@@@ Big Sean: No More Interviews (Def Jam, 2016). A put down of gossip and bullshit that I got to via the hip hop section at All Music. A brisk and minimalist beat, some bad strings (I don’t hear many hip hop tunes with good string parts). Big Sean has great rhyming abilities, but unfortunately I’m not very interested in what he’s rapping about.
@@@ Vic Mensa: The Nation (Roc Nation, 2016). A much different rapping energy on this track than the fast and smooth Big Sean flow — his is more of a chaser. Mensa’s lyrics are a blend of politics and drugs and guns lifestyles. The sounds are both trippier and more interesting than Big Sean. The second tune, clipped below dispense with the politics and gets right into Southside Chicago violence. Of course there is politics in rhyming about the violence that is quite real in Chicago.
@@@ Nick Grant: Get Up (Epic/Sony, 2016) A heavily James Brown influenced party hip hop track with bip horns and an old school funk rhythm. Grant has a sharp, slightly nasal voice that is in contrast with a classic black funk preacher accompanying him on the track. Chicken scratch guitar, hip hop, it’s really quite a bit of a bite track and magically it bites Public Enemy and James Brown at the same time. That’s quite a feat.
YTD recordings listened to: 869
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 485
Not good music: 328
Honorable Mentions: 14
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