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Some hip hop duos are simply incapable of flopping when they get together. Siifu and Anakin are one of those duos. They've really mastered their combined sound and whenever they get together they truly bring out the best in each other. This track is no different as the more lo-fi and somewhat relaxed heavenly sound that can be heard on here sounds amazing and really stands out from anything else I've heard so far this year. The production on this track is incredible. The very light-toned ... read more
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(Thank you for 200 followers!)

Earl Sweatshirt releases a multiple part track/EP which perfectly details the feeling of struggle and depression.

After thinking about what I wanted to review for a 200 follower review for quite some time, I had a realization. I've explained how helpful Kid Cudi has been to me throughout my life a couple of times before, but Earl has had just as large of an impact and that's something that I've never brought up. Due to this I thought it would be a good idea to ... read more
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Smokepurpp releases a project with the same issues that every Smokepurpp project has.

Just like everything else he's done, this is nothing more than a messy release that's loaded with heavy resemblance of other artists throughout this entire project. Out of all six tracks, Tic Tac is the only track that I'd say Smokepurpp sounded like himself on. As for every other track on this release I was able to think of an artist he sounded just like almost right away. On Prom Queen he resembles ... read more
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Freddie Gibbs is one of the best current rappers out there and for me that's not even up for debate. There aren't a lot of better examples of stylistic mastery than Freddie Gibbs and he's proven it time and time again. With that being said, he definitely stays consistent here, and while it's far from what was expected, this is still a really great track. I really like the production that's displayed here and I actually think it's one of the better aspects of the track. The guitar strums ... read more
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Conway and Big Ghost combine for yet another impressive classic gangster release.

It's already becoming clear that Conway and Big Ghost have really amazing chemistry from what I've heard. An artist and a producer who really know each other's styles will always produce quality releases and that's definitely shown here. Gangster rap is without a doubt the most consistent subcategory of hip hop currently as you'll almost always be impressed with what you hear. I've been staying away from the ... read more
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Artist Breakdown #1

Tom MacDonald: Feeding Off Hate

I decided to start this off with Tom MacDonald because I think the way he goes about gaining attention really stands out. While his music is terrible by all means, it's how he gets his popularity that really interests me. During a time in music like this where mainstream artists go out of their way to desperately try to remove hate or criticism, the idea of someone building his entire career off of a mass accumulation of hate sounds crazy. ... read more
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Out of all the tracks I've listened to so far this year, this is easily the most relaxing and has the best overall vibe to it without a doubt. Brent's vocals are incredible and the production brings a really great lo-fi sound that really elevates this track. This is my first time listening to Brent's music and I'm wildly impressed by what I've heard from him here. The production on this track is amazing and incredibly smooth alongside Brent's captivating vocals. The lo-fi chords that ... read more
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Although more effort was put into here than most of his work, Rich the Kid still came through with a very flawed and unfocused trap project.

If there's anything about this project that's good, it's probably the length of the release. Rich the Kid is an artist who gets to be very boring very quickly and because of that the short run time is actually a positive. While the record still has numerous issues, I didn't get too bored during this listen because of the abundance of features and the ... read more
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Through the beginning of the track, I thought it was good, but not great. The mixing in the beginning really could've been better as some of the louder bass patterns really covered up El-P and Killer Mike's vocals and bars a few times which really didn't make a good sound. However, as the track went on that quickly got fixed, and after that trumpet kicked in I thought the track was amazing. The production on here was pretty great regardless of the rough start it brought. The trumpet ... read more
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Randomly encountering a track this good always feels nice. I found this track through my release radar on Spotify, and while normally Spotify doesn't lead me to anything interesting, I definitely hit a good track this time. This is easily the most badass track I've listened to so far this year. The production is pretty hardcore and makes for a really nice gangster sound to the whole track. The dark piano melody brings a really nice feel of intensity to the track and every artist here really ... read more
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Heading into this, I already knew I was going to get an amazing listen. When Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman get together, you're pretty much guaranteed to get a quality track from them. However, I wasn't expecting something this good. This track dropped as a tribute song for MF DOOM which is also where the instrumental comes from. The instrumental found here is from a DOOM produced track titled Datura Stramonium. It's an absolutely incredible beat and really showcases DOOM's signature ... read more
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(This review will be shorter than usual because there's not a whole lot about instrumental records that I can really talk about)

Madlib and Four Tet team up for an enticing instrumental hip hop record that finds a nice balance between cultural variation and classic groove.

With instrumental hip hop records, I feel that there's a certain limit to how impressive one can truly be. Even considering that Madlib and Four Tet have both earned legend or near legend status, I still don't think there ... read more
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JPEGMAFIA really is a wildcard with his releases. You can never really predict what type of track he'll come out with, and while that does make for some pleasant surprises, it can also bring forth some disappointing releases, which is what this was. The instrumental was pretty average. The horns along the melody give off a pretty triumphant feel that sounds pretty nice. There's nothing really special about the horns as we've heard a melody along those lines thousands of times, however it ... read more
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Smino has always been a really interesting artist to me. There truly aren't a lot of artists you can find that are like him and on this track he really puts all of his stand out qualities on full display. The production on here is incredible. The pleasant and spacey synths that glide across the instrumental sound fantastic and make for an incredible feel and tone for this track. The synths make this beat into one of the best instrumental I've heard this year as it really adds an ... read more
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There's a lot of controversy circulating about Mario Judah right now, and let me just say that in terms of my views on his music I don't care. I'll never let any sort of controversy affect the rating that I give pieces of music. I didn't change my DAYSTAR opinion because of it and the same applies here. I genuinely think this is a bad track. Now that I got that out of the way, the production on here might be the worst Mario's used, at least from what I've heard from him. The melody is ... read more
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Kota the Friend releases a small portion of his best work which mainly suffers from being too short.

It's disappointing that he didn't turn this into a longer project, because this is easily his best work that I've heard from him. He really honed in his skillset on here and he's never brought out the life in his style more than on here. I also think that this is the best production he's ever used on a project as the chill lo-fi sound was really fine-tuned on here. This really just needed to ... read more
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I had some pretty high expectations heading into this track. I really enjoyed Rav's release I'M ON TO ME and because if that I was hoping to get a quality single here. Well, Rav definitely delivered here as this is a pretty solid track. The production on here is pretty good. It has a really nice upbeat and kinda lo-fi feel that's executed very well and suited Rav's approach to this track. The melody has a very energetic and uplifting feel and the vocal harmony in ths background is pretty ... read more
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This is my first time listening to anything from FKA twigs, and while her brief appearance was stunning, that doesn't excuse the fact that every other aspect of the song simply wasn't good. I might as well start off with FKA's performance given that it was the only good piece of this entire track. FKA's vocals were absolutely stunning on this track. Her voice is so smooth yet so powerful and she changes her pitch with ease. Her voice easily stole the show for this track as it just sounded ... read more
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After the release of Little Dominiques Nosebleed (a record which I highly praised) I was very hopeful of what The Koreatown Oddity would release next. While this is far from what I expected, this is still a really amazing double single. The production on both of these tracks is astounding. The instrumental on Breastmilk had a very classic and somewhat vintage sound that's incredible to hear. The melodies are incredibly unique and complex and the accompanying bass and drums sound incredibly ... read more
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It's definitely far from the quality of Keep Your Distance, but it's still a decent track. The production on here is pretty amazing. It has a really twitchy sound to it that's pretty cool to hear and it also includes a lot of unique and interesting melodies. It has a very nice feel of laid back aggression and it sets up Ameer incredibly well to put on a good performance. The few hints of bass and drums on here also sound pretty great and they add a lot of vibrance to this beat alongside the ... read more
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