2021: The albums I have enjoyed this year

Last year I was able to make to lists and separate the ones who was Hip Hop and the ones who was Pop & Afrobeat. However, this year I will make a joint session. Since well, music haven’t been as prevalent for me. Neither has the music been as vital or been as close as before. The lockdowns and quarantine has stopped a lot of time listening time for me. Usually, I listen to the most music in transit or watch music videos at home. Therefore, I lost a lot of space and opportunities to it by default by being home during lockdowns this year.

That’s why I will have one simple list and all genres will be represented here. The albums I did appreciate and can see myself bumping in the future… and the ones that was lost on me… the famous dishonourable mentions, if you may.

Well… here we go.

Mr. P – “The Prodigal” was a fun afrobeat album from the P-Square alumni. He really showed swag and wished more people had talked about it. There is nice joints on here and it’s underwhelming how little that has been pushed about this album.

HRSMN (Canibus, Kurupt, Killah Priest & Rass Kass) – “Last Ride” was a dope hip-hop album made by old-school heroes. It was really fun and not with tracks fit for modern radio. This was the finesse and funny bars from a collective of wordsmiths. All of these gentlemen have proven their skills in the past and this was just a gem to listen too.

B-Real & Scott Storch – “Tell You Something” was a shocker of a release. Not that I have anticipated or awaited anything produced by Scott Storch in a decade or so. Storch fell off and seemed to be lost .B-Real has been on joint LPs with Xzibit and Derrick of late, which has been super awesome to listen too. So, his just following up on that and is having a great time on the beats of Storch. FYI: “Never Go Home” has a terrible beat and it should have been forgotten on whatever Nintendo Gameboy Game he sampled it from. That’s the only downer on this one and is an instant skip.

Rudeboy – “Rudykillus” is the other P-Square alumni album of the year. Where he starts of the album reminiscing and reminding everyone of his past hits. His swagger is cool and all. This is an album worth listening too and tracks like “Focus” shows his star-power and talent.

Talib Kweli and Diamond D – “Gotham” is another wordsmith and hip-hop album, which I felt has gone under the radar. Not shocking, as it been years since Talib was a main-stay and relevant for a broader audience. Still, he deserves credit and can produce nice of bodies of work to this day.

Joell Ortiz – “Autograph” is the A-Typical project of the Slaughterhouse MC at this point. He can tell stories and paint pictures with his words. The beats are refreshing and vibrant. It’s an absolute gem of a LP. These are the sorts that should be higher on rankings and get acknowledged, but the game is rigged. That’s why it’s not there…

Fashawn & Sir Veterano – ‘All Hail The King”. The F is finally returning and off Nas’s Mass Appeal. He shows why his a cool dude and an artist. Here his just brazen and direct, as there is steady and funky beats by Sir Veterano on the production. This is a real underground, but he should get credit. As he has continued to push out his craft and with this LP his showing that he is a force to be reckon with.

Dax – “Pain Paints Paintings” was an album which grow on me. Dax hasn’t changed or anything. Listen to him thanks to YouTube and the videos there in quarantine. He dropped a few EPs before and it was evident there was skills there. Now with a full project it was fun to listen too. Not it is revolutionary or has any sort of traditional hip-hop over it …. NO. But, it is a fun joint and easy-listening, as Dax never goes to deep.

Saigon – “Pain, Peace & Prosperity” is the album of a man I have followed since the Yardfather mixtape series in the early 2000s. It is nice seeing him shining on this one. It is clear that Just Blaze isn’t as involved or have production on here. Though, it is refreshing to see Saigon deliver a full project and get support from all across the board.

Remedy – “Remedy Meets Wu-Tang” is the most out of left-field album of the year for my part. It was just so amazing to see the Wu-Tang Collective shine on a album in 2021. This was like the golden age returning and nothing had changed. The beats, the bars and the whole setting was made for this. Remedy, which I haven’t heard of and maybe I lost the memo. Was showing his skills, but there was plenty of times where the Wu-Tang MCs out-shined him, but who cares? It’s an awesome project!

Lloyd Banks – “The Curse of the inevitable” with the return of the G-Unit wonderkid. Well, Banks isn’t a kid anymore and been a long time coming for his return. The G-Unit rapper dropped an album which fits into the Griselda era and could easily been dropped on that imprint. This wasn’t sounding like any of his previous LPs or even having the production of a G-Unit album. However, his word-play and bars was obvious on this one. That was what made this one unique. Not like he was pressured by Interscope or G-Unit to make a radio-friendly jam to be played on Hot 97.

Tiwa Savage – “Water and Garri EP” was a fun instalment, a very short one, but a worthwhile one. This is what you expect and as always, Tiwa does deliver. There is no skips and just a jolly atmosphere until the project is over. Nas even featured on the first track and he phoned it in sadly, but at least he wasn’t speaking of “crypto-currency” on this one. Tiwa had deserved a more fitting rapper on the track, but she maybe wanted someone who is celebrated and gets recognized world-wide.

This here is my list and it’s subjective. There was several of albums that I still enjoyed, but didn’t play like did this. Others that I have in my “tape-deck” but haven’t gotten into. Which would be another list. Albums I tried to listen too, but never caught on or had the rush to bump again. There is a few of those. However, I don’t feel the need to drop those… Peace.

En Nigeriansk Prins lille løfte og FRPs handlinger, begge deler like imponerende.

Blir imponert av FRP de siste dagene. Hvor slitne de virker på alle debatter og hvordan de klarer å skvise det råtne tanker ut i offentligheten. Kunne sikkert nevnt om all skittentøy vasken kommet i tabloid pressen det siste året. FRP har jo bare hatt tragisk eksempler på rekke rad. Sex, skatteunndragelse etc. Så de siste dagene er jo bare en trend. Ikke at jeg noen tilhenger av FRP eller deres politikk, men dette viser hvor mye de sliter med å holde seg til medmenneskelighet når de ikke kan vise sin kynisme ovenfor innvandrere eller nye Nordmenn.

Ikke at Tybring-Gjedde eller andre råere personligheter har spredd sin frykt i de siste dagene. Da hadde Mississippi i Flammer vært en verdig film å sende FRP’s hovedkvarter. Vi vil ikke ha flammer over hele Vestlandet eller Sørlandet, eller Grønland, Oslo. Ironisk skriver jeg dette mens jeg hører på P-Square fra Nigeria. Venter på å skulle overføre penger til å hjelpe en Nigeriansk Prins slik at jeg blir millionær. Slik at min stemme har noe å si i dette samfunnet. Neida, poenget er bare Per Sandberg og Siv Jensen. Har tabbet seg og vist sitt ekte ansikt. Ikke at vi kunne forvente noe annet. De kan jo ikke gjemme sine tanker når du er i opposisjonen. Slik som vi så for noen år siden hvor glad SV er i mandariner fra Israel. De elsker dem!! Akkurat som FRP elsker AUF om dagen. Venter bare på å se Siv Jensen og Eskil Pedersen gi hverandre en real klem. For da hadde de vist det hele med mer enn tomme ord. Unnskyldningen hadde også blitt en medmenneskelig handling. Ikke at jeg er en fan av noen partiene, er likevel ikke blind for drakampen mellom disse. Posisjonen er jo satt, regjeringen, naturligvis regjerer. Opposisjonen klager på utsiden. Begge deler er naturlig og slik skal det være.

Likevel virker det som ikke dette er nok for FRPs representanter og deres leder Siv Jensen. De er sulten for mer og vil gjerne gjøre det med alle midler. Viser sin kynisme og ønsker om å komme fram med sine poenger uansett pris. Akkurat som mine Nigerianske venner som vil ha mine penger og ringer gjerne meg opp for får å gi meg kontonummeret i Standard Chartered, Lagos Branch. Ingen av disse menneskene bryr seg så heftig om de som betaler byrden. Så lenge de får det. Målet helliger midlet. Disse lever i det motsatte av Kant. Man kan begynne å lure, hvem de representerer annet enn seg selv. Om det er deres frykt for maktesløshet som fører hit. At de må dytte de som har blitt overkjørt og gått igjennom forferdelig hendelser, få smake salt i såret. Selv om man skal kunne diskutere hendelsen 22. Juli. Så må man ta det for det er. En hendelse som viser hvor skrekkelig ondt et valg blir og hvor mange som blir såret etter dette. Mange av de som var der er forsatt i sørgeperiode. Enda flere kjenner personer som har gått bort og vært tilstede enten i Oslo den helgen eller i nærheten å fått føle usikkerheten selv. Slik som jeg selv fikk når jeg kom inn til Oslo og forsatt hørte glass falle bakken og ryktet om bombe i sentrum. Dette setter bevegelser i kroppen og usikkerheten. Så når FRPs representanter viser lite ærefrykt eller respekt for representanter i AP og AUF. Så blir man såret og skuffet. Slik som mine Nigerianske venner blir at avtalen ikke blir noe av, ei heller jeg ikke en rik man på en, to eller tre. Noe FRP søker med alle mulige mål, bare så lenge de får makten. Om de som ville svindle pengene mine skulle føler det samme som Siv Jensen og Per Sandberg, så svarer jeg ja. Fordi de begge har mål som overgår de utenforstående personer.

At Eskil Pedersen kaster en Zippo i en kokende tønne med parafin, rettferdigjør ikke Per Sandsberg. Heller gjør det ikke Siv Jensens tilbakespill lurt. Akkurat som Roar Flåten eller andre ringrever kunne idag åte ett slaktoffer hvis de hadde vært sulten nok. Istedenfor kommer Jens Stoltenberg med forståelse og ro, å skjønner at Per Sandberg prøvde å redde seg selv. Før Siv Jensen satte alt i samme posisjon som i går.

Dette er en ordkrig. Å vil være en ordkrig mellom FRP og AP & AUF. Så når du kommer med utspill og reversere det like etter. Viser det hvor viktig det er å være nøysom i forhold til hendelsen. Ikke minst om ømfintlig du må være. Om jeg tolerere FRPs utspill så gjør jeg det, men det gjør ikke det rett eller smakelig. Like smakelig tilbud som bli rik opplegget fra Lagos.

Så nå er det bare så hva prinsen og hele følget gjør videre. Usmakelig kommer til å bli, hvis ikke en partene manner seg opp og ydmyker seg i offentligheten. Med en gest til sin argeste fiende. Fordi det kan bare bli flauere og kvalmere herfra og ut i evigheten.

Her er hele klipp fra VG-TV. Vil advare at begge klipp gir reklame før de sendes. VG lurer til seg masse penger. Uansett her er det som diskuteres utifra idag.

VG TV – Per Sandberg (Hele klippet fra Stortinget)

VG TV – Siv Jensen angrep på AP & AUF (og prøve å unnskylde dette)

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