Start the month off right with a new genre. These are five albums that explore new sounds and tastes, all by black artists with their own distinct style and characteristic sway. Add a couple or all of them to your playlists and let us know what you think!
when the poems do what they do, by aja monet
Aja Monet’s when the poems do what they do is a captivating journey through the essence of black exploration and love within oneself. With profound depth, Monet explores the richness of black culture, illuminating themes of solidarity and connection. The album’s poignant verses delve into the boundless nature of self-discovery, acceptance, and growth. Tracks like “why my love?” and “black joy” challenge conventional definitions and embrace the limitless possibilities of poetry among rich tunes. Through her all-telling poetry and spoken word, Monet fearlessly tackles a range of emotions, from grief and pain to resentment and sadness. This powerful album resonates with its raw honesty, leaving listeners moved and inspired by its profound exploration of the human experience. Learn more about aja monet.
Nightmare on E Street 2, by Fat Trel
Fat Trel’s album, Nightmare on E Street 2, keeps the terrors alive with impressive production and strategic flow. With his versatile rap style, Trel showcases his ability to adapt and explore different sounds throughout the album using his deep baritone rap. The tracks blend seamlessly, creating a cohesive and enjoyable listening experience. One standout track, “Elite,” featuring I Am NorthEast, possesses a captivating quality reminiscent of a potential chart-topper that deserves more recognition. Meanwhile, “Love u Right” stands out as a unique offering among the other songs, featuring a catchy hook that Trel effortlessly switches up after remaining rough throughout the track. Nightmare on E Street 2 delivers an entertaining and well-crafted rap experience. Fat Trel will be performing in Washington, DC, at the Broccoli City Festival July 15-16th.
YNOS2, by Baby Money
Detroit rapper Baby Money’s YNOS2 is a star-studded album that showcases the talents of Kash Doll, Lil Yachty, Babyface Ray, and Skrilla Baby. The album shines with its impressive lineup of featured artists, each bringing their unique flair to the tracks. One standout track, “12th Street,” captures attention with its clever lyricism and captivating production that seamlessly weaves various elements together. This track stands out as a Baby Money classic, demonstrating his ability to deliver a memorable and engaging listening experience. With its star power and noteworthy moments, YNOS2 solidifies Baby Money’s position in the rap scene. Keep up with Baby Money.
Messy, by Oliva Dean
Oliva Dean’s Messy is an emotionally heartfelt album that combines catchy tunes with deeply confessional storytelling. The acoustic accompaniments and captivating vocal ranges further enhance the overall experience, taking listeners on a journey through Dean’s raw and vulnerable world. One standout track, “Dive,” resonates with its relatable and uplifting nature, immersing listeners in its wholesome and all-consuming atmosphere. “Dangerously Easy” showcases Dean’s warm and mesmerizing vocals, creating an enchanting ambiance within the song. Additionally, “Getting There: Interlude” serves as a perfect transitional piece, transforming the mood of the album into a soulful and beautiful composition, accentuated by the subtle keys towards the end. Messy is a captivating musical work that leaves a lasting impression with its sincere and introspective artistry.
Fine Tune, by Terrace Martin
Terrace Martin’s Fine Tune is a jazz, funk, and rock and roll-infused album that delivers a delightful sonic experience. From start to finish, the album is adorned with the perfect blend of horns, funky rhythms, and captivating saxophone melodies. Martin fearlessly pushes the boundaries of jazz, incorporating elements from different genres to create a fresh and invigorating sound. The adored song “Snooze” by beloved singer SZA was covered on the album with the addition of sultry saxophone accompaniment. The vibrant horns and infectious groove throughout the album add a dynamic energy that keeps listeners engaged. “Final Thought” features a song with riveting sax by Kamasi Washington and company; it rules the core of the album with scattered and deceitful jazz flirtation. With skillful saxophone solos and masterful drumming, Fine Tune showcases Martin’s ability to craft a unique and unforgettable musical journey that captivates fans of jazz and beyond. This album is a testament to Martin’s talent and his sonic territories.
With these 5 newest must-listen-to albums, your playlist will be full of all kinds of vibes for any occasion. Stay tuned form more weekly album reviews.