Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000
Jay-Z's back, doing what he does best: talking about his own riches, the drug game and past hustles...
Of course, what allows Jigga to keep getting away with this, where others fail, is that he is a supreme writer, hence his verses are always engaging. 'I Just Wanna Love U (Give It To Me)' - the first release from the album, using Biggie's 'The World Is Filled' - is a superb effort, as he expresses what he is: "a hustler baby". There's also his excellent collaboration with Scarface and Beanie Siegel on 'This Can't Be Life', surely a future single release.
Jigga has always been known as one of the smartest cats in the game. Just figure: most of his tracks feature at least one guest, so he rarely writes more than one verse, and he enlists the help of different production teams [eight on this album, while he only executive produces] to provide the musical canvas. Minimal effort, maximum results. Jay-Z is at the top of his game, and while he, perhaps, has yet to push his talents as a songwriter to its full potential to produce his opus, his albums continue to be tight and shift millions of copies. Now how many rappers can claim that after five albums?
Derek A Bardowell
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin