@@@ Da Baby: Suge (Interscope, 2019) I listened to tracks from the second Da Baby but I may or may not have peeped this massive hip hop single for 2019. It’s a very focused arrangement with fat fat synth bass, a tasty and light trap beat while Da Baby celebrates his lifestyle. He’s a young CEO by the way. It’s not my favorite track of the year but it has bounce for days and Da Baby is all over the microphone and other men’s womens. Beat at the top of my list, minimalist arrangement after that, microphone energy after that.
@@@ Tyler the Creator: Earfquake (Columbia, 2019) Tyler the Creator is one of the most fascinating figures in hip hop. I’m not sure it always translates into the music but he’s a shapeshifter, musically and image-wise and possibly even sexually fluid as well but that’s not my bidness. This is a quirky hip hop ballad that is both genuine and weird and soulful. After an extended sung intro a rhymed section with strings comes in before it heads back into the sung hook section. Part Prince, part trap, part Pee Wee Herman playland, I dig the track conceptually but as music it’s above average for me. Not mind blowing. Happy 2020 people!
YTD recordings listened to: 673
Good music, not list worthy: 408
Not good music: 222
Honorable Mentions: 15
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