@@@ Young Thug: The London (300 Entertainment, 2019) The contest for song of the summer is on as it’s Memorial Day weekend! This track is the first one listed in the Apple Music hot tracks section and it’s a club pussy anthem. Multiple MCs/vocalists, trap beats, fat bass — you know the basics. Solid funky energy, the vocal parts stand out the most but the sounds/arrangement don’t really raise the heat of the track much/enough.
@@@ Ed Sheeran: Cross Me (Warner/UMG, 2019) Ed Sheeran is pulling a Taylor Swift and evolving from a trubadour to a whiteboy dancefloor banger. Some cheesy ass 1980’s sounds and a coupla of rappers, I find it to be an unconvincing blend of sounds. I think the problem is the beats, they just weak, Lionel Richie weak so when the MCs come with rhymes it all sounds shopping mall. This is strictly for suburb teenage boys and girls and it will be interesting if Sheeran’s fans will go along for the ride. I’m guessing some will but as I said I don’t buy the formula.
YTD recordings listened to: 265
Good music, not list worthy: 154
Not good music: 94
Honorable Mentions: 0
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