@@@ Janelle Monae: Make Me Feel (Bad Boy/WEA, 2018) A pre-release single off the Apple Music hot tracks section. I loved Janelle Monae’s single about police shootings and she’s getting a lot of press for her bisexuality. I don’t really care what she does with her va-jay-jay or any other va-jay-jay but I do think she owes Prince’s estate for biting it hard. His influence is all over this track — the guitar from Kiss, in the phrasing of some of the lyrics and the synth player definitely owns 1999. I love funky music and I think I know the difference between an homage and a bite and to me this sounds like a bite that leaves teeth marks. Stick with Hell You Tambout (posted below.)
@@@ Flatbush Zombies: Headstone (Glorious Dead, 2018) Another pre-release black music single off the Apple Music hot tracks section. The cover of this tune would lead you to believe this would he some hippie influenced hip hop but I don’t think that’s the case. I dig the stick sound on the beat but the vocal hook is kinda week — here lies a n**** getting paper. I’m a bit confused as to what that means. I tipped out after the line ‘I smell pussy, let me count my guns.’ That sounds like some Trump ass shit, life’s too short.
@@@ Logic: 44 More (Def Jam/UMG, 2018) We’re gonna stick with the mainstream black music today. Super Red Bulled rhyming on this track with standard themes — making a lot of money, excelling this rhyming game, and general outstandingness. Duder is so worked up I can barely keep up. I hear he’s blowing up like C4! While the rhymes are super spat the music is pretty standard — skitter and fat ass, my two favorite super heroes. Clicky hi hats and wide wide bass with some eerie synth kinda horror movie-ish holding it together. I appreciate the energy but I prefer J.I.D.’s funky Never in a heartbeat.
YTD recordings listened to: 105
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 56
Not good music: 45
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