Weekly Review 10/24/21-10/31/21

My thoughts on some of the biggest and best drops of the week.


Singles:

The Good:

In terms of singles there is only one that I think will be consistently in my rotation, and that is YG's Sign Language. It is a boastful West Coast anthem and seems like a return to form for the Compton rapper who was beginning to lose his touch.


Wifisfuneral and Flo Milli both dropped good tracks as well. I most likely won't revisit either as it is essentially just each artist in their element but they are both fun songs worth checking out. The elite collaboration of JAY-Z and Kid Cudi on Guns Go Bang off of the The Harder They Fall soundtrack is a good track but severely underwhelming. It is a good song but did not live up to what this legendary collab could've been. SSGKobe's highly anticipated single Caddy was a dreamy and intoxicating track but that I was too interested in.


Finally, the first single off of Lil Uzi Vert's Pink Tape was released on Friday. Demon High is a new sound for Uzi, rooted in a poppier sound with a lot of singing. It's an upbeat sounding track with super catchy melodies although I'm not too crazy about it right now. But I do think that Demon High, despite being devoid of much content, has a super catchy and relatable chorus that I think will prove it to be an earworm, and wouldn't be surprised if it creeps into my rotation in the coming weeks.


The Bad:

I'll start this section off with my two hot takes, singles that I know other people are loving, Charmander and Green Juice. I respect the change of sound A$AP Ferg is going for but I think it's not quite there yet. Though The Neptune's offer a great atmospheric beat and Ferg delivers a captivating performance the two do not mesh well at all, and Pharrell's chorus is a rare miss from him as it just sounds obnoxious. Amine's new single Charmander has received a lot of love, and just like Green Juice I respect the new more electronic sound he is going for, but I think it needs some polishing. Amine's rapping here was great but everything around it just felt like it was doing too much.


Cartier Lens by Bobby Shmurda was a new sound from him with a raw flow, and although I didn't enjoy it very much at all, it did get me excited for his next LP. Enemy by the Imagine Dragons and JID was on the Imagine Dragons part pretty bad, but JID did his thing and delivered an amazing verse. Calboy and French Montana both dropped new songs that were boring, uninteresting and had absolutely nothing going for them, although I will say I Don't Really Care is one of French's best songs even though I'll never listen to it again.


The worst single of the week was the one I was the most excited for, King Kong Riddim off of The Harder They Fall soundtrack. Having JAY-Z, Conway The Machine, and Jadakiss all on one track could've been incredible but the exotic minimalist drum beat with a horrible pattern was not the place for them at all. Backroad Gee's chorus was not bad and fit with the song but the other three just felt so far out of place and I could not get into it.


USEE4YOURSELF (DELUXE) - IDK:

Earlier this year IDK released his second studio album on July ninth, and last Friday he released the deluxe version of it, featuring nine new tracks. Some of them are just alternate versions of tracks on the album like Puerto Rico and Dogs Don't Lie, which is extended and features an astounding verse from none other than Royce da 5'9". He added already released singles Cereal with Kenny Mason and JID, which has been a favorite IDK track of mine for awhile, and Just Like Martin which I'm not too crazy about. He also remixed single's he's had out for awhile and added them. His 2020 single 2 Cents now has a Shy Glizzy verse as well as Lil Yachty being added to King Alfred. The only wholly new song here is Dinner Date with Trippie Redd which is actually pretty good and a return to form of sorts for Trippie, reminiscent of his collaboration with Tory Lanez, Ferris Wheel.


What You Expect - Big Sean & Hit-Boy:

I was personally excited for this EP as the single, What A Life was a high energy banger with clever bars from Sean and his distinct confidence that is unparalleled by most. Sean reaches new levels of intenisty and is showing that he is hungrier ever. Hit-Boy matches Sean's high speeds with some lavish production and Sean brings some of his best wordplay and punchlines. Although the track with Lil Durk and Bryson Tiller was a miss, Sean shows love to his city for a heater of a track on Offense with Babyface Ray and 42 Dugg. This EP was nothing more than Big Sean saying "Yeah, I still got it" and is a nice teaser before his next project.


No More, No Less - REASON

A three track EP from TDE signee REASON, it's obviously pretty solid and has some star guest appearances. Though there was no Kendrick in sight, Isaiah Rashad pops out for a great verse, and so do Wale, Benny The Butcher and Doe Boy across the less than ten minute run time. That's not to understate REASON though as he brings more life and energy to this EP than his debut album New Beginnings. He also upped his lyricism and it just more entertaining here. There isn't much to digest here but it was a good show of skill from REASON and just god, enjoyable music.


Coup De Grâce - Ransom & Rome Streetz:

We get to the first album on the list which is straight from the underground. I know of Rome Streetz from being featured on Griselda tracks so when I saw this drop I had to check it. My first full album listened to both Rome and Ransom, I had no idea what to really expect. Griselda's influence shines through here while nearly every instrumental is inherently grimey with lavish touches added in through samples. Rome and Ransom trade verses throughout the LP, both rapping about going from rags to riches and their lives in the streets. They are also both very unique from each other which makes this mash up even better. Ransom has a deep voice and a commanding delivery while Rome Streetz contrasts him with a higher pitched voice and a rambunctious delivery. If you are trying to tap in with the underground I'd reccomed Coup De Grace as a good place for sure.


Final Rating:

LIGHT 7


Regatta - Curren$y & Harry Fraud:

Despite Curren$y dropping a whopping six tapes this year, Regatta is my first listen to an LP of his other than Fetti with Freddie Gibbs. Harry Fraud as a producer has really elevated himself to one of the best producers in the game, and is as great as expected here. At only eight tracks this album is short but sweet, and does a great job encapsulating the listener in under thirty minutes. Curren$y has solid bars and great rhymes thriughout the album, with the typical subject matter of riches and tales of moving dope. Though the topics are ran through, Curren$y puts his own spin on it that keeps it engaging and interesting. Harry Fraud provides a luscious and relaxing backdrop for Curren$y to do his thing and make a consistently solid album.


Final Rating:

LIGHT 7


Elephant In The Room - Mick Jenkins:

I have known of Mick for awhile now as a highly touted emcee, but Elephant In The Room is my first interaction with a full LP of his, and now I can't wait to check out more. Mick is a very skillful rapper, talented songwriter and he has diversity within his pen game. He is able to deliver a deep story heavy track with vivid imagery, then hop on a trap beat and drop an incredible song about being Black in America, which is one of the main themes of the album. The production is smooth and laid back, often with some jazz flavorings sprinkled in. This allows for the focus to be on Mick as he sheds light and shares his experiences of racism in America and the unjust world we live in, and how it all affects him. Despite being on the shorter side Mick was able to get his point across in rock solid fashion.


Final Rating:

SOLID 7


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