Football is on but I’m more concerned with music. Melodies running through my veins, lyrics spinning in my mind, what a wonderful time. Summer has arrived and we’ve been blessed with good vibes. Album releases, surprise droppings, phenomenal performances, I can happily say there’s a hype around hip-hop… And then I got distracted with afrobeats, so let’s call it a tie between the two and celebrate them both. Turn the volume up, kick back and relax, as I guide you through my thoughts.
Redemption – Jay Rock
Of all the major releases, Redemption is the album I’m most impressed with. Give the man his accolades, he brought the sauce and this art deserves it. Let’s rewind back to 2012, Jay Rock’s verse on Money Trees from Kendrick’s Good Kid M.A.A. D City put his name on the radar for me. After that, I honestly overlooked him especially with others in his camp lyrically enticing me. Known as the street rapper with stories to tell, the music reflects his environment perfectly, the struggles, colourful narratives and experiences from the projects. He’s rapping about things I actually want to know, diving deep into the conscious of Jay Rock, it’s a journey you didn’t know you needed. Features include the golden child of TDE, Kendrick Lamar, the chemistry is clear and beautiful to hear (Wow Freestyle). Carefully picked, the other features include Jeremih (Tap Out), J. Cole (OSOM), Future (King’s Dead) and SZA (Redemption). It’s clear to see Jay Rock elevated his artistry, creating a perfect balance between songs to turn up to and singles to reflect deeply upon. Produced to perfection, authentic, he resonates with his audience. My favourites were, For What It’s Worth, ES Tales, and Broke +-.
Ye – Kanye West
Ye, Oh Ye, what can I say? Let’s keep it short and sweet, I don’t have much to say. I respect the body of work, perhaps it’s not for me, but I understand the vision. The self-titled album reflects his being perfectly. It’s a fusion of aggression, dissonance, empathy and soul. The perfect contradiction, a battle between who he is and what he desires. For example, striving to be a good father (Violent Crimes) verse taking so many girls to the titty shop (Yikes). As a body of work, he switches between moods and textures freely, makes use of silence effectively, adds occasionally crashes (All Mine) and reveals his authentic self. If I had to choose, my favourites would be Yikes and All Mine.
Yem Ego (feat. Phyno) – Phenom
Remember that Afrobeat distraction I mentioned earlier? Well, through it I discovered an old song featuring Phenom and Wizkid called New Bounce. The distraction continued as I began searching to see if there were any new singles by Phenom. I was successful as I found Yem Ego. The instrumental is calm but far from basic, mixed with his soothing vocals, and a feature from Phyno, it’s a winning combination. Let’s see you shaku-shaku to this.
Cami from NEW LOOK
Trousers from NEW LOOK
What music are you loving right now?
Until next time, stay blessed and classy,