Marking two years since the release of her Before Love Came To Kill Us, Jessie Reyez returns with her sophomore album, Yessie. With a lone feature from 6LACK on “FOREVER,” the 11-track project features production handled by Calvin Harris, Tim Suby, Rykeyz, Pop Wanself and more.
“I’ve made more of a conscious effort to be better to myself, be healthier and be kinder, extend myself the grace that I extend to other people. And I think it’s shown up in my music, too. It’s just more healing,” Jessie tells The Forty-Five. “The toxic is still there a little, because I’m not perfect and I’m still working on things. But there’s an arc. I was gonna call it ‘Self’ originally, but then the more I thought about it, the more I was like, I’m gonna make it general. I’ve never made music for other people.”
“I’ve always made it for me. So how can I make it more intimate? And then I thought of what my loved ones call me, my family calls me, what my ex used to call me: Yessie. It’s sweet. It’s closer to me. It’s more intimate. That’s how Yessie came to be.”
Stream Yessie below.
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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