twenty one pilots - Scaled And Icy
Scaled and Icy.

Where do you go after making a masterpiece? Plenty pondered the hypothetical after rapper Kendrick Lamar released "To Pimp a Butterfly", a record many consider to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever made. I mention the question because Scaled and Icy represents the successor to Trench, a shockingly exceptional release from a group who never seemed interested in exceptionality. A departure from the sterilized pop rap of before, Trench perfectly showcased the ... read more

OK Orchestra.

Growth, whether artistic or personal, is a necessity among humanity. Across the lifespan of the planet, thousands of different species have become extinct due to an inability to adapt to the constantly revolving climate of the Earth. And humans are mostly the same, just on a much lower scale. The inability for a person to change is a showcase of supreme weakness, and stagnation can lead to a variety of different negative outcomes, from rejecting a doctor's advice and dying as a ... read more

Red Velvet - The Perfect Red Velvet
The Perfect Red Velvet.

It may seem easy to be able to compare K-Pop artists, based off of whatever criteria, and choose one of them to boast towards friends and foes as a favorite. But the simple act of having a favorite has led to the creation of some of the most competitive fanbases ever conceived, just as how the K-Pop industry itself is one of the most competitive on the planet, period. K-Pop has transformed social platforms to a brazen battlefield, with wars having been waged with the ... read more

종현 [Jonghyun] - She Is
She Is.

K-Pop is constantly stereotyped as extremely toxic by clueless westerners, as a corporate side of South Korea that promotes shady practices and mass-produces characterless K-Pop idols designed to cater to teenagers. And though the stereotype is laced with racist roots and boatloads of xenophobia, it wouldn't be as popular a stereotype as it is if there wasn't any truth to it. Deep below the sea of state-of-the-art and revolutionary K-Pop artists lay tons that possess little creative ... read more

Migos - No Label 2
No Label II.

With the designation that 2017's Culture was the debut of Atlanta's trio of trapstars, it can be surprising to come across music that precedes the cold-blooded and calculated triplet flows of the present day. Take it back to the summer of 2013: Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are completely starved, after tasting true success with the mega-smash Versace (and Hannah Montana to a lesser extent). So, eight months later, they returned to the trap house and cooked up the twenty track ... read more

Porter Robinson - Worlds
Before we start...

Thank you everyone so, SO much for 500 followers. I know I've said this so many times before, but I just cannot put into words how much the support you lend me makes me happy. I've met so many good friends and have come across some of my most beloved pieces of music because of this god forsaken site. It continues to amaze me that not even a year ago, I had less than 50 followers and was essentially posting the notes I had taken on trap music, and I've now managed to grow ... read more

Poppy - Am I A Girl?
Am I a Girl?

She's Poppy: a tiny, robot-esque blonde... uh, creature... most known for putting up off-putting YouTube videos made to creep out watchers and on-lookers. But over the years, as the worldwide population started to become desensitized to the previously creepy videos, Poppy became more focused on her music career, with her debut record Poppy.Computer, which featured the trademark track I'm Poppy, and the subject of today's review, (Am I a Girl?). Though my answer to the question is ... read more

TWICE - Eyes wide open
Weasel's K-Pop Adventures, Episode 5: Eyes Wide Open.

Eyes Wide Open is the second ALBUM (emphasis on ALBUM, very emphasis) by JYP Entertainment's trademark K-Pop group, Twice. But unfortunately, as was the case with BTS' MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 and Blackp*nk's THE ALBUM, Eyes Wide Open falls victim to a deathly case of westernization. Shifting away from the over-the-top yet overtly catchy sound they nearly perfected on Feel Special, Eyes Wide Open is much colder and calculated with the production ... read more

The Postal Service - Give Up
Give Up.

Give Up is the one and only release from The Postal Service, and a legendary electropop project at that. With adolescent yet emotional lead vocals from Ben Gabbard and complex yet easy-to-understand production from Dntel, Give Up manages to balance depression and excitement with elegance, with an equal amount of bummers and summers, but is always able to craft memorable electropop bops with captivating lyricism and perfect production. And at a smooth ten tracks and 44 minutes, Death ... read more

Rich The Kid - The World Is Yours
The World Is Yours.

Though the dominating Corona World Tour has not stopped, many couples around the world nonetheless spent today showering each other with love, affection, and of course, chocolate. I myself had a day well spent, not with any sort of physical male or female (gross 🤢), but with none other than the one and only Dimitri Rodger, also known as Rich the Kid. The World Is Yours, Rodger's esteemed debut commercial release, boasts standout tracks such as New Freezer, Lost It, and ... read more


After haven brushed off 17-year-old Carlton Howard as a second-rate bootleg of the legendary Juice WRLD for the months, a few days ago I decided to bite the bullet and try out the debut mixtape of the esteemed Kid Laroi, FUCK LOVE. I wanted to see if any of my negative presumptions about his music were any true, because even though he's pissed me off more times than he has the opposite, every artist deserves a chance... even The Kid Laroi.

But Christ. FUCK LOVE was a tough pill ... read more

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
The Marshall Mathers LP.

Nem Nem used to make good music? I was shocked too. Modern Eminem is hated by everyone except Basic_Garci, and for good reason, with releases such as Revival and Music to be Murdered By completely overloaded with some of the worst double entendres I've ever heard, along with some occasionally bad production, annoying flows, and head-scratching choices for features. But, AOTY wouldn't be as down bad as they are today if Em's early material wasn't as legendary as it is, ... read more

clipping. - There Existed an Addiction to Blood
There Existed an Addiction to Blood.

Though my habit of trekking through an artist's catalog backwards rather than forwards is usually for the worst, it turned out that trying the terrifying trio out with VOBBB was a much better idea than with TEAATB. Though the two are flaunted as sisters to each other, the respective sounds of TEAATB and VOBBB couldn't be more different. Whereas VOBBB opts to outright scare you with its intense instrumentation, TEAATB is presented more subtley and is much ... read more

YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Top
- R̶e̶v̶i̶e̶w̶ ̶Y̶e̶t̶ ̶A̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶B̶y̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶N̶u̶m̶b̶e̶r̶s̶ ̶H̶o̶u̶r̶-̶L̶o̶n̶g̶ ̶T̶r̶a̶p̶ ̶R̶e̶c̶o̶r̶d̶
- Analyze the lyrical masterpiece "Top of the Mountain" by DJ Scheme & Lil Keed

Yeah, that sounds much better.

Though YSL signee Lil Keed is mostly known for his signature "Keed tah to 'em" catchphrase and crazy vocal acrobatics, underneath you'd find one of the most cutting edge lyricists of the past ... read more

Logic - Planetory Destruction
Planetory Destruction.

Maryland rapper Logic shoots off to the stars for the second time, but this time under the new name Doctor Destruction, with a debut mixtape that's essentially Madvillainy... but with an intergalactic twist. From the first two tracks alone, it's clear that Destruction has no time to waste on crafting some stupid poppy hook and instead spends the seventeen tracks of the mixtape spitting bar after bar on top of coming close to destroying the entire multiverse. Logic's ... read more

One Direction - Take Me Home
Take Me Home.

If you thought for even a second that the Up All Night review was a one-off meme, you'd be sorely mistaken, because it's time to tackle Take Me Home, also known as the second coming of Christ, as well as the sophomore release from the greatest boy band of all time, One Direction. Taking notes from the Gods amongst men that are BTR, the British bastards followed up Up All Night with Take Me Home less than a year after its release, to commercial success and... decent critical ... read more

Trippie Redd - Pegasus
2020 Catch-Up, Season I OVA: Pegasus.

Even putting aside the gargantuan 74 minute length of the record, Pegasus is for sure Trippie Redd's most confused and cluttered record to date. I'd usually praise a record with as much variety as Pegasus, but each different sound and vocal style Trippie experiments with is either just a bad concept on paper or ends up undercooked and underdeveloped. And then when you factor the overwhelming amount of tracks into the equation, Pegasus becomes a total slog ... read more

ZAYN - Nobody Is Listening
Nobody is Listening.

It's strange that a commercial release from a former 1D member would go under the radar, right? Not really, actually, because though it seems that ZAYN's solo career came and went as fast as Louis' or Liam's, he's been able to hold onto fans for years, proven by the confusing chart success of Icarus Falls and the twenty-one million monthly Spotify listeners he somehow has. Getting a headstart with the hugely popular Pillowtalk, ZAYN nabbed hundreds of millions of those 1D ... read more

TWICE - Feel Special
Weasel's K-Pop Adventures, Part III: Feel Special.

Feel Special is eight tracks and twenty-three minutes of I expected to get out of Blackpink's THE ALBUM: feel-good K-Pop bops that demonstrate the artists' great vocal prowess and chemistry and competent rap flows, and the ability to create super sticky hooks refrains. The mostly-Korean team of beat-makers also demonstrate tons of producer prowess, creating instrumentals that seem annoyingly earwormy on the surface, but reveal themselves to be ... read more

BTS - Love Yourself 結 Answer
Love Yourself 結 'Answer'.

A detrimentally common problem with every BTS release under the sun, whether bite-sized, perfectly-paced, or hour-long, is that the project's focal story or narrative takes a backseat for the sake of variety. And when I say every BTS release, I mean EVERY one of them (besides BE, but 🤫). Most of the time, the tonal and narrative inconsistency of a BTS release leaves minimal damage, as, for example, many of the group's EPs (e.g. Love Yourself 承 'Her' or The ... read more

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