Here, we bring you reviews of three artists you definitely should be listening to. Check it out…
1: Chris Brown: ”In My Zone (Gangsta Grillz / Rhythm & Streets)”
Chris Brown Chris Brown’s latest album ‘Graffiti’, since its release in Dec 2009, has received low reviews, not on account of its lack of merit, but because critics found it hard critiquing the album without recourse to the Rihanna incident.
On his part, Chris Brown is trying everything possible to put all that behind him. He recently gifted his royal fans, whose feedback on Graffiti he said have been nothing short of praiseworthy, a free mix tape.
“My fans [have] given me a great response on the album. They actually said they love it. They tell me what songs they love. Like 99 percent of the comments are all positive about the album.” Chris said in an interview recently.
The mix tape, In My Zone (Gangsta Grillz / Rhythm & Streets), featuring new songs as well as recognizable hits including Trey Songz’ ‘Say Aah,’ Ludacris’ ‘How Low,’ and Snoop Dogg’s ‘I Wanna Rock’ can be downloaded for free @ http://www.livemixtapes.com/download/11305/chris_brown_in_my_zone.html. The mix tape is not all about rewarding royal fan’s as Chris Brown also used the opportunity to show off his credible rap skills and song writing talents.
This initiative from Chris Brown was well received by fans around the world. On several web sites, the mix tape has been downloaded over 1000,000 times
Stand out Tracks
“Say Aah” featuring T. Breezy and “Perfume” featuring Rich Girl
2: Janelle Monae: “The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)”
Ok, so some didn’t know Janelle before her monster single “Tightrope” which featured Outkast’s big boi? Well, I didn’t either, but one listen was enough conviction that the lady had more going for her than her extravagant coiffure and futuristic leanings.
The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV), Janelle’s fist studio album, continues a concept already explored in her EPs, about robot revolutions (or something), but don’t go expecting so much futuristic sci-fi kind music, for aside from sped-up backup vocals (especially in “tightrope) most songs lean more towards Micheal Jackson, Outcast and Amerie.
Though Janelle might remind us (somewhat) of Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill or, maybe, Grace Jones, she sounds only like herself and has a presence that is at par with, if not higher than, what those diva’s displayed in their heydays.
This will definitely go down as one of the biggest albums of the 2010.
Stand out songs
“Say You’ll Go”, “Locked Inside”, “Tightrope” and “BaBopByeYa”
Though some artists are more hype than bite, Janelle is not one of those, blessed with undisputed talent; she is too big for any genre and has an independent style clearly reminiscent of a pre AWOL Lauren Hill.
3: Macy Grey: “The sell out”
Grammy winning soul sensation Macy Gray has once again slipped on the toga of success that was synonymous with her a decade ago when many saw her as the biggest thing in soul. Back then her inimitable voice granted Black Eyed Peas’s jaunty “Request Line” its haunting chorus, making the song one of the biggest hits of 2000.
After trying unsuccessfully to recreate the runaway success of her 1999 debut, ‘On How Life Is’, the Neo-soul diva is back to winning ways with her latest album ‘The sell out’. The sell out clearly signals the return of Macy’s velvety soulfulness. None-too-soon, I say, as it was obvious to even diehard fans that the sister desperately needed a strong comeback after the song writing skills of Will.I.Am and Justin Timberlake failed to lift her much-touted 2007 comeback album – the previous two having sounded a death knell that saw her label bailing out.
With the ‘Sell out’, Macy has reasserted herself as the undisputed queen of Neo-Soul. The Album’s strength is evident from the self-titled opening track to the aptly titled closer, “The comeback”. It is as if Macy is saying to us, “I am back!”
Stand out tracks
“Beauty In The World”, “Kissed It”, “Help Me” and “Still Hurts”
…And what if she threw in Hip-hop, Rock, Pop and her comfort zone, Soul, that’s what made the album so off the hinges.
By Fred Nwonwu