Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

Sounds like?
Rap with an alt pop lean

Moods
Headphones on and taking in nu-NYC

Thoughts
I don’t know why, call it a natural curiosity, but growing-up I loved the radio and would spend hours taking in anything I could hear. I find pleasure discovering sounds and appreciate art that maintains this same dynamism. It’s reflected in a broader cultural awareness with my generation, whose been raised with the internet and the power of having humanity’s entire cultural output instantly available. So what do you do with it? You take your favorite parts and begin creating something new, sampling in other words.

I find this to be a representative album for today’s sample based culture as Banks, a versatile MC, floats effortlessly between pop and rap on this impressive set of alt-electro productions (think sampling today rather than the past). I appreciate rappers who are able to carve distinct sounds for themselves and feel this is a classic in the marriage of rap and electro.

Listening notes on specific time:
* 212 – immediately and undeniably great
* Idlest delilah / soda is glitchy greatness and a personal favorite
* ‘Gimme a chance’ succeeds as an OK pop song before switching into a gripping latin bit (maybe corny but I genuinely like it).
* BBD, ice princess, Yung Rapunxel take a turn into harder boomy beats that sound a little dated after the edm boom.
* Things drift off towards the end, but she soars on miss camaraderie. Not sure I’ve heard someone flow over edm so well.

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https://www.discogs.com/Azealia-Banks-Broke-With-Expensive-Taste/release/6728221

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Smokepurpp – Deadstar

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

Sounds like?
Trademark SoundCloud rap: distorted beats with repetitive mumble raps

Moods
Young and obnoxious

Thoughts
Smokepurpp isn’t a very strong mc which is where the genre falls short as it lyrically lacks talent. However I think the production from SoundCloud rap is going to be big and a natural progression from Kanye’s industrial use on yeezus. For that reason I think albums like this, while bloated and too long, are worth a listen for those curious about raps future direction..

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https://www.discogs.com/Smokepurpp-Deadstar/release/11762725

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Playboi Carti – Die Lit

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Repetitive mumble raps ( I guess this is trap) over youthful production. It’s got that emo teen vibe uzi has – I really like the sound.

Thoughts
This is great. I don’t see the album having any lasting replayability but in 2018 it works. Feels like it’s a continued progression of the ‘not really saying anything’ lyricism but proves that content isn’t needed if it’s catchy. With that in mind this is a true reflection of the times and communication: the message doesn’t matter as long as it looks or sounds a certain way. He’s also got some impressive guest spots who adapt to his style and flow. I find this telling about his relevance as he’s pulling big names into his orbit.

I think the mistake someone could make is approaching this as a traditional rap album. His style is so drastically different than say illmatic that we need to see it as a purely aesthetic piece and consider it differently. In that way it succeeds massively. Creating something original that’s just throwing constant rhythmic hooks at you. It’s almost as if you’re listening to a warm-up session where they’re just feeling out the beat trying to flow, not working on the perfect verse. I see a lot of followers from this. He’s actually at his worse in the middle of the album when he’s speaking clearly.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Valee,Chase The Money – VTM

★☆☆☆☆ = Bad

What’s it sound like?
Disinterested generic rapping over amateur boomy beats.

Thoughts
If you’re not paying attention this sounds OK, I like the ‘removed’ vibe, but if you listen too close it falls apart.

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https://www.discogs.com/Valee-CHASETHEMONEY-VTM/release/10661808

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Rating: 1 out of 5

 

Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Pop-rap, the cover art presents an accurate view of the vibe.

Thoughts

Reminds me when Wayne was doing pop-rock a few years ago. The hooks and lyrics fall short and Young Thugs schtick gets a bit repetitive.

I appreciate his attempt at a different style but this isn’t his best work.

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https://www.discogs.com/Young-Thug-Beautiful-Thugger-Girls/release/10445431

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Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Radio friendly trap / hip hop / r&b

Thoughts

Can skip this one, nothing interesting happening here.

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https://www.discogs.com/Bryson-Tiller-Trapsoul/release/7567149

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Sam Gellaitry – Escapism III

⭐⭐

This in regards to Escapism II and III, I like the sound as far as fancy new big drop electro goes but it felt formulaic and boring; seemed forced. Has it moments and might be a good listen for some.

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