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Kendrick Lamar’s album To Pimp A Butterfly came out on March 15. It’s April and I’m not even listening to it anymore.
I’ve seen him live and I’m a huge fan of his and his album is incredible, but it has zero replay value. It’s not something I’m jumping back into. And it’s not just Kendrick Lamar. J Cole’s album came out only four months ago and I’ve already stopped listening to it. Again, I’ve seen J Cole live too and I’m a huge fan of his, but its like that album came out five years ago. It feels like 2014 Forest Hills Drive came out five years ago!
A huge reason why It feels like J Cole’s album came out decades ago is that since that album dropped we’ve received an overload of new music. These are a list of albums that have come out since 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The albums below are from artists, I like. So if you read the list and an album came out and isn’t there it’s because I don’t mess with it. Some notable artists missing from the list are Action Bronson, Lupe Fiasco, Rae Sremmurd and Wale.
Artist : Drake
Album/Mixtape : If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
Artist : Big Sean
Album : Dark Sky Paradise
Artist : Kendrick Lamar
Album : To Pimp A Butterfly
Artist : Earl Sweatshirt
Album : I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
Artist : Tyler, The Creator
Album : Cherry Bomb
Artist : BONES
Album/Mixtape : Powder
Since 2014 Forest Hils Drive, that’s how much music has been released. That’s not even adding the fact that singles have come out like Kanye West’s All Day.
The reason why, I feel like music is lacking replay value is that we’re getting way too much music. I mean, way too much music. And because of this, a lot of albums are either being ignored or forgotten. And replay value has a lot to do with that. If an album has no replay value, then you listen to it once and you never come back to it. If we’re getting way too much music, you’ll forget an album even dropped.
I mean, I completely forgot about Big Sean’s album Dark Sky Paradise and it’s actually incredible, but since then, Tyler, The Creator, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt and Bones dropped tapes, so I forgot about that album and ignored it.
These albums could be amazing or incredible, but if it doesn’t have that special “IT” factor that makes you want to come back to it then you can easily forget about them. That’s what, I think is the difference between a classic and timeless album. A classic album can be an incredible body of work, but a timeless album means the record will stand the test of time.
Decades can pass and a timeless album will sound the same as the day it came out. Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a timeless album. Kanye West’s Graduation is a timeless album. Nirvana’s Nevermind is a timeless album. The problem is that we’re not getting any timeless albums anymore. Or at least, it feels like that.
Timeless albums have replay value. And I’m not saying any of these albums are classics that came out this year, I’m just saying all the albums are incredible that have come out including J Cole’s, but are missing that “IT” factor.
I think the person we can all blame for this is Beyoncè. When she released her self titled album surprisingly and successfully, she made every well-known artist in the world realize you didn’t need to promote your album. If you had a loyal fan base, you were good to go.
Since then, Rap & HipHop artists have just been dropping albums out of nowhere. There used to Yeezy Season, Drake Season or Kendrick Season, but honestly in 2015 it’s been nobodies season. It’s been everybody’s’ season. And because of this music fans are left with albums on albums on albums on their iTunes.
I’m not complaining about the surplus of albums that have come out, but just look at Justin Timberlake’s discography. He released his debut album Justified in 2002. He released his sophomore album FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006. And fairly recently released his 3rd studio album The 20/20 Experience. Justin Timberlake took time with his albums and because of that created timeless albums.
Back then, there wasn’t a music overload and you can honestly take in the music. I think when you’re given time with albums then you can appreciate it more. But in this day and age, there’s just way too much music out there.
Adding to the fact that everyday on the Internet we are exposed to new songs and new artists everyday. Replay value is the only thing that can save an artist. If an artist has no replay value than their body of work is either going to be forgotten or ignored.
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Sincerely, Kid From The 6ix
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