in this internet age of ours, it’s becoming increasingly harder to keep up with newness in the world of music. you’re either a jillion years late on stuff or forced to pick and choose, causing you to miss it on potential classics. i locked myself in the house all weekend, so it gave me tons of time to catch up. for anyone that has yet to have that chance, i’ve got you covered. be sure to click the titles to get a listen.
the internet has really been going bonkers for this kid. i chalked it up to the usual hypebeast life we’re currently living, but then my girls went to his ep release and couldn’t stop raving about him. i finally checked “indigo child” and was generally pleased. this still doesn’t take away the fact that this ep is a black tumblr hypebeasts’ wet dream. being the “different” black kid is the new in thing (even though black weirdos have always existed), so all of the raury worship makes sense. howeverrrrr, i’m not saying that the kid isn’t talented. i have a thing for music that sounds like it can be played in a massive amphitheater like an orchestra and “indigo child” falls into that category. the music itself so is full and lush, i felt like i was being washed away in it, which is always a good feeling.
i really enjoyed the skits with raury and his mom beefing over his career. for any of us who chose a less than standard career path, it truly takes you back to those moments you had with your own family. it’s honest and gritty, which makes raury’s story that much richer. now down to the actual songs themselves…i enjoyed the ep overall with each listen (you can’t review music off one round), but it felt a bit disjointed as far as continuous sound. i’m all for genre blending, but it wasn’t as seamless as it could’ve been. “armor”, “wildfire”, and “seven suns” are ep standouts for me. the atlanta native is only 18, so i’m excited to see how his work matures as he ages. he’s off to a pretty good start.
i love young jeezy. point, blank, and the period. i started college the summer he first started releasing music, so it’s been a long ride with the god. a huge chunk of that ride was listening to jeezy rap about that 27,5. i’m from philly, so drug talk is expected in rap, but knowing that he really ain’t outchea no’mo,i wasn’t interested in hearing a full album on that one topic. luckily, “seen it all” lives up to its title. this is jeezy’s ‘autobio of malcolm x”. the storytelling is just downright beautiful. you can hear jeezy’s personal growth, but still feel his connection to what’s happening on the ground.
the tracks are the usual drum heavy jeezy sound. the biggest song off of this album will prob be “enough”. “block” was the perfect way to open the album. it’s classic jeezy. not gonna lie, my eyes welled up the second i hit play. “me ok” is another tear jeaker. i love when people talk their sh*t and jeezy read every receipt he had, even throwing a dart at def jam. jeezy is the thug motivator and this song will really get people out of bed every morning. “win is a win” is a close second.
“holy ghost” (and it’s remix) feels like your og sitting you down and imparting wisdom via his personal story. the title track “seen it all” is what happens when your og’s friend throws his two cents in. i love hearing rappers grow up. every album has to have an ode to hood love and “fk the world” is perfect. it’s for sure the “renee” of 2014! “beautiful” isn’t false advertisement. it’s the only way to describe this jawn. boosie came through and blessed in a mighty way on “beez like”.
i could go on and on about this album, but the moral of the story is, “seen it all” is jeezy’s definitive work.
jaz is one of the most underrated artists of all time. ‘baby kim burrell’, as a call her, was born a legend. after announcing she was leaving music forever, jaz poked her head back in and did a show in london a few months ago. that was later followed by the song “dumb” with meek mill. loved the song…ha-ted the video. i’m devout when it comes to philly artists, so i looked past it and waited for more. then she dropped “forever don’t last”. i mean…i honestly don’t think i need to say anymore. just listen and try to not start bawling 5 seconds in. ms. sullivan is 2-for-2 on singles, so i am pressed to hear the rest of this album.
i livelove kimbra. i missed the fact that she was on that gotye song that america was obsessed with and landed on this song instead. her debut album “vows” was one of my faves that year and it still gets regular spins. i’d been on the edge awaiting her follow up and was greeted with the single “90s music”. i hated it. hated it in the worst way. i began panicking thinking that the album would be a wash, but maaaaaaaan, kimbra came through oh so flawlessly with “the golden echo”.
the opener “teen heat” let’s you know what time it really is. kimbra is a beast when it comes to vocal arrangement and she makes it known from top to bottom of this album. “carolina”, “goldmine”, and “miracle” ease you into the album and then “rescue him” hits you like a ton of bricks. kimbra is singing like the rent is due on this jawn. kimbra let’s you catch your breath a bit with the morris day-esque “madhouse”, but then takes you back under with the bilal assisted “everlovin ya”. “as you are” sends you spiraling even deeper. just when you think you can’t be slain anymore, “love in high places” storms through. it’s my fave song on the entire album. “nobody but you” reminds me of my favorite janelle monae jam “can’t live without your love”. its an instant mood lifter. “waltz me to the grave” is a triumphant, groovy end to a spectacular album.
if kimbra never does anything else, she’s already done enough. “the golden echo” is a huge eff you to the ghost of the sophomore slump.
i’ve been living with this music all week, but today’s a new day and it’s off to find some new tuneage. what are you guys listening to these days??
*editor’s note: speaking of jams, the third edition of JAMPARDY is going down tonight! we are adding a second round of trivia aaaaand a special set! click here for full deets!