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PapaEthanF -
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Cise Greeny maintains the high quality of New Year’s Day releases with his solo debut album Grass Mask, a masterclass in the power of brevity and crafting excellent boom bap loops.

In some ways, the highlight of the album is not the rapper Cise Greeny himself, but the instrumentals over which he raps. The collection of producers he works with, from MISTERDILLINGER to YL to Greeny himself on the closer, create whatever the equivalent of a lightshow is for my ears. Every single ... read more
PapaEthanF -
90
Producer Freddy Fargo kicks off his likely to be prolific 2021 with Dearly Departed, mostly a beattape with a few features here and there, in excellent fashion, delivering his best work to date.

Before I delve into specifics about any of the 21 songs that comprise this album’s tracklist, I would like to just say that I love how Freddy, on a majority of the songs at least, doesn’t allow any idea to overstay its welcome. He mostly seems to just offer up one, maybe two, ideas on any ... read more
PapaEthanF -
90
With their debut album, multinational cloud/experimental rap group Fax Gang expands on their bit-crushed sound we got a sample of on 2020’s FxG2000 EP.

The album opens with a pair of high energy tracks, “Anything To Gain / Nothing To Lose” and “Reality / Dreams.” The former features production from Blacklight, who provides a fast-paced arpeggiated melody that constantly feels like it is driving the song forward, and a dense layering of fuzzy, hopeful chords. PK ... read more
PapaEthanF -
90
After the name of Playboi Carti’s sophomore album leaked all the way back in August 2018, Whole Lotta Red is finally here after more than two years of brewing (and bubbling over) hype for the rapper’s follow-up to the cultural zeitgeist that is his debut album Die Lit—and after two years in development, hopefully it was worth the wait.

Obviously, no artist nor album would ever be able to live up to such an immense amount of hype. If Carti were to deliver what is essentially ... read more
PapaEthanF -
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On his debut album, “fast” rapper Sueco The Child tries and fails at nearly every currently popular style of hip hop.

For a lot of the album, Sueco attempts to sing but ultimately misses. For example, on the opener “cayman”, over icy yet comforting—like an igloo—production, he tries his hand at a falsetto, but it ends up sounding super squeaky and awkward. On top of that, he for some reason feels the need to deliver half of the song in an unintelligible ... read more
Nov 30, 2020
What do you think is the best soundtrack you’ve ever heard? (For a list) And I don’t know if you’re still active on the site but it’s worth a try!
Sep 20, 2020
What's your favorite album to listen in the Fall/Autumn season? It's for a list
Sep 11, 2020
I usually don't like to spam my new albums or whatever, but I just dropped a collaborative EP with a producer KiNG that I'm really proud of. I would appreciate if you reviewed it. :)
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/280008-the-7-day-project-the-7-day-project.php
May 14, 2020
Hey! I have been releasing singles for a little while now and I feel like I have improved a ton, especially on my most recent single called 100% Wet. I took a lot of your advice from my first single and I know much more music theory. Also, the panning won't be an issue on any of my new tracks haha. I also use a legitimate music production software and actual samples now and I have a computer to do it on, so hopefully that shows!.
Anyways, I'd love it if you could check it out and drop some criticisms!. Thanks!
https://soundcloud.com/user-775956185/100-wet
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/241915-stankysauce-100-wet.php

Apr 13, 2020
Hi,
Today I’ve released my first Insturmental Abstract Hip-Hop mix/EP. This project was meant to be only for myself, but finally I’ve dared to actually release it. I will really appreciate if you give it a listen and rate it, maybe write some of your thoughts. If you hate it just tell me, I am grateful for every constructive opinion.

https://soundcloud.com/bartekkk102/unceasing_dismay
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/232427-bvrtxk-unceasing-dismay.php

Thanks in advance!
Apr 3, 2020
What album do you think would be the perfect anthem to THE END OF THE WORLD?
Jan 25, 2020
https://www.albumoftheyear.org/album/210453-aziz-the-life-death-of-anna-karenina.php

The second song I've ever made. A song I made because of heartbreak but finished because of benzodiazepines. This song is supposed the relate the Life of Anna Karenina from old Russian literature and her story in music form and how a person feels after a breakup and/or isolation. Truly some of my darkest work. I only add rap vocals twice to the song. once in a transition and once at the end. There a lot is crooning and ambiance but since I don't loop music you shouldn't get bored. I hope you enjoy it

Please give me feedback and please rate (it can be positive or negative, whatever you feel)
Nov 20, 2019
Hey man, just wanted to say i love your reviews!
Nov 3, 2019
Supp! I'm doing a challenge at the moment, the "out of my comfort-zone challenge". This is a challenge where I need to listen projects, I normally wouldn't listen too. After some listen I need to state my opinions in a review. If you would suggest an album to me, it would be great! As long as they aren't metal, hip hop or rap! (experimental/abstract hip hop, weird rap is allowed though)
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