@@@ Ho9909: United States of Horror (Deathkult, 2017) An aggro industrial grade hip hop single off an upcoming full length that comes out in May. I just had to peep something called the United States of Horror. I’m down with the sentiments at the end of the tune but the sounds are pretty grating. He’s got his distorted vocals crunched up pretty good and it kinda hurts. It reminds me of a slowed down rap metal tune but check it for yourself.
@@@ J.I.D.: The Never Story (Interscope, 2017) I’m not sure how this hip hop record off the Apple New Music section is going to go but I like the first tune. No beats but some lush vocal harmonies. Then it goes into the second tune which is gangsta but funky and not rough in the arrangements. The MC has a high, slightly nasal tinge so he’s not super menacing sounding. I’m super feeling this third tune Never. He’s got a super quick and satisfying flow. I like the sounds but Mr. J.I.D. is the star here and you gotta peep the song clipped below if you’re a hip hop fan. Outstanding funk factor on these tracks.
@@@ Tenelle: For the Lovers (Island Empire, 2017) Slotted as a reggae record in the Apple new music section this is a mash of slick r&b and reggae like beats. This first tune has more in common with a Prince tune than a Bob Marley song. The second tune is stickier but we’re not breaking any records, it’s a crossover style with plenty of pop. If you don’t like the super sweetness of these tunes you’re not going to like the record. It’s cotton candy to my ears but check it for yourself.
YTD recordings listened to: 177
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 95
Not good music: 66
Honorable Mentions: 1
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