Nearly one year after first being announced, the G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer finally arrives in stores and online this week. With Kanye West at the helm, the 12 tracks feature members of the hip-hop crew, with guest appearances from Jay-Z, R. Kelly, Ma$e, The-Dream, and more. Kanye’s albums have fared well with critics in the past, but did G.O.O.D. make the grade? Find out below.
Trey Songz masters the art of seduction once again on his fifth album Chapter V, in stores and online now. The 27-year-old heartthrob calls on a star-studded cast of collaborators including Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I., Meek Mill, Diddy, and Rick Ross, with production from Rico Love, Benny Blanco, Stargate, Troy Taylor, and more. The ladies love him, but did the critics fall for his charm? Find out below.
What a difference a year makes. This time last year, 2 Chainz was still best known as Tity Boi, one half of Southern duo Playaz Circle. Since then, he’s been featured on tracks for everyone from Kanye West to Justin Bieber and dropped his highly-anticipated solo debut Based on a T.R.U. Story this week. The star-studded set includes appearances from Drake, Nicki Minaj, Kanye, John Legend, Chris Brown, and more.
Did the critics give 2 Chainz two thumbs up? Find out below.
No one can hold Rick Ross back. After making his debut six years ago with Port of Miami, the Maybach Music CEO has steadily risen up the ranks to become one of hip-hop’s most prolific MCs. The Bawse’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t arrives this week boasting big-name collaborations with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, André 3000, and Usher, plus top-notch production from Pharrell, Rico Love, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Cool & Dre, and more. Rozay calls it his best work yet. Do the critics agree? The reviews are in.
Frank Ocean caused a commotion with his coming out letter, but it’s his major label debut channel ORANGE that has everyone talking this week. Upon its surprise release on Monday night, the album shot to No. 1 on iTunes, where it currently remains. On the heels of last year’s acclaimed project Nostalgia, Ultra, the Odd Future singer-songwriter assembles 17 more sublime tracks, with features from André 3000, Earl Sweatshirt, and John Mayer. Was Ocean able to win over his critics once again? The reviews are in.
First he gave you F.A.M.E. and now Chris Brown is sharing his Fortune on his fifth album, in stores today. The R&B superstar follows up his Grammy-winning effort with a collection of electro-pop, dance, and R&B tracks featuring Nas, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin McCall, and Sevyn, plus the hit singles “Turn Up the Music” and “Till I Die.” Was Breezy able to win over his critics with his latest body of work? Find out below.
Usher was only 19 when he released his breakout single “You Make Me Wanna…” Now 15 years, seven Grammys, and two kids later, the R&B superstar reinvents himself with his seventh album Looking 4 Myself. The project combines elements of R&B, pop, dance, hip-hop, and electro, with production from diverse hitmakers including Diplo, Pharrell, Salaam Remi, Rico Love, Max Martin, and more. Did Usher’s risks pay off? Find out below.
Seventeen years after the release of her debut Miss Thang, Monica stands tall on her sixth album New Life. Now married with two kids, the R&B veteran stays true to her R&B roots while collaborating with today’s hitmakers including Rico Love, Salaam Remi, and Polow da Don. She reunites with Brandy on the powerful duet “It All Belongs to Me” and explores new territory with Wale on “Take a Chance.” Did she win over the critics? Find out below.