Trey Songz ‘Trigga’ [Album Stream]

Also available for a full album stream today is Trey Songz‘s sixth full-length LP of his career, Trigga. The album officially drops July 1st, but can be heard from beginning to end below. Features include: Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign and Mila J, yet so far amongst the previews… his solo R&B tracks for “Change Your Mind” and “What’s Best For You” are going to be hard to top.

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Ab-Soul ‘These Days’ [Album Stream]

TDE fans are stoked with today’s release of the long-awaited debut album from Ab-SoulThese Days boasts features from his TDE teammates Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and SZA, along with Lupe Fiasco & Nikki Jean, Rick Ross, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, upcoming Chicago band The O’My’s, and more. If you have been up on every preview and want the full album stream, proceed below. I haven’t dived into it just yet but did skip right ahead to the Kendrick Lamar Interlude that contrasts a chill, jazzy production that wonderfully goes solo at the end with K. Dot as intense as ever. The album can be copped now.

Linkin Park ‘The Hunting Party’ [Album Stream]

Linkin Park ‘The Hunting Party’ [Album Stream]
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As the keen observer can already see, one click above and you can listen to the full LP from LP, The Hunting Party, a week before it hits stores next Tuesday. The free stream, of course, lets longtime fans like myself enjoy all of the previews in context and understand the group’s return to a core, more hardcore sound. The 45 minutes does indeed feature heavier sounds mixed in with your usual Mike Shinoda rap bars and Chester Bennington vocals. It’s a combo that I’m certainly never tired of and on first listen, the album is already indicative of the group’s progression goals.

It’s going to be hard for one single to top my love for “Until It’s Gone”, but as a whole, it’s a fluid album from beginning to end with plenty of tracks I’m looking forward to rewinding. One is “Final Masquerade”, a *Tibs Fav. below that also has a brand new lyric video to its name. In the album, this record follows an all-instrumental song that had me irrationally excited upon realization, considering the group’s first two albums had brilliant instrumental-only tracks towards their conclusion. The Hunting Party is no exception here. I’m only skeptical on the harder rock records that will grow with a couple of more listens for sure, but I’m not sure if they’ll stick. I think that’s just my taste for sounds less heavy in general. Nevertheless, listen above, below, and catch up with more LP on GWHH here.

A.ware “Good Morning Midnight”

A treat for music lovers/enthusiast alike indeed. This collaboration between A.ware of Mach Five and producers Ronnie P and Proski is real grooveful. I’m currently more than half way through the project and so far there’s not one disappointing track on here. It’s a collection of records you can kick back and relax to or just simply jam to. Stand out records for me right now include: “Yellow Watermelon,” “Fonzy,” “Sarasota,” and “Queen.”

Good Morning Midnight is finally here, a collection of songs from A.ware of the Atlanta based rap duo Mach Five. The project is a collaboration with producers Ronnie P and Proski, the trio basically built this project firmly based on each other’s similar but individual taste in music. The construction of “Good Morning Midnight” started with a simple jam session last August in a mid size two bedroom apartment in the little 5 points area in Atlanta Ga. Today we have what we consider a treat for music lovers/enthusiast alike!

Michael Jackson ‘Xscape’ [Album Stream]

Today, Michael Jackson‘s second posthumous album, Xscape, is here.

Now, I understand the skepticism you may have about posthumous tracks and the energy that comes with using unreleased vocals to fabricate songs for profit. That may have come across more on the first MJ posthumous album, Michael, but I can look past that on Xscape because the 8 tracks are in good hands with frequent MJ collaborators Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and John McClain at the helm, in addition to a couple of big-time producers in Timbaland and StarGate. The bonus to Xscape is that the deluxe version contains the original versions of all 8 tracks. Those should appeal to any MJ fan no matter your feelings on posthumous albums.

As you run through the album, keep note of my *Tibs Favs. In fact, every preview in the last week earned my approval — the JT-featured “Love Never Felt So Good”, “Chicago”, “Blue Gangsta”, and the title track “Xscape” — and joining that top tier of records is “A Place With No Name”. I particularly love the melody of the hook and the StarGate production grew on me to make that song the one I’ve had on repeat the most this weekend.

In general, the album impressively boasts a Michael Jackson whose rhythms, melodies, and layered vocals (see: “Chicago”) are all on point. These aren’t just throwaway tracks; rather, Xscape is a collection that brings MJ to the forefront and a contemporary yet throwback sound that matches the time period of the recorded vocals (said to be pre-1999). I applaud the efforts from all parties involved and would highly suggest Xscape to even the most skeptical MJ fan. Enjoy!