@@@ Lil Uzi Vert: New Patek (Atlantic, 2018) I don’t know when hip hop started using a background singer as an instrument with various uhs and gunshot mimicry and yeahs but when employed it comes across as disposable music. It happens on this track as well. Lil Uzi is quick on the mic with solid rhythmic skills but it’s a pretty standard trap arrangement with throbbing fat bass and beats. Lyrics revolve around the new Patek watch on his wrist and the various romantic situations that arise from the milly in the bank. He’s got a girl with a fat ass that barely fits in his whip! He also asks one girl to take a show so she don’t stink. It’s an almost five minute track that shouldn’t have broken three minutes.
@@@ Lana Del Rey: Mariners Apartment Complex (Polydor, 2018) Is it sexist to say that 70% of Lana Del Rey’s is due to her movie starlet’s lips? To flip it away from the human body, her success is not embedded in transformative music that takes you to another place. She traffics in pretty basic rock star blah. My guess is Lana is gonna be sad and dour on this track but gorgeously so. You took my sadness out of context at the Mariners Apartment Complex. That’s the first line so I get a gold star! The lyrics are pretty standard word salad but there are some nice moments. Why is Lana so sad? I’m not sure I care except she keeps foisting her existential issues on America. The vocal hook is when she says ‘I’m your man!’ which turns all the femme centered lyrics on their head with that statement.
@@@ Mariah Carey: GTFO (Sony, 2018) Mariah goes full batshit crazy with her new song about her hair Get The Frizz Out which should result in a solid tie in with some sort of hair product company. It opens up with a sort of glitched up Prince keyboard centered arrangement. Oh my, it’s not about getting the frizz out she wants him to get the fuck out! Mariah, yo go girl standing up for yourself. It’s an interesting blend of intimate, ballad-y sounds and a defiant sentiment. I didn’t watch the video but it looks like she’s not wearing a lot of clothes.
YTD recordings listened to: 539
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 284
Not good music: 224
Honorable Mentions: 5
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