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If you follow hip hop music, or music in general, you know that the Migos are perhaps the biggest music trio to ever exist. Made up of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff, the three have an undeniable chemistry together and it clearly shows through the music that they have created since they first step foot into the music game. But individually, do the Migos have the same music making capabilities? The answer is yes. Even from who seems to be the most slept on Migo, Takeoff.
With his debut solo project entitled The Last Rocket, Takeoff takes us on a journey I believe no one really saw or knew was coming. From the intro track Martian, to the outro Bruce Wayne, Takeoff takes us on a trip in a rocket ship with him being the pilot.
I had zero expectations going into this project, because honestly Takeoff is the Migo I “know” the least to a degree. Compared to his counter parts Quavo and Offset, who seem to be the ones people rave more about, Takeoff has been the member of the group who perhaps really hasn’t gotten the recognition he rightfully deserves. But that should definitely change after his solo project gets more listens from music fans.
Last Memory was the first single we received from The Last Rocket, and really is just an appetizer into all that we get with this project. Takeoff’s flow and articulation is crisp and precise which is a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of mumbling that goes on in hip hop now.Takeoff shows his mood range with tracks like Casper and Infatuation in distinctively different creative ways. Of course fellow Migo Quavo had a feature with the track She Gone Wink, which was a standout track that didn’t feel like a Migo’s song but a Takeoff song featuring Quavo.
Overall, give The Last Rocket a blast and if you’re a fan of Migos or the Atlanta sound, you will dig this project.
Four years ago if you would of told me that I would be jamming Jaden Smith albums I honestly would of laughed and called you delusional. Low and behold, I’m not only jamming Jaden Smith albums, but I’m anticipating their release and genuinely loving the music this young man is making. Jaden’s project The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story is this artist’s latest release and probably most structured project. In The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story we really get a taste of what Jaden is capable of musically. Hearing clear influences from artists like Kanye on the second half of the track “Distant” and influences from Drake on “Yeah Yeah,” this young man is truly showing he’s not just Will Smith’s son, but a true music artist that is going to have continued success in his career. For a follow up by his surprising album Syre, The Sunset Tapes: A Cool Tape Story shows young Jaden has the consistency and talent to have a lasting music career. https://open.spotify.com/album/5SEBhuhm9MbbRg3YOOuaCRRead More
In a world of mumble rappers, electronic drums and dreadlocks, there are some artists that go against the grain of what the trend is in hip hop is today. One of those artists is Anderson .Paak, and he shows his true uniqueness in his newest album Oxnard. Released November 16th, 2018. Being .Paak’s 3rd studio album, Oxnard is named after the city that .Paak was born in.
If you’ve been following Anderson .Paak’s career, you’ve noticed that each of his 3 studio albums is named after a specific city in Southern California. Venice, Malibu and now Oxnard. Like the cities the albums are named after, each one is completely different than the other in terms of sound, lyrical content and feel. .Paak was born in Oxnard and from the sound of the music definitely feels as though he has found the homey feeling in his career and is in a great place allowing him to comfortably make music that is sonicaly pleasing, seamless, cohesive and multi-dimensional.
Honestly at first listen I wasn’t feeling this project, but I don’t believe it’s one of those projects that you can judge whether or not you like it or not off of first listen. With that being said, Oxnard honestly gets better with each listen. The album takes you through .Paak’s journey as a seasoned artist in the music dealing with today’s political America, success, losing Mac Miller and why he really needs window tints.
.Paak is having the consistency of an artist who is going to have longevity and have us telling young people 10 years from now that they don’t know anything about real music. Being his best release yet in terms of numbers, .Paak has added to his catalog of simply put, great music.
Give Oxnard a listen below.
Finding dope new songs by artists on accident is always a great feeling, but finding whole albums by dope new artists is even better. That’s the feeling about Rex Life Raj’s new album California Poppy. I found out about Rex Life Raj about a month ago with his single Long Way and was instantly hooked.
Raj makes you feel like you know him on a personal level from the honesty within his music. Coming from Berkley, Ca Rex Life Raj reminds me of the one super cool dude you know that makes really dope music and always seems to have great energy. California Poppy highlights this artist’s creativity and levels.
Granted California Poppy will more than likely be categorized as hip hop, it is much more than that. Raj does rap, but also sings. Having a range of subjects he’s talking about, this project is highly personal on multiple levels whether it’s about coming up in the music game, being the one that was laughed at and riding the bench or finding the light inside and doing something that has true meaning.
Rex Life Raj seems like one of the artist from the 2018 class of artists I’ve found out about that’s going to have quite the lasting career in music.
Check out California Poppy below.
If you follow the underground hip hop music scene, you’ve probably seen or heard Ski Mask the Slump God ‘s name or music get mentioned or played. To be honest I’ve only heard songs that have been played when I’m around friends who listen to his music, but when I saw that he had his first LP release I wanted to hear what this story is about.
Stokely which happens to also be Ski Mask’s first name is the title of his debut release. I would describe the project overall as playfully intensely heavy. I know that there’s older hip hop fans that don’t like the newer generation of artist that are releasing, and it’s too bad. This is what the new generation of hip hop is though, playful because there’s a certain widespread rebellion amongst young people going on, intense due to a lot of exposure to the internet and heavy dealing with what it’s like to be in modern America.
Ski Mask shows the type of creative range he has on Stokely. Starting the amlbum off with an easy and smooth track called So High, then secondly bringing in a high energy, open up the pit type vibe with another young artist showing major consistency and creative Juice WRLD, which I couldn’t recognize on this song because it’s steering way left of everything we’ve heard from Juice WRLD.
Check out Stokeley below.