@@@ Kodak Black: Painting Pictures (Atlantic, 2017) Big label hip hop off the Apple Music new music section. Mr. Black sounds more than a bit like Q-Tip and the first tune is a slightly above downtempo track about his time in prison and other problems he’s had. I want to check this second track cuz I would like something mo brisk and funkier. Nope, more cough syrup tempo but the bass is quite ridiculous and a lot of the sounds are kind of ballad-y. The fourth tune is the most uptempo with some really nice backwards guitar and some skittery beats. I’m attaching the tenth tune, Tunnel Vision, because it has 93 million views on the GooglePimp. He’s got this rough/sweet combo to his sound that I bet helped him garner that many views.
@@@ Body Count: Bloodlust (Century Family, 2017) I saw that Ice T has released another record with his old Body Count moniker. It’s not hip hop it’s metal with rhymes over the top. I like Ice T, he’s not up his own ass. This first tune Civil War is about our fucked up American politics with big power chord guitar action, Rage Against the Machine funky drumming. The second tune The Ski Mask Way is uptempo and mixes in mainstream hard rock with his Rage formula. I’d put 50 bucks that Ice T is not robbing folks with a ski mask on these days but it’s a solid tune. Ice T is super raw in this second tune, you gotta give him respect for his lyrical rawness — he’s on the other side of his Law and Order character on this record.
YTD recordings listened to: 216
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 115
Not good music: 81
Honorable Mentions: 1
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