New Music Releases – February 2016
Lion Babe kicks off the first week of album releases in February. The group’s debut album, Begin, is set to hit stores on Feb. 5. Meanwhile, OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan will release their self-titled album on the same day.
Kanye West has garnered a tidal wave of backlash over changing his album title from Swish to Waves. No additional information has been provided for the project except for a possible star-studded track list. The collection is due on Feb. 11.
On a somber note, 77 Funky Trombones, the final album from the late and great funkateer Blowfly, will drop on Feb. 12. Blowfly, whose real name is Clarence Reid, is often credited as the first gangsta rapper. The 76-year-old tunesmith passed away in January after battling terminal liver cancer. The album is a fitting musical tribute to a man whose raunchy lyrics and music help shape hip-hop culture as we know it. Rest in peace, Blowfly.
But probably the most anticipated album that fans are going to be checking for on that day is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' album, This Unruly Mess I Made. The Seattle duo are already sparking conversations on social media with their thought-provoking song, "White Privilege II." It's going to be interesting to hear what other topical issues the rap tandem are going to be addressing on the LP.
Overall, February is looking like a month of great music ahead. Check them out below.
Lion Babe, Begin
KING, We Are King
Majid Jordan, Self-Titled
Kanye West, Waves
Blowfly, 77 Rusty Trombones
BJ the Chicago Kid, In My Mind
Yo Gotti, The Art of Hustle
Santigold, 99 Cents
Brian McKnight, Better
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, This Unruly Mess I've Made