Happy New Year! 2012 - 2013 Albums and News- Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha-T, Rihanna, Asap Rocky, Lady Gaga, Big Boi & More (AUDIO UPDATES Explicit)

Happy New Year!!! I pray everyone has a healthy, successful and safe 2013! 2012 was kind of cool, almost sorry to see it go, but we gotta keep it moving.  

Most people who know me, know I love my music!  All kinds of music....  So I wanted to share more albums, moments and news I enjoyed in 2012, while I hope and wait for more good times in 2013.

Rick Ross is one of my favorite artists.  Although most of his songs sound the same, almost everything he touches is gold.  MMG has put together a nice team.  Good artists.  I like Self Made 2 better than Vol. 1.  
I first heard Self Made 2 when I went to Orlando, FL for my birthday in June.

My favorite songs:

1. M.I.A *****- Omarion and Wale
2. Actin' Up ****- Wale, Meek Mill ft. French Montana
3. Black Magic **- Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross Black on Black **** - Gunplay ft. Ace Hood & Bun 
4. Bag of Money ***- Wale, Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross and T-Pain
5. Let's Talk ***- Omarion ft. Rick Ross
6. Power Circle **- Gunplay, Stalley, Wale, Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross & Kendrick Lamar
7. I Be Puttn' On *- Wale ft. Wiz Khalifa
G.O.O.D Music's compilation album Cruel Summer stirred up a lot of hype.  The album was pushed back a number of times, but was definitely worth the wait!  
Readers who have followed this blog from the beginning, know I love Kanye's music and style amongst other things and he doesn't disappoint with Cruel Summer, he has blessed us with another masterpiece.  
Great features and collaborations.  So good, I can't figure out what song is my favorite!

*Sidebar* Is it just me, or does it look like the angel is throwing up the Roc "diamond" sign, when you look at the album cover quick and then look away?

Anyway, R. Kelly, Ghostface, Raekwon, Mase, Chief Keef, The Dream and Marsha Ambrosius features were all dope!  Everyone came hard.  
Of course Jay killed his verse on Clique. 
He made sure to spit it, during his 8 days of concerts at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn (the show I attended was awesome by the way, Beyonce made a surprise appearance).  
Pics of us at concert:
As we patiently wait for the sequel, Cruel Winter, Kanye has left us with some shocking, beautiful, news to feed our appetite for 2013- He and Kim Kardashian are expecting a baby!  
Awww I'm so happy for them, they have a lot in common and have been on a path seeking true love for awhile.  
Congratulations KK!!
But hol' up! I'm still on the fence which song is the best? 
Mercy, The One, The Morning, Don't Like or New God Flow??

Speaking of New God Flow, Ghostface came for war, but Pusha-T slaughtered it!  Shout out Pusha-T; saw him in D.C. for Howard Homecoming in October.
October, was an incredible month for music.  RED.  My girl Taylor Swift released her fourth album on October 22nd, the same day as my boy Kendrick Lamar!  
These two were battling for the number one billboard spot for weeks after. 

While I've been rocking with Taylor since her first song Love Story, I recently began actually listening to Kendrick, I agree Taylor's album is good, but I still listen to Kendrick's album daily.  Classic.  

See my review here....

Check my favorite songs on Taylor's RED album:

1. Holy Ground *****
2. Everything Has Changed ft. Ed Sheeran *****
3. State of Grace ****
4. I Knew You Were Trouble ***
5. The Lucky One **
6. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together *

Unapologetic??  You already know... 
Rihanna's album Unapologetic was another favorite this year.  It reminds me of a mixtape.  She sampled a lot of good songs. 
It had an enormous media following- literally!  

Rihanna allowed 200 journalist and fans to accompany her around the world on her 'Rihanna Plane' tour, which also promoted the album and received great reviews.  

Rihanna used the promotion to give back to Hurricane Sandy victims (along with the NY Daily News) at her album listening event at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan.  
I attended the listening party it was NICE. 
Great to finally see Rihanna (Bajan Blood) in person, she's beautiful!!

My Top 8 on this album are:

1. Diamonds *****
2. Loveeeeeee Song ft. Future ****
3 Nobody's Business ft. Chris Brown ****
4. Numb ft. Eminem ***
5. Pour It Up ***
6. Stay ft. Mikky Ekko **
7. Phresh Off The Runway **
8. No Love Allowed *

T.I. Got the 'Trap Back Jumpin' wit'  
Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head.  
In my opinion the best tracks are:

-Trap Back Jumpin'
-Cruisin' (Let me find out T.I. singing... Lol) 
-Hello ft. Cee Lo Green 
-Sorry ft. Andre 3000 
-Wildside ft. A$AP Rocky 
-Guns and Roses ft. Pink
-Go Get It
-Ball ft. Lil Wayne

I can't rate these tracks.  I like them all about the same.  I wouldn't say this is T.I.'s best work, but it is another good album.

On the flip side, Big Boi dropped Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors a week before T.I. and honestly I only listen to half the album, but I LOVE each of the songs.  I can listen over and over.

Check the tracks below:

1. She Hates Me ft. Kid Cudi *****
2. Shoes For Running ft. B.o.B and Wavves *****
3. Descending ft. Little Dragon ****
4. Tremendous ft. Bosko ****
5. Lines ft. A$AP Rocky and Phantogram ****
6. Raspberries ft. Mouche and Scar **
7. Mama Told Me ft. Kelly Rowland ***
8. She Said OK ft. Theophilus London and Truce *

Big Boi has great features on this album like B.o.B, he's nice!
I copped his album Strange Clouds as well.  It's pretty good.
A$AP Rocky was actually a surprising feature, but his collaboration was a good one.

People give A$AP Rocky mixed reviews when it comes to his actual lyrical talent, but no one can deny that his Harlem swag, confidence and fashion sense is intriguing.  
I enjoy watching Rocky's interviews as well.  He comes off as conversational and open minded.  
Not to mention great eye candy!  

I first heard about A$AP Rocky from my people at Bergdorf Goodman in 2011.  When they played Rocky's song 'Peso', I swore up and down that Max B was on the hook.  

'Peso' is a song on A$AP's LiveLoveA$AP mixtape.  '
Peso' and 'Palace' are the only two songs I like on the mixtape, but I LOVE PALACE!  
It's something about the Clams Casino mix, that sounds similar to 'New God Flow'. 
I don't know, that's just me, but Rocky gave that beat the business!  Flow so dope.

Rocky is scheduled to drop Long.Live.A$AP the album this month on January 15th, unfortunately, it has already leaked.  I'm anxious to hear the whole album, I refuse to listen to any leaked download.  

Sadly, Rocky also gave us some more unfortunate news the day after Christmas- his father passed away....  My condolences are with him and his family, his father was also a descendent of Barbados.

The tracks I'm anxious to hear off of Rocky's album are:

2. Goldie
3. PMW (All I Really Need) ft. ScHoolboy Q
5. Hell ft. Santigold
10. Fashion Killa
13. Pretty Flacco (Remix) ft. Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame and Pharrell
14. Ghetto Symphony ft. Gunplay and A$AP Ferg
16. Like I’m Apart ft. Florence Welch

>>> Saw the video for Long Live A$AP.... and OMG It's really goood!!
>>> First heard F**kin’ Problems ft. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar while in D.C. for Howard Homecoming and absolutely loved it!  They each killed their verses, the video "good bread".
>>> 1 Train ft. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T are getting a lot of heat right now.  FIRE.

I hope A$AP's album impresses me as a whole.

Speaking of impressive albums, I'm also anxiously awaiting Lady Gaga's Art Pop album.  
I'm a huge fan of Gaga, I have all three albums. 
 Born This Way wasn't as good as the first two.

In my opinion the best songs were:

-You and I, 
-Edge of Glory 
-Marry The Night 
-Born This Way

My favorite album of Gaga's is Fame Monster

My favorites are:

-Bad Romance
-Dance In The Dark

So yeah I'm really excited for Art Pop.  Gaga has already released CAKE on the Internet and her fans love it.  
Gaga is actually rapping to Trap music!  
Listen to it below:

There is a new verse on this mix, I'm not sure if it's actually Gaga, but still sounds hot.

Cheers to a New Year and great music in 2013!