This is a snapshot of my top albums and artists based on my
LastFM listening history. LastFM is a
wonderful tool into understanding what music you actually listen to but you have
to pay to access advanced reporting. I was curious to know what my most “dense”
artists and albums are (which ones I have listened to the most in a given time
period) so I wrote a script to do it for me. Below are the results of an
analysis of over 85,000 personally logged tracks.
* Data last updated on Jan 23, 2019.
I’m a huge fan of “New Music Friday” (did you know most new music is released on
Friday?). Spotify has a neat page that gives you a list of the top (and maybe
paid too, it’s hard to tell) new albums every week that you can browse through.
I try to keep up with interesting new releases in Hip-hop, Rap, Country,
Electronic, and more. This section is a log of some of the things I’ve listened
to and my specific opinions of 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:
1/5 - Pass. I probably won’t listen to this again.
2/5 - Meh. I didn’t really like it but I could be convinced to give it another
3/5 - Decent. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special.
4/5 - Yeah! This album was good, and I probably added some songs from it to a
6lack’s been talking about this new release on social media for a while and I’ve
been really excited to hear it. Though I didn’t realize it would be a short EP,
the quality was not disappointing. I really like how 6lack perfectly hits a
combo of smooth R&B and actually good rap. My favorite tracks from this release
were Float and Elephant In The Room.
A short but dense release. While it isn’t new, RTJ (and Killer Mike in
particular) have really begun to focus lyrics on real issues. I like that, and
the tracks themselves are still really listenable albeit hard to follow at times
given the density of the lyrics. My favorite tracks were holy calamafuck and
pulling the pin.
This release (from Mar 2020) slipped by me somehow. Having not heard from Kody
West in quite some time, I was excited to learn there was new music. While I
didn’t dislike this album, the overtones of it were much darker than his
previous release ‘Green’. The sound has a very early 2000s rock vibe (which
admittedly I am not a huge fan of) but still, there were some decent tracks. The
trach The Way was probably the highlight for me.
This album was pretty boring and lacked original style in my opinion. It kind of
sounded like a cross imitation of Travis Scott and Playboi Carti. The features
were probably the only saving grace but even the awesome ones like A$AP Rocky
and Tyler, the Creator on T.D. ended up kind of being ruined by Yachty
himself. As far as I’m concerned, Yachty’s career is kind of done.
I first heard Medasin on a Spotify radio mix based off my chill/ambient playlist
called zoned. I thought it fit the vibe perfectly and added a few songs from
their previous album Irene to it. This is an awesome follow-up and is both
chill and exciting. Fun melodies, some good trap percussion, and a few good
vocal features. Big fan.
When grabbing the album art for this one, I saw the pitchfork headline “Long,
Bumpy Road” and I couldn’t help but think “Yeah… this sounds rough.” I’m not a
huge fan of Uzi but definitely acknowledge he’s seen some incredible mainstream
success on a number of songs. This album though just isn’t very interesting in
my opinion and lacks radio-playable tracks. The fact that P2 was just a fresh
rap over his most popular beat seemed disingenuous and across the album his
flows didn’t stand out as original.
I had never heard about this group until I saw this album on the Spotify New
Releases tab and I have to say it is amazing (I’m probably going to listen to
their whole discography now). I would describe is as a chill, acoustic, and soft
(but with exciting percussion). This is a very relaxing album and the production
behind it is incredible. They’re from Texas, too! (I wonder where?)
I didn’t love the album but didn’t hate it either. I gave it a full listen
through and think Baby had some reasonably lyrics and flows but he’s a little
hard to listen to over a full album. The features were good though and I
appreciated hearing Wayne and Moneybagg Yo. Maybe I’ll give it another try some
time. No tracks really stood out to me after one listen.
I respect Royce a lot for the level of talent he delivers on album. There’s a
good reason he and Eminem collaborate together - they’re both incredibly
talented lyricists. I really liked the message and skits on this album and will
definitely listen again. My initial standout tracks were FUBU and Upside
Now this is an album I’ve been wanting to hear for a while. Good quality
boom-bap style beats with significantly more mature lyrical content. I
completely missed this release (it’s from November 2019) under Shady Records but
am glad I got to listen to it. My favorite track was DR. BIRDS.
This release just didn’t do much for me. Some of the songs really strike me as
lazy. I didn’t get to the point of skipping tracks because the beats were decent
but some of the vocals/raps on top just were not good. I’ll probably forget
about this project by next week.
Believe (ft. Justin Timberlake) - Meek Mill // Play // Solid song.
Meek’s got a good flow and Justin Timberlake fits well on the song.
Intentions (ft. Quavo) - Justin Bieber // Play // Biebers music has
grown on my in recent years. This is a new sound for Quavo too and I liked it.
YELL OH (ft. Young Thug) - Trippie Redd // Pass // Sort of cringey. When
would someone want to play this song? Pierre Bourne’s chaotic production is
coupled with a crummy immature hook.
Run - Joji // Play // The last Joji I tried listening to was his album
BALLADS 1 which I didn’t like at all. I liked both the vocals and
instrumentation of this single though, and it makes me optimistic for his
Blueberry Faygo - Lil Mosey // Pass // Sort of divided on this one. The
beat has a nice bounce to it but song is so short and he basically just
repeats the hook over and over. Meh.
Broke In A Minute - Torey Lanez // Play // Has a freestyle vibe to it
and I enjoyed it. Beat is cool and kind of makes me want to try and rhyme on
IDK - Lil Tecca // Pass // Not original. If Tecca thought he could still
ride the wave of his sole hit, he’s wrong.
This is a fun upbeat album perfect for mood boosting. I liked the variety in
features and the whole album flowed quite well. Despite not picking out select
songs, I definitely want to give this another listen at some point.
Pretty solid project by Yo Gotti. Definitely a few club songs mixed in but the
lyrics aren’t completely boring throughout. I liked the story/message on Big
Homie and also enjoyed Dopechella. May listen again.
I’ve been a Wayne fan for quite some time and this album didn’t dissapoint
although it probably isn’t something I’ll listen to regularly. His rhyme schemes
and flow stay in the G.O.A.T status realm – he’s still got it. Memorable tracks
for me were Harden and T.O.
Another surprise album out by Eminem, or ‘Slim Shady’ as listed on the album
cover. Dense rhyming with a good variety of beats, flows, and features. The
lyrical content is all over the place with some reflective, some “roast”, some
very much sounding like the classic “slim shady” sound. My favorite tracks were
You Gon’ Learn and Lock It Up.
Listened on: Friday, Jan 17, 2020
Dreamville & J. Cole - Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director's Cut
A good follow-up deluxe edition to the original Revenge of the Dreamers III.
Like before, I liked the variety and the creativity in all of the tracks and
respect for the level of collaboration it took to make something like this. Of
the new tracks, Outta Pocket was my favorite.
I was pretty dissapointed by this release. There was a bit of hype online
including a long
that didn’t actually make it out. The HIGHEST IN THE ROOM remix was
interesting and WHAT TO DO was pretty decent but GANG GANG and GATTI were
not good and the entire EP? Album? was only 21 minutes including a remix and 40
second intro. I hope this will get revised to include some of the other tracks.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Listened on: Friday, Jul 12, 2019
Dreamville & J. Cole - Revenge of the Dreamers III
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
$ILKMONEY - I Hate My Life and I Really Wish People Would Stop Telling Me Not To
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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!