5 Albums From October To Keep In Your Rotation

In Hip Hop by Nick Russell

5 Albums From October To Keep In Your Rotation

Title: 5 Albums From October To Keep In Your Rotation We might be several days into November already and we already know of a few albums we’re looking forward to this month. But does that mean we should bail on the records that dropped in October that still deserve our attention? Of course not. That’s particularly evident when you consider how many fantastic projects were released last month, with a few even arriving on the same day.

And even though this list could have been stretched out to 10 albums—or even 20 if we wanted to include instrumental projects—these five are the ones that struck me the hardest. It didn’t matter what I was doing either, because these records would not leave my rotation. I can remember one evening as I was doing some online gaming at My session got a little lengthy, partially because I was doing slots in between bingo rounds, and found myself returning to the same handful of projects. They also suited the gaming I was doing, especially Danny Brown’s fantastic ‘Old album, because the energetic bits matched the intensity of the high-speed bingo games. The same feeling occurred as I booted up my Xbox 360 for a round of Grand Theft Auto V’s newly released online content. The more intense moments of ‘Old,’ like its off-the-rails second half, was a choice complement to the mayhem I was causing within the cit y of Los Santos.

But enough about me, let’s get to the list!

Shad – ‘Flying Colours’

Canadian rapper Shad has an incredible knack for wordplay, which, unlike others, he uses as a vehicle and a not a crutch. His metaphors and punchlines help breathe new life into the topics he dives into in his verse. That means a track like ‘Love Means’ off his new record, ‘Flying Colours,’ will not sound like any other love song before it. That goes for when he just lets loose and spits battle raps, too, such as on standout single ‘Stylin’.’ One of the most interesting parts, though? He does it all without cursing—and without dropping one cringeworthy punchline in the bunch. As anyone who’s listened to wordplay-heavy rap knows, that’s not an easy feat.

Black Milk – ‘No Poison No Paradise’

For those unfamiliar, Black Milk is a Detroit, Michigan-hailing artist who’s just as sharp on the microphone as he is on the boards. The rapper/producer’s latest, ‘No Poison No Paradise,’ is definitely his finest effort to date. But if this is your first venture into his catalogue, you couldn’t find a better way to get introduced to Black Milk. Just listen to the album’s two-part single, ‘Sunday’s Best’ and ‘Monday’s Worst,’ and you’ll understand why he’s received so many accolades over the years. The beats alone on those songs will keep you coming back for more.

Jonwayne – ‘Rap Album One’

Los Angeles resident Jonwayne definitely has the weirdest album on this list, but the eccentricities of ‘Rap Album One‘ shouldn’t turn you away. In fact, they should be what you find so compelling, because picking apart the oddball moments on here is what makes it so captivating. Well, his voice is what’s so gripping at first, because it booms and grabs you much like the crunchy bass and synthesizers within his instrumentals. Did we mention that he produced almost this entire project, too? It’s true. The only outside producer is gangster rap stalwart Scoop Deville, who handled ‘The Come Up Pt. 2″ and “Black Magic. Also, just look at the artwork.

Danny Brown – ‘Old’

Of all the projects on here, Danny Brown’s is the grimiest both in sound and approach. The Detroit rapper is greatly influenced by the hip-hop subgenre, which led to speaker-punishing collaborations with Scrufizzer and Darq E Freaker. Plus, it has ‘Dope Song‘ on it, which is definitely one of the best let’s-get-hype-and-destroy-something songs of the fall. ‘Old‘ is not all high-intensity madness, though, as Danny spends the first half of the album reflecting on his life.

Quelle Chris – ‘Ghost At The Finish Line’

If ‘Rap Album One’ is the strangest album on here, then ‘Ghost At The Finish Line‘ is the second weirdest. Like Black Milk and Danny Brown before him, Quelle Chris also hails from Detroit. And his hometown’s grittiness is definitely a heavy influence and inspiration across this record. You can hear that on songs like ‘With Arms Open’ and ‘PRX II,’ both of which are on the bully rap side of the spectrum. He’s not afraid to experiment, though, because there are touches of funk and electronic music on standouts ‘Super F*ck’ and the title track. If you liked ‘Rap Album One’ but wanted something a little more grounded and humourous, you need to hear ‘Ghost At The Finish Line.’