Has anybody listened to RZA's new album, The Man with the Iron Fists Soundtrack
? It's available to stream here
. I'm genuinely surprised out how good it is, and it's one of the strongest projects I've heard that has been released this year. White Dress
sees Kanye West at the most lyrical I think he has ever been, with the production being laced with a smooth sample from All the Way Gone
, from Game's The R.E.D. Album
. Rivers of Blood
, The Baddest Man Alive
are also highlights for me. I've already ordered my copy, but it isn't released until a month after the US release here.
Kendrick's album will be released tomorrow (23rd in the UK); as with RZA's album in the US. I've been hearing very good things. I've ordered the deluxe from Amazon. It was the only place I saw that offered the deluxe edition for the UK, but it was £20 (as it's imported). Which is outrageous. It's been a blessing this year, with releases from all three of my favourite active Hip-Hop artists (Lupe, Nas & Kendrick).
In recent months, the release of music by American artists has suffered from the incompetence of labels and distributors (whether it's the US or the UK side that is to blame, I don't know). There was a time when the UK received any American (music) content a day before the US, which was standardised alongside regular album releases. Nowadays I find myself struggling to find deluxe editions, and the random shift in dates is becoming annoying (delaying Channel Orange and Food & Liquor II by a week or more, as well as only finding two online stores that offered the deluxe version of Nas' latest album, being prime examples).