It’s Young Thug. How could the the rapper the constantly sounds like he has a mouth full of cotton produce anything worth reviewing? Well, recently he released a new mixtape and it is the only recent release that is comparable to Frank Ocean’s Blonde in popularity. So I thought “Hey, maybe it isn’t as bad as you’d expect?”
If you’re a decently big fan of rap and hip-hop as a whole you definitely recognize a few artists as some of the best, whether it be influence, storytelling, technical ability, or anything really. For a while I have viewed five particular artists as the best: Tupac essentially being one of the most influential figures ever as he brought to light the idea of a concept album, Nas for Illmatic alone basically, The Notorious B.I.G. for bringing East Coast hip-hop to light and having a consistent amazing quality, Kendrick Lamar for being one of the most intelligent rappers that almost never drops a bad verse, and Andre 3000 for having the best flow as well as being without a doubt the best technical rapper of all time.
If you’re reading this you probably heard the horrendous atrocity that was “#Selfie,” a viral success song from 2014 by EDM duo The Chainsmokers. These guys were completely unknown before this, but boy did this absolute waste of time give them fame. It was vapid, pandering, obnoxious, and everything else the name of the song might make you assume it would be. Some excuse this song as a joke, but it was far from funny. Ironically the song made me think that the career of Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall would be just that: A joke. Continue reading →
Is third time the charm for this California-based rock group’s third, more political LP?
In many ways that’s actually a dumb question to ask. Young the Giant in all rights have been a relatively successful band, with two charting singles off their self-titled Young the Giant album, and even had their song “Cough Syrup” get covered on Glee! If you had a song on Glee, you can say it was at least somewhat successful. It was a pretty good album as well, full of subdued vocals and interesting grooves that felt somewhat unique.
As an introduction, this will be something I do every few months or so where I rank the current Billboard Top 20 songs in terms of quality, not popularity. This is subjective, so dont hate on the content. You can hate on the formatting, though, because it will be something I try and fix.
Pop music right now is interesting to say the least. Ironically it’s interesting in how disinterested most artists sound in their own songs. Music feels more clinical and artificial than any other time in recent memory, leading me to be bored while listening to most of these songs. While many of these songs are not inherently bad, they just suffer from sounding like they are made to be generic pop hits. Well, some of these songs are inherently bad, but we’ll get to that. We’ll get to that now, actually. Continue reading →