It’s that time of the year when rappers and singers alike play a game called “let’s see how many weed-inspired album titles we can stuff on a shelf.” It’s 4/20 month. Thankfully, there’s plenty of diversity to satisfy every taste bud. Check out this month’s hottest new releases:
Braille – Weapon Aid
Braille’s latest effort takes a dark turn that’s sure to give you a refreshing listening experience. The youthful exuberance and lightheartedness of his past work makes way for a somber soundtrack. Kinda like DOOM’s Born Like This. If you like your hip-hop with a hint of darkness, this one’s for you.
Hell Razah – Hell-Hop Vol. 1
You’ve never heard of Hell Razah? Kids these days. Razah is a member of Sunz of Man, which makes him an honorary member of the Wu-Tang Clan. In case you’re wondering why he has a Greatest Hits album. Well, he’s been cooking up heat since 96, so he’s got enough material to stuff a compilation disc.
B.o.B. – The Adventures of Bobby Ray
It’s been a long time coming, but B.O.B. is finally ready to show and prove. If his mixtapes and live shows are anything to go by, this kid could very well be on his way to being the heir apparent to Cee-Lo’s crown. Keep an eye on this multi-talented up and comer. [Amazon]
Devin the Dude – Suite 4/20
The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop drops his first ever 4/20 album. Suite 4/20 is as funky, witty, and clever as anything Devin has done in the last 10 years. Aside from a few skip-worthy tracks, this one’s a banger from start to finish. [Amazon]
Too $hort – Still Blowing
Too $hort is like that uncle that commands respects in the family despite being a relentless alcoholic. Every year, you think he’s going to quit drinking but he’s first to pick up the bottle at Thanksgiving and won’t stop until he’s wasted. Soon, his fun stories start coming out all jumbled and slurred. Yet, you can’t help but listen.
Little Brother – Leftback
After all the Twitter drama between 9th and Phonte, it’s nice to shift the focus back to music. Leftback is the first LB album without a single contribution from 9th. To borrow a quote from The Boondocks, “statistically, the group was bound to fail anyway.” [Amazon]
Murs & 9th Wonder – ForNever
Well, we know that one person 9th Wonder still enjoys working with (aside from Buckshot) is west coast Rastafarian Murs. With the release of the badly titled ForNever, the duo now has 4 albums under its belt. Interestingly, that’s more than 9th gave LB. Hey, I’m just saying. [Amazon]
Kurupt – Street Lights
I don’t know Kurupt personally, but I’m happy for him that he’s lasted 75 years in this revolving door of an industry. Street Lights will feature all the familiar faces: Snoop, Daz, and producer extraordinaire DJ Quik. [Amazon]
Madlib – 4/20 Chalice All-Stars
Madlib is sick of being slept on. To wake folks up, he’s signed on to drop an album every month for the entire year. Here’s the fine print: Some of these ‘albums’ are merely compilations. Either way, you can’t get too much Madlib in one year. [Amazon]
Cypress Hill – Rise
I have to say, I’m surprised to see that people are genuinely excited about Cypress Hill’s comeback. It’s a credit to the group’s legacy that folks are still paying attention after two decades. You hear that, Drake? Strive for a lasting legacy and you’ll be fine. [Amazon]