Tag: Rap

Monday 1/17/22 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Kid Rock

Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), known professionally as Kid Rock (also known as Bobby Shazam), is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. His style alternates between rock, hip hop, country, and heavy metal. A self-taught musician, he plays every instrument in his backing band and has overseen production on all but two of his albums.

Kid Rock started his music career as a rapper and DJ, releasing his debut album Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast (1990) on Jive Records. His subsequent independent releases The Polyfuze Method (1993) and Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp (1996) saw him developing a more distinctive style, which was fully realized on his breakthrough album Devil Without a Cause (1998), which sold 14 million copies. This album and its follow-up, Cocky (2001), were noted for blending elements of hip hop, country, rock and heavy metal. His most successful single from that period, “Cowboy” (1999), is considered a pioneering song in the country rap genre.[3] His best-selling singles overall are “Picture” (2002) and “All Summer Long” (2008). Starting with his 2007 album Rock n Roll Jesus, his musical output has tended to be in the country and rock styles.

Thursday 12/30/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Doja Cat – Planet Her (2021)

Planet Her is the third studio album by American rapper and singer Doja Cat, released by Kemosabe and RCA Records on June 25, 2021. The album was executive produced by the rapper herself alongside frequent producer Yeti Beats, and features guest appearances from Young Thug, Ariana Grande, the Weeknd, JID and SZA, as well as Eve and Gunna on the standard deluxe edition. Titled after the fictional planet conceived by Doja Cat, Planet Her is an amalgamation of pop, hip hop, and R&B styles.

Doja Cat has emphasized the visual aspect of Planet Her and described it as her most visually captivating project yet, associating its music videos to different locations on the planet. The album has spawned four singles, “Kiss Me More” featuring SZA, “You Right” with the Weeknd, “Need to Know”, and “Woman”. The first three singles all charted within the top 15 of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. Planet Her reached number one in New Zealand and landed inside the top 10 in a dozen other countries. In the United States, it spent four weeks at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It also broke the record for the biggest opening day for an album by a female rapper on Spotify.

Upon release, Planet Her was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, most of whom praised Doja Cat’s musical versatility and her vocal deliveries. The album is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, where “Kiss Me More” is also nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and “Need to Know” is nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance.

  1. “Woman” 2:52
  2. “Naked” 3:43
  3. “Payday” (featuring Young Thug) 3:33
  4. “Get Into It (Yuh)” 2:18
  5. “Need to Know” 3:30
  6. “I Don’t Do Drugs” (featuring Ariana Grande) 3:09
  7. “Love to Dream” 3:36
  8. “You Right” (with the Weeknd) 3:06
  9. “Been Like This” 2:57
  10. “Options” (featuring JID) 2:39
  11. “Ain’t Shit” 2:54
  12. “Imagine” 2:28
  13. “Alone” 3:48
  14. “Kiss Me More” (featuring SZA) 3:28
  15. “You Right” (extended; with the Weeknd) 4:08
  16. “Up and Down” 2:31
  17. “Tonight” (featuring Eve) 2:48
  18. “Ride” 2:56
  19. “Why Why” (featuring Gunna) 2:58

Doja Cat – lead vocals
The Weeknd – lead vocals (track 8, 15)
Young Thug – featured vocals (track 3)
Ariana Grande – featured vocals (track 6)
JID – featured vocals (track 10)

SZA – featured vocals (track 14)
Eve – featured vocals (track 17)
Gunna – featured vocals (track 19)
Aynzli Jones – background vocals (track 1)
Jidenna – background vocals (track 1)
Victoria Monét – background vocals (track 6)