Hip Hop: Summer 2024

Monarch HipHop Recommendations

B-REAL
Real Psycho

B-Real, known for his iconic contributions to Cypress Hill, ventures into solo territory with Real Psycho, an album that deftly merges his signature rap style with a fresh, experimental edge. From the opening track, it’s clear that B-Real is on a mission to redefine expectations, blending gritty lyricism with pulsating beats and haunting melodies. Real Psycho is a sonic rollercoaster, taking listeners on a journey through B-Real’s psyche. Tracks like “Mind Trip” and “Lost in the Madness” delve into the complexities of mental health and personal struggles, while “Street Dreams” and “Gangsta Poetry” offer gritty portrayals of street life, delivered with B-Real’s trademark intensity.

Collaborations with fellow artists, such as Tech N9ne and Rittz, add depth and diversity to the album, showcasing B-Real’s ability to adapt his style while maintaining authenticity. The production is top notch, with immersive soundscapes that range from haunting and atmospheric to hard hitting and aggressive.

One of the album’s strengths lies in its thematic cohesion; each track feels like a piece of a larger narrative, painting a vivid portrait of B-Real’s inner demons and external realities. Despite the darkness that permeates many of the songs, there’s a sense of catharsis and empowerment woven throughout as B-Real confronts his demons head on and emerges stronger for it. Real Psycho is a testament to B-Real’s evolution as an artist, showcasing his versatility, lyrical prowess, and willingness to push boundaries. It’s a raw, visceral listening experience that demands attention from start to finish, solidifying B-Real’s status as a rap icon in his own right.

KANYE WEST & TY DOLLA SIGN
Vultures 1

Vultures 1, the collaborative project between Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign, is a sonic exploration that seamlessly blends their distinct styles into a cohesive and captivating album. From the first track to the last, it’s evident that both artists bring their A-game, creating a dynamic and immersive listening experience. Kanye’s production shines throughout, with lush instrumentation and innovative beats that provide the perfect backdrop for Ty Dolla Sign’s soulful vocals. Tracks showcase the duo’s chemistry with infectious hooks and infectious melodies that stick with you long after the music stops. Thematically, Vultures 1 explores the highs and lows of fame, fortune, and the pursuit of success. Kanye and Ty Dolla Sign delve into personal struggles and triumphs, offering listeners a glimpse into their lives behind the headlines. The album is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Each track feels like a carefully crafted piece of art, with layers of meaning waiting to be unpacked with each listen. Vultures 1 is a triumph of creativity and collaboration, showcasing Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign at the top of their game. It’s a bold and ambitious album that pushes boundaries and challenges expectations, solidifying both artists’ status as true innovators in the world of hip-hop and R&B.

OFFSET
Kiari

Offset’s solo debut album, Kiari is a bold and confident statement from one-third of the renowned rap trio Migos. With this project, Offset steps into the spotlight and proves himself as a force to be reckoned with in the hip-hop world. From the opening track,  Offset sets the tone with his trademark flow and lyrical prowess. The album is a masterclass in trap music, with hard-hitting beats, infectious hooks, and gritty lyricism that grabs your attention from start to finish. Throughout the album, Offset’s authenticity shines through as he navigates themes of success, perseverance, and the challenges of fame.

Collaborations with artists like Playboi Carti, Gunna, and Travis Scott add depth and diversity to the album, highlighting Offset’s versatility as both a rapper and a curator of talent. Each feature feels purposeful, with guest artists complementing Offset’s style and adding their own unique flavor to the mix. Production-wise, Kiari is top-notch, with lush instrumentation and immersive soundscapes that create a cinematic listening experience. Overall, Kiari is a standout debut from Offset showcasing his evolution as an artist and solidifying his status as a solo star in his own right. It’s a testament to his talent, ambition, and dedication to his craft and cements his place as one of the leading voices in hip-hop today.

POLO G
Hood Poet

Polo G’s Hood Poet is a raw and introspective journey through the streets of Chicago, where the rising rap star delves deep into his personal experiences and the harsh realities of life in the hood. From the opening bars to the final notes, Polo G captivates listeners with his poignant storytelling and heartfelt lyricism. The album is a powerful blend of street tales, introspective reflections, and anthems of resilience that showcase Polo G’s gritty lyricism and unwavering determination to succeed against all odds. He doesn’t shy away from addressing the struggles of his upbringing, painting a vivid picture of the challenges he’s faced and the sacrifices he’s made along the way.

Production-wise, Hood Poet is top-notch, with atmospheric beats and haunting melodies that perfectly complement Polo G’s introspective lyricism and showcase his musical versatility, blending elements of trap, drill, and melodic rap into a cohesive and captivating sound. Overall, Hood Poet is a standout project from Polo G, solidifying his status as one of the most compelling voices in hip-hop today. It testifies to his talent, authenticity, and unwavering commitment to telling his story and reinforces his place as a true hood poet for a new generation.

NX WORRIES
Why Lawd?

Why Lawd? by NxWorries is a mesmerizing blend of soul, R&B, and hip-hop that showcases the undeniable chemistry between Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge. From the first track to the last, the duo delivers an album that oozes with smooth grooves, infectious melodies, and introspective lyricism. Why Lawd? explores love, loss, and the complexities of relationships, delving into the highs and lows of romance and offering introspective reflections on life and ambition. The beats are nothing short of mesmerizing, with layers of intricate instrumentation and soulful samples that draw listeners in and keep them hooked from start to finish. It’s a mesmerizing listening experience that begs to be heard on repeat, solidifying NxWorries’ status as one of the most exciting duos in modern music.