STREAM: Teyana Taylor – K.T.S.E

It’s been a wild few weeks in music with a bunch of huge albums coming out. Most of them of course have been part of the onslaught from the G.O.O.D. Music camp.

Since the end of May, Pusha T, Kanye West, Ye and Cudi and Nas have all releases albums produced by label head Kanye West. The last of the pack is Teyana Taylor. Stream her album K.T.S.E. which stands for Keep That Same Energy, below.

 

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REVIEW: Nas – NASIR

When the legendary lyricism of Nas is combined with the legendary production of Kanye West, two things are bound to happen: the fans are going to go crazy for the hype, and everyone is going to be waiting for the release. This is why instead of a an ordinary release, Nasir, the latest album from Nas, got it’s debut in the form of a listening party in Queensbridge Park on June 14th, with Mass Appeal’s YouTube Channel handling the livstream of the album’s debut. The album cover art was also revealed online, with the cover displaying a black & white image of five black boys standing against a brick wall with their hands up.

After listening to the production on the album, it’s easy to tell that a lot of love for his craft came from Kanye on this album, with Kanye being in rare form with strong production that is reminiscent of his older style while still being some of the best instrumentals released by him recently. Whether it’s the Slick Rick sample used “Cops” or the laid back smoothness of “Adam & Eve” and “Bonjour”, each instrumental on the album showcases Kanye’s talent as a producer, while also complimenting the style of flow of Nas perfectly.

Nas’ lyrical content, ability to tell a vivid story with his lyrics, and classic flow are in rare form as well. As one of hip hop’s most prolific storytellers, each track is filled Nas’ signature style hard hitting bars that come together to paint a picture while delivering his message. While there are not many guest features on the album, appearances from 070 Shake, Kanye West, and The- Dream are welcome and excellent additions to the album.

Fans who have been hyped for this album will be happy to know that this album is everything we have expected plus more.

 

Kanye West Reveals Tracklist For Nas’ New Album

In case you forgot, Nas is releasing a new album on Friday, June 15th which will be produced entirely by Kanye West.

Tonight, Kanye took to his favourite social media service, Twitter to unveil the tracklist for the project, the title of which is still unclear. Of course, it features seven songs only. Whether there will be any guest appearances on the album remains to be seen.

 

 

 

REVIEW: Kanye West & Kid Cudi – Kids See Ghosts

After dropping ye and acting as the executive producer on Pusha T’s Daytona, Kanye West has teamed up with Kid Cudi for their joint album Kids See Ghosts.

Kid Cudi and Kanye West have had a rocky relationship over the years. First, Cudi was Ye’s apprentice: Ye signed Cudi to G.O.O.D Music in 2008. But later after Kid Cudi left the label, their friendship ended.

 In late 2016, Kid Cudi declared both Drake and Kanye for having “30 people write songs for them”, and continuing to insist that they’re “top 5”. It was a jab that Ye didn’t take lightly at first, but eventually reconciled with.

 Now with the past behind them, their latest album, Kids See Ghosts, showcases how bizarre and mesmerising they can be together.

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It’s an eerie and otherworldly listening experience. Ye and Cudi push their chemistry and artistry to the next level. Ye’s instrumentals are experimental and really set the mood and soundscape for this album. Cudi’s voice is a true instrument, as he delivers however he sees fit- rapping, singing, humming, chanting, you name it.

“4th Dimension” is the door to this sound they’ve created. With a recurring Louis Prima sample as part of the backdrop, Ye and Cudi are relentless on this opener.

Kids See Ghosts is haunting and dark. The instrumental plays like the soundtrack to a march through a ghost town. It’s brief, but Ye and Cudi are effective until the end. Cudi’s background humming hovers and floats, as he reflects on the “stars” he “left behind”.

Cudi raps through gritted teeth on this one; it’s one of many unique deliveries he flexes on here. “Feel the Love” is a standout moment too. Over piano chords and some strings, Cudi’s voice stirs us to “keep movin’ forward”. It’s this ability to take his personal struggles and make that makes Cudi appealing to listen to. He takes elements of his personal struggles and makes them feel like universal mantras.

This album’s conclusion is airy though. The old Kanye is seemingly “reborn”, reminding us how potent he can be as a voice for the unheard.

Together, Kanye West and Kid Cudi have managed to craft a close-knit sound for their joint-venture. It’s an experience that’s best enjoyed as a complete body of work from start to finish.

 

 

Stream Kanye West & Kid Cudi’s Joint Album “Kids See Ghosts”

Rumours of Kanye West and Kid Cudi doing a collaboration project surfaced in August of last year when they were pictured together and the release date was the 31st of December but nothing ended up coming. Then in April while on one of his Twitter sprees, Kanye revealed that it was official.

The album was debuted live in Northen California last night (June 8) during a listening party. The artwork for Kanye and Cudi’s debut joint album was deigned by acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

 

Live Stream Kanye West & Kid Cudi’s Joint Album ‘Kids See Ghosts’

Tonight marks the third of five Kanye West-produced albums dropping from the end of May to the end of June. Pusha T’s DAYTONA and Kanye West’s Ye have both been released and tonight it’s Ye and Cudi’s turn with their new album Kids See Ghosts.

The event will begin at 11pm EST.
– 6PM NZ
– 4PM AUS AEST