This week I'm talking about the latest from Vampire Weekend, Logic, Ari Lennox, Big Business, Kevin Abstract, and more. Let me know if you agree/disagree, what you're currently listening to, and if there's anything I missed that I should check out.
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We're finally back and discussing all the major happenings in music like Lil Wayne's long, long-awaited Carter V album, T.I.'s best album since Paper Trail, more unnecessary collabs from the likes of Lil Baby and Gunna, Vic Mensa killing his own career, and Kanye going off the rails (again). Oh and we also throw in some talk about the McGregor vs. Khabib sh*t show and go on a far too long aside about Dragon Ball Super (it happens more than we'd care to admit).
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In this week's episode we talk about Spotify removing R. Kelly and XXXTENTACION from their playlists, the ongoing Kanye roller coaster, and Donald Glover's (aka Childish Gambino) turn as a SNL host, his mind blowing new video for "This Is America", and question whether he should be considered the greatest multi-talented artist we've ever seen. Then we end things by talking about a bunch of new albums to drop from Desiigner, Post Malone, Styles P, Rae Sremmurd, Janelle Monáe, Steve Angello, and BlocBoy JB. With Royce da 5'9", Janelle Monáe, and Steve Angello, in particular, taking their careers in new and exciting new directions with their most introspective albums yet.
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May had a ton of great new albums and music videos from the likes of Bryson Tiller, Elton John, Paramore and Travis Scott; and it also featured some interesting trailers for Blade Runner: 2049, The Dark Tower, and It Comes At Night. We've highlighted some of the best drops over the month and now we're ready to crown the best album, movie trailer, and music video.
Styles P just low key may have just dropped the hardest album to come out this year. Hip-hop will always be a young man's game but Styles P shows that he's still got 'it' and then some with the most relevant album to come out of the D-Block click in years.
Talib Kweli & Styles P is an unexpected collaboration that brings that raw, grimy NY sound with a surprisingly conscientious narrative. There's some serious lyrical ability between the two of 'em and they deliver the bars in each and every verse. I wouldn't be mad at a couple more projects from the pair.