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World Premiere. It’s Xavier Lee. It’s RobOlu. You already know.
The first thing you feel on this one is without a doubt the energy. It’s been clear for the longest that Lee and Olu got that on lock. Even here, though, it’s on another, previously unseen level from these two.
The constant bar trading matched up against D/ERRICK’s playful production might be to thank for that immense energy, who knows for sure; all that’s obvious is that Jumpin is a heater of the highest order. It’s raw, it’s crazy, and it’s too damn fun. Repeat for full effect, it’s a must. And be on the lookout for that RBB!
On the surface of every Olawumi single, generally, is one strong message. Alone brings forward Olawumi’s love for her significant other. However, the true center of the song isn’t so clear cut.
While it’s clear that love is the dominate trait of Alone, there is an undercurrent of insecurity that seeps out of each uttered lyric. Sadness and fear of an uncertain future heavily weigh on Olawumi’s love.
What makes Alone its own creature is not the undercurrent, it’s the power of love conveyed and how the multiple emotions balance out. While there is fear and loneliness in her words, Olawumi is expressing a grand happiness above all else.
Alone features admirable complexity without suffering from obtuseness, making for a welcome return cut, as well as just an ace cut in general.
Off of Culture, the latest album from the current hip-hop sensation Migos, Kelly Price is a moody look into the lifestyle of drugged-out characters. Following up the success of Bad & Boujee, Migos’ style is now submerged into mainstream hip-hop; Kelly Price highly appeals to fans of trap production, but riddled clichés this song fails to maintain interest for those wanting more imagery in the lyrics.
Kelly Price is lengthy and becomes redundant with roughly two minutes left on the track. The strength of this song comes from Quavo and Travis Scott; Quavo delivers a mesmerizing chorus while Scott provides a punchy verse. Scott takes charge of Kelly Price, confirming that his talent shines through in familiar-sounding company.
With the extreme amount of tweets and jokes using Migos’ opening line of Bad and Boujee, the track has gotten plenty of attention, bringing it to number one on the Billboard 100 list and bringing about a good deal of remixes.
One of those remixes was done by Soulection producer, Monte Booker, who frequently collaborates with St. Louis rapper, Smino Brown. Monte flipped the trap sound by using Migos’ vocals over a light, bouncy electronic beat. He weaves together springy, what resembles raindrop, sounds and a soft bass to make an upbeat, techno tune that is perfect if you’re getting a little tired of the radio (and the internet) overplaying the original. As dope as Bad and Boujee is, Monte added a different twist that’s worth a listen.
When it comes to side-love, discretion is key. That, of course extends beyond the act, and right into story and song legs, as well. It’s all in the details.
Presston paints those details with a fine brush, too. Mixtures of emotions wring out as the minutes slow drip by; the production supporting the subtleties with soft adjustments, churning, building, and breaking intensity filling the track with an uncertain atmosphere. Breana Marin complementing these forces with delicate additions of her own.
It isn’t hard to see Discretion as a sort of sleeper hit that sneaks into everyone’s playlist this winter season. Presston and Breana display a perfect balance between catchy and artistic restraint; this one begs to be played during any and every rainy night drive. Get on that.
Everybody needs some good vibes as we get into winter, and that’s exactly what Adam King gives us in his recent release, Dream Girl.
The Naptown emcee lays down some poetic bars as he struggles to cross paths with the girl of his dreams, because as he puts it, “Keep the Double D’s. What’s underneath? What’s a freak up in the sheets if she go easy on the streets?” Adam King’s flows and wordplay are complimented by his unconventional production featuring some pleasant keys, a minor guitar riff, and an overall cross-genre sound.
Be sure to check this out Dream Girl below.
It’s been three years since the release of Because The Internet, two since Kauai / STN MTN. With today’s release of Me and Your Mama, it’s confirmed that rumors earlier this week were true; December 2nd marks the return of Childish Gambino, with the release of Awaken, My Love!. Today, we get a glimpse of what’s to come with Me and Your Mama.
Charting Gambino’s progression between releases, its hard to imagine this is the same artist that released Freaks and Geeks.
Gambino has come a long way from supplying us with smirk and chuckle-worthy lines, and if Me and Your Mama, the opening track to Awaken, My Love!, is anything to go by, we’re about to enter an entirely new, funkier, dustier chapter of Gambino.
Unfolding with a light and delicate choir of vocals, backed by synth, unobtrusive bass, and well-timed snapping, Me and Your Mama almost sneaks into your ears, until Gambino drops the true needle of the record, screeching from the bottom of his soul, throwing in all of the funk (a wall of guitars, snappy drumwork, laser noises, really the whole nine) to back that marvelous belt.
Me and Your Mama goes from great background ambiance to a full-on funk assault in the drop of a hat, from slow dance to a freak show, as Gambino belts out declarations of love for his woman. Eventually retreating to a calm, ending on a note of tranquility, bringing everything back to earth.
The structure of this cut tells a story of the beginning of a relationship, complete with the whispers of hope in the relationship, the confidence that it’s a real love, all the way to the de-escalation that takes place when both parties become comfortable and at peace, with one another.
For anyone that’s missed full-bodied funk, for anyone in need of a good love story, for anyone that’s simply missed the music of Donald Glover, or even for anyone curious as to where Glover’s Gambino persona would go next, Me and Your Mama is a real treat. The prospects of having ten more songs in the same vein should have everyone wide awake in wait for December 2nd.
Take notes people. There’s nothing like a track busting out of the gates with high energy. Newman’s PRISM is the type of song people run to when celebrating, when trying to match their elevated moods, or, hell, even when they’re just feeling themselves like that.
It’s fitting too, really; PRISM marks the beginning of a T$A Collective series in which at least one member of the team will drop a track for the series every Sunday at 5pm. That triumph brass backing wasn’t just for Newman’s health, this is truly a celebration.
Producer Rascal really did it with this one. The beat builds and swells to new heights and locales, including sample-based pit stops, all while Newman does whatever he damn well pleases. PRISM as a whole really does have to be praised for its aura of complete and total freedom. You’ll feel it to the core. And will, without a doubt, keep returning back.
Opening with somber mood-building keys and ice cold trap drumwork sets the stage for BYRAM to display a troubling and complex relationship.
How You Love, rather than eliciting warm and welcoming flavorings offered, often offered by these sorts of other-half worshipping cuts, more so will point the mind toward a swirl of uncertain emotions; providing more questions than answers about the relationship BYRAM ruminates over.
That rumination is the key difference, too. All throughout, where many would deliver these lyrics in a sickly sweet manner, BYRAM instead cries them out. Each verse essentially unraveling an uneven, disturbing love (“And you’re feeling crazy/do not be afraid/now you’re speaking my language”…”And how you say I compliment you too much”).
This disturbance from the norm largely lends How You Love its status as one of the more affecting releases in recent memory. The I Hate You EP is without a doubt on our radar now.