Upcoming Hip Hop CDs: D’Angelo and Kid Ink

D'Angelo_-_Black_Messiah_Album_CoverJanuary is historically one of the weakest months for new music releases. But if you’re a fan of hip hop and rap, a couple new CD’s should be generating a lot of heat in 2015. After a fourteen year absence, R&B legend D’Angelo finally releases a follow-up to “Voodoo” called “Black Messiah”. This time around, D’Angelo has recruited an all-star band called the Vanguard featuring ?uestlove from The Roots on drums and Jessie Johnson from The Time on lead guitar. After listening to an early preview copy, “The Charade” will remind you of Prince, “Sugah Daddy” has a old-school juke joint vibe, and “Really Love” sounds like a lost track from D’Angelo’s last CD including a spoken word intro and a soft Spanish guitar. No official video has been released yet, but it will be hard to match his controversial video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” that revolutionalized R&B videos with his provocative naked performance.


full-speed-kid-inkKid Ink’s on the verge of breaking out in the upper echelon of today’s rappers. His 3rd official CD, “Full Speed” is scheduled for release on February 3rd. To date, Kid Ink is best known for his mixtapes, collaborations with Chris Brown and 2 Chainz, and of course, his tattoo covered face and body. But early reviews have been nothing but positive. 2015 should be a big year for the Los Angeles rapper. If the new CD rivals the sound of his inspirational rap anthem “Hell & Back”, Kid Ink should find some mainstream success.