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Perfect Timing Review

Budding Toronto producer turned rapper NAV, has finally released his highly anticipated project with St. Louis producer Metro Boomin.  After the success of his singles Myself, and On My Own catapulted him to stardom.  Many people including myself wondered how he would sound on a full project.  In February he released his self-titled mixtape to mixed reviews.  I praised the production, but the lyrics and songs themselves were mediocre.  When he announced that he was linking up with Metro I was excited because I was a fan of the song they did together titled UP. I didn’t know what to expect on this project but I went in with open ears.

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The project started off slow with Perfect Timing (Intro).  Nav subject matter hasn’t changed from his previous projects. This project is filled with the same mediocre raps about drugs and being lame and now being cool once he acquires fame and money from his last project.  While I’m not opposed to this kind of rap, Nav doesn’t do it particularly well.  Nav lacks the energy or charisma to make up for his lack of substance.  Nav Re-uses the same mid-tempo flow on every track and it gets boring and redundant after a while. Metro does deliver with amazing production on every track but I felt as though Nav could have utilized it better.  There are a few features on Perfect Timing and they all are great, but Nav doesn’t show up to match their energy.

Almost everything about this project is amazing, except for the main artist, Nav.  I felt as though if you took Nav off this whole project it would sound fine.  If you replaced Nav with another artist it would have the potential to be better than this project.  Even with all of my crisiticms I did enjoy a few of the tracks on Perfect Timing. I enjoyed all of the features.  I honestly felt like anyone of the features could have done a better job with a project full of Metro Boomin beats.  This would have been a perfect oppurtunity for Nav to showcase his growth, but overall I just felt like he wasted 15 amazing beats. There were less cringeworthy lines than his previous project but I felt like there is still a lot of room for improvement. But hopefully Nav grows to be a great artist, but the only thing I took away from this project was how amazing a producer Metro is. Perfect Timing had so much potential to be a great project, but it fell flat on it’s face.

Favorite Tracks: Rich, A$AP Ferg, Minute

Score: 1.5/5

What did you think of Perfect Timing? Let me know what you think.

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My favorite Kanye Tracks 

Today is Kanye Wests birthday and I just wanted to share 20 of my favorite Ye tracks.  Kanye is one of my favorite artist of all time. The massive influence Kanye has had over the culture of hiphop and popular culture in general is massive and no one can take away these accomplishments today.  The College Dropout is a masterpiece, that is beautifully crafted and is still an amazing project that has aged gracefully.  Here is some of my favorite Kanye West songs, in no particular order.

1.  Heard Em Say (Feat Adam Levine)


2.  Devil in a New Dress (Feat Rick Ross)


3.  Runaway (Feat Pusha T)


4.Big Brother


5.  Can’t tell me Nothing


6.  Homecoming (Feat. Chris Martin)


7.  Bring Me Down (Feat Brandy)


8.  Diamonds from Sierre Leone


9. I Wonder


10.  Spaceships 


11. Christian Dior Denim Flow (Feat. Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks & Ryan Leslie)


12.  Through The Wire


13.  Street Lights


14.  Never Let Me Down


15.  See Me Now (Feat. Beyoncé, Big Sean, Charlie Wilson)


16.  Drive Slow


17.  Barry Bonds (Feat. Lil Wayne)


18.  All of the Lights (Feat.  John Legend, The-Dream, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John, Drake, and Rihanna)


19.  Bound 2


20.  Dark Fantasy


The amount of songs I had to narrow down to get this list is massive and this one of the hardest lists I ever had to make.  All of these songs have impacted my life in some way, shape , or form.  Kanye is an artistic genius, the work he has put out has changed Hip-Hop culture forever.  What I’ve always liked about Kanye’s music is the emotion and passion he puts in his work, that has resignated with so many different types of people.  

What are your favorite Kanye Tracks ? Let me know 

NE

True to Self Album Review

After a hiatus of being farely quiet, Bryson Tiller has decided to drop his sophmore album True to Self.  Bryson blew up out of nowhere in late 2015, and quickly dropped his debut project T R A P S O U L, to critical acclaim.  After going ghost for a while I was excited to get new music from Bryson.  Did he suffer from the sophmore slump or did Bryson deliver another good project with True to Self?

 

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True to Self feels like an extention to T R A P S O U L.  Bryson vocals have never been amazing but they do get the job done on this album, coupled with spacey, soulful-esqe production.  I wasn’t disapointed with this project, but I did find myself thinking he could showcase more and give us something different.  This album is filled with more of the same subject matter from his previous album.  Bryson is in pocket this entire album and no pun intened stays true to self, building on what he established in T R A P S O U L.

I enjoyed this project, but I wish there was more variety in this album.  I am under the assumption Bryson felt that what isn’t broke don’t fix it.  Which is fine, but I wish he would have tried some different sounds, especially being that this album is 19 tracks long.  I have little to no problems with this album, while I did enjoy it I do wish it was shorter.  I also wish he could have switched up the sound a little bit. All of that aside I got everything that I expected and I was happy with that.  This is a good album and I can’t wait for what Bryson has in store next.

Score: 3/5

Favorite Tracks:

How did you like True to Self?  Did you love it ? Did you hate it? Let me know what you think.  Thank you and I hope everyone is being safe this summer.

 

NE

Teenage Emotions Review

Lil Yachty has quickly become one of the most polarizing figures in Hip-Hop today.  From Lil boats style of rapping to his appearance to how he blew up.  After I heard his debut mix-tape I found myself for the most part enjoying his music, but didn’t know how far he could go with this sound of his.  His second mixtape Summer Songs 2 continued the buzz he had going with Lil Boat.  I enjoyed both mix-tapes and when he announced his debut album Teenage Emotions, I was ecstatic to see what he would do and how he would progress as a artist.  Did Lil Yachty deliver with Teenage Emotions, or is his run coming to a end?

So let’s start with the positives of this project.  I did enjoy the production for the most part.  I could tell there was a lot of money put behind this project and the production.  I did enjoy Harley, one of the tracks he released prior to the release of this project.  Now that we have the few positives out of the way let’s get into it.  While the project sounds good decent, Yachty doesn’t fit whatsoever. This whole project is filled with cringe-worthy, off-beat rap lines.  Everything that Yacthy built with his first two projects, he completely threw away with this project.  I really wanted to like this project, but the more I listened the more I became mad at all the time I was wasting listening to this sorry excuse of an album.  I was expecting some of the features to save this album and sadly I was mistaken.  While Yachty has never been anyone’s lyricist, opting for more fun lighthearted rhymes,  I couldn’t get pass gems such as “I just fucked up bitch that was supposed to be my God Sis”, ” ‘Cause she get wet and she suck me like a insect She my step sister, so I guess that’s incest I could not stop lookin’ at those big breasts Make your next move, your best life’s a game of chess”, “My new bitch yellow, she blow on the dick like a cello”, just to name a few.  My Nigga What? Everything aside

 

I was taken back at the lack of quality of this album.  After being pleasantly surprised with his first two projects, I was taken back out how horrid this album is.  I would like to think Yachty would have taken his debut album a little bit more serious.  At first glance I was ecstatic about the featured guest, and even they couldn’t save this project for me.  This album would delegate the directory for Yachty’s career and I was let down severely. I previously stated Playboi Carti’s Mixtape was the worst project this year, but Teenage Emotions easily takes that title. But shout out to Yacthy though.

 

Score: .5/5

 

Favorite Tracks: Harley, Say My Name

 

What did you think of Teenage Emotions? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let me know what you think, and I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Thank you and God Bless.

 

NE

 

Playboi Carti Mixtape Review

Budding SoundCloud rapper has been bubbling out of Atlanta for a couple of years now.  After years of dope singles and guest verses, he has finally released his debut self-titled project.  After months of delays and speculation , it is finally here.  Did Carti deliver or did he drop some trash?

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The true star of this project is the production.  I truly wanted to like this project, I really did but this is the worst project of 2017.  Carti struggles to find a good flow on majority of these songs.  The bright spots are few and far in-between.  I find myself liking a few seconds or a verse and then the rest of the song is unbearable.  New Chopper is one of the best song on this song, Carti actually flows on this track and his adlibs are energizing, Along with the A$AP feature to top it all of for one of the few tracks I actually enjoyed on this project.  It sounds as though this album was rushed.  Why it sounds like this, I don’t know Carti had 3 years to make this tape.  There is no real direction with this project.  It feels very lifeless and generic.  Like damn nigga, you had three years to make a project and you release this bullshit.  Carti is on record saying “I didn’t come in the game to make a mixtape”, well what the fuck did you get in the game for, to drop mediocre trap music.  Because if thats the case you on the right track.  How you have all these talented niggas around and they let you drop this, this half-assed, cookie-cutter, generic bullshit.  You need new friends Carti.  Im a fan of your music but this is straight buns.  Carti is a young rapper, so hopefully his next project is better than this.

Aside from the productions and a few guest verses this project is uterly forgettable.  Nothing Carti does is new and what he does do isn’t even done well.  This project is full of redundant mumble raps, adlibs, and good production.  What he speaks on lyrically is the most basic generic run of the mill topics every trap rapper gravitates to.  The things I do like about this project have nothing to do with Carti himself.  His verses are forgettable and the fact that he repeats himself like he is really saying important is comical.  What really upsets me is the fact is, I was really looking forward to this project as a moment for Carti to prove himself as more than a mindless Soundcloud rapper.  Even though this project didn’t meet my expectations, I can only hope he grows as an artist and releases something good, which I think Carti can do with the right team behind him.

Score: 1/5

Favorite Tracks: wokeuplikethis, Magnolia, New Chopper

What did you think of Playboi Carti’s mixtape? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Let me know what you think.

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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