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DemarGrant -
Quick one, and the last one for a little bit here. Your boy has finals and a website and podcast to run.

I thought Miley Cyrus was done, her past few efforts have been mediocre at best and tragic at worst. But in the most unpredictable switch up of 2020 Cyrus has come back with a rock album. It’s one with muddy guitars here, glamorous Synths there and broken relationships everywhere. Song after song Cyrus shows how fractured she and everyone she brings close is. Cynical, she pulls ... read more
DemarGrant -
Why switch it up when the same old style prints money? Year after year there’s hope Nav will switch up something, anything and year after year it never happens.

Robo voice? Check.

Same tired flows? Check.

Basic rhymes? Check.

Meandering bars? Check again.

Surprisingly great production? Check, check and check.

It’s actually amazing how consistently stale Nav is while riding the coattails of stellar beats.

Continuing a 2020 trend, Emergency Tsunami is solely produced by ... read more
DemarGrant -
This is what we call fire mid. I Really like the sentiment to this track, especially the line “this some shit I usually don’t do.” It’s just a testament to how often Ariana Grande would go out of her way for the partner she has so wholeheartedly fallen for. Grande’s voice is a little washed out and even while reading the lyrics along with the track he words are unintelligible. The classic 00’s R&B guitar, violin and crickets are a very nice touch though. ... read more
DemarGrant -
Okay I’m buried in midterms/work/the podcast so I’m gonna make this really short and sweet.

Benny the Butcher is a 90’s hip hop revivalist but he’s missing the most crucial part of the 90’s, the lyricism. He has the swagger, the drug dealing past and the boom bap to back him up but not the bars. While its known Benny used to be a prolific drug dealer in Buffalo it’s a note he harps on, on every track as if he hasn’t mentioned it in every song before. ... read more
DemarGrant -
It’s your boy's birthday so this’ll be a brisk one.

You can only drill for so long. Headie One has been making drill since 2014 and that’s 6 long years. Eventually an artist wants to spread their wings and EDNA is that space. EDNA is a drill album but only on the surface, beneath the first handful of songs is a wide ranging project that touches a plethora of sounds. It’s a testament to One’s versatility that he approaches different realms but it’s a double ... read more
Dec 13, 2020
Hope that you have time to answer these two questions for two separate lists! :)
Who's your favorite XXL Freshmen who was part of the 2020 class and what's you favorite song by him/her? (for a list)
What's your favorite Lyrical Lemonade video? (for a list)
Nov 6, 2020

As some of you may know I've tried a challenge like this before, but I failed miserably after not caring about some records I needed to listen too.
So it's time to start the second challenge and be a little less ambitious, I will listen rate and review an album every Monday and Friday, which I normally wouldn't cover.
This is where the point of the challenge comes in, I will try to broaden my musical experience by giving certain genres a change, which I normally would write off as "it's not really my thing".
I hope you guys in the AOTY community will help me, again, on this journey!

This challenge will start on Friday the first in January, so I will give myself some time gathering all the records from you guys! I hope this will turn out better this time!

Genres I listen to on the daily are: Hip-Hop, Rap, Trap-Metal, Indie-Pop and R&B. So, any record that's not within that certain genre may be recommended!

Thank you :))
Oct 21, 2020
Hey! For a list I’m making, what is your feel good album?
Aug 16, 2020
Hey what is your favorite album opener and album closer for a list I’m making?
Jul 27, 2020
Thanks for the follow <3
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