@@@ Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber: I Don’t Care (Warner/UMG, 2019). Two of my favorite musicians go whiteboy dancehall and pop out a shiny ass pop biscuit for the masses. And boy the masses are up for some Bieber/Sheeran corn! 25 million hits on the GooglePimpTube. Yikers. It’s not the Latin immigrants ruining our nation, it’s tracks like this! I’m having trouble distinguishing between the fine vocal work of Bieber and Sheeran but I think Sheeran got back of the bus status on this trip. The sounds are super updated and popping, it’s not that track is stupid it’s childish. Some little children are dumb as a bag of rocks but not all are stupid. But most children are childish and most adults will be too if they listen to cheesy cornbread. Go check out the comments on this track and tell me it’s not a playground for adult children. C’mon do it, I dare ya!
@@@ Logic: Icy (Def Jam, 2019) Another track off the Apple Music hot tracks section. Logic is a producer widely lauded as super talented but I find his tracks mostly derivative. Icy is slang for something expensive and the production here on this super produced ode to materialism is indeed icy. However, just as the track above the IQ here is well dressed and childish. I’m icy, I’m clean, I’m a bad motherfucker, I’m me. This is impressive. The beats are average but the ascending/descending element of the mix is very nice. Let it not be said that I don’t give respect when something is well done. If they had made the lyrics as sophisticated as that sample well I’d be a fan. Gucci Bag guests on this track and Logic’s list of guests on his new record is extensive: apparently Wiz Khalifa hasn’t smoked his way into a coma and he made an appearance, and grandaddy of corn Will Smith is up in there (if it’s the same Will Smith I could really be bothered to google that shit), and even Eminem who takes a turn threatening to kill somebody. I kid I kid I kid, these are great people and this is great stuff, it’s just….childish. Myself I would rather listen to dogs fornicate in a parking lot.
YTD recordings listened to: 247
Good music, not list worthy: 145
Not good music: 88
Honorable Mentions: 0
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