J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only

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After the huge success and accolades that came with Jermaine Cole previous album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, there was added anticipation for this album.  If you haven’t read the review we did on his last album check it out here.  J.Cole’s other previous works include The Warm Up, Born Sinner and Cole World:The Sideline Story.  There was a documentary that was released on Tidal prior to 4 Your Eyes Only album releasing on December 9th that help gain insight to the direction of said album.  This album was released on anniversary of the release of 2014 FHD which is an interesting choice, making me wonder if the albums will be similar.  I will breakdown this album as normal track by track with a conclusion on the album as a whole.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls”

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To Pimp A Butterfly Album Review

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The Sonic Breakdown Lifestyle

This is the first Sonic Breakdown, and this review will cover Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp a Butterfly. This will most likely be a longer review for several reasons: this is the very first review, the album requires some time to absorb, and the depth the album reaches sonically and lyrically deserves to be explored. This album is not the first Kendrick Lamar album I have heard. I have listened to his previous albums, Overly Dedicated, Section 80, and good kid, m.A.A.d city. I will present a breakdown of each track followed by a conclusion on the album as a whole.

image“Wesley’s Theory”
The album starts with a Boris Gardiner sample that states “every nigga is a star” in a kind of joyous chant being heard from a record player.Continue reading