New Millennium Southern Rap
Big K.R.I.T. Live From the Underground (Def Jam)
When Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T. released K.R.I.T. Wuz Here in 2010, he was heralded as the second coming of OutKast and UGK. His self-produced Def Jam debut Live From the Underground is a testament to the hype but doesn’t quite measure up to his mixtapes. A little more dumbed down from his previous introspective efforts, K.R.I.T. still succeeds when cruising along silky guitars of “Hydroplaning” or flashes insight on “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” If he’s anything like his predecessors, K.R.I.T. has a bright future in music. He just has to channel it properly. ★★★☆☆
Curren$y The Stoned Immaculate (Warner Bros. Records)
It’s hard to believe that Curren$y can drop so much free music and still have a plethora of quality songs stashed away for his album. But that’s the case with The Stoned Immaculate. The New Orleans rapper’s eighth studio album is packed with soothing production and lyricism potent enough to give the listener a contact high. Although his content mostly centers on cars (“Sunroof”), being cooler than you (“No Squares”) and marijuana and women (“Capitol”), Curren$y does it with enough gusto to make redundancy entertaining. ★★★☆☆
Oddisee People Hear What They See (Mello Music Group)
Oddisee may be best known for his production work (his credits range from Talib Kweli to ESPN). But his latest album, People Hear What They See, isn’t just an exercise in beat making; it shows Oddisee’s growth as an MC. His diatribe on capitalism (“American Greed”) showcases his astuteness while “That Real” finds him recalling his younger days. But don’t be confused; his work behind the boards is what stands out. The jazzy swagger of “You Know Who You Are” is a lush composition and a reminder that this double threat is ready to break into the mainstream. ★★★★☆
What albums are on Andreas’ radar….
JULY 10: Aesop Rock—and his complex rhyme scheme—returns with his first album in five years, Skelethon. JULY 17: We’ll finally get to see just how good life has been for Nas since divorcing Kelis on the appropriately titled Life Is Good. Alchemist snatches up the likes of Yelawolf, Action Bronson, ScHoolBoy Q and Danny Brown to rap over his always first-rate production on Russian Roulette. JULY 24: After 10 months of teasing us with sporadic singles, electro-pop duo Purity Ring will finally drop their debut album, Shrines. JULY 31: Rick Ross has titled his next album God Forgives, I Don’t, and for some reason I believe him. Hopefully the music matches the ruthlessness of the title.