@@@ Billy Eilish & Justin Bieber: bad guy (Darkroom/Interscope, 2019) Two of my least favorite ‘artists’ on today’s scene. Brooding Ms. Eilish and Justin make a run at jam of the summer with finger snaps, a slinky bassline, and a big ass bowl of word salad. I can’t tell if Justin is the bad guy, well he just said he was, but as we have covered he’s really soft as rich folks’ toilet paper. The presentation of the sounds is off the hook, the sounds are not particularly unique or interesting, and the lyrics, well we’ve covered the low quality there. This is pretty standard for major label stuff. Highly polished nonsense. Let’s just leave good readers with a final thought. When they go into a fat bass, trap beat at the end of the tune, to my ears that seems a bit racial. The bad guy is the black dude rocking trap beats and window shaking bass. Hmmm, not well thought out.
@@@ French Montana: Wiggle It (Sony, 2019) Oh lord, this must be the Trump era where a female rapper exclaims that she will wiggle it he spends his cash. Straight up front page of Apple Music whoring oneself, it’s all for sale, let’s put a bow on this shit and just drop it in the toilet. A bad bitch looking for a rich ass n*gga! Sounds is all right but I can’t get past the offensive lyrics. To me this is as bad as any racist nonsense. I made it to 1:45 and then I clicked out, fuck this nugget.
@@@ Burna Boy: Anybody (Atlantic, 2019) Some Imma guessing African r&b let me GooglePimp that shit. Nigeria! Sung in English. The groove is rock solid with a ton of intereting percussion. The simple keyboard part is cool, the synth horns a bit cheesy, and he’s silky on the microphone. It’s not Fela Kuti here, it’s a booty anthem but of higher quality than eilish/bieber and the trap biscuit above. Good, but compared to the bag of ass offered above it stands out.
YTD recordings listened to: 352
Good music, not list worthy: 210
Not good music: 120
Honorable Mentions: 0
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