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: 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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