Welcome to the new and improved Essential Album of the Week discussion thread!
Every Wednesday we will discuss an album from our Essential Albums list
Last Time: GZA - Liquid Swords
Background/Description (courtesy of allmusic.com)
Over the years, Southern rap has come to be associated mostly with hit-factory labels like No Limit and Cash Money, or in its early days Miami bass music. In general, it's never been afforded much critical respect, but that started to change in the '90s, when Atlanta established itself as the home of intelligent, progressive Southern hip-hop. Despite some excellent predecessors, Goodie Mob's debut album, Soul Food, is arguably the city's first true classic, building on the social conscience of Arrested Development and the street smarts and distinctive production of OutKast. In fact, the production team behind the latter's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Organized Noize, is also present here, and really hit their stride with a groundbreaking signature sound that reimagines a multitude of Southern musical traditions. Soul Food is built on spare, funky drum programs, Southern-fried guitar picking in the Stax/Volt vein, occasional stabs of blues harmonica, and strong gospel overtones in the piano licks and meditative keyboards. There's an even stronger spiritual flavor in the group's lyrics, based on a conviction that religion has been the saving grace of African-American culture as it's endured centuries of oppression. The album even opens with lead rapper Cee-Lo singing an original spiritual called "Free." Goodie Mob is firmly grounded in reality, though -- they rail against a system stacked against poverty-stricken blacks, and are more than willing to defend themselves in a harsh environment, as on the gritty street tales "Dirty South," the eerie single "Cell Therapy," and "The Coming." The meat of the album, however, lies in its more reflective moments: the philosophical "Thought Process"; "Sesame Street," a reminiscence on growing up poor and black; "Guess Who," one of hip-hop's greatest mama tributes ever; and the warm title track, which is about exactly what it says. If soul food was aptly named for its spiritual nourishment, the same is true of this underappreciated gem.
This is an open thread for you to share your thoughts on the album. Avoid vague statements of praise or criticism. This is your chance to practice being a critic. It's fine for you to drop by just to say you love the album, but let's try and step it up a bit!!!
How has this album affected hip-hop? WHY do you like this tape? What are the best tracks? Do you think it deserves the praise it gets? Is it the first time you've listened to it? What's your first impression? Have you listened to the artist before? Explain why you like it or why you don't.
DON'T FEEL BAD ABOUT BEING LATE!!!! Discussion throughout the week is encouraged.
Also my bad for delaying this so long, school has kicked my ass and I just had to deal with that first
Next week's EAOTW will be B.G. - Chopper City
Brockhampton - iridescence
Lupe Fiasco - DROGAS WAVE
Milo - budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies
Young Dolph - Role Model
Father - Awful Swim
YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Decided
Bhad Bhabie - 15
Mach-Hommy & Tha God Fahim – DUCK CZN: Chinese Algebra
Petey Pablo - Keep on Goin'
Kap G - no kap
Knife Knights (Shabazz Palaces side project) - 1 Time Mirage
Roc Marciano - Behold a Dark Horse
JMSN - Velvet
The Neighbourhood - Ever Changing
Cousin Stizz - Cold Times
Dizzee Rascal - Don't Gas Me
Lil Uzi Vert - New Patek
J.I.D - 151 Rum
Lil Peep & XXXTENTACION - Falling Down
EARTHGANG - Stuck (feat. Arin Ray)
Action Bronson - White Bronco
Powers Pleasant - Pull Up BEASTCOAST REMIX (feat. Joey Bada$$, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice & The Underachievers)
Famous Dex - Nervous (feat. Lil Baby, Rich The Kid & Jay Critch)
Open Mike Eagle - Relatable (peak OME)
French Montana - No Stylist (feat. Drake) / Nervous / Juice
Joell Ortiz & Apollo Brown - Timberlan’d up (feat. Royce Da 5’9)
bladee - Doorman
KYLE - SUPERDUPERKYLE (feat. Madeintyo)
Petite Noir - Beach (feat. Danny Brown)
Jessie Reyez - Dear Yessie
Khalid - Better
Kevin Gates - Me Too
Little Simz - Offense
Moneybagg Yo - Okay (feat. Future)
King Mez - Data Plan .001
Cypress Hill - Crazy
Classified - Cold Love (feat. Tory Lanez)
SOB x RBE - Made It
Dave B - I Rhymed Kings with King
Lil Wayne - Just Chill (feat. Justin Bieber & French Montana)
Sheck Wes - SHECK JESUS
Post Malone - Fuck The Internet
|Rank||Artist||Album||Label||Pure Sales||Sales + Streaming|
|2||Travis Scott||Astroworld||Cactus Jack/Grand Hustle/Epic||270K||553K|
|3||Post Malone||beerbongs & bentleys||Republic||157K||471K|
|5||J. Cole||KOD||Dreamville/Roc Nation/Interscope||166K||395K|
|6||Cardi B||Invasion of Privacy||Atlantic||105K||254K|
|7||Kanye West||Ye||G.O.O.D./Def Jam||82K||210K|
|8||Migos||Culture II||Quality Control/Motown/Capitol||34K||200K|
|10||The Weeknd||My Dear Melancholy,||XO/Republic||70K||167K|
|11||Various Artists||Black Panther||TDE/Aftermath/Interscope||52K||156K|
|12||Kanye West & Kid Cudi||Kids See Ghosts||G.O.O.D./Def Jam||79K||140K|
|13||XXXTENTACION||?||Bad Vibes Forever||21K||134K|
|14||Jay-Z & Beyonce||Everything Is Love||Roc Nation/Parkwood/Columbia||70K||124K|
|15||Logic||Bobby Tarantino II||Def Jam||30K||117K|
|16||Wiz Khalifa||Rolling Papers 2||Atlantic||13K||80K|
|18||Nas||Nasir||Mass Appeal/Def Jam||49K||79K|
|19||Pusha T||Daytona||G.O.O.D./Def Jam||39K||77K|
|20||6LACK||East Atlanta Love Letter||LVRN/Interscope||27K||76K|
|22||Trippie Redd||Life's A Trip||TenThousand||15K||71K|
|23||Lil Baby||Harder Than Ever||Quality Control/Motown/Capitol||4K||71K|
|24||Lil Yachty||Lil Boat 2||Quality Control/Motown/Capitol||7K||64K|
|25||Gorillaz||The Now Now||Parlophone||51K||61K|
|27||Playboi Carti||Die Lit||AWGE/Interscope||5K||60K|
|28||Mac Miller||Swimming||Warner Bros.||20K||57K|
|29||YG||Stay Dangerous||Def Jam||10K||56K|
|30||Rich The Kid||The World Is Yours||Rich Forever/Interscope||7K||56K|
|31||Janelle Monae||Dirty Computer||Atlantic||43K||55K|
|32||6ix9ine||Day 69||Scum Gang/Ten Thousand||21K||55K|
|33||Future||Beast Mode 2||Freebandz/Epic||0||54K|
|34||Tory Lanez||Memories Don't Die||Mad Love/Interscope||12K||51K|
|35||YoungBoy Never Broke Again||Until Death Call My Name||Atlantic||7K||49K|
|36||Nipsey Hussle||Victory Lap||Atlantic||25K||48K|
|37||$uicideBoy$||I Want to Die In New Orleans||G59/Caroline||32K||46K|
|38||Young Thug & Young Stoner Life Records||Slime Language||Young Stoner Life/Atlantic||3K||44K|
|39||Juice WRLD||Goodbye & Good Riddance||Interscope||N/A||39K|
|40||YoungBoy Never Broke Again||4Respect 4Freedom 4Loyalty 4WhatImportant||Never Broke Again||1K||35K|
|43||Mike Shinoda||Post Traumatic||Warner Bros||23K||28K|
|44||Flatbush Zombies||Vacation In Hell||Glorious Dead||14K||28K|
|45||Lil Xan||Total Xanarchy||Columbia||13K||28K|
|46||Meek Mill||Legends of the Summer||Atlantic||5K||27K|
|48||Moneybagg Yo||Bet On Me||N-Less/Interscope||5K||26K|
|49||Famous Dex||Dex Meets Dexter||Rich Forever/300 Entertainment||N/A||25K|
|50||Teyana Taylor||K.T.S.E.||G.O.O.D./Def Jam||7K||23K|
|51||Tech N9ne||Planet||Strange Music||16K||22K|
|52||G Herbo & Southside||Swervo||Epic||3K||21K|
|53||Royce Da 5'9"||Book of Ryan||Eone||10K||19K|
|54||Queen Naija||Queen Naija||Capitol||6K||19K|
|56||Denzel Curry||Ta13oo||Concord/Loma Vista||4K||17K|
|58||YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Kevin Gates||4 Respect EP||Never Broke Again||2K||17K|
|59||KYLE||Light of Mine||Atlantic||2K||17K|
|60||H.E.R.||I Used to Know Her||RCA||5K||17K|
|61||Lil Skies||Life of a Dark Rose||Atlantic||5K||16K|
|62||21 Savage, Future & Lil Wayne||Superfly Soundtrack||Epic||3K||15K|
|63||The Internet||Hive Mind||Columbia||9K||14K|
|64||Moneybagg Yo||2 Heartless||N-Less/Interscope||5K||14K|
|65||Rich Homie Quan||Rich As In Spirit||N/A||3K||14K|
|67||Jorja Smith||Lost & Found||Famm||5K||13K|
|68||Dave East||Karma 2||The Dispensary||2K||12K|
|71||Dave East||P2||Def Jam||N/A||11K|
|72||2 Chainz||The Play Don't Care Who Makes It||Def Jam||N/A||11K|
|73||BlocBoy JB||Simi||Bloc Nation||N/A||11K|
|74||Ski Mask the Slump God||Beware the Book of Eli||Republic||N/A||11K|
Q: How is this list sorted?
A: It's sorted by sales + streaming
Q: What are pure sales?
A: Pure sales are purchases of the album (itunes, amazon, physicals, etc)
Q: Where is X album?
A: Only albums with 10K in sales + streaming are listed
Q: Why are Famous Dex, Blac Youngsta, Dave East, BlocBoy JB, Ski Mask, Juice WRLD, and 2 Chainz' pure sales "N/A"
A: Those artist's pure sales were outside of the top 50 for their release weeks, meaning the exact number was unknown. Dave East, Ski Mask, and 2 Chainz sold fewer than 3K pure copies, Blac Youngsta, BlocBoy JB, Juice WRLD, and Famous Dex sold fewer than 2K pure copies.
Q: Where can I find last year's list?
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