Montana Of 300: 5 Albums That Changed My Life
With 5 Albums That Changed My Life, we ask artists to gush about the records that affected the way they listen to and make music. In this edition, we ask Chicago rapper Montana Of 300 to delve into 5 albums that shaped his own musical persona.
Montana Of 300 has built a large following under the radar garnering millions of views for his intense freestyles like “Chiraq (Remix)” and original songs like “Ice Cream Truck.” His relative anonymity ended last year when he popped up in a short video on Facebook that showed him meeting with Rick Rubin and Kanye West.
Since then he has used the elevated platform to continue dropping hard-hitting freestyles and original projects, and even nabbing a role on Empire. Montana is also gearing up for the release of a new album, Fire In The Church, dropping May 6. In the meantime, you can check out his latest single from the project, “Land Of The Dark.”
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DMX: It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot
I think it had a lot of substance and depth to it. His aggression and story telling. I just feel like it was a real good, complete album. Especially for his debut album. I feel like it was more than a debut. Like this is not no new rapper-type guy. He’s one of my top three favorite artists too of all time.
Makaveli: The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
I grew up really basically listening to him, so as you get older a lot of people go back and listen to old stuff that they used to listen to. When you get older and you’ve been going through life, certain things hit you that didn’t hit you when you were a kid or when you were younger. Certain things mean more. You can take more from it. And from him just being a person that actually gave a fuck about the community. It’s rare that you find somebody who’s rapping nowadays that you can take something from it and apply it to your own life. It’s something positive, instead of just turning up, fucking bitches or shooting guns. I think that was a great album.
JAY Z: The Black Album
That’s when I really sat down and I’m listening as I’m interpreting where is he helping me grow as an artist. I wanted to be clever with my words and my thinking strategies. It had 14 songs on it and it was all I was listening to. I was really studying it. I think it helped me better myself.
It meant so much because it was The Black Album. It was like, “That’s it after this. So this is the last that I’m giving you.” It’s certain things that’s kind of special when you know it’s the end, like Kobe is playing his last game. Some people was just hating on [Kobe], “Oh he missed, he was two for whatever it was 18 or whatever.” Then they were saying that and bashing him and the next game when he say, “I’m going to announce my retirement,” and now you feel sorry. Now you got to show him your respect.
Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
Dope as hell. I think it’s still a little underrated, too. As far as some of the positive things he had, the joint he had with him and Robin Thicke. And just a lot of hip-hop. “Dr. Carter.” From the joint him and JAY Z had, JAY Z had a crazy verse on there. The “Hey Mr. Carter.”
“A Milli” and “Lollipop,” them was iconic songs that blew up. So I think that was a great project and then they did record breaking numbers, too. And I learned a lot from that album, a good formula as far as releasing the album. You got your fans who want the lyrical Wayne and then you got that commercial radio song. So at the same time you drop “A Milli,” that’s for his fans, and then you drop “Lollipop,” which is going to the club and it’s going all races.
People that play pop music, they playing the song in there. Two things working for him right before his album drop. I think it was a good plan and strategy. And I kind of seen him do the same thing when he dropped Tha Carter IV. “6 Foot 7” was the “A Milli” and “How to Love” was the “Lollipop.” And you don’t want to leave anyone unsatisfied, especially your fans. And then you do your power move. It might be a little less lyrical, but there’s strength in any type of power.
Kanye West: The College Dropout
A lot of substance. You could tell he was something different and he was building his own lane. It’s like he had that sound, like this is the Kanye West era. You got Dipset with them and he’s like, “Oh Boy.” It’s just like it was his time. To see where he came up from to, “Oh this is a producer and he’s spittin’ too?”
He’s actually saying something that can’t be ignored. That’s what I do with my music. I want to put things in a way that it can’t be ignored. Can’t nobody just be like, “Did you hear what he said? You get it? He means this.” Stuff like that. So, I think the album had a lot of depth and put a lot on the listeners’ minds. Just gave them something to think about.
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