What is Nocturnal Playground?
It's where your mind goes when you are trapped inside the matter of creativity. Music can take you on an intensified journey through many emotions. Fashion can take your style to different dimensions and add levels to your wardrobe. My job is to fulfill you music and fashion muse. I will provide you the new, exclusive and undiscovered of these two coinciding worlds. So with that being said, enjoy Nocturnal Playground. Where the beats never sleep.
As much salt they throw on Drake, you can't deny the fact that is a great artist and his fourth album entitled, Nothing Was The Same, is sure to please your ears with melodic rhymes and harmonic singing.
At first, I was taken back by his choice for the intro. His prior albums always started off real mellow and then he went to the more hard toward the middle but, on my second listen, I learned to appreciate it. I felt like he needed to do this because a lot of people have been coming for Drake's neck and felt like this was like his redemption song.
The album overall had a great flow. I love that he kept it true to his ending interludes they remind me of The Dream's album. It makes you appreciate the blood, sweat and tears that is put into production. The only downfall is that I felt like his lyrics were a little mediocre on some of his song. I felt like on Take Care, there was a balance of great lyrics and drake holding his tune but, nevertheless, those tracks were saved by the production.
Speaking of the production; it was great. Of course you know Noah "40" Shebib is Drake's right hand man when it comes to his sound. It's like Missy with no Timberland, Mariah with no Jermaine Dupri. It just wouldn't be right. Drake collab with other "super" producers such as Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie, Hudson Mohawke, The Dream and Mike WiLL Made It; to name a few.
This is another good album by Drizzy. I see this banging for the rest of this year.
Track 11- 305 To My City Ft. Detail
Track 12 - Too Much
Track 16 - All Me Ft. 2 Chainz and Big Sean
Track 1: Tuscany Leather
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I wasn't going even review this album because I wasn't sure about the dark turn Kanye has taken but, I had to remember, Kanye reinvents. Not saying that I'm fully into his turn but, I do appreciate the art of this CD.
Switching form the tone from the last album, Kanye this took a much dark approach. Focusing on issues of socialism, his inner demons (nothing new), race and the New World Order. Electro beats and powerful yet witty lyrics fuel this CD.
This is not Kanye's best works but they are sure to please. Even though this is a good album, it could have been so much more. I felt like it was missing something.
Great CD Yeezy but I did enjoy J. Coles more. In my opinion.
I wanted to just put up this post when I got the drop a couple of days ago but, this is one project I wanted to listen to thoroughly.
J. Cole has to be one of the most underrated rappers in the game right now. His music is notice but, he as an artist goes under the radar. If you don't have respect for J. Cole then, this album is sure to defer your mind.
Writing this has me emotional because I truly love hip-hop and when I hear great albums, it makes me appreciate the art even more. When people put their all into something, you feel their hunger through whatever it is they do. J. Cole is very much still hungry. The music speaks for it.
The production, cohesiveness and the lyrical content is just superb. All bangers on this album.
Sir Michael Rocks, one half of the Cool Kids has dropped another mixtape entitled, While You Wait. Mikey Rocks last mixtape was surprisingly good and this mixtape is even better.
Since the depart of his Cool Kid counterpart, Chuck English, Mikey has been holding the duo down with his relevance and even though it was Chucks beats that provided the fuel for their verses, Mikey has been outsourcing for production. I must say, he has done a good job in doing so. Touching out to some of the new leader of the game like Cardo, Polyester, The Freshman and Larry Fisherman (AkA Mac Miller).
I love that Mikey took the initiative to go out on his own but, I hope that Cool Kids reunion is around the corner.
If you love that gutta, hood, trap rap then Gunplay's new mixtape, will get your adrenalin going.
Gunplay is the rapper for the trenches, the streets. This mixtape is filled with hardcore lyrics and hard beats that will get you going. Its one of those mixtapes that'll have you going hard in the gym.
Overall this is a good mixtape. I give it a 6.5 out of 10.
Cali Bay Area native Iamsu! released his new mixtape this week entitled KILT II.
I always heard collaboration tracks from this guy but, never heard any of his mixtapes. Not really impressed. I just couldn't connect. It seems is if he couldn't connect with his music. I felt like he was just rapping on the beat and not in tune with his music. Production wise it was great and he made most of his beat for this project. I love the horns from Terrance Martin on some of the tracks.
Iamsu! would be a great artist if he could just connect with his music. Great producer but, not a great rapper.
Just my opinion but, take a listen for yourself.
Track 3: Hold It Down
Track 9: Float
Track 16: Best Thing Yet
Track 17: 100 Grand (Remix)
Download this mixtape here. (no login required) Enjoy. -Jacq
J. Cole will drop his Born Sinner album on June 18th and until then, he is keeping you thirsty with this tracklist. It consist of some heaven hitters in the game and a few bonus tracks for all you who don't want the album to end.
He also released another song off the album featuring the one and only Kendrick Lamar entitled Forbidden Fruit. Take a gander...
This track was released a couple a months ago and I can believe it slipped under radar. Instant love when I heard this track come in with screwed up mix sampling Mint Condition's Swangin'. I've always had personal love of how Houston flips a track and make it their own ballad. Stalley, I appreciate you for paying homage to the candy swinger and the syrup sippers with this track. Great song. One of my summer favorites!
Let me first say, I didn't know what to expect from Gangsta Boo because she's been out the game for a minute.
A big round of applause goes out to Gangsta Boo for making a really good project. She released her mixtape entitled ... this week.
She hasn't missed a beat. She still kicking that good old Memphis Ten flow with dope lyrical content. With beats from Dramma Boy, Spaceghost Purp and a few others make for a cohesive project.
Thanks Boo for keeping it real.
Every track on here is banging! So, there's no need for a list...but there is one track I don't fuck with because its on that sinister shx and that's... Track 6: God of Black...that's that shx I don't like.
Overall, check out this mixtape.
Download the mixtape on this link. (Noplayground livemixtape account. See previous post for login.)
Ludacris has made a vengeance with a new mixtape entitled IDGAF and to be honest, it wasn't a good comeback in my opinion.
I feel the older you get, the better you get but, Luda has taken the Benjamin Button approach. Old Luda, Chicken and Beer and everything before was fire! From content to lyrics. This project I disagree.
I think he is trying to make strip club hits like everybody else. If that the approach he's trying to take then it should have been a instrumental because the lyrics weren't even up to par. I could on and on but...
Luda, we gotta do better.
Here are the somewhat "bangers":
Track 3: Raised In The South (Love Jeezy's verse)
Track 5: 9 Times Out Of 10
Track 6: Speak Into The Mic
Track 8: IDGAF
Download mixtape at this link. Use the Nocturnal Playground log in:
P.S. SOMEBODY PLEASE COME OUT WITH A PROJECT WITH CONSISTENCY, COHESIVENESS AND LYRICAL CONTENT! thank you.
The anticipation is over. The-Dream has brought out a new album entitled, IV Play.
Overall this album is ok. Yeah, just ok. Listening to this album didn't make me excited like the past Dream projects. It seems as if he lost his creativity that makes his albums great. I felt as if this project was rushed and just put out to fulfill a contract agreement
Things that were different:
Those great smooth transitions from one song to another
Production was not at its best
Now, to the bangers:
Track 1: High Art Ft. Jay Z
Track 2: IV Play
Track 6: Where Have You Been Ft. Kelly Rowland
Track 9: Love You Crazy
Track 11: Self-Conscious
Remember, these are just my thoughts. You be the judge. Is it hot or not?
This album is available for download on this link. (Click the Create Download Link and download the link)
I guess Paris Hilton has found a new home with Lil Wayne and his counterparts that make up Cash Money Records.
Hilton broke the news to Showbiz 411, adding that she hopes to have her follow-up to 2006′s self-titled debut out by summer. She added it will feature a number of hip-hop acts, including Weezy, and production from EDM superstar Afrojack. “This is a lot different than my first album,” Paris told the site. “It’s really going to be house music.” – MTV
Now this what you call baby back bullshx. YMCMB is just spiraling into a pop empire. Not a good look.
I know, I know, we are all waiting on an Outkast reunion or 3 stacks to release an album. Even though it seems far fetched right now, the point is we are hoping and wishing that it happens. Until then, I have a spectacular Andre 3000 mix for your soul. This is one of the best I've come across so far.
While doing one of my random YouTube searches, I ran across this video of Soulja Boy and Sean Kingston rapping. Weird as this may sound, it was an interesting video because I never knew Sean Kingston was capable of rapping. He has a really nice flow and a bit lyrical. Not to mention, he's way decent then Soulja Boy will ever be. Shout out to Soulja on the beat though. That is one thing he is good at.
Check it out... (Skip to 0:56 to start at Sean Kingston)
Kanye West just released a new powerful track called New Slaves. He premiered his video in 66 different countries on random buildings around the globe. Kanye is my boy but, it seems like he is battling with some inner demons. These new tracks are so dark that it bothers me.
Great and powerful message though...check it out...
The 2013 BET Awards will take place in Los Angeles on June 30th at the Staples Center and this years host will be Chris Tucker. Last week, the nominees were announced by Chris Brown and I must say that the nominees are looking kind of promising for some artist.
Finally, French Montana releases his ? album entitled, Excuse My French. While listen to this project, I was just sitting back thinking that I've been rocking with this dude for a while now, every since the Cocaine City DVDs . It's just good to see him come up.
The album is what I expected to be. French always stays true to himself. Expected the ode to Max B (Free that nigga!), the drug infused lyrics, laid back flow and his famous ad-libs (HANNN, JU HEARD and WAVY). Production wise, this was a great project! With production from Rico Love, DJ Khaled, Lex Luga, Young Chop, Mike Will Made It and a few other up-and-coming producers, it created a cohesive album.
Even though this whole album was a banger, there are a few track that just had me on ten! They are:
Track 3: Ain't Worried About Nothing
Track 6: Fuck What Happens Tonight Ft. Dj Khaled, Movado, Ace Hood, Snoop Dogg, Scarface
Track 13: Bust It Open
Track 16: Marble Floors Ft. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz
He makes me escape into a melodic paradox filled with sounds unimaginable that would be impossible to filter into a beat. I would pay top dollar to see what goes on in his head.
Grandson of Thelonius Monk, you could say that Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) got his music talents honestly. Hailing from LA, Lotus always has been know for his intricate and eccentric style of music but, it wasn't until recently that mainstream took a notice. Teaming up with people such as Kendrick Lamar and Mac Miller. His fourth studio album entitled Until The Quiet Comes will sure to take you on a musical journey.
Check out this artistic short film visual for his album. Ladies and gentleman enjoy...Until The Quiet Comes a short film by Eahil Joseph.
Download Flying Lotus latest album after the jump...
The OPM crew has put out visuals for Bonic's track Cheerios. In my opinion, dope beat. I didn't care for Bonic's verse but his flow rode the beat and Dom kills it every time! Dope verse. Check it out...
Last month, I introduced you to the Def Jam signee from the DMV, Logic. He's releasing his new mixtape with some old and new heavy hitters in the industry. Check the track record below for the features and FREE DOWNLOAD of the mixtape after the jump...
That real dirty south is the definition of Scotty. Reppin ATL, he stays true to his roots. He reminds me Goody Mobb mixed with old T.I and Big KRIT. This project gives me a dirty swang Texas feel with ATL a twang slathered amongst it. If you want something to bend a couple of corners to then, this is the tape for you.
Man... This may be one of the best mixtapes of this year (Yeah, I said it). The rapping is great, transitions great, everything flows greatly. All bangers, no whammys.
Download this mixtape on this link. (Hit "Create download link". Hit link and download.
If he titles this album AdicRap because of his voice over the beat then, I oblige. Im od'd. Chance The Rapper reminds me of a cross of Trans Lee, Flatbush Zombies and Wyclef. That is enough to take you on a journey itself. This is my first encounter of Chance The Rapper and I must say, I am impressed. With beats from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and Two-9 affiliates, the tracks make for a good listening.
Now, for the bangers:
Track 1: Good Azz Intro
Track 2: Pusha Man (Hot Shx!)
Track 3: Cocoa Butter Kisses
Track 5: Lost
Track 8: Favorite Song (Hot Shx!)
Track 12: Chain Smoker (Hot Shx!)
Track 13: Everything's Good (Hidden Track Hot Shx!)
Free download of the album on this link (Choose the button marked "Create Download Link". Click link and download)
Yesterday, I dropped J. Cole's latest track, Cold Summer. Now, I introduce to you, J. Cole's new mixtape, Yours Truly 2. If your a true fan then, you will appreciate this project. What I love about J. Cole is that he stays true to himself. Giving you consious lyrics over mello, dope beats. This is the time that I would give you my bangers but, every track flows consistently and J. Cole is delivering every time.
Download this mixtape FREE ON THIS LINK (click the button marked "Create Download Link" click the link and download)
Hailing from L.A., (Lamiert Park to be exact) Raven Sorvino oozes the streets of her hometown with hard flows over smooth beats. She is the new definition of the "pitbull in a skirt." A breath of fresh air for the women in Hip Hop.
Check out her new single, I Been On off her upcoming, Trouble In Paradise EP.
If you are into the techno upheaval and hyped house beats then this is the album for you. Will.i.am's Will Power makes me feel like I'm at a rave club in Vegas, high on E. Although, the beats are great, don't expect any dope lyrical content from Will.i.am...ever. Filled with trans beats and electro sounds, this album is sure to have you fist pumping in the most unfamiliar places.
Track 3: This is Love Ft. Eva Simmons
Track 4: Scream & Shout Ft. Britney Spears
Track 5: Let's Go Ft. Chris Brown
Track 6: Gettin Dumb Ft. apl.de.ap (Best Track)
Track 7: Geekin'
Track 9: #thatPower Ft. Justin Bieber
Track 13: Love Bullets Ft. Skylar Grey