Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best Rap Album of December 2012 - O.N.I.F.C. by Wiz Khalifa

Pardon the delay with the December and album of the year postings. I was down with a very bad case of the flu but I am back and 100% so let's get it in.

I understand that Timbaland has invested in 50 Cent's company SMS Audio and now sits on the board. Big up to him and I look forward to this partnership dropping a lot of hot music in 2013.

The new Raekwon album comes out early January, I know it's going to be fire and can't wait to hear it.

This month saw some highly anticipated releases from artists such as T.I., Chief Keef, Big Boi and Wiz Khalifa to name several.

T.I.'s album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head was solid and will please his fan base but he won't win over any new fans in my humble opinion.

Big Boi has a following somewhere I am sure, his album didn't really do anything for me.

The Game released his album Jesus Piece this month and I really respect The Game a lot for his love of hip hop from its inception as reflected in his style that incorporates heavy influence from his favorite rappers on both coasts. His fans won't be disappointed with this album but I didn't hear anything that made me go WOW.

Masta Killa dropped his yearly contribution to hip hop in December with his album Selling My Soul. I enjoyed four songs a lot but the rest was a bit redundant for me. Give it a listen if you like that East Coast/Wu Tang flavor.

If you are into compilation albums that go out of their to not offend you might dig DJ Nu-Mark's album Broken Sunlight. I have no use for it but squares find something to like about it.

I have to be honest. This month's selection of best album is from an artist that I never had much use for. Never liked his cadence, style or subject matter but I think that age and fatherhood and changed this cat's perspective on life which directly affected his music.

Now, I didn't like everything on this album but his seven strong joints beat out his closest competition by three songs.

I won't continue to beat around the bush. The Best Rap Album of December 2012 award goes to Wiz Khalifa for his album O.N.I.F.C..

Not falling back to his familiar rave music sampling, Wiz gives a more ethereal vibe to his music on O.N.I.F.C. to make a very interesting album sonically.

The subject of his rhymes has also moved away from the pure weed head bragging and boasting on his previous work but the blunt is still never far from his lips which can be heard in the more laid back flow. He is much more contemplative about life and his responsibility to do better for himself and his new family. Let's just hope he isn't really smoking weed while he drives while we drive and enjoy his album.

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