Brent Walther

Music

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Charts

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.

Album Play Count

* Data last updated on Jan 23, 2019.

Album Ratings

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:


Byrson Tiller - A N N I V E R S A R Y

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

Smooth and mellow R&B / Rap album. I really enjoyed Tiller’s album T R A P S O U L and assumed this one would follow a similar style of trap-vibe acoustics. I wasn’t dissapointed, and I like the A L L C A P S album title style too. My favorite track was Sorrows.

Listened on: Friday, Oct 02, 2020

21 Savage, Metro Boomin - Savage Mode II

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

Exciting album with high energy trap beats and your typical 21 Savage flows. I was surprised at the lyrical content (it was better than I expected for 21). I’ll probably give this another listen soon to pick out some bangers, but my initial favorites include Rich Nigga Shit and Many Men. I liked that Many Men paid homage to 50 Cent too!

Listened on: Friday, Oct 02, 2020

Young Dolph - Rich Slave

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

A pretty thick album filled with Memphis trap bangers. Young Dolph delivered a solid album with reasonable replayability (assuming you like him, of course). Good production including songs produced by DrummaBoy and Juicy J. My favorite tracks were Blue Diamonds and To By Honest.

Listened on: Monday, Aug 17, 2020

6lack - 6pc Hot EP

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Jun 26, 2020

Run The Jewels - RTJ4

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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.

Listened on: Wednesday, Jun 03, 2020

Kody West - Overgrown

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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.

Listened on: Wednesday, Jun 03, 2020

Lil Yachty - Lil Boat 3

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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.

Listened on: Thursday, May 28, 2020

Medasin - RIPPLS

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 06, 2020

Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Mar 06, 2020

Surfaces - Horizons

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FIRE! - 5 / 5

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?)

Listened on: Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Lil Baby - My Turn

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 28, 2020

Royce da 5'9" - The Allegory

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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 Down.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Griselda - W.W.C.D.

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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.

Listened on: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020

T.R.U & 2 Chainz - No Face, No Case

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 07, 2020

Various - Singles

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  • 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 upcoming album.
  • 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 it too.
  • IDK - Lil Tecca // Pass // Not original. If Tecca thought he could still ride the wave of his sole hit, he’s wrong.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 07, 2020

Galantis - Church

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Feb 07, 2020

Yo Gotti - Untrapped

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Jan 31, 2020

Lil Wayne - Funeral

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Jan 31, 2020

Eminem - Music To Be Murdered by

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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.

Listened on: Friday, Jan 17, 2020

JACKBOYS & Travis Scott - JACKBOYS

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Meh. - 2 / 5

I was pretty dissapointed by this release. There was a bit of hype online including a long leaked tracklist 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.

Listened on: Friday, Dec 27, 2019

French Montana - MONTANA

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Trippie Redd - A Love Letter to You 4

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Clams Casino - Moon Trip Radio

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Earl Sweatshirt - FEET OF CLAY

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Wale - Wow... That's Crazy

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Danny Brown - uknowwhatimsayin¿

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Sturgill Simpson - SOUND & FURY

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Kevin Gates - I'm Him

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

DaBaby - KIRK

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

IDK - Is He Real?

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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

Curren$y and Harry Fraud - The Marina EP

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

SAINt JHN - Ghetto Lenny's Love Songs

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Jeezy - TM104 The Legend of the Snowman

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Young Thug - So Much Fun

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Quality Control - Control The Streets Volume 2

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

A$AP Ferg - Floor Seats

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

DJ Snake - Carte Blanche

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Nas - The Lost Tapes 2

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Maxo Kream - Brandon Banks

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. IZ HERE

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Dreamville & J. Cole - Revenge of the Dreamers III

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Fire! - 5 / 5

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

Mustard - Perfect Ten

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Lil Nas X - 7 EP

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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

Koe Wetzel - Harold Saul High

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Gucci Mane - Delusions of Grandeur

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Octavian - Endorphins

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Tyga - Legendary

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Tee Grizzley - Scriptures

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Pass. - 1 / 5

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

Future - SAVE ME

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Skepta - Ignorance is Bliss

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Denzel Curry - ZUU

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

YG - 4REAL 4REAL

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Flying Lotus - Flamagra

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Tyler, The Creator - IGOR

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Logic - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

ScHoolboy Q - CrasH Talk

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Tech N9ne - N9NA

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Anderson .Paak - Ventura

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Anonymuz - There Is No Threat

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Logic - Supermarket (Soundtrack)

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Rich The Kid - The World Is Yours 2

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Flume - Hi This Is Flume (Mixtape)

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Zacari - Run Wild Run Free

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Jamie xx - In Colour

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Juice WRLD - Death Race for Love

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Denzel Curry - Imperial

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Fire! - 5 / 5

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

Offset - FATHER OF 4

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Gunna - Drip or Drown 2

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

J. Cole - Born Sinner

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y - 2009

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

G Herbo - Still Swervin

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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

Boogie - Everything's for Sale

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Future - Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Logic - YSIV

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

A Boogie wit da Hoodie - Hoodie SZN

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

21 savage - i am > i was

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Kodak Black - Dying To Live

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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

Vic Mensa - HOOLIGANS

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Kid Ink - Missed Calls

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

XXXTENTACION - SKINS

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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

Koe Wetzel - Noise Complaint

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Gucci Mane - Evil Genius

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Ski Make The Slump God - STOKELEY

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Meh. - 2 / 5

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

Meek Mill - Championships

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Lil Baby - Street Gossip

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Black Thought - Stream of Thought Vol. 2

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Decent. - 3 / 5

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

Mike WiLL Made-It - Creed II: The Album

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Yeah! - 4 / 5

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

Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

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FIRE! - 5 / 5

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’ve attended which received a writeup.

Hippie Sabotage

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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!