@@@ Chance the Rapper: I Might Need Security (Chance the Rapper, 2018) It’s hard not to love the Chance the Rapper story, he seems like a very high quality human being. Far from nurturing his good guy image he has female singer looping fuck you over and over as he denounce various folks he can’t stand. This is one of the best Chance the Rapper tunes I’ve heard and I would nominate this for song of the summer. It’s tightly arranged and focused and his lyrics and delivery are on fleek. I know white folks aren’t supposed to use the term on fleek but it’s Chance the Rapper, the man is on fleek. There are any number of people and places that deserve a well crafted fuck you.
@@@ Imagine Dragons: Natural (Interscope, 2018) I can’t stand Imagine Dragons and they’re larger than life New Age musical bullshit. I fancy that these guys feel they are playing an important role in making aspirational reach-for-the-sky music for the oppressed. Myself, I would rather get a boiled vinegar enema than attempt to enjoy this cheesy dish of word salad. I do find it culturally interesting that there’s a line in there where he says he would rather be the hunter than the hunted — that seems more honest than the rest of the schtick. Avoid at all costs, this is primarily for arenas during warmups before the game.
@@@ Juice WRLD: Lucid Dreams (Interscope, 2018) I’m not sure if I peeped Juice WRLD when he first was excreted onto the public stage but, oh yeah, I don’t need another trip around this emo hip hop cheese bomb. Beats and bass all right, I don’t like his singing style nor his lyrics.
@@@ Denzel Curry: Cloud Cobain/Clout Co13ain (Concord!, 2018) Today’s pop a hip hop track where you bust a top on the sample can and throw a trap beat and a fat distorto bass and then get an aspiring MC to throw some word salad upon aforementioned mac and cheese sounds. He’s getting into self-destructive/suicidal thoughts but I can’t see how he’s having suicidal thoughts while needing hella bass. Is he sad because he’s not getting enough hella bass? I like hella bass, but it’s not that hard to get hella bass and I certainly wouldn’t kill myself if I was not able to obtain enough hella bass. I don’t think I have the time or the inclination to work through this suicide/hella bass juxtaposition. But that’s just me.
YTD recordings listened to: 423
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 222
Not good music: 187
Honorable Mentions: 4
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