A few months ago, the young Chicago rapper Polo G released Die A Legend, an absolutely mesmerizing debut album full of hypnotic melodies, half-sung murmur-threats, and bleak existential despair. It’s one of the best rap albums that anyone has made thus far in 2019. Die A Legend features one big hit — “Pop … More »
The rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »
For a while now, the LA producer formerly known as DJ Mustard has been known as just Mustard — not to be confused with the buzzy Irish indie band Just Mustard. He’s ramping up to the release of his new album Perfect 10. The project has already yielded one hit in the Migos … More »
Sometimes you enter into a pop cultural universe late and have to work backwards to fill in the gaps. Maybe you’ve decided to binge several seasons of a popular TV show to participate in the discourse, or you’ve fallen headfirst into a musical subgenre and now have a whole canon to educate yourself on. Maybe … More »
As if his aptly-titled God Mode mixtape from last year wasn’t enough to place him on California’s Mount Olympus, Greedo is flexing his CA cred even harder now with the announcement of Still Summer in the Projects, an album produced entirely by (DJ) Mustard.
According to Alamo Records founder Todd Moscowitz talking to The Rolling Stone, Greedo has recorded such an enormous output of music that his current incarceration won’t stop 2019 from bringing multiple new projects. But it seems unlikely that any will be as purely, uncut, straight-from-the-source West Coast as Still Summer, which arrives March 29 on Alamo.
If you doubt me (why would you do that, bro?) then maybe check out who’s featuring on the record’s first single, “Wasted.” Oh, why it’s Zeus-of-the-405 YG! The two trade off as masters of the drunken fist (or mic), slipping and sliding around Mustard’s ol’ reliable g-funk. Greedo, YG, and Mustard on the same track? That mix goes together like french fries in a burrito! (Sorry, I actually know practically nothing about Californian culture…)
Well, before you write me a strongly-worded tweet, just know that my education begins today. “Wasted” is streaming below and, while you can’t yet pre-order the album, I hear plane tickets to the Pacific are cheap at this time of the year…
The day after 03 Greedo released God Level last year, the Los Angeles street-rapper turned himself in to start serving a 20-year prison sentence on charges of drug trafficking and unlawful possession of firearms. But before his incarceration, he recorded a collection of new music to be released during his absence. On 3/29, … More »
2 Chainz first announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League, the follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, over a year ago. He did it in grand 2 Chainz fashion, by riding around in a giant blimp with the album title painted on it. Since then, he … More »
Mustard, the producer formerly known as DJ Mustard, has a new single out today called “Pure Water.” In effect, it’s a new Migos single, and this is not one of those fake Migos features that only includes one or two members of the group. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are all on the track, which, despite … More »
Friday saw the release of two very big and long-awaited rap albums: Travis Scott’s Astroworld and YG’s Stay Dangerous. They’re not really competitors. Travis Scott’s album is the big event, the one dotted with big-name collaborators and full of grand, widescreen production. YG, meanwhile, is probably the best of rap’s B-list, … More »
Last fall, Kamaiyah released her very good mixtape Before I Wake as a way to tide the people over until her major label debut album, which was at first scheduled to come out in April 2017 but now has no scheduled release date. She’s spent the first half of this year releasing music videos … More »