Tyga “Bitch I’m The Shit 2” Album Review

Hey now! I told y’all Tyga was up to something and was going to be making a comeback!! After dropping “Rawwest Ni**a Alive,” Tyga is back with “Bitch I’m the Shit 2,” the follow-up to 2011’s #BitchImTheShit. Yes that’s a long break for a follow-up project, I know. Six years to be exact. BITS2 is loaded with features from his GOOD Music teammates, Kanye West on “Feel Me” and Pusha T on “Ski on the Slope” to other cool features from Ty Dolla $ign (“Move to L.A.”), Quavo (“Bel Air”), Young Thug (“Run It Back”), Vince Staples (“Playboy”), and his son King (“Flossin”). The PURPOSE of this PROJECT was to show Tyga fans and the rest of the industry that he is re-energized and he’s back in his bag. Let’s see if Tyga is actually in his “bag.”


Top 5 Songs

5. 1 ON 1 

Okay this song is a year old and it’s odd to me why its on here but whatever man. Tyga is trying to make a comeback so if this song got great feedback, might as well put it on your bounce back project right? This song is Tyga’s version of Drake’s “Controlla” but it’s not too bad. The summertime Caribbean vibe on here is perfect. You know what maybe this track is back on here for the summer??? Well played Tyga.

4. FEEL ME

So this song actually released on New Years Day so I was surprised it was on here. Regardless though it still cranks. It sounds even better now then it did when it released. It may just be me. “Feel Me” gives us a Kanye verse and that’s something that instantly would make any song lovable for me. This song is very catchy and production is dope on here. It sounds real good in the whip too!

3. NANN N—A

This track is dumb lit…..The intro was absolutly hilarious. Trick smells like bouk and Hennessy? LMAO Anyways i love the production on here and Tyga sounds like prime Tyga! The best part of the song is the return of Honey Cocaine, one of Tyga’s artist who is very talented if you ask me. I know Tyga had addressed on The Breakfast Club that the fame had got to her but its good to see Bae, I mean Honey Cocaine, make a come back. 

2. PLAYBOY

This is a collaboration I think every one will enjoy. Tyga raps with some serious confidence over a beat meant for him and just kills it. This track features Vince Staples and he brought the bars to compliment Tyga real nice on here. The beat was produced by Crakwav I think? Anyways salute to him and anyone else involved in production! Tyga needs to keep working and put out more tracks like this and those classic strip club bangers that brought him that success he once had. Love this track so much.

1. SKI ON THE SLOPE 

MAN… THIS SONG RIGHT HERE CRANKS. This is so Tyga. This song is probably already being cranked in all strip clubs on the West Coast and making it’s way nationwide. It’s perfect for all party’s and pregames. You get my point here, the song is a major banger. It’s obvious what song is about here so no need for me to dive in to it. LOL. But man when Pusha-T comes on after the awkward  yet comical segue from what seems to be a white girl asking if she can say n***a, man he goes in. The blow references are ridiculous and had me geeked. “Cut up the Daniel.” GENIUS. I do not do drugs but I still think this song is very dope and so so so Tyga! He’s back man. Stop sleepin y’all. 


Tracklist and Song Ratings

1. FEEL ME (Ft. Kanye West)  (4.75/5)

2. TETERBORO FLOW (4.6/5)

3. SKI ON THE SLOPE (Ft. Pusha-T) (5/5)

4. EYES CLOSED (4.7/5)

5. MOVE TO LA (Ft. Ty Dolla Sign) (4.5/5)

6. BEL AIR (Ft. Quavo) (2.5/5)

7. RUN IT BACK (Ft. Young Thug)  (4.4/5)

8. PLAYBOY (Ft. Vince Staples) (5/5)

9. CHANDLIERS (3.9/5)

10. FLOSSIN’ (Ft. King) (4.3/5)

11. CASH SPLASH NASA (3.7/5)

12. 1 ON 1 (4.5/5)

13. GONE TOO FAR (3.4/5)

14. NANN N—A (Ft. Honey C)(5/5)

15. 100’S (Ft. Chief Keef & A.E) (4.2/5)


Let’s keep this short and sweet y’all. This is not album of the year material. This isn’t Tyga’s best material either. What this project is project that will catapult Tyga back into real relevancy in today’s game. There are some under the radar bangers on here and some real bangers on here such as “Feel Me,” “Move to L.A,” “1 on 1” and my favorite song on this project, “Ski On The Slope.” It’s nice to see that Tyga is back on his grind. Usually artist when they fall off like Tyga has its hard to bounce back and that next project you put out just doesn’t come out as the artist wished. As for Tyga, he did a good job staying true to himself and making music that works for him. He always talks about the usual generic shit such as flossin, “being a boss” and living lavishly but on here, he made the songs for such generic simple topics sound different which grabbed my attention. But I almost forgot. It was awesome seeing the features he was able to get on the album. Even though I thought “Bel Air” featuring Quavo was trash, features by Honey Cocaine on “NANN N—A,” Pusha-T on “Ski On The Slope,” and Vince Staples on “Playboy” were amazing! Tyga and the production team did a good job selecting who sounded good on what! Man I’ve got to say I said a few months ago in my “New Music Alert” post for “Playboy” Tyga was making a comeback and I was spot on! I say if you’re a Tyga fan you’ll definitely approve of this and people who wanted to write T-Raw off, you’ll give him a second chance. Maybe.

Oh and I just want to say Tyga is not the new Killa Cam and “Ski On The Slope” is going to be heard in every Strip Club here on out. Thanks for reading!

Rating: 8.2/10

 

 

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JAY-Z “4:44” ALBUM REVIEW

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So first things first guys, “4:44” isn’t JAY-Z’s version of “Lemonade.” Also it’s not solely a response to Beyonce’s “Lemonade.” On the album though an apologetic Jay-Z does address he and Beyonce’s issues, which was big but there was more to this album. This project introduced us to the life of Shawn Carter. “4:44” might be his most personal project to date. Also, with the anticipation of this album we all wondered if Jay was going to be addressing Kanye on here at all, even possibly Drake. I was extremely anxious to hear this project but some of you tried to ruin it…. Several people thought Jay-Z was going to put out a “pointless” project. Some said “It’s just an apology album to Beyonce’s Lemonade that’s why there is so much hype.” Oh and my absolute favorite quote….. “Jay-Z is WASHED.” But its okay though, lets dive in this review and see how washed he is!


MY TOP 5 SONGS

5. Moonlight

Moonlight is SO DOPE. From the “Fu-Gee-La” sample, to Jay-z checking all these new age rap acts. “Stop walking around like y’all made Thriller.” Jay-Z obviously is tired of these young guys walking around here like they are hot shit. Then he addresses the new school rappers, who plenty of people have an issue with, by saying “Y’all got the same fucking flows, I don’t know who is who.”

4. Family Feud

Family Feud basically is part two of 4:44 if you asks me. 4:44 addresses Hov and Beyoncé’s issues. Jay sounded really remorseful on it. So this leads into “Family Feud,” that sigh of relief from addressing and owning up to his mistakes from “4:44.” I love that Beyoncé was on the vocals too! Says a lot honestly. Apart from that this is dope track production wise and Hov once again was really rapping on here. Becky you better leave this man alone!!!!!

3. Smile

Okay so i would just like to shout out Gloria Carter, Jay-Z’s mom. This track features both Jay-Z and his mother discussing her sexuality. This was BIG because it’s the first time that either of them has publicly addressed her sexual identity. Jay-Z raps,

 

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,”

 

“Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take,” he adds before asserting, “Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.”

I was caught so off guard but this was huge. Jay-Z let us into his life and poured out his heart on this song, spitting out lyrics that are both personal and motivational all at the same time. At the end of the song we get an amazing spoken word from Gloria.

 

 

“Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live?” she asks on the close-to-five-minute track. “In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that’s what you want them to see,” she continues. “The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me… Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me / But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”

 

2. Bam

THIS TRACK KNOCKS. This is a Jay-Z track. Shawn Carter is officially off this track. HOV sounds ruthless on here as he talks his ‘ish! This is probably the most” hype track on here. I love the Damian Marley feature. It only seemed right to have Damian provided his sound on this reggae hip-hop vibe produced by NO I.D. Damian’s grit matches Jigga’s “Flexacution” on here.

1. The Story of O.J.

Wow OJ this, OJ that. Apparently OJ may be released from prison later this year for good behavior. This man’s having a year…. Call Time Magazine! (Kidding) Anyways, this song is absolutely incredible. When i first heard this i think i played this song 10 times before proceeding to the next track. On here Jay-Z is real soulful and is dropping some serious knowledge on our heads. He also addresses the ignorance that sees from the youth and the rap industry’s stars. Jay-Z also kicks some financial game to us and knowing where J came from and where he is today, best believe listeners will be taking his advice. But man lets talk about the visual….. It’s beyond genius. There is a lot of hidden symbolism but Ill just leave you all with the video and you guys can see for yourself.


TRACKLIST AND RATINGS

1. Kill Jay Z (4.25/5)

2. The Story of O.J. (5/5)

3. Smile (5/5)

4. Caught Their Eyes (4.8/5)

5. 4.:44 (4.4/5)

6. Family Feud (5/5)

7. Bam (5/5)

8. Moonlight (4.75/5)

9. Marcy Me (5/5)

10. Legacy (4.5/5)


On “4:44” we have one of the all-time greats, one of the most crafty and evasive MC’s letting us into his life. Like I mentioned earlier, 4:44 isn’t JAY-Z’s “Lemonade,” a response to Lemonade, or even a Lemonade companion piece. He does address everything Beyonce spoke to us about on “Lemonade” but, its not a full on response to her album.It’s deeper than that. It’s deeper than rap. 4:44 is certainly built around the betrayal, his deceitfulness, then he gives a corresponding apology with “4:44” but the other songs show more of Jay’s own maturation. He also blesses us with some serious knowledge too. BUT what 4:44 is really about is LEGACY. Yes his legacy. Its about how Jay will be remembered. Its about what he’s leaving his children (Peep final track). Its about what ALL ARTIST, ATHLETES, POLITICIANS AND ETC ESSENTIAL ASK THEMSELVES WHEN THEY HANG IT UP, what has he done for the culture and what he’s still trying to do for society in general. He also talks about financial freedom and black excellence through out the project. Which was SO IMPORTANT.

Jay-Z went all in on here. But lets not sleep. WE MUST acknowledge production. No I.D FLAT OUT killed it. The Chicago beat making legend produced all 10 sounds on 4:44. He builds a soulful feel that suits Jay-Z perfectly. Some like the production on here better than “Magna Carta” and I love Magna Carta but I have to also go with “4:44” being better production wise. The samples were crazy on here. For example, on “The Story of O.J.,” Nina Simone, sings loudly, “My skin is black.” On “4:44,” Hannah Williams makes Hov’s shame standout with “I’m never gonna treat you like I should!” “Legacy,” which advocates for black independence, Donny Hathaway speaks it into existence: “Someday we’ll all be free.” It took me sometime to catch that but it all made sense to me after a few listens . “Bam Bam” and “Fu-Gee-La” both were more beat samples but i loved the choices made by I.D and Jay man.

This project was phenomenal. I know it may be too soon or it may not be the people’s consensus but, this may be a top 3 Jay-Z project all time. Jay introduced us to Shawn Carter and damn it, it was nice meeting Shawn. This may be the album of the year or 2nd to Kendrick’s “DAMN.” Regardless where it ranks, Jay gave us yet another timeless record that is an instant classic and it’s what the culture, OUR culture needed. (Feel me?)

Rating: 9.6/10

Plaza “Shadow” EP Review

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Tracklist and Ratings

1. Karma(4/5)

2. Personal(4.4/5)

3. Over (4.25/5)

4. Run This(4/5)

5. Love You Again(3.7/5)

OVO SOUND SOUND SOUND! Drake ‘s OVO Sound Team  continues to grow as it was recently announced that Toronto singer, Plaza, is its newest member. This news came out on June 10ths episode of  OVO Sound Radio. This signing came out of nowhere! The last artist to ink a deal with OVO was Dvsn back in February of 2016. The following month, they  put out their album, Sept. 5, which was a fantastic album and one of the best of last year. Plaza quickly has to show and prove. His Shadow EP, which is the follow up to his debut project, One Last Summer, features five solo songs.Plaza has a ghostly falsetto a lot like The Weeknd, and backs his vocals with airy instrumentals that are mostly complimented with deep bass.Airy soundscapes and similar vocals create and otherworldly sensation that could lead him to opportunities in Pop, R&B, EDM alike. Now Drake’s OVO Stable now consists of Plaza, Dvsn, Roy Woods, Majid Jordan, OB O’Brien and PartyNextDoor. Thats a DEEP TEAM. Anyways this project was not too shabby. As a whole everything sounded pretty good production wise which were complemented by GOOD vocals. I mean there were five tracks so there isn’t too much to say. My two favorite tracks were “Personal” and “Over.” It’ll be interesting to see where Plaza goes from here and how he gels with the already loaded OVO team. 

Rating: 8/10

NEW MUSIC ALERT: Chance The Rapper – Big B’s (Ft. Young Thug)

 

WOW……

So Chance saves Soundcloud this past Friday and drops hell of a track on the cloud the same night featuring Thugger?! God Bless you Chance. “Big B’s” is hell of a track man. Right away Young Thug sets the tone on here with his verse but then came Chance… Chance sings somewhat on here but at the same time makes his mark and leaves us with an amazing verse. I didn’t know what to expect at first but damn it these two sounded phenomenal together!

Rating: 5/5

NEW MUSIC ALERT: MADEINTYO – Long Socks, Bookoo Baby, Babye Bawse & Goat Life

 So one of my favorite XXL Freshman (unfortunately), MADEINTYO has a project on the way called “Trues World!” So as most artist do with a new project coming out, he released a few new songs via Soundcloud to get that buzz generated. But I have to get this off my chest…..I actually am a huge fan of MADEINTYO but i was disgusted with all his XXL freestyles… So right now he’s going to have to win me over again. Let’s dive in. 

 

‘Long Socks’ sounds TOO MUCH like  “Uber Everywhere”….. It’s done by the same producer and all. Was this what “Uber Everywhere” was supposed to before the idea?  This sounds like a freestyle and this already is better than both XXL freestyles. The tracks real short so there isn’t much to say but I have no issues. 

Rating: 4/5

 

Okay I can dig this! On here we have that aggressive flex on anyone even though I’m like 5’2 Mr. Tokyo sound we all love I’m sure! Even though his approach is different this kinda sounds like “Long Socks.” “Long Socks” sounds like “Uber Everywhere”…. Okay never mind. But I actually love this so I’m gonna let this rock. 

Rating: 4.4/5 

 

Finally a full length song with a hook and all!! I like this song. It’s funny though how much this sounds a like a Migos track a little bit. Which is okay because he is from ATL and all ATL artist to me bite the Migos sound at times. This track is good though. The hook is super catchy too! 

Rating: 4.25/5

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/madeintyo/goat-life

 

That “Goat Life” sounds amazing MADEINTYO…. So the first 3 songs were released Wednesday i believe and this was released on Thursday. The beat on here is dope. reminds me of the previous 3 songs but it has more of a bounce to it! MADEINTYO matches the sound of the beat with rapping with that same bounce as he raps about flexing and loving life as usual. This may be my favorite of the four songs I’ve reviewed but I’m curious on how this upcoming project will sound. I hope MADEINTYO doesn’t digress. He has potential…. At least I think he does.

Rating: 4.5/5   

NEW MUSIC ALERT: SNOOP DOGG- TRANSITION

 

Uncle Snoop is still doing his thing man! On “Transition,” Snoop links up with the talented Jahlil Beatz, which is pretty crazy to me because I could never picture this duo. But off of one listen I think I understand the purpose of this song. Snoop delivers a dope verse discussing transitions and making changes in life and then talks for majority of the track. Based off that, I think the goal was to highlight Jahlil Beatz production on here which is awesome by Uncle Snoop because he definitely could have kept spitting on this beat sounded extra comfortable with. I didn’t know Jahlil could do flex with that “Old School Sound” but i love it. Great work by both guys. 

Rating: 4/5

NEW MUSIC ALERT: LIL UZI DROPS TWO NEW TRACKS “REPERCUSSION” & “ALONE TIME”

 

 

 

After having both “XO Tour Life” and “Money Longer” go double platinum, Uzi  continues to give the people more music! Honestly, “Repercussions” was not for me! It had this strange inconsistent sound and I was not able to appreciate it. As for “Alone Time” though, its a whole different story! Producer Maaly Raw delivers a very dark spooky trap beat where Uzi just talks his ish basically. The dude really is a rockstar… Neither track is as big as his two new double platinum songs. But think about it, with new music being delivered, I suppose “Luv Is Rage 2” could possibly follow in the next month or two!

Ratings

Repercussions : 2.7/5

Alone Time: 4.5/5