Kids These Days – Traphouse Rock

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Rap with a rock band

Moods

The energy of a live show with the polish of the studio

Thoughts

I really like some of these productions, distinct in their use of instrumentation. The album didn't really resonate with me. Almost felt like canned aggression, too polished as a studio album.  

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Kids-These-Days-Traphouse-Rock/release/4536212

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Modern pop rap

Moods

Gospel rap

Thoughts

I like tracks and parts but overall too churchy for me. Production is good and Chance has a good verse on one track but not enough.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/BJ-The-Chicago-Kid-In-My-Mind/release/8813748

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEh7dnVxV84

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Travis Scott – Astroworld

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Travis Scott's distinct brand of trap featuring a cast of guest appearances

Moods

Bumped up loud and riding around

Thoughts

Enjoyable but the immediate appeal I found in initial listens is starting to wane (though that's not a comment on Travis Scott, trap rap like this feels very flavor of the moment). I've liked Travis Scott's singles in the past and I'm impressed by the coherent vision he's executing here.

Lyrically he portrays a disconnected drug dude, thing a poppy portrayal of the southern chopped and screwed vibe. It's partnered well with the dark boomy sound of his production.

I like the psychedelic moments, including a production credit from Tame Impala. It's a distinct approach in hip hop production and I hope others try to do more in that vein as I've seen the nu-psychedelic world converging with rap for a few years. Sicko Mode was a great banger in the winter but it's played out now.

Worth a listen for trap fans.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Travis-Scott-Astroworld/release/12358971

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ONRf7h3Mdk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLkQA7iLNUk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LegcNVM_nM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqvCptqhHfs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SLD1ZQZ_4Y

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Drake – More Life: A Playlist By October Firm

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?

Drake's signature pop-rap and r&b with production that incorporates uk grime and dancehall

Moods

Mature and well traveled

Thoughts

I'm not a Drake fan. He does his thing, and I respect it, but it's too smooth and that drawl is tiring; I've never been able to make it through one of his albums in the past.

His production.. that's something else. Noah Shebib's dark, ambient production has been a major factor in Drake's success and fits his  'sad’ vibe perfectly.

On More Life we're treated to a great selection of tracks that show how he's pushed the incorporation of global dancehall into pop music. This sound had been straddling the breakout point for years but I credit Drake for pushing it over. He does so with a plethora of guests and features that works well in as an overall collection.

Best of all he's not always front and center so that drawl doesn't wear and you can appreciate his honest quality in appropriate doses.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Drake-More-Life-A-Playlist-By-October-Firm/release/9999158

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Future, Juice WRLD – WRLD On Drugs

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

poppy trap rap

Moods

Big ballin at the mall

Thoughts

This is my introduction to juice wrld. A nu-school rapper with a style that makes use of autotuned melodies. Lil Uzi was my first exposure to that kind of thing and I prefer him overall, as he is naturally more distinct. Future serves as a welcome juxtaposition to juice wrld with his more aggressive dark 'street' stutter.

The poppy production is fun and makes for an overall easy album(actually really like the production on 'no issue’). Unfortunately the whole thing feels.half-assed: a couple of pretty good singles at the start and then a bunch of filler.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Future-4-Juice-WRLD-WRLD-On-Drugs/release/12679811

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQgjRsr1W1k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbzfAUSELtI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAfdAlzGgdA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXiGiAsYAR8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql8VcSMmlkI

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

The Internet – Hive Mind

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Chilled out r&b indie rock

Moods

Lights dim low

Thoughts

Enjoyable but nothing particularly ambitious or new. Easy funk.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/The-Internet-Hive-Mind/release/12269361

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB3gWkhLkxM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xyDg9Tco5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIqvRzEIqIo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRbYJ66RpHk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIgkFRZV-4k

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

electro hip hop with an 80s light funk vibe

Moods

Vaporwave sunset

Thoughts

Pretty good for a background listen. Short and sweet with flirtations of vaporwave.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Fitz-Ambroe-Submerse-Villa-Rosa/release/11979710

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PqePdh9r0s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0_4Mqvk9fk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPv4JXG3QWE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrSzoVRPOqQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xKrOIVQsdg

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Description: Album Review of Fitz Ambro$e, Submerse – Villa Rosa


Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Bluestaeb – Everything Is Always a Process

★★★☆☆ = Good!

Sounds like?

Hip hop beats with a backbone of 80s gfunk

Moods

Cali cool

Thoughts

Modern and slick production with just the right amount of vocals mixed in. Couple notes on tracks:

Left and right being a better track. Goes into a light r&b thing at times.

Hot shit is a bit forced, taking the original and scrubbing it if it's rawness.

Mind control is ok

While the album is uneven and boring at times I like it overall.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Bluestaeb-Everything-Is-Always-a-Process/release/12135628

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X3kqctM9lQ

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

700 Bliss – Spa 700

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?

Experimental middle eastern based electronic music with spoken word raps

Moods

Bandcamp experimental

Thoughts

Ring the alarm is damn good. The rest has a militant vibe I couldn't really get into, didn't really fit the Spacey future bass electro production.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/700-Bliss-Spa-700/release/12072616

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Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCRU9UWGKys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De9WWPYy1Wo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3b677kvS0g

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvTAmiZY9ZQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhpJ5ILMRzc

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Description: Album Review of 700 Bliss – Spa 700


Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Azealia Banks – Slay-Z

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

Sounds like?

Rap edm

Moods

Night out, downtown Manhattan or how not to do a rap/electro crossover

Thoughts

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Azealia-Banks-Slay-Z/release/8469877

Listen!

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXUfBxMbC3A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usDQB21uQ1A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH90-6sCIoc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJskdaNiz6U

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Azealia Banks – Slay-Z

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Rating: 1 out of 5