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Isaiah Rashad: Webbie Flow (U Like)

Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo has been on constant rotation the last few weeks. I really like the laid-back feel of the album and how hungry Isaiah sounds on each track.  Many of the songs have Isaiah reflecting on life and discussing personal issues that have shaped his life.

“Webbie Flow” is one of the best tracks from the EP with Isaiah displaying just how great of a rapper he is. The lyrics are direct as the beat has to keep up with Isaiah’s flow.

Album Spotlight: Daryl Donald – Solitude

Dary Donald’s debut album Solitude is a warm and vibrant instrumental release. It features some of the most chill beats that are reminiscent of Mello Music Group‘s catalog. There are elements of jazz and soul samples that really displays a versatile mix of influences. The album opens up with “Odessa” that really establishes the tone of it, with its easygoing sound and vocal samples. There are many standout tracks on the album including “Tender,” “Nothing,” and “Still Life.” The former track has a laid back sound that is driven by stuttering hi-hats and a vocal sample that shouts about moving your feet to the music. “Nothing” reminds me of a 90’s era beat that you instantly evokes a feeling of the prominent hip-hop hip hop scene. “Still Life” is my favorite track from the record and has a more somber feel to it with its soft piano keys and quiet drumbeat.

There are many standout tracks on the album including “Tender,” “Nothing,” and “Still Life.” The former track has a laid back sound that is driven by stuttering hi-hats and a vocal sample that shouts about moving your feet to the music. “Nothing” reminds me of a 90’s era beat that you instantly evokes a feeling of the prominent hip-hop hip hop scene. “Still Life” is my favorite track from the record and has a more somber feel to it with its soft piano keys and quiet drumbeat.

The album is a fantastic debut from a producer who has his ears glued to what music genres blend well together. Check out the album on Daryl Donald’s Bandcamp page: https://daryldonald1993.bandcamp.com/album/solitude

RS #500: Outkast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious

I have been slow on putting up the progress of my Rolling Stone Greatest Albums list challenge. Going forward I will abbreviate the title to simply “RS and the number of the album,” in order to not cause confusion.  I begin it with Outkast’s

I begin it with Outkast’s Aquemini album, #500 on the list, which I have listened to countless times over the years. Outkast’s very best albums to me are Aquemini and ATLiens due to how dark and introspective both albums are. Aquemini has many tracks that I could have picked for this blog as the standout, but “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” really leaped out at me. It’s smooth sound and horn section gels so well with both Big Boi’s and Andre 3000’s vocals.

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. (Album Review)

For the past two weeks, I have been listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” album. I wanted to really delve into the record fully before reviewing it and I must say that I have dived deep. “DAMN.” is without a doubt one of the Kendrick’s best records as well as one of the best albums of the year.

The album is a stark contrast from the previous “To Pimp A Butterfly,” where jazz and funk provided the overall sound for the record. This time around, Kendrick goes for a minimal sound that works quite well, especially on tracks ‘Yah.’ and ‘Element.’ The former has been dubbed by some listeners as cloud rap and it does feature a more atmospheric sound than listeners are used to from Kendrick. ‘Element.’ has quiet keys playing during the chorus as Kendrick goes in over the beat. These two tracks are my favorites off the record with their laidback sound.

‘Loyalty.’ and ‘Love.’ are both pop-influenced songs that have Kendrick venturing into that new territory. The former features Rihana and is a song that was specifically made for the radio and you definitely can’t fault Kendrick for that. ‘Love.’ has a kind of quiet-storm sound to that is the most surprising and unique track from the album.

‘DNA.’ and ‘Humble.’ both feature a more trap sound and are the hardest cuts on the album as Kendrick completely shows his lyrical versatility. Both tracks are amped up and don’t leave room for respite. ‘XXX.’ features U2 and is a somber track as Kendrick talks about the state of America and Donald Trump’s ascendancy. It is a track that works so well with Bono’s easy vocals blending with the beat.

The record ends with ‘Duckworth.’ a track that has Kendrick providing a story on how his father and TDE’s Top Dawg first met and how it all came full circle with Kendrick now rapping for the record.

Overall, “DAMN.” is an absolute pleasure to listen to, as Kendrick delivers a record that reflects on the many facets of our lives, especially during these most turbulent of times. Kendrick shows why he is the best rapper in the game and why he truly does not have any competition. Each track is different in its own way and takes a deep focus to not miss any messages that Kendrick wishes to get across. Kendrick has made another record that will become a classic in the hip-hop canon.

Score: 10/10