The month of August featured multiple standout releases. Here are just a few projects that RESPECT. certified for the month of August.
2 Chainz – Daniel Son; Necklace Don
The Atlanta emcee has had an eventful 2016 so far; he’s released his Felt Like Cappin EP and a joint album with Lil Wayne, entitled Collegrove. 2 Chainz has clearly had his fair share of success- this mixtape is just a continuation of that. Though Daniel Son; Necklace Don is only ten tracks, the project packs a punch. The records “Ounces” and “Chirp” are definitely standout tracks on the mixtape. Add in the Drake feature on “Big Amount,” and it’s easy to see why this mixtape is such a great look for the G.O.O.D Music artist.
Rae Sremmurd- Sremmlife 2
The duo from Tupelo, Mississippi dropped their party starting LP just two weeks ago, and the shockwaves are still being felt throughout the industry. Rappers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi present us with their best work yet. Tracks like “Black Beatles” and “Real Chill” will make you want to jump out your seat. While “Came A Long Way” and “Do Yoga” will have you grooving all night long. Sremmlife 2 is among this year’s must-listens if you haven’t marked it down already.
De La Soul – The Anonymous Nobody
The hip-hop legends return to bring one of the most imaginative rap albums in recent memory. Funded entirely by the group’s Kickstarter fundraiser, The Anonymous Nobody is an ambitious effort that pushes the culture forward. The tracks “Property of Spitkicker.com” and “Greyhounds” are strong testimonials to the talent De La Soul still possesses. The album’s single “Pain,” featuring the Long Beach California icon Snoop Dogg, is such a special record that it’s worth checking out this project exclusively for it.
Young Thug – No, My Name is JEFFERY
Thugger earned a ton of publicity for himself when he announced that he was changing his name to Jeffery for the release of his latest project. According to Thug’s management over at 300 Entertainment, we would all understand the name change when the tape drops. Well, No, My Name is Jeffery is here and I still don’t understand the new stage name. However, that doesn’t change the fact that this is one of my favorite Young Thug albums yet. All nine tracks are very compelling. The song “Haramabe” is full of raw emotion, while “Kanye West” has a whimsical charm to it, furthered by Wyclef John‘s singing in the background. I don’t know if Thug’s new name will stick, but I do sure hope the direction toward his sound does.
Madeintyo – Thank You, Mr.Tokyo
Dismissed by some as just an Ad-lib rapper, Madeintyo exceeds expectations for his latest project Thank You, Mr. Tokyo. The Atlanta artist continues to refine his sound while creating some incredibly catchy bangers. The records “Skateboard P” and “Drip” will be instant favorites to play in the whip due to the stellar production of Tokyo’s go-to producer K Swisha. If you are looking for something to crank while working out, give this project a listen.
Frank Ocean – Blonde
Of course, by now you’ve already heard that Frank Ocean has finally returned after a four-year hiatus. Well, Frank brought back with him an album with a truly complex musical experience. Going with a more stripped R&B sound, Ocean delivers some really profound tracks. The records “Solo” and “Nights” showcase Frank’s otherworldly songwriting talent, while “Self-Control” is a great display of his vocal range. Blonde is a must listen for old and new fans of Ocean alike.
Vince Staples – Prima Donna
Vince Staples released a 22 min EP this month that blew me away even with only seven tracks. The Long Beach native churns out some of the most original work of his short career. The tracks “Loco” and “Smile” are thoughtful records that continue to display the type of artist Vince is capable of becoming, while “Pimp Hand” shows that Staples is still able to rap on the same instrumentals as his peers.
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