It’s that time of year again!
The food has been consumed, the family has wrecked your house and the cholesterol is creeping up to obscene levels – your only hope is a little retail therapy.
D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah (2014)
Critics say D’Angelo is inconsistent but I think he’s very consistent – he gives y’all exactly ONE album every decade. Dassit. This year’s offering was met with mixed reviews – some loved it, some were baffled by it and others (like me) thought it was solid, just not his best work. However, there’s more than enough of D’s brand of funk to last you another few years, at least until we hit that new decade.
Also check out:
Queen Latifah, Black Reign (1993)
There’s been lots of debate over the legacy of female rappers as of late, and without question Latifah’s third album is one of the most influential of its time. Home to the classic track “U.N.I.T.Y.,” it’s gone on to become the Queen’s signature album. It’s vastly underrated today but it’s place in hip-hop history cannot be denied.
Now, it’s your turn. Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.