Rap or Go to the League isn’t about following rules or guidelines and its formula is skewed. 2 Chainz’s latest is bold, yet comfortable. Its thrilling journey is something that entertains, drains, and revitalizes with fresh energy.
The overly violent shtick has been largely cut, replaced with a frequent tendency to journey inward and record the results. Because of this, I Am > I Was is a near masterpiece.
PSYCHODRAMA is a consistently engaging record that echoes the complexities of being black in a broken Britain. It feels like a giant step forward for UK rap.
If TA1300 was a deep inward dive, ZUU is a mighty outward gesture, a salute to the masses.
A delicately balanced mix of every genre and theme that has defined his work to date, all bound together in the flames.
Sure, this record’s energy dips at times, and it’s clear the group is still learning, but on the whole it’s an arresting debut that suggests a very bright future.
It is a razor-sharp reminder that Abstract is indeed a generational talent, a point we have been vaguely aware of during BROCKHAMPTON’s fiery ascent to the peak of pop culture, but one we can now see with renewed clarity as he takes center stage.
Despite the range of styles and topics explored throughout, GREY Area is still remarkably cohesive, and that’s largely down to Simz herself, who expertly veers between touching intimacy and searing bravado without ever losing sight of the album’s overall tone.
Although she already found her voice a few years back, it’s never sounded better than it does here, and even more importantly than that, it’s thrilling to see that the world is finally ready to hear it.
Fever isn’t much of a departure sonically and lyrically from Megan’s previous mixtape Tina Snow ... But this time her flow and delivery are sharper. She sounds more expensive.
A Seat at the Table was an invitation into the woes that weighed heavy on Solange’s heart; When I Get Home is her gesture of consent to enter the warmest depths of her mind.
Outer Peace, depending on the setting, could be categorized as an album of tasteful chill music, playlist filler, or music to soundtrack a sun-drenched rooftop party.
Within the framing of Tyler, the Creator, IGOR does feel like a triumph, the best of both worlds, a balance between the crazy kid he was and the precariously stable adult he’s still trying to become.