A handful of dope music has been released this past month. Lets take a dive in this month’s Renegade On-Repeat.
Big Sean – I Decided
Being the Michigan native that I am, it took me awhile to get hip to Big Sean. Fortunately, one of my best friends growing up suggested for me to listen him way back in the early Finally Famous days. I initially decided to start listening to him once Sean started collaborating with Wiz Khalifa (Cabin Fever fans know exactly what **songs** was fire when Wiz & Sean collaborated). My friend immediately stated to start with the Finally Famous series and I started with the very first followed by the second and third installments.
Afterwards, the Finally Famous album had been released which gained a lot of success and shortly afterwards the highly underrated Detroit mixtape came out the year afterwards. What did make me think that Sean may have reached his fall-off point was Hall Of Fame (which is the album that no one ever really seems to speak of when mentioning Sean’s body of work). Shortly afterwards, you never really did hear much from him…that is…until Dark Sky Paradise was released along with warm-ups to it such as 1st Quarter & 4th Quarter.
With this re-established reputation from the album, displaying greatness on each and every GOOD music feature (that boy snapped on “Champions”) and now serving as 1/2 of the rapper/singer duo Twenty88 with Jhene Aiko, Sean definitely made a major improvement…but then I Decided was released…and that man delivered. Below I have a list of all the Big Sean commercial albums available. You can definitely peep datpiff.com for all four of Sean’s mixtapes.
That’s right…you best believe Future Hendrix was in my rotation. After scoring 2 back to back #1 Billboard albums (both HNDRXX & the self-titled project), the man is establishing himself as one of Rap & Hip-Hop’s greatest from the ATL area. The first time I heard a Future track was back in 2011 titled “Tony Montana.”Afterwards, Future began to heat up with a handful of other tracks down the road that I began to like such as “Same Damn Time,” “Karate Chop,” “March Madness,” and we all can’t forget the highly successful “Move That Dope” featuring Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino.
After releasing a plethora of successful mixtapes (Beast Mode, Freebricks, 56 Nights, Extra Terrestrial, Monster, do we even gotta talk about this?) and being of the few to have a collaborative album (please tell me you didn’t forget What A Time To Be Alive), Future has been paving the way, as I stated before, as one of the greatest ATL artists in the near future. It’s now 2017 and he has released 2 solid projects in only the first quarter. Below is a list of Future’s discography via Spotify. Peep them and be sure to check out Future & HNDRXX available now on all music platforms and wherever made available in retail stores.
Ah yes. Our bass-slapping, high key singing, enigma by the name of Stephen Bruner…but to most, we know him as Thundercat. The first time I had heard Thundercat was least expectant. He actually was doing production work (specifically bass player) or doing vocals when people least knew of him. The first full fledged Thundercat song I heard was “Them Changes” which then one of the homies had pulled me to the side and insisted that I get educated on my Thundercat and get hip immediately. I had then began from the very beginning by listening to The Golden Age of Apocalypse, Apocalypse, and then his EP The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam.
Shortly after, he had began to work with Kendrick on various tracks (peep To Pimp A Butterfly for more). But what I hadn’t known previously was that Thundercat worked very closely to legendary producer Flying Lotus and Terrace Martin (which from what I have heard, Thundercat and the latter went to school together). Below are Thundercat’s projects including his newest project titled Drunk which is available now on all music platforms and wherever made available in physical stores.
This has been your Renegade On-Rotation for February 2017.