November Releases for Christmas Presents

Kaiden Mackey, Entertainment Editor

Thanksgiving has passed and the holidays are soon to come.  I wanted to recomend a few new album release that would make great gifts. You know what that means, food, family, and holiday parades. However, I want to take some time to talk about the November Hip-Hop releases of this year, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something you like.

Staring off strong with Yelawolf’s new album “Ghetto Cowboy”, featuring his new singles “Unnatural Born Killer” and “Opie Taylor”. This album is filled with a solid flow and has a large variety of different beats, making it a good choice for people who like a variety of different rap styles. After listening to the album, i’ve chosen “Here I Am” as my recommended picks simply because it starts off with audibly pleasing acoustic strings, then cuts into an intense flow with the snap of a finger. The song is definitely intended as something to listen to specifically to feel hyped.

Around a week later, Dave East released his album titled “Survival” which is filled with retro style flows and features rappers like Mozzy, Rick Ross, Nas, and more. But even with majority of the songs having an older aesthetic, it doesn’t take away thge obvious work and dedication in the album. My personal pick would be “Daddy Knows” which starts off with Dave talking to his daughter talking to him about making music and telling him that he love him. The actual song is about a struggling father, who just wants to express his love for his son while he teaches him about life and it’s one of, if not the most emotional of the songs lyrically.

A week after that, Tory Lanez released his mixtape “Chixtape 5″ which featured 18 new songs that include some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop. We got T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and more. The album is directed toward a more feminine audience, keeping that in mind, I still enjoyed the album altogether. My favorite song off of the mixtape would have to be”Beauty In The Benz (feat. Snoop Dogg)” It’s a song that you would want to listen to in a car with the radio all the way up. Snoop Dogg especially holds his own lyrically and it definitely adds the the vibe.

Lil Peep’s new album “EVERYBODY’S EVERYTHING” is the second album released after the passing of Gustav in November 15th, 2017. Peep’s style was unlike any other in his time. His form of rap wasn’t a copy of anybody else, because nobody else thought that style would ever be popularized. Peep proved that wrong. Even in death, his lyrics still resonate with his fans. The album features Lil Tracy, Gab3, Era, ect… His lyrics are meant to be a letter to the listeners, telling them that they aren’t alone, and that they aren’t the only ones going through hardships, and that they shouldn’t do it alone. My personal pick for this album is “Text Me (ft. Era”

Trippy Redd released “A Love Letter To You 4” which features DaBaby, Juice WRLD, Lil Yachty and more. The album consists of 21 songs mostly having the theme of heartbreak, but he still has some good flex raps in there too. Trippy had a colorful past of beefs, even throwing shade at X when he publicly dissed 6ix9ine on his live. Even after that, he comes back with banger after banger in what I think is one of Trippy’s better works. My recommended song is the second song off of the album, “Who Needs Love” where he says he didn’t change, and proves that he definitely earned his spot on my list.

YNW Melly dropped “Melly vs. Melvin” which includes his newest single “223’s (feat. 6lokknine)”. Melly has been releasing music while incarcerated, and he firmly believes he will be out in no time. Melly has had quite the year, especially after turning himself in on charges saying he killed two of his friends and having an entire song about the subject before the allegations began. Even in his position, he kept his head up and continued to release his album. His newest album begins with “Two Faced” which is a direct reference to his other personality Melvin. The album altogether consists of 14 songs and features Foreign Teck, Tonk With The Gift, and as previously stated, 6lokknine. The album altogether is passable, but I don’t think it’s his best release. Personally, I prefer his previous album “We All Shine”.