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March 2017

More Life Playlist Review

Canadian superstar drake has been the one of the most polarizing figures in Hip-Hop in recent memory.  His last project “Views” was very mediocre and had people questioning if Drake was done for.  After a couple of tours and a few singles he announced a new “playlist”.  Like many others I was confused at this new label, Aubrey was using for his album, It seems as though Drake wanted to be extra with this record.  Like my guy just call it an album. But I digress.  Did Drake deliver or is Aubrey finally on a downfall?

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So right off the back Drake comes in with his bravado and tough guy raps, which I enjoyed.  But after this the album starts to go downhill.  No Long Talk had potential but felt like a B-Side on If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, and the verse from Giggs was trash as fuck.  The next 5 tracks are unbearable and I deleted them off of my ITunes.  The playlist picks back up with 4422 and from here on out the project is actually enjoyable.  Asides from Giggs making another appearance later in the playlist the second half is much more enjoyable than the first half.   The second half of the playlist, is where drake and guests shine.  Dropping off the more enjoyable tracks. The production on the whole project is good and flows great from track to track.

 

So I was kind of surprised by this project, while I did have a few issues with this “playlist” the final product was better than his last effort “Views”.  The beats were better and had more enjoyable tracks.  My gripes with this album begin with the terrible faux dance-hall tracks that take up a good amount of the first half of this album, it felt as though he didn’t even try with these tracks.  The effort on these tracks were laughable and came off as disingenuous.  While i did enjoy the track Glow, it felt as though this track was unfinished and more could have been added to make it more of a complete song.  At 22 tracks, this could have easily been cut down, to help this flow better.  I’m all for experimenting and branching off to collaborate and work with other artist, but the rapper Giggs ruins two songs on More Life and I want to know why Aubrey put this guy on any of these tracks.  He sounds like actor in a Stop Smoking Commercial, but get your money my guy do you.  More Life was a decent project, but it had so much potential and could have been better in certain areas.

 

Score: 3.5/5

 

Favorite Tracks: Free Smoke, Portland, Lose You, Glow, Teenage Fever, Do Not Disturb

 

What did you think about MORE LIFE? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let me know what you guys think.  Be safe out here.

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Nav Mixtape Review

Toronto producer turned rapper Nav, has been bubbling over the past year.  Remaining fairly mysterious,he released tracks on soundcloud amassing millions of plays. Catching the ears of The Weeknd, Nav has inked a deal with XO and Republic Records.  After months of being quiet he has released his debut mixtape.  Did Nav deliver a proper debut or does he have some work to do?

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At first listen I was ecstatic, to hear an artist go from relatively unknown to his first official mixtape.  The more I listened however  to dislike the project.  While I must say the production is the only thing I constantly enjoyed each listen. The moody, atmospheric production is impressive, but became old by the end of the tape.  After a while the sound becomes redundant and boring, some variety would have been nice.  All to often I found myself checking the song to see if it was over or not.  Nav’s songs are great as singles, but as a; the whole project it didn’t come together well.  It felt like Nav was beating me over the head with references to lean, molly, xans , and weed, like I get it you do drugs.  Some of the most cringe worthy lines this of the year are on this project, I think my nuts look better on her face, Like 2k player mode I had to recreate myself, Told that bitch I’m Mike Tyson I don’t bite ears, These pussies acting like toilets they wanna take my shit, Like I work for Best Buy I got them tablets, the list goes on.  Lines like this make me question my sanity.  Like how do you come up with shit  like this, so no one was in the studio to tell Nav, Aye bro you should re-do that.  Whoever let this fly should be RKO’ed off a building.

The project just sounds like one big song.  Nav’s skill as a producer are good, but his rapping ability is stagnant, repetitive flows and the constant reuse of songs makes it hard for me to take him seriously. There is only so much of hearing about drugs, money, and fake love that I can take.  I would really appreciate if Nav switched up the flow or subject matter at some point. Hearing the same repetitive flow and mundane lyrics for 35 minutes is not the wave.  Nothing stands out from his previous songs he released.  This project gives me the impression he just threw a bunch of songs he had in his laptop and just put them in a random playlist and released it to the public.  While there were a few songs I liked on the project, majority of this was mediocre.  This is Nav’s first project, so he has plenty of time to improve on his sound and get better.

Score: 2/5

Favorite Tracks: Myself, Lonely, Interlude, UP

What did you think of Nav’s album?  Let me know what you think!

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