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J. Cole, Joy Oladokun, Joeboy, Blaqbonez, others feature On RollingStone ‘Best Albums Of 2021 So Far’

J. Cole, Joy Oladokun, Joeboy, Blaqbonez, others feature On RollingStone ‘Best Albums Of 2021 So Far’

Rolingstone – An American monthly magazine founded in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by Jann Wenner, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason with focuses on music, politics, and popular culture recently features Nigeria’s Joy Oladokun, Joeboy and Blaqbonez on the ‘Best Albums Of 2021 So Far‘ a recently published article by the magazine written By JONATHAN BERNSTEIN&CLAIRE SHAFFER&KORY GROW&ROB SHEFFIELD&BRITTANY SPANOS&ANGIE MARTOCCIO&BRENNA EHRLICH&HANK SHTEAMER&SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON&RYAN REED&LUCAS VILLA&DEWAYNE GAGE&DAVID BROWNE&JEFF IHAZA&JON FREEMAN&GARY SUAREZ&MANKAPRR CONTEH&JON DOLAN

Rolling stone on Joy Oladokun, In Defense of My Own Happiness :

Joy Oladokun’s major label debut In Defense of My Own Happiness showcases a serious talent with a kind of low-key, casual ease. Oladokun, the child of Nigerian immigrants, writes about her experiences as a queer woman of color in a generous way, threading together moving statements on love, spirituality, and race with a sound that nimbly skips between pop, folk, R&B, and indie rock. Oladokun never hides her past struggles or pain in her lyrics, but as with songs like “If You Got a Problem” and “Look Up,” she’s always seeking out the light to point the way, making for one of the year’s most uplifting listens. J.F.

RollingStone on JoeboySomewhere Between Beauty & Magic

“I’m always making really happy music,” rising Nigerian artist Joeboy told Rolling Stone. Indeed, his first album to be released in the United States teams with bright melodies, gorgeous rhythms, and an optimistic vision. On “Number One” his voice skates into a supple high register over a skittering beat, and “Better Things” creates something glistening and majestic from a simple guitar loop and his warm harmonies. Whether he’s singing about love and marriage or more ephemeral romance, everything on this uniquely pretty records flows with the warmth, generosity, and beauty of an Al Green valentine. —J.D.

RollingStone on Blaqbonez, Sex Over Love:

Who hurt Blaqbonez? We owe them a thank you. The self-proclaimed “Best Rapper in Africa” channeled his romantic rage into his triumph of a debut album, Sex Over Love. The 25 year-old MC began battle rapping in his native Nigeria at 16 before releasing a string of EPs and singles that flaunt his lyrical prowess and his undeniable ability to curate a vibe. From the strip-club ready “Heartbreaker” with South African rapper Nasty C, to the cheeky “BBC” remix with afrobeats darling Tiwa Savage, to the Drake-influenced “TGF Pussy” with Blaq solo, Sex Over Loveoffers a cohesive collection of hip-hop and Afropop that may make you look at your partner sideways. M.C.

This year has already given us a slew of excellent releases, including breakthrough debuts from Olivia Rodrigo, Arlo Parks and Girl In Red, revelatory R&B from Jazmine Sullivan and Dawn Richard, thrilling indie-rock from Julien Baker and Dry Cleaning, and excellent new work from reliable stars like Eric Church, the Foo Fighters, and Lana Del Rey.

Read More : https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/best-albums-2021-1179958/

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