Flashback Friday: Pharrell and AZ

Thanks to all of you for showing love to this week’s feature, “Why 2006 was Hip-Hop & R&B’s Last Landmark Year.” 

If you haven’t read it yet, duh, do that right now.

In the spirit of that great year, let’s look at a couple of overlooked albums from that era.

in my mind

Pharrell, In My Mind (2006)

P’s solo studio debut landed with mixed reviews in 2006 – while by no means bad, In My Mind just didn’t live up to the massive hype that swirled around arguably the industry’s biggest producer. Look beyond the hype, though, and you’ll find a pretty strong release that remains a good listen even today.

Also check out:

“That Girl,” featuring Snoop Dogg and Charlie Wilson

“Can I Have It Like That,” featuring Gwen Stefani

the format

AZ, The Format (2006)

There’s really no such thing as a bad AZ song. Sosa’s sixth solo LP continues his longtime trend of quality, yet perpetually overlooked hip-hop.

Also check out:

“Rise and Fall,” featuring Little Brother


Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog. 


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