ranks of rappers such as Eminem and Kanye West, he has had the quickest rise to fame and critical acclaim in recent memory.
With this fame has come scrutiny and labels. He is often referred to as being fake and is thought of as soft by rap fans and insiders alike. Drake dropped the mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late in early 2015 to fight these labels. The mixtape caught people off guard. It was a stark departure from the sentimental style he established previously. Proclaiming he didn’t care about haters, Drake stressed that more was more to come on his upcoming album, Views. But, that just wasn’t the case.
In National Mental Health Month, it is so nice to have celebrities like Azealia Banks to discuss topics like this, seeing how we know that she will never keep her mouth closed about anything.
By: Sam Fleming
Denzel Curry has been on the rise for the last few years, but his latest release, Imperial, has propelled him into underground stardom. Curry has been releasing a steady stream of hardcore and cloud-rap since 2011, however with Imperial he finally finds his true voice and puts together some of the darkest, most hard-hitting hip-hop of the year.
He comes out the gate strong. Listening to the trio of “ULT,” “Gook” and “Sick and Tired” it feels like you have been hit over the head with a metal bat. Everything he raps is hard and the way that he snarls over the beats is at times exhausting. He is involved in every second of the music, but the mood of the project shifts throughout.
South By Southwest is an annual more than week long set of festivals and conferences focused on music, film, and technology. The event brings together professionals from the media world as well as super stars and interested fans.
Most people are timid around purchasing a ticket for SXSW, however this time the money is definitely worth the trip. Here’s why:
As the Obamas prepare to leave the Oval Office in a few months, it seems like FLOTUS is amplifying her feminist beliefs.
In recent Hip-Hop related news, the rapper B.o.B has challenged the scientific idea that the Earth is round.
A solid congratulation is in order for rapper Wale.
On Tuesday, January 12, Wale became the first rapper to ever open a State of the Union address.
This article has been updated (below) since its original publication.
Beyoncé is reportedly planning to write and star in her own movie on Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman who was exhibited in London freak shows in the 1800s nicknamed “Hottentot Venus” due to her large butt.