25. Fabolous ” SOUL TAPE 2″

November 22, 2012
One could argue that mixtape Fab is the best Fab. Throughout his impressive twenty-plus year career we have seen Fabolous seamlessly transition from one decade to the next. His influence on the culture is evident and I believe his mixtapes are to thank. Choosing my most beloved body of work wasn’t difficult, it’s apart of the Soul Tape series. Soul Tape 2 to be more specific. It’s a cinematic body of work, one of those let’s take a late-night drive and cruise to.
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24. Cardi B “INVASION OF PRIVACY”

April 6, 2018
If Cinderella was a real person her name would be Cardi B. After her 2017 hit, “Bodak Yellow” shut the summer down all anyone could talk about was Bardi and when we would get her debut album.
Invasion of Privacy was received with immense amount of support and really good reviews. I had it on my albums of 2018 list. This album took Cardi back to the Grammy’s where she ultimately won for Best Hip-Hop Album.
For me I simply love the album because I cheered for Cardi like she was my cousin. I wanted to see her win. Her rags to riches life,(”Get Up 10”) is inspiring. She has evolved from the strip clubs and mixtapes, Cardi arrived as an artist with Invasion of Privacy. 
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23. YG “MY KRAZY LIFE”

March 18, 2014
A couple of days ago I went back and listened to My Krazy Life and paused it at “Bicken Back Bein Bool” and said to myself, “Shit this is a great fucking album!” Nearly 6 years later and YG’s debut album still slaps. My personal favorites are “I Just Wanna Party”, “Bicken Back Bein Bool”, “Who Do You Love?”, “Really Be”, “Left, Right” and “My Nigga”. I can tell a story about each song and why it resonates, but that’s not necessary lol.

 

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22. Jhene Aiko “Sail Out”

November 12, 2013
Jhene Aiko writes and sings from her soul. I enjoy it when she gets into her sad, “fuck you” bag. Her debut EP Sail Out is a vibe that continues to shapeshift through the years. The album features Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Ab-Soul. Out of the seven-song tracklist, my favorite one is, “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)”, its simple, raw and enough.
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