Five Great Albums You Won’t Find on iTunes/Spotify

In this article, we’re focusing on great albums which gained their popularity outside of the major digital music platforms. A few of them have since been added to these platforms, but the important part is that these projects rose to prominence away from them, either in physical forms or on third party apps.

5. Sorry for the Wait 2Lil’ Wayne

download      The first of many on this list to be found on the third party, hip-hop app, Spinrilla, SftW2 is one of Lil Wayne’s best projects to date. His flow hits harder than it has in years, his lyricism is characteristically witty, and the beat selection is fantastic.

   Wayne’s take on mega-hits like “Coco,” and “No Type,” are unquestionable upgrades on the original, and tracks like “Hollyweezy,” and “Amazing Amy,” are some of the most impressive originals in Wayne’s more recent catalog. A features list which sports the likes of Drake, Migos, and 2 Chainz is just icing on an already impressive cake.

4. Cursed With a BlessingMontana of 300

Montana_Of_300_Cursed_With_A_Blessing-front-large   Another Spinrilla entry, Cursed With a Blessing stands as one of the highlights of the very short lived drill-rap scene in downtown Chicago. Montana of 300 delivers a brutal flow, and focuses on difficult topics like religion, drug addiction, and systematic oppression. His transition to the mainstream with 2015’s Gunz & Roses was a bit rocky, but his influence can still be felt today in artists like Denzel Curry.

   The record’s highlights include the horror-esque “Slaughterhouse,” and the infectious hooks on tracks like “Ice Cream Truck,” “Broski Nem,” and “I Luh My Bitch.” The album is populated one trap banger after another, and the violent delivery on the title track makes it one of the best songs to come out of the drill scene.

3. Signed to the Streets 2Lil Durk

1404760173_lil_durk_signed_to_the_streets_2_front_large_2_13   On the flip side of the drill movement, Lil Durk rose to fame with a steady flow of fantastic mixtapes dropped on Spinrilla. The first installation in the Signed to the Streets series was quite a project in it’s own right, but it’s the second entry which lands on this list. The album is jam packed with 18 tracks, each catchier and harder hitting than the last.

   “Ready For Em,” and “War Wit Us,” open the tape with violent flow and lyricism, while tracks like “I Made It,” benefit from Durk’s signature, hook-heavy writing. “Gas and Mud,” is an often under-appreciated highlight on an admittedly dragging latter half, and by the end of the 60 minute runtime, any fan of drill-rap will have a on their face. The album has since been moved to Durk’s Spotify page, but it was one of Spinrilla’s most successful albums at the time of its release.

2. Acid RapChance the Rapper

Chance_the_rapper_acid_rap   In 2012, Chance the Rapper dropped 10 Days to radio silence from the mainstream music world. In 2016, Coloring Book was nominated for album of the year at the Grammy’s. What happened? Acid Rap happened. This mixtape is a vulgar, cheerful, and organic explosion of creativity. Tack on a who’s who of a features list and unique loose concept, and we’re left with one of the best albums in modern rap.

   “Juice,” is boastful and catchy, “Smoke Again,” is nocturnal and dripping with attitude, and “Pusha Man,” features one of Chance’s few brutally honest verses. The feature list is headlined by Childish Gambino on “Favorite Song,” and Action Bronson on “NaNa.” Genuinely, every track on this album is fantastic, and it stands as the funnest project on Spinrilla and the best entry in Chance’s discography to date.

1. Full DiscographyTool

857a601c3686808d859fe51d94382cff   Tool is not only one of the greatest rock groups of all time, but they enjoy a massive cult following, willing to wait more than a decade for a new album. It’s almost hard to believe that they’ve reached this status, all while refusing to release their music on any digital platform at all. Aside from a few illegal uploads on YouTube, Tool’s work can only be found in physical form.

   The group’s early work sports the likes of the 72826 and Opiate Ep’s, both angry and powerful. From there, 1993’s Undertow is heavy and dark, 1996’s Aenima melds raw passion and prog-metal for one of the best records of that decade, 2001’s Lateralus is calculated and perfected, and finally, 2006’s 10,000 Days is sprawling and moving. No rock fan’s catalog is complete without at least a few pieces of the Tool cannon, and those pieces can only be acquired in their physical forms.






Author: brendonsbeats

I'm a Sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University, studying audio-production while writing and playing music in Nashville. I love music more than anything else in the world, and I run this blog with the hope of introducing people to some great music that I love!

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