Kendrick Lamar “DAMN.”
You knew this was coming. He is number one once again. After couple of years from his black opus album “To Pimp A Butterfly”, K-Dot schools us again with his more personal and radio-friendly album, DAMN. Now don’t get me wrong. From his last album we had hard jazz and prolific storytelling. But now we get deeper into his world and wondering why God is leading him to a world of no promise. The only question that comes to mind is, what concept is he going to pick up next and how is he going to top his previous work. One thing’s for sure, it will be better than his last and all we will be saying is…DAMN.
Top Tracks: Just by the DAMN. album. It’s really worth it!
Lorde – “Melodrama”
The concept of going to and coming out of a party may seem simplistic at first; but with Lorde putting her on twist of the concept, the results are breathtaking. Her most daring and bravest album to date. Melodrama is the milestone from a teenage dream to a respectable artist in our generation. The originality of this album is just enough to be the best and smartest art pop album of 2017.
Top Tracks – Homemade Dynamite, Liability, Perfect Places, Sober II
SZA – “CTRL”
The debut album of 27 year-old Solána Imani Rowe a.k.a SZA from Maplewood, NJ. Claiming that music isn’t her first interest, CTRL sounds like one of K-Dot’s masterpieces and the volumes of love on her debut is poetic as well as effervescent. With 5 Grammys nominations tied to her name, SZA has more to offer in the future with her music and CTRL is her blueprint.
St. Vincent – “MASSEDUCTION”
Hot Damn! What can Annie not do? MASSEDUCTION is one of the cheekiest (pun intended) and honest albums from St. Vincent and the expectations are so unexpected. It’s safe to say that she’s the female David Bowie of our time and she’s so ahead of the game that she’s literally stomping it with her high heels.
Top Tracks: Pills, New York, Los Ageless
Björk – “Utopia”
On her 10th album, Björk escapes from the darkness of “Vulnicura” and into a world full of paradises, hopes and flutes…a lot of flutes. But that’s Björk for you. Björk is known for surprising her listeners, including myself. But what’s unique about this album is that after going through a loss, she seems to elevate herself again. This time, she’s taking us to a world where love can be rediscovered and that her music, as well as her new utopian phase, is at the upmost striking. (and still, the BEST artist of ALL-TIME!)
Top Tracks: Blissing Me, Tabula Rosa, The Gate
8.) A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”
Politically motivated, perfectly crafted, all Quest. Can they still kick it after over a decade of a hiatus but bring out the everflowing and conscious rhymes that move our minds and bodies? YES THEY CAN! If you want to hear a beautiful goodbye on a high note, then “We Got It From Here…” is a must listen to old and new fans alike. And to Phife Dawg, “Thank You 4 Your Service”!
Top Tracks – We The People…, The Space Program, Dis Generation
By Gary Barton
A free child dancing with the winds
Of its own desires
A student of caution with the
Aura like an old sage
A significant shade of gold
As the sun shines on me
Ivory towers with fine limbs
The blueprint of my strength
The windows of my inner self
Reflections from outside
My ears, my nose, my hands, my feet
The finishing touches
The masterpiece of flesh and blood
Created by my God