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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Record Routines

Saba's storytelling and innovative flow shine on his excellent sophomore album.

Saba establishes signature sound in ‘CARE FOR ME’

Last year in February, Saba’s cousin and co-founder of the Pivot Gang rap crew, John Walt, was shot and murdered in Chicago. Saba searches for the cure to his emptiness from the loss of his cousin through the innovative piano backtracks and lyrical excellence that embody CARE FOR ME.

The World Is Yours has catchy hooks and stellar features — the problem is that there are just as many forgettable ones.

Rich the Kid’s debut album is front-loaded, lacks consistent quality

“Get off your a** and hustle,” is the first line on Rich the Kid’s debut album The World Is Yours. He goes on to rap, “I’m the definition of a hustler,” which could not be more true. While The World Is Yours has been marketed as his first album, he’s been a star in the trap scene for half a decade. In the past five years, he’s released a staggering 18 mixtapes which, on average, meant a new project every three months. On top of that, he founded his own record label Rich Forever Music all before signing a deal of his own. Rich is a hustler in every sense of the word.

Cocoa Sugar is a near-perfect execution of the group's genre-melding, mind-boggling and awe-inspiring music.

‘Cocoa Sugar’ basks in the brevity of Young Fathers' cryptic vision

Scottish-based, Mercury-Prize-winning group Young Fathers have been ones to ignore the confines of genre since their critically acclaimed 2014 debut Dead. The following year, they upped the ante with genre defiance while throwing in more abrasive touches that expanded their sound even further. Their first output since 2015, Cocoa Sugar is yet again an expansion of their incredible musical palette.

Bobby Tarantino II shows that mixtape Logic and album Logic aren't one and the same.

Logic does not impress on new mixtape; albums remain superior works

Fans of “Rick and Morty,” myself included, may not have expected the duo to return Logic’s favor of a brief cameo, as he did last season on the popular show. The grandfather-grandson duo announced last week that Logic was dropping a sequel to his well-received Bobby Tarantino mixtape that would be “Good ol’ Atlanta-style club rap.”

The Wombats' new album feels very familiar to past works, with upbeat danceable songs and slightly cynical, dysfunctional lyrics.

The Wombats' angsty new album is reminiscent of past works

The Wombats' music has always been filled with angst. The band, originating in Liverpool, fills their songs with frantic beats while lead singer and guitarist, Matt Murphy, packs his lyrics with how he feels, frequently coming across with disgust. Their first album from 2007, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, is filled with pounding drums.

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