Month: April 2015

Gucci Mane X Diplo is Coming Soon

Guwop is still behind bars.

But if we know anything about Gucci, we know that he can still write, spit and drop bars from a cell. He’s been releasing a lot of shit recently (as usual), but his next shit is gonna be a collab with Diplo. Gucci tweeted that it was gonna be an EDM album, but Diplo responded that it would not be. Anyways, let’s see what it might be all about.


Release date?

So there isn’t an album title or artwork or a genre or really anything at all yet, but considering how much shit both of these dudes work on, we can probably expect it to come out soon. Guwop will keep us posted on twitter, because dude just puts everything out there on twitter, which is dope. And as usual, as soon as twitter finds out about it you can expect it to be here on Spit Talking (cause y’all know we don’t sleep.)

What might the sound be like?

Gucci Diplo album twitterWell, at first it seemed like it would be EDM before Diplo said that ain’t true, and I’m personally glad cause I wanna hear something real dope. Diplo (and a few other producers) worked with Snoop Dogg on Reincarnation, which was a change of scenery for both Snoop and Diplo, and it was actually pretty dope. If they can get an equally solid but unique sound of whatever genre they’re going for on the album, it’ll probably be dope. On the other hand, it might just be a bunch of different genres because they can both jump around, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see for when it comes out.

Other news

In other hip hop news, it looks like Big Sean and Ariana Grande are breaking up. Dag, we didn’t even get one collab album out of that. Don’t tell me you wouldn’t wanna hear that shit either. Anyways, looks like the biggest (legal — sorry Tyga) age gulf between young folks in hip hop is over for now. Let’s hope we at least get a real dope Big Sean album out of this shit.


Looking forward to that guwop.

Again, stay tuned here at Spit Talking for news about this Guwop X Diplo album because I got my ear to the ground. On the other hand, if you hear anything through the grapevine make sure to let ya boy know. Thanks for reading!


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Today, We’ve Had 21 Years of Illmatic

Illmatic dropped 21 years ago today.

On April 19, 1994, Nas dropped his debut album and changed the game forever. We’ve already revisited the track list, but you can never really appreciate this gem of an album as much as it actually deserves. 21 years ago today, the ’90s version of the golden age of hip hop got it’s signature album as did Nas. Finally, since 1994, Illmatic has been the album that every other album is measured against — debut or not.


Nas was young.

Nas - IllmaticOne thing you gotta realize about Illmatic is that not only was it Nas’s debut, but dude was mad young considering he was only 20 when it came out. Yes, that means that Illmatic is now older than Nas was when he dropped Illmatic. Think on that, cause that shit’s crazy. A 20 year old was able to articulate the feeling of an entire city in one moment in time (the mid ’90s), and his discussion of 1994 New York has now lived on longer than the entirety of the personal experience Nas was speaking/drawing on.

Not to mention that Illmatic shaped the hip hop that came after it, from having several producers on one album, to expanding the vocabulary one could rhyme with to raising the storytelling levels you could hit with hip hop. It really makes sense that people compare debut albums (and non-debut albums) from dope rappers to Illmatic all the time, as a (completely unfair) test of how good an album is, and how lasting its power is. 21 more years from now, when the rappers of this generation’s kids are coming up, people are still gonna be saying “it ain’t Illmatic though.”

It made and ruined his career.

Illmatic CoasterObviously, such a groundbreaking album propelled Nas’s career. He reached a real high level of popularity at a real young age, and he handled it well, continuing to make music and not coasting on his accomplishments. Still, Illmatic was the best thing and the worst thing for Nas’s career. Every single album he released after Illmatic, no matter how dope, was just dismissed for not being as good as Illmatic. Even if that was true, very few (if any!) albums released since 1994 have been better than Illmatic, so Nas shouldn’t be the only one suffering for that. He shouldn’t be suffering for it at all, because it’s fucking crazy to devalue someone’s other work just cause you think they’ve done better (especially when no one else has been able to match their early shit either.) Anyways, Nas keeps trucking on, and Life is Good (his most recent album which dropped 3 years ago) is straight fire, so the real heads stay appreciating the hustle.

Library of Congress?

Anyways, if you know anything about Illmatic, you probably share my anger at it not being in the Library of Congress. This is classic discrimination against hip hop, and Obama’s gotta do something about it. But seriously, considering how important this album is, not only for hip hop but as a snapshot of New York in 1994, it needs to be preserved because it’s mad culturally significant. I will not rest until Illmatic is in the Library of Congress, even if it takes another 21 years.


Anyways, go listen to Illmatic.

If you’re like me, there really isn’t much to say at this point because all this talk of Illmatic is making me wanna listen to it. Go on and give yourself 40 minutes of rap excellence, from The Genesis to It Ain’t Hard To Tell. By the end, it’ll be obvious (if it wasn’t already) why folks are still talking so much about this one album over 20 years later.


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Dope Hip Hop Apps We’ve Seen

Occasionally, we recommend some shit to y’all.

This can be clothes or albums, but I like telling y’all about free hip hop apps. I can try them with no risk, and I can recommend them easier because there’s no risk to y’all if you decide to listen to me and try the app. Anyways, let’s look at some of the dope hip hop apps (for iPhone) that Spit Talking has tried out and decided you just might like.


Listen to some hip hop

RAPstationIf you just want the best ways to listen to hip hop, I got 2 apps you gotta download. First of all, get Datpiff so you can download all the hottest mixtapes right when they come out. The best mixtapes are practically free albums, so you don’t wanna miss any of them (and stay posted at Spit Talking to hear about them.) Then you’re also gonna want to get RAPstation for the best hip hop radio. Whether you want some good classic hip hop or nonstop instrumentals, RAPstation’s got you, completely free.

Make some hip hop

If you’re feeling a little ambitious and wanna make some beats, go with Auxy: Beat Studio or Keezy Drummer. They’re both free apps that are simple enough to learn in a minute. You’re not gonna be able to mix a track on them or anything, but they’re great easy ways to make a quick beat, whether you’re trynna freestyle or just putting down a beat you got kicking around in your head so you don’t forget it. Keezy Drummer is even simpler than Auxy, and doesn’t even need a tutorial. Despite being so simple, you can make some dope shit on both of them.

Text some hip hop

Drizzy app textsFinally, if you wanna text some hip hop lyrics to your friends, then you’re gonna need a hip hop keyboard for your messages. If you get RapKey you can text your friends a bunch of different hip hop lyrics from a few different rappers. If you wanna get more specific, hit up the Drizzy app and you can text all types of Drake lyrics, from hate to hustle to feels. It really wasn’t the future until we could text rap lyrics to each other with just a few taps.

RapChat

Finally, RapChat is a combination between making hip hop and texting hip hop. It’s like snapchat, but there’s a bunch of hip hop beats that you can record freestyles over and send to your friends. Finally, rap battling has come into the digital age and it’s never been easier. If you wanna talk some shit to your friends while spitting the hottest fire, RapChat is the best way to do it.


Scope these apps!

Again, all of these apps are completely free, and most of them don’t even have in-app purchases, so you got nothing to lose! I personally recommend any of these to hip hop fans who wanna upgrade their iPhones. Download one or two of them and let me know how much better your life is.


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California Love: Earl and Kendrick Lamar

So Kendrick was answering some questions on twitter.

Folks were asking him a bunch of shit, then someone popped the real question, asking who his favorite rapper doing it right now was. Kendrick responded with Earl Sweatshirt, who most recently dropped I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Let’s talk about this shit.


Southern California

Kendrick Earl TwitterSo Kendrick saying Earl might seem to come out of nowhere, but it makes sense for a few reasons. First of all, they’re both coming out of the same area, so they probably got similar tastes and shit. Second of all, Kendrick is a student of flow and rap, and it’s impossible not to appreciate Earl’s flow. Finally, you might have expected Kendrick to say a more socially conscious rapper, but Earl keeps his social commentary subtle, which I think Kendrick’s got to appreciate.

Now, an interesting thing is that they both hit national (if not household) fame at about the same time, with earl in 2010 and Section 80 in 2011. Earl is only 21 though, while Kendrick is 27 (even though he had years of work before Section 80), so they got a pretty big age difference. I gotta think that Kendrick just respects that young hustle and natural talent, which Earl’s got a lot of both. Not to mention that even though Kendrick is definitely more famous, Earl had a lot of shit to deal with by getting big so early and then having to deal with Samoa, so Kendrick probably respects that too.

So when are we getting that collab?

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go OutsideConsidering that Earl responded with a shoutout and by saying they got the coast sewed up, I gotta start waiting for that collab album. Can you imagine anything doper than Earl and Kendrick switching off between that lazy flow and that machine gun flow? Also just imagine those beats. They can both ride that real dark shit like no one else, and they can both say more in fewer words than anyone else. If they really wanna get the West Coast on lock, they gotta get that Kendrick Lamar X Earl Sweatshirt X Dr. Dre X Tyler, The Creator album going, cause that shit will go platinum in a week.


Anyways, did you expect that shit?

If you expected Kendrick to say Earl Sweatshirt was his favorite rapper doing it right now, then you got a job at Spit Talking open for you cause I didn’t expect that shit. It makes sense though, mostly cause they’re both pretty much on top of the game with dope recent releases and they’re both from Southern California. Anyways, I’ll just be waiting on that collab. Any day now.


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RAPstation INSTradio: Nonstop Instrumentals

I got a fucking gamechanger for y’all today.

Remember when I told y’all about RAPstation and told you to go download the app? Well if you didn’t listen to me then, you better go and do it right now. I’m serious, drop whatever you’re doing and go download the RAPstation app, because it’s now a necessity for any hip hop fan. Why am I pushing this so hard? Because they now have a station called INSTradio which plays nonstop instrumentals, no vocals, “25 hours a day and 8 days a week.” This changes everything.

RAPstation - BTN East


What’s so dope about instrumentals?

RAPstationWell first of all, these aren’t just random beats or anything, but the instrumentals of some of the dopest rap tracks we’ve heard these past few decades. They play nonstop, with no vocals (except for vocal samples in the instrumentals themselves) and no interruptions so you’re just getting straight instrumentals. If you’re trynna freestyle alone or with some friends, this is the shit you’ve been looking for, because you can just put the station on and spit without having to worry about picking the next beat or anything. It also tells you what the instrumental is, so if you dig it you can go download it or whatever.

What if you don’t freestyle?

Well, if you love hip hop at all but don’t freestyle, this is still the shit for you. If you ever wanted to read or study with hip hop in the background but the rap was too distracting, now you’re set. If you wanna fall asleep to music but want it to keep playing and don’t want any vocals, just put INSTradio on and let it do all the work. This is only  a small number of its possible uses, but the main thing to keep in mind is that if you ever want nonstop hip hop but without the rap, INSTradio on RAPstation is 100% for you.


Why didn’t anyone think of this earlier?

This shit is fucking genius and pretty much necessary for any hip hop fan. Shit, I got INSTradio on right now in the background while I write this, because I don’t have to worry about picking the next track and I also don’t have the vocal distractions you sometimes get from rap. Did I mention it’s free? Go download it and start nodding your head to some fire beats. And because its free, go make anyone you know who you think might enjoy it (whether they love to freestyle or just love hip hop) download it and start living the high life.

RAPstation - BTN East


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Scope This Free Beat App: Keezy Drummer

Ever wanna make a beat quick?

Maybe you’re a producer and you have a beat in your head that you wanna get down quick somewhere. Maybe you’re a rapper and you need a beat to write to/freestyle to, but you don’t wanna spend too much time making a beat. Maybe you just wanna fuck around with some beats. In any of these cases, Keezy Drummer is the app for you. It’s completely free with no in app purchases, so if you got an iPhone you should really go scope it. If you need convincing though, let me tell you about it.

Keezy Drummer - Elepath, Inc


The interface

Keezy Drummer HomeKeezy is maybe the most intuitive beat-making app I’ve seen yet. That right there is the home screen, with each circle representing a different drum sound. You can choose from Kick, Snare, Fat Snare, Closed Hi-Hat, Open Hi-Hat, Blip, Blop, Hah, Clap, Click, Snap, Shake, Tambourine and Bomb. They’re all crisp-sounding, and you can have up to 9 different ones going at once. You can actually make pretty complex beats with this shit, even though they’re real repetitive. This makes it a good starting step for producers, and it’s also just enough for rappers looking to make a quick simple beat.

Keezy Drummer PadThen when you tap inside each circle you have 16 circles so you can place hits of whatever drum you got going. That’s it, it couldn’t be any more simple. This is probably the easiest way to make a quick repetitive beat there is. Again, you’re not gonna be able to use this in a track or anything (you can’t export or save beats, although a beat will stay up on the app even if you close out), but it’s perfect for getting a beat from your head to actual sounds, or for giving yourself a backing to write rap or freestyle. The makers of it claim that there’s no tutorial because you don’t need one, and it’s hard to argue.

Simplicity is key

Keezy Drummer BPMIt’s so simple because there’s really not much you can do. Again, you can get up to 9 drum tracks going at once, you can choose between 14 drum sounds, and you can change the BPM. Along with deleting tracks and playing/pausing, that’s the extent of the app. It works because it’s completely minimalistic, so it’s a distraction-free way to get some ideas going on a beat. The fact that it’s totally free helps too, so it’s pretty much the first tool folks should go to when they’re tossing around a beat in their head.


Go have some fun.

I’m serious, this shit is free and it’s 3 damn megabytes, so you and your phone can afford it. It’s so simple that it’s fun, and it’s pretty much an advanced metronome app that does the few things it tries to perfectly. For a free minimalistic beat app, you can’t get much better than Keezy Drummer.

Keezy Drummer - Elepath, Inc


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Cherry Bomb Is Running The Charts

As we know, Tyler just dropped Cherry Bomb.

Here at Spit Talking we reviewed it yesterday, in case you’re wondering how it is. It’s definitely ambitious, but it didn’t all come together except for a few highlights. Besides the highs, it’s dope but not quite as groundbreaking as Tyler could have made it. As a showcase of his production versatility though, it definitely works. Anyways, it’s a dope album and people are realizing that. Let’s see how Tyler, The Creator’s Cherry Bomb is doing on the iTunes charts.


Number 1

Tyler, The Creator - Cherry BombCherry Bomb hit number 1 on the iTunes hip hop and general charts pretty much right after it became available to pre-order, which was a few days before the actual release but included 2 tracks. Anyways, it’s still staying strong at number 1 on iTunes a few days after release, so it’s gotta be selling pretty well. Salute to Tyler for that, and it’s dope to see some shit that’s trying to be different get so much support. I mean, shit, that’s how music pretty much evolves, right?

Along with Earl’s release of I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, this makes 2015 a pretty damn good year so far for Odd Future. Earl and Tyler were by far the most controversial rappers in the crew, and they’ve both shown incredible growth in the past few years and on their most recent albums. Now we just gotta wait for Frank’s album to drop and it’ll be a hell of a first half of 2015 for Odd Future fans. I mean, assuming that Frank’s album will be mad dope, which is not so much a safe assumption as it is a sure thing.

Kendrick?

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A ButterflyTo Pimp A Butterfly is currently at number 4 in the iTunes hip hop charts, and has slipped out of the top 10 to number 12 in the overall charts. Considering it’s been out a month, that’s definitely respectable, but I’m just disappointed in the whole country for not keeping that shit at number 1 for AT LEAST a year. In the future they’ll look back at us and laugh, because Kendrick Lamar dropped one of the hottest hip hop albums in a few years, and that shit deserves Dark Side of the Moon longevity on the charts.


You like Tyler’s album?

Regardless of the sales numbers for Cherry Bomb, how do y’all feel about it? Do you dig the smoother side or the gritter parts of it? Let me know, cause there’s a lot going on in that album and it’s aimed at a lot of different people, so I wanna know how y’all feel about it.


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Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb Review

Tyler has dropped Cherry Bomb.

He’s pumped too, hyping it up on twitter ever since it dropped last night. Anyways, this is kind of a surprise album cause Tyler only announced it a few days back, but it’s definitely been heavily anticipated in those few days. The fact that Tyler released 2 dope tracks to go along with the preorder was a good luck too. Anyways, let’s see what Tyler, The Creator has got for us in the Cherry Bomb review.

Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb is dope, but leaves me with mixed feelings.

Cherry Bomb - Tyler, The Creator


On Cherry Bomb, Tyler clearly puts his production over his rap, sometimes completely drowning himself out. The result is an album that jumps from one genre to a completely genre back to the first one again from track-to-track, and sometimes even within tracks. A lot of the choices make you think, but it seems like Tyler could have pulled together a stronger concept album. The highlights are damn good, but sometimes it’s just average, and I like how he does the smoother production over how he does the darker production.

For its variety and ability to make you think without quite hitting its full potential, I give Cherry Bomb a:

 

3.5/5

 

 


DEATHCAMP

Tyler, The Creator

Photo: stereogum.com

The album starts with DEATHCAMP, which was one of the 2 tracks Tyler dropped early. It’s got a dark metal edge to it, sounding a bit like Tyler doing Yeezus. He comes into the album spitting in case folks were worried he was only doing instrumentals or something (hey, there was 1 on Wolf.) Tyler confirms he still ain’t following the rules, and proves it by switching the beat the fuck up a bit. The intro ends with Tyler saying welcome to deathcamp and welcome to hell over some screams before he sings a little bit.

BUFFALO starts with the same sample from Numbers On The Board (shouts to Pusha T) and Tyler spitting over an equally jarring beat. He’s still spitting hard, but he’s also still shouting out Rugrats. The main difference is now he can talk about mansions. BUFFALO starts out like a track, but also has a skit feel at times and includes a Kanye shoutout. It’s all over the place, but it just doesn’t seem that focused.

First class but feeling like coach

PILOT continues the drum intros before going into a dark, distorted beat with some piercing synth. On all the tracks so far it’s been kind of hard to hear Tyler, almost as if he’s trying to make you turn it up or listen close or something. Anyways, he gets drowned out by the production a few times, and that was probably his intent. He even tweeted right after the release that he hoped people would reach out to him to produce for them, so maybe this is his production demo. It’s still got that Odd Future feel at its heart though, like a nostalgic carnival that’s still pretty creepy, and Tyler talking about how he’s in first class but he feels like coach. It’s a more successful Tyler, but still basically the same dude.

RUN is only a minute long, and is prefaced with Tyler saying “I don’t wanna…” This has the feel of one of the old OF mixtape tracks, going for a sped up club track with a real electric feel. His friends call him preachy, and Tyler said it was a PSA to friends that started gangbanging. Tyler’s staying personal, moody and introspective on this shit, but that’s where he’s at his best.

Wings and jazz

Tyler, The Creator

Photo: gigwise.com

Then we got FIND YOUR WINGS, which is bringing it back to where PILOT left off, though not musically. It starts with a smooth jazzy feel like you haven’t heard on a hip hop album since To Pimp A Butterfly. This is a real dope instrumental, and Tyler’s definitely trying to flex his production a little bit. Even when he switches it up halfway through, it stays smooth and brings in a little singing. It’s in the background though, so it’s almost like he’s sampling himself. Folks who know Tyler are familiar with his tracks like this (Treehome95, for one), and some of them think this is his best shit. He definitely knows what he’s doing though when he’s not rocking the mic.

Distorted message

CHERRY BOMB is the 6th track, and starts real heavy with some hard guitar and pounding. This is some late night underground club banger shit, and it’s so fucking distorted that it’s like being 2 blocks away from the back of a Tyler show, and you can hear about as much of the lyrics as if you were. It goes pretty hard though, and even though it’s not exactly my shit it still bumps. It also shows off Tyler’s versatility compared to FIND YOUR WINGS, and how he pretty just makes whatever type of music he’s feeling like making at the time. This is the shit you play when you’re trynna start a riot, for example. At least until the end when it smooths out into some slightly-less distorted R&B. I’m starting to feel what Tyler’s doing with this album, and it’s an interesting concept, even when it melts down into nothing but the radio.

BLOW MY LOAD brings it back to what you’d expect from Tyler, with a slow rap aimed at this girl who he’s admitting he’s gonna come quick too. Then that slows down and drops out into a quick blowjob before some 80s cop show sounding music comes back in. Tyler’s definitely messing around with shit a lot, and he’s trying to keep this shit eclectic, even including a GOLF radio shoutout at the end.

Taking it to the next level

Tyler the Creator - Wolf2SEATER starts smooth with some Elton John-sounding piano and Tyler talking bout his 2 seater and how he used to piss in pots but pisses on walls now. This beat is the best yet on the album, and kind of reminds me of Rusty (from Wolf) before it busts out a little more jazz. Then we get some strings, and Tyler slips into a singing role about how he gets a rush when this girl’s in his car, and sometimes it’s too much. Then he starts spitting but the jazz is right along with him, and all of a sudden Tyler’s tearing it the fuck up. 2SEATER is easily the best track on the album so far, and I feel confident saying that halfway through the track.

Then Tyler spits some more nostalgic shit about when Left Brain had a high top fade. Then his girl turns it down (Tyler doesn’t like it) and she asks him to roll the window up, before he says “but I love it when your hair…” and then we get some singing saying “blows… when it blows… I love it when your hair blows.” This shit is smooth but keeps you listening to the rap/singing and not zoning out. It’s still just a bit unfocused at times, but Tyler’s being mad ambitious and it mostly pays off, especially on this track. The music drops out for the last minute and we get a little skit and a little shit talking.

THE BROWN STAINS OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (REMIX) keeps it pretty minimalistic, but it’s got this weird scuttling sound going on it, before it drops into a slow banger. This is better than most of the times he’s gone dark and a little distorted on CHERRY BOMB, and the production’s simple but has all it needs. Schoolboy Q takes this track to the next level with his verse, and it’s good to hear another voice on the album, just to keep the vocals as varied as the beats are.

Fucking smooth

Tyler, The Creator

Photo: myspace.com

FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT is the 10th track, and the 2nd one we’ve already heard. It’s also one of the best tracks on the album so far, bringing it back to smooth R&B with a slightly Tyler edge and featuring Charlie Wilson and Kali Uchis. It’s some real shit about the police knocking at his door and not being sure what to do about it and this girl being perfect but way too fucking young. Like Tyler’s best shit, it’s got that innocent sound to it until you dig a little deeper. Then the switch-up halfway through takes it back to FIND YOUR WINGS territory. People will probably always remember Tyler as edgy and dark, but damn can he lay down some smooth shit.

Tyler, Yeezy and Weezy

Then we got SMUCKERS featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne. It starts out smooth again with some piano and Tyler mumbling over it before starting by claiming money ain’t the motive. He talks about how they say he’s nutty and like peanut butter, in case you were wondering about the name. This is another minimalistic beat with a jagged feel, even when it brings in some nice melody. Kanye comes in singing a bit before kicking a verse about how he’s crazy but that’s the best thing going for him and how he wants to turn tanks to playgrounds. It’s a verse about blackness too, with Kanye even saying he’s the “free nigga archetype.” Kanye’s verse is dope, but more importantly brings some vocal energy to the album.

The beat goes back to piano and Tyler mumbling before breaking through the clouds again with a little shine. Weezy comes in for a little bit before Tyler takes over and they go back and forth a little bit, which is real dope for Tyler. Wayne kicks a solid verse, but the overall sound with him and Tyler going back and forth and the classic-sounding beat is definitely dope. It very slowly fades out, but stays interesting to the end with the horns. SMUCKERS is one of the best tracks on the album, and Yeezy and Weezy are definitely part of that.

Tyler, The Creator

Photo: thestoolpigeon.co.uk

KEEP DA O’S keeps the features going with Pharrell jumping in this time. The beat’s real interesting with a sped-up original hip hop sample, so Tyler’s just innovating all over the place. Tyler’s talking about how he’s got the whips, got the hoes, got the ice, got the clothes and he’s gonna keep the o’s. Then we get a little choir backing and shit’s real smooth all of a sudden, sounding like it’s the soundtrack to the nicest lounge in the world. It goes back to mechanical and jarring before it ends, though, and ends with “what the fuck has gotten into me, man?”

Take flight

OKAGA, CA finishes off the album with another 6 and a half minute track (like 2SEATER and FUCKING YOUNG/PERFECT) and it starts real smooth too. This has a spacier, more atmospheric vibe though, and starts with singing about wanting to go back to California. It stays pretty even the whole time, with Tyler adding in and taking away a little bit here and there. If he’s trying to show off his production, he’s definitely getting the job done on the smoother, R&B-sounding shit. I don’t feel the darker, more guitar-including parts of the album as much, but I feel the rest. Tyler goes back to the wings on his back, indicating a loose theme in the album about taking flight.

This whole album seems to be a bit all over the place, but it seems like it’s mostly got 2 sides: the smooth shit and the less-smooth shit. Tyler definitely does a better job with the smooth shit, and in my opinion should have organized the album better, maybe splitting up the darker shit and the more R&B shit. He also jumps around maybe a little too much on some tracks, but it definitely pays off and works sometimes, so I can’t blame him. Anyways, this album definitely feels like it has a concept and like Tyler’s trying to say something (maybe about fame or how his life is changing or how hip hop is changing), but it’s kind of hard to tell exactly what.


Dope, but could have been doper.

Luckily Tyler’s still young, so he’s got a lot of room to explore and see what works. Most of the time, Cherry Bomb works, but it doesn’t quite reach you except for on a few tracks where you really feel it. Tyler’s definitely got a lot bouncin around in his head, and it seems like he listens to pretty much all music out there. His discography is already incredibly varied, but Cherry Bomb is mostly a sign of his potential, even though sometimes it straight bumps.

Cherry Bomb - Tyler, The Creator


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Chance the Rapper – Sunday Candy Short Film

Chance is bringing the Sunday Candy.

Parts new song, part music video, part art, Chance the Rapper and Austin Vesely have brought us a short film called Sunday Candy on this lovely Sunday. The song’s great, the video’s dope and Chance just keeps giving us reasons not to sleep on him. Even if it’s not Sunday when you’re reading this, give yourself a few minutes of kicking back and enjoying a little Chance.

Chance the Rapper – Sunday Candy


The song

Chance the Rapper - Sunday CandyAudio-wise, the track is kind of what we’ve come to expect from Chance’s shit. I don’t mean that it’s repetitive or that he’s done it before, but I mean that it’s upbeat, positive, inspiring and makes you smile, but is also musically interesting and includes Chance tearing it up with a few different flows. Even though we haven’t gotten any new albums or anything from Chance in a while, he has been releasing a steady stream of new music, not to mention jumping on some other folks’s tracks now and then. Still, considering that it’s obvious he’s only getting bolder and better, it’d be dope to get another full album from him sometime soon. But that’s just me being selfish.

The video

The video is the main reason I’m writing to y’all today, though, and Chance is front and center in a real interesting backdrop for the track. The track is nostalgia-filled and sets the tone for the video, which features throwback clothes and other things in a cardboard-cutout set. It’s real colorful but it’s also unlike most music video sets, because it feels like it’s straight out of a coloring book or something. It definitely gives off a lazy sunday vibe, but it’s also a throwback. In a way, so is Chance.

Chance the Rapper - Sunday CandyAnyways, the video and the song combine together for a great present from Chance the Rapper to the fans. He’s gotta be one of the most famous and loved artists without an actual LP of all time, and his ear is a big part. From the beat to the great vocal work he gets on Sunday Candy, Chance has a vision and he knows what to do to make it happen. He showed that on Acid Rap (and shit, on 10 Day too), and he only keeps showing it more since then.


Nice, right?

I’d love a track/short film like this every day of the week from Chance. Knowing him and his work ethic, we might eventually get that out of him. Until then, keep bumping Sunday Candy and enjoying the ride.

Chance the Rapper – Sunday Candy


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Odd Future’s Best Solo Albums

Cherry Bomb’s dropping soon.

In case you haven’t heard, Tyler’s dropping Cherry Bomb in just 2 days. From what we’ve heard, it’s gonna be dope. But anyways, I got to thinking about some of the other Odd Future solo albums we’ve heard and decided to talk about some of the best ones. These are some of the dopest albums we’ve heard from rappers coming out of Odd Future.


Tyler, The Creator – Goblin

Tyler, The Creator - GoblinThe album that started it all. It definitely wasn’t Odd Future’s first album, and it wasn’t even Tyler’s first solo album (and Bastard is mad dope), but it elevated Odd Future to national fame and got folks talking about some of the other rappers in the group. Goblin is often criticized for its length, but I don’t think Tyler could have worked it as well without that stream-of-consciousness style for the therapy session. It had quite a few hits, and is also probably one of the more controversial albums (for its content) of the last few years. Anyways, Goblin showed people that Tyler is definitely not perfect, but that he’s got a lot going on. Shit’s deep.


Earl Sweatshirt – Earl

Earl Sweatshirt - EarlEarl just recently dropped I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, and it was consistently dope and showed that Earl just keeps getting better. But I still think that Earl (the mixtape) is the dopest shit he’s done, considering it’s only 26 minutes long, he was only 15, it had terrible sound mixing and people will still be talking about it years from now. Also controversial, Earl stated upon coming back from Samoa distancing himself from the lyrics of his old shit, saying he doesn’t need fans that only liked his graphic content. Regardless of the lyrics, Earl’s wordplay and flow were almost as good as a 15 year old as they are now.


Domo Genesis – No Idols

Domo Genesis - No IdolsFrom the beginning, Domo’s always been one of my favorite rappers from Odd Future. Rolling Papers was funny and had some highlights, but just wasn’t too solid overall. Under The Influence was real good, and showed how hungry Domo was. Shine and Benediction are two classics from that mixtape alone. Then Domo came through with No Idols, which I still think is his best shit yet. It’s got a lot of features, but Domo carries the whole thing, even though Earl jumps on a few tracks. No Idols is just 40 minutes of great beats and great rap, and show why Domo is easily the most improved Odd Future rapper and probably one of their top 3 right now.


Think Cherry Bomb’s gonna top Goblin?

Wolf was a hell of an album, and may have been musically more interesting than Goblin, but I still think Goblin is his best. Cherry Bomb looks like it’s gonna reach back a little bit into those days, and it’ll be interesting to see what Tyler’s got for us. I hope he gets Earl and Domo on more than a few tracks too.


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