Album Backlog Vol. 7: Dreamville, Nas, Big K.R.I.T., & Westside Gunn

Here we go again. Either life or my laziness got in the way and now I have a growing backlog of albums that I have yet to get around to listen to. It’s not like I haven’t been doing anything thing though; I did find the time to review Rick Ross’s latest album (Which you can check out here). But for the albums that I didn’t get to review or just check out, here they are. Volume 7.

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III

Release Date: July 5, 2019

We don’t normally don’t give compilations proper reviews around here for a few reasons but the main one being that most of the time the songs they contain don’t usually connect in a cohesive theme. That’s not the case with Revenge of the Dreamers III. All the songs keep the same vibe. And while J. Cole and company mostly deliver, I feel like you almost have to watch the companion documentary (Dreamville Presents: REVENGE) to enjoy Revenge of the Dreamers III to it’s fullest. Check this one out.

Nas – The Lost Tapes 2

Release Date: July 19, 2019

Like most Nas fans, I have been waiting for The Lost Tapes 2 since 2002. And while the first Lost Tapes gave us classics songs like “No Idea’s Original”, The Lost Tapes 2 gave us, uh, “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack). And I guess that’s the main problem with this project. It’s supposed to be filled with gems that never got proper releases. But The Lost Tapes 2 is mostly filled with tracks that should’ve been left on the cutting room floor. SKIP!

Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

Release Date: July 12, 2019

I’ve been a fan of Big K.R.I.T. since K.R.I.T Wuz Here came out in 2010. And while he may not be the most exciting rapper, I still think he is super talented. For the most part, K.R.I.T. IZ HERE shows this and it is an improvement over his recent releases. Still, at 19 tracks long some songs should have been left off for easier listening. But still, check this one out.

Westside Gunn – Flygod Is an Awesome God

Release Date: July 5, 2019

If it feels like I listen to every project released by Griselda Records, it’s probably because I do. Westside Gunn is probably not my favorite rappers out the group (That honor goes to Conway The Machine), but I’m still a fan. I always thought that Westside style was a Buffalo version of Ghostface Killah. But with a style like that, it doesn’t always hit the mark and maybe that’s the reason Flygod Is an Awesome God didn’t connect with me. That being said, “Thousand Shot Mac” featuring Conway, Hologram, and Meyhem Lauren, may be worth the price of admission alone. Skim through this one.