Each month, tons of new music from many taste-spanning genres is released into a fast-consuming, unforgiving market; it can be tough to get a handle on what’s new before it’s on to the next. In an attempt to highlight the standout releases, at the end of each month, AUX staff re-cap the month in Punk, Metal, Indie/Pop/Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, and Pop with the top five releases in each. Consider it your cheat sheet for year-end lists.
Top 5 Hip-Hop Releases: June Edition
Surprises, disappointments and albums to watch for next month
Surprise of the month: Waka Flocka Flame, Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family. It’s hard to say that anyone’s really expected anything more than some banging beats and a shitload of amped ad-libs from Waka Flocka’s sophomore effort and he definitely doesn’t disappoint. Yet, there’s some meat to this record; its title references a simple but sincere theme that recurs on many of the tracks and shines through the good ol’ knucklehead anthems to add a vulnerable dimension to Flocka’s tough-guy persona. The way he expresses his admiration for and dependency on family, friends, and fans suggests that he’s been through a few steps of evolution, which no one asked for but is always great to see.
Disappointment of the month: Maybach Music Group, Self Made 2. Rick Ross and Meek Mill plan to release albums this summer. They should be able to focus on their projects and not have to deal with pointless cash-grab compilations like this.
Out in July: New albums from a few guys you might have heard of (Nas, 50 Cent, and Rick Ross).