Big Sean is a Detroit native with a very unique style of rhyming. He says things in his rhymes such as, “my crew is who I be widdy-de-wid-it. He became established as a rapper in 2005 after rhyming for rapper Kanye West at WATD radio station. However, it wasn’t until 2007 that Big Sean officially signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music Record Label. Although Big Sean was signed to Kanye; he still wasn’t getting the exposure he needed so he resorted to the mix-tape circuit. It took him until 2011 to really build his name as a mainstream artist. He released his first studio album ” Finally Famous” with the leading single, “My Last” featuring popular singer Chris Brown on June 28, 2011. Now, as of November 2012 he’s back at it with his new single “Guap” which is blazing the hip-hop radio stations!
Brandy has finally made her return to music. Her music career started at the age of 14; in which she signed to Atlantic Records at that age as well. At this stage in Brandy’s life, she well advanced for a 14 teen year old. Not only, was she signed to Atlantic Records, but she also had a hit television series called Moesha. Moesha was an extremely popular show, as well as her first album “Brandy” which went platinum. With this kind of success building up, Brandy went on to do 6 seasons of Moesha and to create 4 more albums. Eventually in 2006 her fame began to subside and her relevancy began to fade. Brandy had begun to become hopeless to what the entertainment business had for her in store for her future. It took Brandy 6 years from 2006 to reinvent herself. Now in 2012, Brandy has just released her new album “Two Eleven” on October 16th which is doing very well on the billboard charts. In fact, it holds the number 3 spot on the chart. Thanks to Chris Brown, for assisting Brandy on her first single “Put It Down” from her latest album; and attracting so many people to the song. Put It Down has been the number 1 single for weeks!
Kendrick Lamar is a Compton, California native who has certainly made a grand entrance in the hip-hop industry. Kendrick Lamar is signed to Interscope Records. He has only been in a part of the hip-hop rim for 2 years and he has already put out two albums. Kendrick released his first album “Section .80” on July 2, 2011 which didn’t do very well because of the little television and radio promotion it got. Despite, the low album sales of his first album; the album got a lot of positive reviews. Kendrick immediately got back in the studio and started recording records for his second album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”, which was recently released on October 22, 2012 and went gold within its first week of sales. This album included his leading singles “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice.” These songs caused Kendrick Lamar’s fan base to elevate. Although Kendrick Lamar is a new artist, he is definitely someone to keep up with music wise. After a long break, Kendrick Lamar has finally put West Coast rap music back on the map!
Bow Wow has been in the music industry since he was 13; making 12 years total in the industry today. He used to be known as Lil Bow Wow when he first came out, but as he got older dropped the lil on his name. I still remember begging my mom to buy me his first cd, which came out in 2001. His first single was called “Bounce with Me.” He gave me someone to listen to as a child, because he was still a child as well so he wasn’t cussing and talking about inappropriate things. Even as a child, Bow Wow’s great talent was very noticeable. He has 2 platinum albums. Overall Bow Wow has put out 6 albums. I went to one of his concerts and he certainly knows how to put on a show. He’s currently in the studio working on his latest album called “Underrated” which is set to be released sometime in mid-November. Based on the songs that were leaked from his upcoming album such as the song “Better,” this album is going to be a good one. He is now a 25 year old man who continues to progress as an artist. I can’t wait until his new albums drops.
“Life is good,” according to hip-hop pioneer Nas. On July 17th, 2012 rapper Nas released his latest album “Life is Good.” Controversially this is one of Nas’s best albums. He has released 10 albums. What really caught people’s attention about this album is the cover. The cover displayed Nas sitting down holding his ex-wife’s wedding dress. His ex-wife is famous R’n’B singer Kelis. It was his way of expressing the love he had for her and how she made his life better. After she divorced him, he still remained to look back on the memories they had happily. At that point he knew that growing and changing for the better, although she left him. That’s why he named this album “Life is Good.” He dedicated a song to Kelis on this album called “Bye Baby.” On this song he speaks about his relationship with Kelis. It is an amazing song! This album also contains singles “The Don” and “Cherry Wine.” He really put his heart into this album. He is so intelligent. He’s such a great inspirational rapper. He uses his rapping talent to tell stories and teach lessons. Nas is definitely one of the greatest rappers of all time. Although he is 39, I’m not ready for him to retire from the music industry.
Trey Songz is almost every woman’s heart throb. He’s managed to grab all of the women’s attention with his voice and his looks. He also puts out songs that men can relate to in terms of love and relationships. The first song that he came out with is called “Just Gotta Make It” off of his first album which is entitled “I Gotta Make It.” Based on the large fan base that he has today, he is definitely making it. Trey Songz doesn’t just sing; he also does a little rapping. He has put out a total of 5 albums. All of these albums have gone either gold or platinum. If you need proof as to how good these 5 albums are just go to your local Wal-Mart and ask for “I Gotta Make It,” “Trey Day”, “Ready”, “Passion, Pain & Pleasure”, or “Chapter 5” and you’ll get your answer.
I would have never imagined Aubrey Graham, who’s better known by his stage name “Drake” would become a rapper. Drake was a part of a very popular teen show called Degrassi in which he played a character named Jimmy. Drake’s character on the Degrassi greatly resembled who he was personally. He was a nerd and he seemed to have a very quiet demeanor. In 2008, this Canadian young man decided to show the world that he wasn’t as quiet as he seemed by emerging into the rap world. He captured a large audience’s attention with his first mixtape “So Far Gone” which was released in 2009. It includes his hit singles Best I Ever Had, Successful, and I’m Goin In. This lead Drake to getting signed to rapper Lil Wayne’s Young Money record label. Since then his career has continued to sky rocket to the top. He’s put out 2 albums called “Thank Me Later” and “Take Care”, with Take Care being his latest album. They are both amazing albums!