Tris’s Favorite Albums of 2012

So over the past few months, I’ve been getting the same question from people, “What’s your favorite album of the year so far?” And I keep giving the same answer, “I don’t have one”. Joe Budden’s No Love Lost was cool, but the replay value was lacking. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience is good, but nowhere near as good as it was hyped to be. But I’ll spare you my opinion on that. So when asked, all I can say is I’m still playing my favorite albums from LAST year. That’s when I realized… I never posted a “Best Albums of 2012” List. Before I hit you with the list, remember a few things. : I didn’t include mixtapes, or genres I’m unfamiliar with (naturally). 2: If you think a different album should be on here, write your own list 3: My opinion is better than yours. So suck it up and accept my list. Ok, Now that we have that out the way, here it is…
MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012

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MALE ALTERNATIVE ROCK:
Fun. – Some Nights
Good from beginning to end. Not much to say. If you’ve heard the album I’m sure you agree. And aside from the catchy melodies and great production, Nate Ruess delivers powerful lyrics throughout the entire album. Listen again and try not to hum along with every song so you can hear his message. Look for my review of the album following this post

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MALE R&B:
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Good from beginning to end. Original. Most songs on here sound nothing like what’s on the radio or what we’ve heard in the past few years. Frank Ocean set the bar not only for other new R&B acts, but also for the Vets.

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MALE POP:
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
This album has a little of everything. Bruno’s vocal performance, writing, and song arrangements on this album are amazing… All clear signs he’ll be in the game for a long time! Dope album.

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HIP-HOP/Rap:
Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City
Nas – Life is Good
Lecrae – Gravity
Now I know everyone’s been running around talking about K. Dot having the best Hip Hop album of 2012. And we can’t forget Life is Good, which is arguably Nas best work since Stillmatic. Both albums deserve the rcognition they got. But one of my favorites of 2012 was Gravity. Rhymes, production, lyrical content, delivery… All on par with some of the best Hip-Hop albums I’ve heard in years. One of the most slept on Hip-Hop albums of last year. Go get a copy and thank me later.

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FEMALE R&B:
Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events
Heartbreak hasn’t felt this good since Adele’s 21. And speaking of 21, that’s exactly what I compare this album to when I’m asked what it sounds like. As with most albums on this list, this one is great from beginning to end. I don’t want to… No, I can’t… Skip one song on here. Instant classic.

*Don’t see your favorite album? Doesn’t mean I didn’t hear it. Chances are I just didn’t like it enough. But feel free to share it in the “Comments” section.

– @TrisTheBarber

Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile

“You Make Me Smile”

You make me smile
Baby
Mmhmm, you make me smile

I think its safe to say
Things just havent been going my way
No work coming in so my money’s spent
and i still got bills to pay.
But through it all you’re right here with me.
When im sinking low, you come through and lift me
It’s nothing more than the love that you give me
Keeps me from drowning in tears

You make me smile
Oh, you make me smile
Come through and save the day
You make me smile
You make me smile
in a very special way

Everywhere i go
people keep and ask me
Where i’d get my joy why am i so happy?
In these trying times when a frown is the fashion
I’m beaming like the sun, now how can that be?
See the answer to the query is very simple,
I’m always grinning, from dimple to dimple
because you love me unconditionally
My happiness is heartsake
now cant you see

(where do we go)
[spoken words]

You make me smile
Oh, you make me smile.
Come through and save the day
You make me smile
You make me smile
in a very special way

– Aloe  Blacc

Joe Budden – No Love Lost (Album Review)

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This review is coming from a die-hard Joe Budden fan. Anyone that knows me, knows he’s been my favorite rapper since Calm Down, 10 Min and Walk With Me on his debut album in ’03. Whatever It Takes still one of the Top 10 Budden tracks… Not Up For Debate. With the release of Mood Muzik 2: Can It Get Any Worse? in ’05, no one could tell me nothin! His deep confessionals and consistency to talk about real-life issues instead of “money, cars, and clothes” set him apart from other dope lyricists. Being able to make listeners feel what you’re going through is far more important to me than catchy punchlines. And record sales never meant shit to me. “Music is just what feeling sounds like”.

With that said, No Love Lost is upon us. With his growing popularity from Love & Hip-Hop and recent growth of his fan base from the success of Slaughterhouse, now is the perfect opportunity for Joey to be heard. And he does so in an approach that will definitely impress new fans, or those who have never heard his music before. The album starts off fun. To the surprise of us hardcore Budden fans, he has features from some of today’s biggest names in hip-hop. Now I’m not one to listen to anything unless it’s depressing, but I’ll admit the upbeat songs on #NLL are catchy. The album is well-rounded enough to be able to play a few tracks on the way to the club (or strip club), a few for the ladies, and roughly half the album when you’re alone lookin at your overdraft fees pile up while drinking & driving with your Gas light on. Of 17 total tracks, 7 still have the dark Mood Muzik feel. Add in a skit, a remix Bonus Track, and that leaves about half the album for Joe to step outside his comfort zone and have fun on a few records.

The album starts with a smooth Intro. Then Top of the World offers a hook from Kirko Bangz while Joe brags about his lifestyle, strippers and hoes. Then he gets a verse from Tunechi while Tank sings the hook for She Don’t Put It Down, a club banger that’s still growing on me. Next is NBA (Never Broke Again), 1 of 2 songs on the album I can’t tolerate. By this point in the album, I was ready to turn it off. Next is You And I, the first love record on the album, with Emanny on the hook. More about Kaylin. Again, cool for the new fans that ain’t hear this side of him yet. I ain’t mad at it. Some relatable shit on it. Tell Him Somethin is a Steal-Your-Girl record with none other than Emanny, who absolutely makes the song. Switch Positions has Maybach-O slithering his horrible vocals throughout as Joe talks about sex. And that’s the next unbearable record on the album for me. Last Day has an odd lineup. With Juicy J and Lloyd Banks, I didn’t know what to expect. But it’s another mindless song for the #NewNiggas to enjoy.

The mood switches midway thru the album. Joe reminds us why he’s the Mood God with tracks like Castles, All in my Head, Skeletons, Ghetto Burbs, Runaway, My Time and No Love Lost Outro. Which are all my favorite tracks on the album (Don’t judge us emo niggas). Runaway discusses his drug problem. Ghetto Burbs talks about the struggle in his hood over dope guitar riffs, but I would’ve preferred a singer other than Emanny (sorry fam). Skeletons offered one of my favorite verses from Joe on the album, while Joell Ortiz and Crook dropped dope verses as well. All in my Head was released on #ALQ but still one of the best on here. The verses on My Time are everything true fans expect from Joe.

Typical Budden fans will be quick to say he sold out on this one. And I can’t blame them. He’s got features from Wayne, French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, Kirko Bangz, and Juicy J. None of who are known for their lyrical talent, but all have a huge buzz in the industry today. Joe raps about money and hoes on a few tracks as well. Which his die-hard fans know he’s always mocked mainstream artists for. But when you look at the bigger picture, Joe has stayed true to his fans for over 10 years in the game without reaching the success he deserves. With his growing fan base (whether from his Twitter antics, controversial lyrics, or Love & Hip-Hop) maybe it’s about time to reach a broader audience. Most of his new fans don’t even know he’s been rapping that long. So why not take this opportunity to reach a younger crowd?

Don’t go into the first listen expecting classic Mood Muzik material. This is Joe Budden growing. Compare it today’s music. A market where Joe is “tryna maintain being unique but relatable”. Put up against some of the best album releases of last year, this album is still above average lyrically. I gotta give No Love Lost a 3.8 out of 5
– @TrisTheBarber

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Lyfe Jennings – If Tomorrow Never Comes

I have to share this song with yall. I’ve been singing this nonstop for 4 days straight. Lyfe Jennings is my biggest inspiration for my writing. Nothing but truth in his lyrics. I wish I wrote this one…

“If Tomorrow Never Comes”

Tell my mama, I know it’s been a while since I called you
Cause I was jealous cuz you favored my brother.
Though we disagreed I always loved ya and
Tell my baby mama it wasn’t my intention to hurt her
Hope you find someone that deserve ya
I hope there’s no hard feelings
If I could rewrite one sentence of my life
I would write the words I never say
Tell you I love you every single day
See if I could somehow turn back the hands of time
I wouldn’t waste a moment arguing
I’ll never put you through that shit again

[Chorus]
Cuz If tomorrow never comes
And you never see me again
I don’t want yo last memories of me
To be filled with negativity
See if tomorrow never comes
All that fussing and fighting
Wont mean nothing when it’s said and done
If tomorrow never comes

And tell my auntie, that I was the one who broke the TV
I know that it happened in 93′
But I just had to get it off my chest, I guess
And tell my kids, that they will be especially missed
And if there’s anything they should learned from this
Is life is a gift tomorrows not promised no
If I could rewrite one sentence of my life
I would write the words I never say
Tell you I loved you every single day
See if I could turn back the hands of time
I would say what’s on my mind
And tell you thank you for being in my life

[Chorus]
Cuz If tomorrow never comes
And you don’t see my face again (see my face again)
I don’t want yo last memories of me
To be filled with negativity
See if tomorrow never comes
All that fussing and fighting
Wont mean nothing when it’s said and done
If tomorrow never comes

I take it back, I take back every mean words that I ever said
Out of anger (take it back), and every time I hurt her (take it back)
I take it back, I take back all the disagreements
All the hurt feelings, not believing in you (not believing in you)
Tell me what can I do? But apologize to you
If tomorrow never comes
My apologies (my apologies)
For if tomorrow never comes (if tomorrow never comes)
I’ll make sure that I’m the one who says how much I can’t
I wish I was there

– Lyfe Jennings

SoMo covers Future’s “Turn on the Lights” (Video & Audio) + “My Life” mixtape download

 

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There isn’t much to say here. After watching this video, you’ll see why. Joseph Somers-Morales aka “SoMo” is definitely the Truth! The singer, repping Denison, Texas, is sure to be all over the radio in the near future. He recently released his debut mixtape “My Life” on Sept. 11, featuring the single “Kings & Queens” (Throw It Up).

Download SoMo – “My Life” here:
https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/59435309/download?client_id=0f8fdbbaa21a9bd18210986a7dc2d72c

Download the Audio for “Turn on the Lights (Cover) here:
http://www.mp3ye.eu/turn-on-the-lights-future-cover-by-somo-rocked-this-song-mp3-download_863371.html