Personal Charts

I keep track of what I listen to using LastFM but the tools there only allow me to see what my top artists/albums/songs are for some time period starting from the present. I was curious to know what my most "dense" artists and albums are (which ones I have listened to the most in any given N day window) so I wrote a script to do it for me. Below are the results of an analysis of over 85,000 personally logged tracks.

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Data last updated on Jan 23, 2019.

My Album Ratings

I really enjoy listening to new music when it comes out every Friday. Spotify has a neat page that gives you a list of new albums each week that you can browse through. I try to keep up with interesting new releases including Hiphop, Rap, and Country but I don't discrimanate between genres or album age. This serves as a log of some of the things I've listened to and my specific opinions on them.

My full listen log is on my LastFM. My Rap/Hip-Hop playlist (which I add too frequently) can be found here on Spotify. Be sure to sort by recently added because I've been working on it for 4+ years!

My "rating" system is pretty simple. I rate albums on a five star scale:

  1. Pass. I probably won't listen to this again.
  2. Meh. I didn't really like it but I could be convinced to give it another try
  3. Decent. I enjoyed it but it wasn't anything special.
  4. Yeah! This album was good, and I probably added some songs from it to a playlist.
  5. FIRE! I have it on repeat.

Album: MONTANA

Artist: French Montana

Rating: Decent. 

A reasonably interesting album from French Montana. A decent portion of the tracks were out as singles before this album actually dropped and like many albums, they were probably the better tracks. I enjoyed 50s and 100s, No Stylist, Lockjaw. The blueface feature on Slide was straight up cringy. Overall this album was very neutral for me.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 06, 2019


Album: A Love Letter to You 4

Artist: Trippie Redd

Rating: Decent. 

I have to say, I have really not been a fan of some of Trippie Redd’s previous releases. His albums “!” and “LIFE’S A TRIP” were so bad (in my opinion) that I had to turn them off midway through listening to them. This one is much better! It fits securely in the emo-rap genre and sounds very XXXTentacion-esque with plenty of guitar and vocal singing along with some raw bars. I’d listen to this one again.

Listened on: Friday, Nov 22, 2019


Album: Moon Trip Radio

Artist: Clams Casino

Rating: Yeah! 

Clams Casino does a really incredible job producing spacey, euphoric beats. We haven’t seen a full album out from him since 2016, but this one was pretty awesome. Lots of slow tempo, sort of dreamy, ambient tunes on this one. It’s perfect for chill listening whether that be work or downtime.

Listened on: Thursday, Nov 07, 2019


Album: FEET OF CLAY

Artist: Earl Sweatshirt

Rating: Decent. 

This EP is really really short but despite being so, the lyrics are quite dense. As always, Earl’s flow is crazy good and entire verses are composed of just a few syllable sounds. Entire sentences rhyme together - it’s really impressive and one of the things that makes Earl unique. I appreciated the lower key production and beats so that we could actually hear him.

Listened on: Friday, Nov 01, 2019


Album: Wow... That's Crazy

Artist: Wale

Rating: Yeah! 

I’m a big fan of Wale’s style and this album is a solid exhibition of it. Good variety in types of sound (some more trappy, many R&B, some simple rap flow). It’s filled with a good selection of features too which keep it interesting all the way through. My highlight tracks are Cliche, Expectations and Debbie.

Listened on: Friday, Oct 11, 2019


Album: uknowwhatimsayin¿

Artist: Danny Brown

Rating: Decent. 

Danny Brown is a pretty eclectic artist but usually delivers some pretty witty lyrics with good production. I enjoyed this album overall and thought it’s a good piece of work for Danny. Nothing jumped out as truly exceptional but I’d listen again. I liked seeing a feature from Run The Jewels.

Listened on: Friday, Oct 04, 2019


Album: SOUND & FURY

Artist: Sturgill Simpson

Rating: Yeah! 

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the lead single for this album Sing Along but after listening to it all the way through, I have to say I’m a big fan. The album has a big southern rock sound and vibe with good riffs and percussions that keep you interested in rocking all the way through. Sturgill incorporate some other unique sounds too throughout to keep you at the edge of your seat. Would definitely recommend.

Listened on: Friday, Sep 27, 2019


Album: I'm Him

Artist: Kevin Gates

Rating: Decent. 

I’m curious to know more about the production on Kevin Gates’ albums because they generally all have a fantastic collection of smooth beats. Besides rapping, Kevin Gates also tends to sing some on the tracks which usually sounds great. This album isn’t an exception there, and there were plenty of tracks I vibed with. The subject matter of some of the songs exclude them from being good candidates for your back yard BBQ but otherwise are all pretty solid.

Listened on: Friday, Sep 27, 2019


Album: KIRK

Artist: DaBaby

Rating: Decent. 

DaBaby comes through with a few good tracks with decent quality lyrics but doesn’t keep it up throughout. Some songs sounds pretty unoriginal but overall I think it was worth a listen. The Kevin Gates, Gucci Mane, and Nicki Minaj features were all pretty decent.

Listened on: Friday, Sep 27, 2019


Album: Is He Real?

Artist: IDK

Rating: Meh. 

Don’t know what to say other than this album didn’t do much for me. It was pretty short, a little hard to follow, and generally forgettable. I’d maybe give it a second try some other day.

Listened on: Monday, Sep 09, 2019


Album: The Marina EP

Artist: Curren$y and Harry Fraud

Rating: Yeah! 

This album is fun to listen to and has a lot of really awesome flows. As always, Curren$y rides every single one of these beats with ease and the rhythyms themselves are very akin to yacht rock. My favorite tracks are Modena Moves and Scarab 38.

Listened on: Wednesday, Sep 04, 2019


Album: Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs

Artist: SAINt JHN

Rating: Yeah! 

I didn’t know what to expect from this album as I had only heard the single Trap. I enjoyed the single and the album surprised me with by being really good all the way through. It has the that mixed R&B and rap vibe and has some great features. Smooth bass and harmonies. My favorites were Trap and Anything Can Happen.

Listened on: Friday, Aug 23, 2019


Album: TM104 The Legend of the Snowman

Artist: Jeezy

Rating: Yeah! 

Pretty standard Jeezy album: trap, trap, trap. Hard bass and pretty good multi-word rhyme schemes. My favorite track was MLK BLVD. I hope to listen to this again a little later and pick out some more favorites.

Listened on: Friday, Aug 23, 2019


Album: So Much Fun

Artist: Young Thug

Rating: Decent. 

Decent album for Young Thug but i didn’t find anything particularly special about it. It’s hard enough to get through the whine of Young Thug’s voice as it is, let alone actually enjoying mediocre lyrics. Bad Bad Bad flows pretty well. I liked the hook on Cartier Gucci Scarf but the Lil Duke feature completely ruined the song. I enjoyed the “Yee Yee” on Sup Mate.

Listened on: Friday, Aug 16, 2019


Album: Control The Streets Volume 2

Artist: Quality Control

Rating: Yeah! 

I really enjoyed the variety in production and features this album had to offer and the length was just the right amount. It’s a perfect follow up to Volume 1 and it was fun to see so many different artists working together. My highlight tracks include Frosted Flakes, Double Trouble, Magellanic, and Wiggle It.

Listened on: Friday, Aug 16, 2019


Album: Floor Seats

Artist: A$AP Ferg

Rating: Yeah! 

It’s been quite some time since Ferg has dropped an album so I was happy to see something new from him this year. The style hasn’t changed much from some of the stuff he’s previously done but there isn’t anything wrong with that in my opinion. A small collection of solid songs. My favorites were Jet Lag, Butt Naked and Pups.

Listened on: Friday, Aug 16, 2019


Album: Carte Blanche

Artist: DJ Snake

Rating: Decent. 

A pretty standard DJ album with a good variety of songs and types of beats/rythyms. There is a little bit of rap, moombahton, trap, and more all mixed in to one. My favorites off the album were Butterfly Effect (the second track titled Butterfly Effect that made it to a playlist), the single Enzo, Magenta Riddim, and No Option.

Listened on: Friday, Jul 26, 2019


Album: The Lost Tapes 2

Artist: Nas

Rating: Decent. 

I enjoy Nas as a rapper and think he’s really talented but don’t really connect closely with his music. There were some good beats on this one and his flow was incredible (which he’s know for, after all). I didn’t really notice any stand-out tracks but may listen to it again later on down the road.

Listened on: Friday, Jul 19, 2019


Album: Brandon Banks

Artist: Maxo Kream

Rating: Decent. 

I generally like Maxo and definitely have to give some support to a Texas artist (Maxo is from Houston). However, this album was really only decent in my opinion. I’ve grown a bit tired of the lyrical content Maxo raps about. It may all by true but it’s way too repetitive at this point. Having said that, this album had some decent features and good beats. I liked the A$AP Ferg and Megan Thee Stallion features.

Listened on: Friday, Jul 19, 2019


Album: K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

Artist: Big K.R.I.T.

Rating: Yeah! 

I was a pretty big fan of this album. K.R.I.T. is (at this point) a very well known southern artist and his flow and sound are great embodiments of that southern style. The percussion in a bunch of the beats was really awesome and the lyrics and flow were really great as well. He sounds a lot like T.I. at times. My favorite tracks include Believe, Prove It, and Learned From Texas.

Listened on: Friday, Jul 12, 2019


Album: Revenge of the Dreamers III

Artist: Dreamville & J. Cole

Rating: Fire! 

There was a good amound of hype leading up to this album release including the invitation hype, singles, and documentary release. The level of artistic talent all packaged up in one album is absolutely insane. Amazing flows from J. Cole, JID, Maxo Kreme, EARTHGANG, Buddy and more. Down Bad, Costa Rica, and Wells Fargo go hard and there are some awesome rhymes in Oh Wow…Swerve, Self Love, Ladies, 1993, and Got Me. Will definitely have this one on repeat for a while.

Listened on: Friday, Jul 05, 2019


Album: Perfect Ten

Artist: Mustard

Rating: Decent. 

I really love these producer records where producers get to show of some of their best beats with a wide variety of features. This album delivered pretty well and I like a bunch of the tracks: Pure Water, On GOD, Baguettes in the Face, and Ballin’.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 28, 2019


Album: 7 EP

Artist: Lil Nas X

Rating: Meh. 

I do love memes and I do actually really like the song Old Town Road but I can’t pretend that I like this album. It isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever heard but it is a unfortunate premiere for Lil Nas X. It doesn’t really have any coherent sound or genre. Disappointing.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 21, 2019


Album: Harold Saul High

Artist: Koe Wetzel

Rating: Decent. 

Loud and proud Texas Country. Lots of electric guitar and great vocal from Koe. I like the album overall but after one listen there were few songs that stuck out to me that belong on an up-mood hangout playlist. Will definitely want to give this album another listen down the line though and see what stands out.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 21, 2019


Album: Delusions of Grandeur

Artist: Gucci Mane

Rating: Yeah! 

OG ATL Guwop strikes again with a album full of banging beats, witty rhymes, and a decent set of features on this new album. I’ve been a Gucci fan for quite some time and was really excited to hear about this new album (it sort of came out of nowhere). Gucci seems as confident as ever (as the title suggests) but still delivers a flow (at times) that honestly does sound freestyled. My favorite tracks were Proud of You, Blind, and Potential.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 21, 2019


Album: Endorphins

Artist: Octavian

Rating: Decent. 

A good collection of beats, features, and flows. I’d never listened to Octavian prior to listening to this album and I was thorougly impressed. He’s got some good features and I have a feeling that after another casual listen, I’ll want to add some songs from it to a playlist.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 14, 2019


Album: Diaspora

Artist: GoldLink

Rating: Yeah! 

A really solid project that I listened through twice back-to-back. It’s got a good mix of raps, R&B grooves, and some awesome features. It’s smooth listening and not filled with trappy or hard content. My favorite tracks were Joke Ting, Maniac, and U Say.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 14, 2019


Album: Legendary

Artist: Tyga

Rating: Decent. 

Pretty decent record despite having two Chris Brown features (why do artists still work with him?). It’s pretty much a collection of twerk songs with few R&B style tracks. My favorites were Vibrate and the single Taste.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 07, 2019


Album: Scriptures

Artist: Tee Grizzley

Rating: Pass. 

Boring and unoriginal. Raps about being a thief, murderer, and abuser. Some of the beats are good, but the whole album is basically just talking hot trash. Hopefully he doesn’t think he’s the best artist from Detroit; he has neither the sales nor the talent to make such a claim.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 07, 2019


Album: SAVE ME

Artist: Future

Rating: Decent. 

This project is short. 20 minutes short. I didn’t dislike it, but there wasn’t a ton to love either. Plenty of the standard Future distorted/autotune style singing. The album is a little more solemn than your standard Future album. I liked Extra and Love Thy Enemies.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 07, 2019


Album: Ignorance is Bliss

Artist: Skepta

Rating: Yeah! 

I have not really kept up with what’s called “Grime” but it’s my understanding that Skepta is a big name out of the U.K. I first heard of Skepta through some collaborative work with A$AP Rocky and I really enjoyed his sound. I loved Skepta’s flow and rhymes throughout and depite not thinking I could enjoy any English rappers, I really enjoyed this album. My favorites were Redrum and Animal Instinct.

Listened on: Monday, Jun 03, 2019


Album: ZUU

Artist: Denzel Curry

Rating: Yeah! 

Despite being quite short, ZUU packs a lot of solid rhymes, a fair bit of bounce, and some funny skits. Most of the beats are pretty forward with big bass but Denzel delivers an incredible flow on top of it all. I’ll definitely listen again. My favorites include Ricky (the single), Wish, and Bushy B Interlude.

Listened on: Friday, May 31, 2019


Album: 4REAL 4REAL

Artist: YG

Rating: Decent. 

Pretty standard YG album. G-Eazy had a pretty cheesy verse and their are definitely some clear radio singles that are sort of boring (Go Loko). However, I’m glad I listened through. My favorite tracks were I Was On The Block and Heart 2 Heart.

Listened on: Friday, May 24, 2019


Album: Flamagra

Artist: Flying Lotus

Rating: Yeah! 

This is a really nice collection of smooth beats and melodies with some recognizable features scattered throughout. It didn’t really command an active listen but I passively enjoyed the heck out of it. My favorite tracks were Black Balloons Reprise and Remind U. Would listen again.

Listened on: Friday, May 24, 2019


Album: IGOR

Artist: Tyler, The Creator

Rating: Yeah! 

We haven’t heard from Tyler since his 2017 album Flower Boy which was a unique piece of work for Tyler. Flower Boy was very different in style and instruments but still had rap included. IGOR is the next step – a collection of what I would call 80s/90s synthesizer sounds, fun percussion, and light/airy lyrics. It does break down to a few dirty basslines but it really incorporates a lot into one unified album. I really enjoyed it.

Listened on: Friday, May 17, 2019


Album: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Artist: Logic

Rating: Decent. 

Depite getting a 3/5 decent rating, this album was a bit boring to me. Logic seems to think he’s some genius who is completely out of other rappers league but I disagree. He can rap fast and has some good lyrics but he’s not as good as he things he is and the songs on this album weren’t particularly ineresting. Too salty?

Listened on: Friday, May 10, 2019


Album: CrasH Talk

Artist: ScHoolboy Q

Rating: Decent. 

I’m a big Q fan so was really looking forward to this album after its announcement. I listened to his interview on the Breakfast Club where he mentioned the style of this album would be different than his others. I agree - you won’t find many hard bangers on this album but you’ll still find the same ‘groovy’ style that is quite listenable. I didn’t add any tracks from it to a playlist, but I enjoyed 5200 and Attention.

Listened on: Friday, Apr 26, 2019


Album: N9NA

Artist: Tech N9ne

Rating: Decent. 

I actually did not have high expectations for this album. Before starting it, I was sort of expecting to hear 60 minutes of unintelligible syllables but was pleasently surprised when I could understand and enjoy nearly the entire album. My one highlight track was Green Lit but I thought it was a pretty solid piece of work overall.

Listened on: Friday, Apr 19, 2019


Album: Ventura

Artist: Anderson .Paak

Rating: Decent. 

This album like Anderson .Paak’s last has a fair bit of funk to it. It’s not really my style of listening, but I think it’s a good piece of work overall. He’s got some pretty good features and maybe I’ll give it another try some other day.

Listened on: Friday, Apr 12, 2019


Album: There Is No Threat

Artist: Anonymuz

Rating: Yeah! 

This album’s got a few bangers on it that I liked. A few tracks have a pretty unhappy vibe to them though and it seems like Anonymuz is going through some emotional times and is facing some problems. After listening to a piece or work like this, I would generally agree that he’s probably not getting recognition that is proportional to his talent. Still though, fans are usually not receptive to tracks that are negative. My favorites off the album were Primal and Rxdical Forever.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 29, 2019


Album: Supermarket (Soundtrack)

Artist: Logic

Rating: Yeah! 

I haven’t been keeping up with what Logic’s been working on lately and I did not expect an album like this from him. Instead of the usual technical lyricism he had in YSIV or Bobby Tarantino II, this album is much more instrumental, melodic, and has more singing than rapping. This is the kind of stuff you’d share with someone who didn’t like rap to show off Logic’s talent. My favorite tracks were Vacation from Myself and I Love You Forever.

Listened on: Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019


Album: The World Is Yours 2

Artist: Rich The Kid

Rating: Decent. 

This album was very neutral for me. I didn’t dislike it but it didn’t really stand out either. There weren’t really any songs that I thought “Wow, this one bumps.” Maybe I’ll give it another try later.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 22, 2019


Album: Bad Habits

Artist: Nav

Rating: Decent. 

I liked the features on this album and I think the production is really good (it’s executive produced by The Weeknd, apparently). In my opinion, Nav is still just too boring of an MC to keep my attention. Luckily for him, this album has a lot of help backing him up and pushed it up to a 3. If I had to pick a stand out track, I’d choose Hold Your Breath or Vicodin.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 22, 2019


Album: Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)

Artist: Flume

Rating: Yeah! 

Flume is pretty well known for several groovy electronic tunes but I hadn’t heard much about him for a while so this album release took me by surprise. The album delivers some heavy kick and punch accompanied by experimental melodies. I feel like it’s a well-rounded collection of songs that don’t bore from being too similar. My favorites were Dreamtime and MUD and I liked the basslines in Amber.

Listened on: Thursday, Mar 21, 2019


Album: Run Wild Run Free

Artist: Zacari

Rating: Yeah! 

I really liked this album. It’s lightweight, easy listening, and is fairly ambient. However, it’s really really short (only 20 min). I wish I could have heard a little more, but then maybe the album would have felt too homogenous. Regardless, I enjoyed it and my favorite track was Lone Wolf.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 15, 2019


Album: In Colour

Artist: Jamie xx

Rating: Yeah! 

I found this album by recommendation from my buddy Payton. It’s perfect relaxation/focus music in my opinion, and it’s definitely got awesome replay value if you need to zone in or out for a bit. Perhaps my favorite listen of the day! Highlight tracks include Sleep Sound and The Rest Is Noise.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 15, 2019


Album: Death Race for Love

Artist: Juice WRLD

Rating: Decent. 

This was a solid project and I was impressed with the quality given the number of featuers (few) and the length (~72 minutes). Juice WRLD seems to be pretty decent at tapping in to his own emotions and experiences for lyrical content; something many rappers his age don’t do well enough. My favorite track was Won’t Let Go.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 08, 2019


Album: Rap or Go to the League

Artist: 2 Chainz

Rating: Decent. 

I really enjoyed this new album by 2 Chainz and thought it had a good variety of tracks on it: some concious, some introspective, some party tunes, and some smooth too. While I didn’t necessarily vibe with many of them enough to add to my playlist, I’d definitely give this a listen again and am excited to see how some of the tunes hit the radio. My favorites include Forgiven, 2 Dollar Bill (Ft. E-40 & Lil Wayne), I’m Not Crazy, Life Is (Ft. Chance the Rapper & Kodak Black), and Sam.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 01, 2019


Album: Imperial

Artist: Denzel Curry

Rating: Fire! 

I’d heard tracks from this album before but couldn’t remember if I had listened to it entirely so I decided to give it a listen. One turned into two. This album is very strong in beats, lyrics, variety, and content. Denzel comes off pretty agressive in many of his flows but don’t let that fool you: he hides some really good lines underneath this persona. Would highly recommend a listen. My favorite tracks are ULT, Me Now, and Story: No Title.

Listened on: Thursday, Feb 28, 2019


Album: FATHER OF 4

Artist: Offset

Rating: Decent. 

I really enjoyed this album and of the three recent(ish) independent albums by Migos members Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, I think I like this one the best. I honestly thought this album would be too homogenous for me to enjoy but Offset seemed to stretch a bit and have a decent variety of subject matter and features. Favorite tracks after 1 listen were Father of 4 and Quarter Milli.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 22, 2019


Album: Drip or Drown 2

Artist: Gunna

Rating: Decent. 

I rate this album decent only because I bobbed my head a bit to some songs but there wasn’t really anything that stood out to me. Speed it up is terrible. Derrick Fisher with Lil Baby was decent. Might listen again on a rainy day.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 22, 2019


Album: Born Sinner

Artist: J. Cole

Rating: Yeah! 

I’ve listened through this album in the past but wanted to do it again and listen a little more critically. I’m glad I did. J. Cole is known for his incredible flow and content and this album is no exception. Outstanding lyricism and content that doesn’t just ‘flex’ but tells real stories about his life and perception of society. Definitely worth a listen.

Listened on: Thursday, Feb 21, 2019


Album: 2009

Artist: Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y

Rating: Yeah! 

There wasn’t a whole lot that stood out in this album from the standard Wiz and Curren$y stuff but I really enjoyed it regardless. It’s a proper ‘smoking’ album and they both delivered a pretty solid performance. Solid flows and beats. My favorites tracks were Benz Boyz (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) and No Clout Chasin.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 08, 2019


Album: Still Swervin

Artist: G Herbo

Rating: Meh. 

This album (from my understanding) was produced by Southside so the beats are pretty awesome. However, the lyrics and flow seem pretty sloppy. I wasn’t sure if I liked G Herbo before I listened to this album and listening to it didn’t improve the situation.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 01, 2019


Album: Everything's for Sale

Artist: Boogie

Rating: Decent. 

This album seemed very introspective and emotional and I don’t know if I’ve listened through any of Boogie’s prior albums but I really enjoyed the flow he had on this project. Despite having a lot of good content, it’s still very listenable (I listened to it twice through back-to-back and could have gone on to a third. Standout tracks were Rainy Days (Ft. Eminem), Skydive II (Ft. 6LACK), and Self Destruction.

Listened on: Friday, Jan 25, 2019


Album: Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

Artist: Future

Rating: Yeah! 

Solid album with some good hard-hitting 808 mafia (among others) beats and the standard Future flow that you’d expect. I really enjoyed the Travis Scott feature too. My favorite tracks were Jumpin on a Jet, F&N, and First Off (feat Travis Scott).

Listened on: Friday, Jan 18, 2019


Album: YSIV

Artist: Logic

Rating: Yeah! 

I have to say that I really vibe with Logic even though I don’t have many of his songs on playlists of mine. His albums are pretty easy to listen through all the way. Depite being really dense, this album was a good work listener.

Listened on: Friday, Jan 04, 2019


Album: Hoodie SZN

Artist: A Boogie wit da Hoodie

Rating: Decent. 

This is a pretty easy-listening album with good lyrics, some beats you can bounce to, and a decently long length. My favorite tracks were 4 Min Convo and Bosses and Workers. Would listen again.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 21, 2018


Album: i am > i was

Artist: 21 savage

Rating: Decent. 

A good project with some fun surprise features. Unfortunately 21 didn’t really have any new flows but the beats are all pretty good. I favorite tracks were a lot and all my friends.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 21, 2018


Album: Dying To Live

Artist: Kodak Black

Rating: Yeah! 

This album is an improvement on Kodaks past projects and he seems to be getting better and better with each one. The lyrics seem pretty thought out which makes sense considering the time he spent in jail. Most of the beats have that bounce to them which I liked.

Listened on: Thursday, Dec 20, 2018


Album: I Hate My Life and I Really Wish People Would Stop Telling Me Not To

Artist: $ILKMONEY

Rating: Meh. 

This project is really short and has very little content to evaluate. I think he’s got some good flows but was unimpressed with the fact the whole project was only 19 minutes.

Listened on: Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018


Album: HOOLIGANS

Artist: Vic Mensa

Rating: Yeah! 

Vic delivered on this EP with some really good production and flows. My favorite track was Reverse (feat. G-Eazy).

Listened on: Friday, Dec 14, 2018


Album: Missed Calls

Artist: Kid Ink

Rating: Yeah! 

I’m a fan of Kid Ink but hadn’t heard anything about him in a while. Similar to some of his other music, it’s got good raps but also hits a smooth almost R&B vibe. My favorite tracks were both solo tracks: Tomahawk and Do Me Wrong.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 14, 2018


Album: SKINS

Artist: XXXTENTACION

Rating: Meh. 

I haven’t been able to get into much XXX music. This guy seemed pretty troubled (as an individual) which can sometimes mean good music. I think his music has emotion but it’s not really something that vibes with me. This posthumous album seemed sloppy as if it is a fame or money grab by those managing his estate.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 07, 2018


Album: Noise Complaint

Artist: Koe Wetzel

Rating: Yeah! 

This one has been out for a while but I had never given it a full listen through. Koe was a top artist on my sisters 2018 Spotify stats so I wanted to give it a try and I’m glad I did. High energy. Favorite tracks include Something to Talk About, Fuss & Fight, and I’m Done.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 07, 2018


Album: Evil Genius

Artist: Gucci Mane

Rating: Yeah! 

East Atlanta Santa finally strikes again and pretty late in the year. I really liked the production on this album. My highlight tracks are I’m Not Going’ (feat. Kevin Gates), Father’s Day, and Hard Feelings.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 07, 2018


Album: STOKELEY

Artist: Ski Make The Slump God

Rating: Meh. 

This album was tough for me to listen to. Very agressive. I don’t necessarily think it’s bad, but I just don’t vibe with it much. I’d give it another try after hearing from a Ski Mask fan.

Listened on: Friday, Nov 30, 2018


Album: Championships

Artist: Meek Mill

Rating: Yeah! 

Despite not adding any songs from this to a playlist of mine, I really enjoyed listening to this album. Meek works with a good team and you can tell. Really solid production and he’s got some good bars too. Will likely listen again soon.

Listened on: Friday, Nov 30, 2018


Album: Street Gossip

Artist: Lil Baby

Rating: Decent. 

I honestly didn’t think I’d like this album because I thought I didn’t care for Lil Baby but I was pleasently surprised with a pretty decent album with good features and production. My favorite track was Realist In It (feat. Gucci Mane & Offset).

Listened on: Friday, Nov 30, 2018


Album: Some Rap Songs

Artist: Earl Sweatshirt

Rating: Decent. 

I really want to like this album because I think Earl is an extremely talented artist. However, this thing really lacks polish (and that is probably what he was going for). The mixing is so chaotic though that I have trouble enjoying it. I wish it was more “voice forward” given how talented he is.

Listened on: Friday, Nov 30, 2018


Album: Stream of Thought Vol. 2

Artist: Black Thought

Rating: Decent. 

This was my first Black Thought album and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The lyrics are really good and actually have meaning. I’d definitely listen again in the future if I was in the mood for “Concious Rap.”

Listened on: Monday, Nov 26, 2018


Album: Creed II: The Album

Artist: Mike WiLL Made-It

Rating: Yeah! 

I really love Mike WiLL’s production and this thing is as good as any he’s produced. Major bangers and lots of good features. My favorite tracks were Kill ‘Em With Success (with Earz, ScHoolboy Q, & 2 Chainz and F.I.G.H.T. by Eearz, Gucci Mane, YG, Trouble, Quavo & Juicy J.

Listened on: Friday, Nov 16, 2018


Album: ASTROWORLD

Artist: Travis Scott

Rating: FIRE! 

TURN UP! IT’S LIT! What can I say about this? This album bangs and it’s probably my #1 of 2018. Favorite tracks include STARGAZING, SICKO MODE, NO BYSTANDERS, and WHO? WHAT!

Listened on: Friday, Aug 10, 2018

Concerts

In addition to listening to a lot of music, I enjoy attending live performances as well. Below is a collection of concerts I'v attended which received a writeup.

Hippie Sabotage

Attended Feb 22, 2019 at Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Bass in your face via trap bangers and live guitar melodies mixed in. I've been listening to Hippie Sabotage for quite a while (hint: they make a great Pandora station for the beach) but had never seen them live. The tickets to go see this show were pretty inexpensive and the weather at Stubbs was perfect for a concert -- a cool 50s/60s temperature which only required a light jacket. Their performance just makes you want to jump to the beat.

They were opened by Sebastian Paul who though I didn't recognize by name I think has contributed vocals to some of their songs. After he warmed us up with some lighter songs, Hippie Sabotage took the stage and came out strong, with bass that shook you all the way through. Ever since I sold my highschool truck (which had a 500 watt (RMS) Alpine Type-R subwoofer installed), I don't get many opportunities to hear the kind of low frequency booming power that a live trap performance brings. I wouldn't necessarily consider Hippie Sabotage to be purely in the trap genre but their live performance brings heat.

Needless to say, I would definitely recommend you go to a show put on by this group if you're into hard hitting music. They hit everything from the deepest 20hz bottoming-out sounds to a loud 50, 75, 100 and more. They were big on predictably loud drops which I think really translated well into crowd energy. Check them out!

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