It’s finally November. Horrah! In less than 5 days, I’ll be on an early morning flight headed to Delaware to celebrate my first Homecoming as an alum. I’ve been looking forward to this month for, well, months.
November also rings Manvember for those looking to harness their masculinity. If you’re wondering why Halloween gave way to all the guys you know dressing like Chuck Norris and Grizzly Adams, that’s why.
But I’ve been looking forward to November for a third reason, one that involves neither face paint nor flannel. One of the first posts I wrote for this blog was about how Hip-hop albums have a tendency to flood in all at once. This summer brought us new music from Eminem, Drake, Big Boi, Rick Ross and Bun B. The thought would be that, after such a heavy rush, we’re due for the coldest winter. Wrong. November is going to be a rap fan’s early Christmas.
November 2 — Nothing by N.E.R.D.; November 9 — Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager by Kid Cudi; November 22 — Trunk Muzik 0 to 60 by Yelawolf, H.F.M. 2 by Lloyd Banks, Pink Friday by Nikki Minaj, and of course, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West. That’s six albums I’m looking forward to in three weeks, and four in the one. If I had to rank my anticipation I’d say something like this: 1. Kanye 2. Lloyd Banks 3. Nicki Minaj 4. Kid Cudi 5. N.E.R.D. 6. Yelawolf. But they’re all so different in style that I may not be able to resist consuming them all. I’ve been using the below snippet to keep me sane until then. Kanye knows how to kill it with the horns, right?