This month we have caught up with the IOW’s Void team rider Blake Nash to find out what are his favourite albums and why
The Rising Tied – Fort Minor
The rising tied is the debut studio album of Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda’s side project hip-hop group Fort Minor. It’s an old release coming out back in 2005 but with a huge list of talented collaborators throughout the album it still sounds as good as when it was first released. Shinoda handled production of the whole album and it really shows as the album strays from any of the hip-hop stereotypes that a lot of albums follow. Much like the music of Linkin Park the album is full of political content and story telling of personal experiences. It’s a really great album with an awesome sound that I find is great either in or out of the park. Personally my favorite tune has to be “remember the name” which was also the first single released off the album. The unforgettable melody of the strings conducted by David Campbell draw you straight into the tune and before you know it a solid beat is being laid down as well as some strong lyrics. It’s a really great battle hip-hop tune that fits in well with the whole album, I advise anyone who appreciates the genre or not to give it go.
Recovery – Eminem
Eminem is an artist who has talked about his past through out all his albums and his seventh studio album is no different to the rest. As any good hip-hop artists should be, he is a storyteller of kinds and what better story to tell than the story of your life. The album stands out just that little bit more than any other album he’s produced to me. I think it’s because of the more introspective and emotional content of the album, which generally led to a more positive and inspiration collection of tracks. Don’t think this means the album lacks bite because it is still pumping and it’s the mixture of the two that I love. This 2010 album is what I believe is Eminem’s best word to date and within the albums tracks such as “no love” and “not afraid” stand out but not quite as much as “seduction” of which is my favorite track of the album.
Evolution Theory – Modestep
The debut album from London based dub-step Modestep is full to the brim of tracks you will know and can sing along too. The group that was founded by two brothers, one a DJ and one a drummer has very successfully mashed together a dub-step and rock sound with some very catchy hooks that this album displays throughout. Every track packs a lot of punch, which is perfect for when I’m riding and needing that extra kick during a session. There are plenty of tunes that do this but personally “another day” is the tune of the album that really gets my blood pumping. The heavy electronic dub-step beats throughout with the echoing and catchy hook of “tomorrow is another day” maybe simple stuff musically but it still results in what is a great tune.
Growing up in public – Professor Green
Growing up in public is the third studio album from London based rapper Stephen Paul Manderson also known as Professor Green. This album follows the same themes that were touched upon in the album that came before it. Once again Professor Green has produced a well thought out and considered album full of tracks that aims to touch upon subjects that are more personal to the rapper than generic of the genre. Although some say it lacks any bite I feel the album reflects the man behind it and no one should force that which is not them for the sake of living up to an ideal. “I need a church” really stands out to me and I think it has the bite that some say the album does not have. The hook is sick and the verses are populated with some punchy lyrics that really get you moving.