The day is finally here.
Beyoncé has returned with her seventh studio album, ‘Act I: Renaissance.’
Coming in with 16 tracks, Renaissance is supported by the lead single, “Break My Soul” and features writing credits from Beyoncé’s most frequent collaborators including Jay-Z, The-Dream, Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy, Drake and Nija Charles as well as 070 Shake, P2J, Labrinth, Skrillex, A.G. Cook, Nile Rodgers, Lucky Daye, Tems, Syd, LilJuMadeDaBeat, Sabrina Claudio, Tricky Stewart, Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Raphael Saadiq and more.
“Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world,” said Beyoncé in an Instagram. “It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place, a place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream, release, feel freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration. I hope you find joy in this music. I hope it inspires you to release the wiggle. Ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.”
In a thank you note to fans via Renaissance’s physical copy, Beyoncé revealed that Renaissance is a part of a trilogy. “… this three act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be still but also a time I found to be most creative.”
Stream Renaissance below.
Check out the full thank you note below via Hip-Hop-N-More.
This three act project was recorded over three years during the pandemic. A time to be still, but also a time I found to be the most creative.
Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world. It allowed me to feel free and adventuous in a time when little else was moving. My intention was to create a safe place. A place without judgment. A place to be free of perfectionism and overthinking. A place to scream. Release. Feel Freedom. It was a beautiful journey of exploration.
I want to give a special thank you to Rumi, Sir, and Blue for allowing me the space, creativity, and inspiration and a special thanks to my beautiful husband and muse, who held me down during those late nights in the studio. A big thank you to my Uncle Jonny. He was my godmother and thefirst person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album. Thank you to all the pioneers who originate culture, to all of the fallen angels whose contributions have gone unrecognized for far too long. This is a celebration for you. Thank you to my Parkwood crew, my slab, Dream, and all of the talented producers involved. Mama, I luhhhh you. To my father, my O.G., my first teacher, you inspire me in every move that I make. I love you.
To all my fans, I hope you find joy in this music. I hop it inspires you to release the wiggle, ha! And to feel as unique, strong, and sexy as you are.
Love y’all deep,
Diddy Releases ‘The Love Album: Off The Grid’
In 2015, Diddy dropped his MMM (Money Making Mitch) mixtape, which boasted a multitude of guest features from Big Sean, French Montana, Future, Jadakiss, Lil’ Kim, Pusha T, Styles P, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, Wiz Khalifa and more.
However, it’s been a long hiatus since his last solo project, Press Play, which released back in 2006.
After keeping us in suspense for more than a year, the multi-talented mogul is back with his latest album, The Love Album: Off The Grid. This extensive album comprises 22 tracks and even includes an intermission.
With 22 tracks and an intermission, the album features guest appearances from The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R, Summer Walker, Babyface, John Legend, Teyana Taylor, French Montana, Coco Jones, Fabolous, The-Dream, Busta Rhymes, Dawn Richard, Kalenna, Ty Dolla $ign, Jacquees, Kehlani, 21 Savage, Swae Lee, Burna Boy, Jeremih, Jozzy, Nova Wav, Dirty Money, Kalan Fr.Fr and Nija.
Nas Releases Hit-Boy Produced LP ‘Magic 3’
However, the infamous duo is now coming to an end as Nas has announced his sixth and final project with Hit-Boy, Magic 3, dropping just two months after the sequel. This time around, Nas treats us to 15 tracks with a lone feature from Lil Wayne.
Album Review: Mick Jenkins – The Patience
Mick Jenkins, the enigmatic artist known for his lyrical skill and introspective storytelling, has returned with his fourth studio album, The Patience released on August 18, 2023. Born Jayson Mick Jenkins in Huntsville, Alabama, and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jenkins has been a consistent figure in the hip-hop scene since his debut mixtape, The Mickstape, in 2012. With his latest offering, Jenkins takes his listeners on a journey through his own evolution and perseverance.
The Patience boasts an impressive lineup of features, including heavyweights like Freddie Gibbs, Benny The Butcher, and JID. Jenkins doesn’t hold back when it comes to production either, collaborating with a diverse group of producers that includes 99TheProducer, Beat Butcha, Dilip, and more.
One of the standout tracks on the album is “Pasta,” where Jenkins delivers thought-provoking lyrics, as he often does, with lines like “I weathered storms and did the pantomime, I rarely speak ’em. Empowered palpable hands, talcum powdered when you greet him.” The wordplay and depth in his verses showcase his growth as an artist and a storyteller.
Another notable track is “Smoke Break Dance,” featuring JID, which has a gritty beat that complements their fiery verses. Jenkins and JID’s chemistry on this track is undeniable, and lines like “Put an eighth in it, motherfucker got some weight on it and some wax in it. Don’t play with it, all the way from concentrate with it, juice like fresh OJ” make it a highlight of the album.
One interesting aspect of The Patience is the limited visual content associated with the project. Jenkins didn’t have the budget or incentive to shoot numerous music videos, package intricate rollouts, or tour widely, all due to certain limitations. This underscores the album’s focus on the music itself rather than extravagant marketing campaigns.
Perhaps the most compelling aspect of *The Patience* is its ability to connect with listeners on a personal level. Many new fans have found solace and healing in Jenkins’ introspective lyrics and soulful beats. The album serves as a testament to Jenkins’ growth as an artist and his commitment to evolving his craft.
In conclusion, The Patience by Mick Jenkins is a testament to the artist’s growth, both lyrically and sonically. With its thought-provoking lyrics, impressive features, and diverse production, it’s an album that demands repeated listens. It’s clear that Mick Jenkins is not only a rapper but also a storyteller who continues to push the boundaries of his artistry. For both longtime fans and newcomers, The Patience offers a deeply immersive and emotionally resonant experience. Mick Jenkins has once again proven his ability to capture the hearts and minds of hip-hop enthusiasts.
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