One of the biggest songs of the past few months was never officially released as a single, but today, it gets a video. Travis Scott’s Drake collab “Sicko Mode” arrived with the rest of Scott’s zonked-out blockbuster rap opus Astroworld, but it immediately stood out from everything around it. (Drake saying “like a … More »
He’s a remixer at heart, but for DJ Crankdat, 2018 was about showcasing his talents on original music. However, after nearly a year, he’s decided to bring back his fan favorite “re-cranks” with a series tracks from one of 2018’s hottest releases. Astroworld Re-cranked is a selection of three songs from Travis Scott‘s latest album of the same name. He’s released one re-crank-a-day for three consecutive days, each one crazier than the next. According to their SoundCloud descriptions, it seems to be a project that’s close to his heart:
“I haven’t done any proper ‘re-cranks’ in nearly a year. My goal for 2018 was to begin artistically defining myself with my original music. I feel like I did that, but in doing so I had to put a hold on one of my favorite means of expression – remixes…re-cranks are back and I couldn’t be any more proud. Here’s my first project for you, I’ve been working on it since the end of summer. 3 songs from one body of work, but 3 very different vibes.”
Prepare to head-bang through the project’s first installment, an edit of “No Bystanders,” which includes snippets of the original’s most significant verses and climaxes with an intriguing pause before making the crowd go wild. Number two takes on the chart-topping collaboration with Drake “Sicko Mode” and it’s as hard-hitting as the first, allowing for some creative edge with two re-cranks in one, due to the original’s sudden changes in arrangement. Lastly, he brings it down a bit for the chilled-out Weeknd feature on “Wake Up.” It’s more melodic and synth-driven in nature, yet is a great conclusion to something that is bound to be a crucial element of Crankdat’s live show as 2018 comes to a close.
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Travis Scott was the musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. He performed three songs from his recent #1 album Astroworld: “Sicko Mode” and a medley of “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder.” He was joined by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and John Mayer for the medley. Parker co-produced and co-wrote … More »
Travis Scott is on Saturday Night Live tonight; he’s set to perform as the musical guest on an episode hosted by Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8 star Awkwafina. But last night, he was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he talked about his upcoming SNL appearance, his real name (it’s not Travis … More »
Saturday Night Live kicked off its 44th season last week with host Adam Driver and MAGA hat-wearing musical guest Kanye West. This Saturday’s episode will feature Travis Scott as the musical guest and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina as the host. And if the promos are any indication, it’s going to … More »
Mac Miller died of an apparent overdose last month at the tragically young age of 26. And on Halloween, his family and friends are coming together to honor his life and legacy with a star-studded tribute concert in Los Angeles called Mac Miller: A Celebration Of Life. Chance The Rapper, Anderson … More »
Tha Carter V is here. Production credits are with Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and more. Lil Wayne starts the album off with a heartfelt, touching message from his mom, just so listeners know who the project is for. The next song features the late Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy or his more widely known stage name, XXXTENTATION.
After odes to his mother and the late rapper, “Dedicate” jumps into Tunechi’s recognizable flow with rhyme schemes that bounce like drums. He credits himself as the guy who started the face tattoo trend, reminding those who might have forgot about Wayne, after seven years since the album’s predecessor. The song ends with Barack Obama praising the rap icon next to the likes of LeBron James.
Wayne takes the high energy down a notch on “Let It Fly,” the first feature track. It’s with Travis Scott and touts the ASTROWORLD creators’ melodic, ambient soundscape while giving Weezy room to roll towards the end.
“Dark Side of the Moon” has Wayne’s singing, R&B side, featuring his attributed discovery and the lyrical hall-of-fame bound, Nicki Minaj. The track shows a softer side to Minaj as well.
“Mona Lisa” follows, featuring another lyrical trendsetter, Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s verse is a Mona Lisa of verses, practically guaranteeing the song’s success right from the starting gate. “What About Me” features Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang signee, Sosamann and flaunts a laid-back, auto-tuned atmosphere with no rush. It’s a bit of a break from Lamar’s last tirade.
“Open Letter” is a declamation to anyone listening. Discussing about the rappers’ internal struggles with lines such as, “What’s the life expectancy if you don’t expect it.” The track is riddled with lines like this as an open letter to life. He gives a shout-out to the readers, which in this metaphor are the listeners.
“Famous” features Lil Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter on the hook. It’s about being famous, something Birdman Jr. has become accustomed to since the young age of 14.
Snoop Dogg lends recognizable melodies to his collaboration on Tha Carter V. This one again has the makings of a hit as well, as Wayne fluidly bounces along Broadus Jr.’s guitar.
Lil Wayne uses his mother’s vocals as a transition in “Took His Time,” which has a similar timbre to an artist Wayne was the first to sign to his Young Money Entertainment label, Drake. The next track, “Open Safe,” has that clap-clap-clap-clap atmosphere.
“Start This Shit Off Right” features Ashanti and Young Money Entertainment signee, Mack Maine. Ashanti brings those 2000 vocals back into the frame, proving Lil Wayne and R&B should hang out more.
Wayne gets soulful on “Demon,” showcasing his lyrical prowess with a contrast into soul. “Mess” is another blissfully melodic and vocally deliberate track.”Dope New Gospel” features Nivea, who was nominated for a Grammy for her collaboration with YoungbloodZ & Lil’ Jon‘s “Okay.”
“Used 2,” toward the end of the Carter V album, is an late Easter egg for those fending more poetry in modern rap. Another transition featuring his mother leads into Wayne’s final song, which starts off with sparking what one could presume to be a blunt.
Tha Carter V was meant to be enjoyed, according to Lil Wayne’s announcement of the drop earlier this week. After seven years of material, targeted features, and a nostalgic flow; it’s hard not to enjoy and feel some type of way.
“With this album… I’m giving you more than me,” the rapper said in his announcement earlier this week. “You gotta always remember that. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to, and I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it. Just hope you enjoy every time you put it on.”
Happy birthday, Dwayne.