Jack Huncho and the Inescapable Migos/Boomin’ Black Hole


By: Doug Schultz

Merry Christmas hip-hop heads! If you’re like me, you’ve listened to A Dipset Christmas 471 times since Black Friday (as is tradition), and thus were extremely excited to mix things up with Jack Huncho, Huncho Jack, a surprise album from perhaps the two biggest artists of 2017.

And, if you’re like me, you finished JHHJ, added “Modern Slavery” and “Eye 2 Eye” to whatever your existing playlist was, went about your day, and never felt compelled to listen to it again.

And that’s fine. This is, after all, basically just two friends making music together and sharing it with the world for free, so it’s not like there’s any room for complaining. And to judge this as an true album or as a lynchpin in either of these guys’ discography isn’t really fair without any knowledge of the future. However, given the collective stature of Quavo/Travis in hip-hop right now, it’s also fair to be a little disappointed that this is what they were able to come up with, and perhaps be a bit concerned about the trajectory of their music going forward.

Let’s start with Quavo – I’m actually not worried about him, which is less of an endorsement of him than it is apathy. Here’s my guess on how his 2018 will go:

  • He’s going to do another hundred features next year, and a lot of them will be fun, and most of them will be forgettable, and we’ll all still like him.
  • There will be more new Migos music and there will be a month where they’re all we listen to, even though they’re just using the same lyrics from Culture and we just don’t care.
  • Migos will replace Takeoff with some dude named Earl and none of us will notice.

I’m more troubled about Travis – largely because my opinion of him is so high and it’s too early in his career to sound as generic as he does on JHHJ. To do some level setting here, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is the only album that’s actually saved on my iPhone. I once described Rodeo to a friend as a “Nouveau-Houston-Trap” version of Phantom of the Opera. So yeah, I’m all in on Travis. He’s perhaps the most unique sonic influence on hip-hop’s current landscape; every single time someone features Travis $cott on their song, it feels like a distinctly Travis $cott song, even when it’s not. At least , this was the case UNTIL Jack Huncho, and that’s the cause for concern, because I’m worried it’s a symptom of a larger problem with the wave of hip-hop that has dominated 2017.

There’s not really any disputing that Migos, and probably more largely, Metro Boomin’, have been the driving influence over most of the notable rap releases this year. Even if they haven’t been directly involved, their fingerprints have been all over just about everything of consequence that has released. And all of it has largely been approved and embraced by the general public, which in itself is not an issue. But as a result, we’ve seen artists who don’t really fit that sound gravitate towards it, from extremes like Katy Perry/Calvin Harris/Justin Bieber/Fallout Boy to most recently Big Sean (and it’s no coincidence that Double or Nothing also fell flat a few weeks ago).

I don’t blame anyone for trying to team up with Migos or Boomin’ or for trying to replicate their sound; why wouldn’t you if it’s popular and you want to be successful? Quick anecdote to illustrate this: I was at the Falcons/Seahawks playoff game last year and on the jumbotron they showed a child holding a cardboard cutout of Future’s face – and the crowd went BANANAS. For a cardboard cutout. I’m convinced that if Future ran for Mayor of Atlanta tomorrow he would win easily. So I get why someone would want to get in on that action.

The problem with this though is the more pervasive this current rap wave gets, the more watered down it gets and the more standard it sounds. I’m not going to go so far as to say “all rap sounds the same nowadays” like your uncle who only listens to Grandmaster Flash, but I will ask you this question:

If you were to take all of the instrumentals from Issa, Without Warning, Culture, Double or Nothing, Huncho Jack, Perfect Timing, Droptopwop, Ransom 2, and FUTURE (NOT HNDRXX) and put them into a shuffled playlist, would you be able to tell which songs are from which album?

This is what concerns me – the Atlanta Trap sound has been so successful and tempting for artists that they can’t help themselves from getting involved with it, and as a result they’re getting sucked into a black hole of sameness. This, in my opinion, is what happened to Travis $cott on Huncho and is why the album felt so “meh.” And this, by my memory, is the first time I’ve felt this way about something he’s been involved with.

The scary thing about Travis sounding generic is that his influence over the sound of a song is probably his greatest attribute; it’s not like he’s going on HOT97 to rip a 10-minute freestyle or going to lyrically explore the intricacies of the United States’ current social makeup. So if he’s not the central creative force of the composition of a song, he’s basically another dude on autotune talking about drugs and boobies.

Projecting long term, I would say that the worst-case scenario would be something similar to the career arc of Wale. 2007-2011 Wale was absurd. He was prolific, brought the DC/Go-Go sound to the national mainstream (which was completely different from everyone else at the time), and was at the top level of his peers from a lyrical originality perspective. Then, once he signed with Maybach Music, things took a major turn. Think about the thematic bedrock of that group: Rick Ross (drugs), Meek Mill (drugs), Pill (drugs), and Wale (?).

Signing with Maybach made sense for his career advancement (more money/fame/resources/etc.), but was a major step back for him creatively, similar to the way artists are sprinting to Atlanta now. Since he didn’t fit with the rest of the label, he largely got shoehorned into love-songs or forgettable verses on group cuts. Eventually I think Wale figured some of this out and it seems he’s tried to adjust course, but I don’t think there’s any arguing that he’s not the force that many of us thought he would be. There’s no one in a barbershop putting Wale in their top-15-GOAT list, which seven short years ago wasn’t an unreasonable possibility.

Hopefully this won’t be the case with Travis – that he becomes so enamored with the Atlanta-Trap sound, he loses sight of what makes him so unique and spectacular as an artist. And before I get skewered for sounding the alarm bells over nothing, I want to clarify that I’m not predicting this; only that it’s a possibility that concerns me. It’s equally likely that this was just a project that Travis did with his friend and he’ll go back to his normal excellence moving forward.

My preference is that Travis $cott is the black hole, rather than the one getting swallowed up by it, because hip-hop will be better for it.

Album Rating: 4/10




A$AP Ferg “Still Striving” Album Review

A$AP Ferg is clearly a star. He has the swagger and charisma though to be a SUPERSTAR. Ferg gave us “Always Strive And Prosper” a year and a half ago and it was a project i definitely enjoyed but,  the reviews were up and down stating it was a set back from his debut “Trap Lord.” Still Striving is considered a commercial mixtape. All the songs are original music, plenty of big features, and posted across all the major streaming services, yet mixtape is the classification  many media outlets are going with. My biggest question that i had before listening to this was, Is “Still Striving,” with its big high-profile guest list, the project where Ferg takes that big step forward into becoming a superstar?! Lets dive in!


5. Trap And A Dream

Trap And A Dream was a perfect way to start this project off… Ferg teams up with Meek on here and they show the f*ck out man. Ferg’s flow is as good as anyone in the game today. He brought the aggressive bars on here and they hit hard! This may be the second time Meek has teamed up with Ferg and honestly, they sound perfect together! I think it has to do with both artist’s energy. It’s simply unmatched. The beat also was made for Meek as he talks his sh*t as usual. His as an intro track set the tone for me and it had myself super hyped to hear the rest of the album.

4. Rubber Band Man

Dipset x A$AP …… HARLEM’S FINEST TEAMED UP! So I’ll say this first, the beat is the strongest component of this track but that doesn’t mean Ferg and Killa did not do their thing. Ferg out shined Cam on here which is expected because it is his song. Cam did his thing his verse was a little lazy but it was still dope. He could have definitely came harder than he did but hey this track is iconic and means a lot to myself and Harlem World!

3. Olympian

Okay so Ferg took us to Harlem on “Rubber Band Man” featuring Killa Cam and we stay in Harlem with this Dave East feature! The bounce and tempo on here is something serious. Ferg has a great ear for beats, if you all didn’t know this already! Dave East goes crazy and puts the beat in a body bag and Ferg just straight unzips the bag and just unleashes on it again. The hook is is a slight kitchen fire but that plus these two spitting fire on here… yeah you get the picture. Oh and that Serena bar GEEKS!

2. Plain Jane

So i heard this song a few months back and its honestly still one of my favorite songs this year since being released! Ferg basically mimics “Slob on My Knob” with the chorus. But with his verses, he lights yet another fire. Ferg’s flow man….it’s really something else. The production on this track was A1 and one of my favorite sounds on the album. Nice hearing a song by Ferg with no features too.

1. Mattress (Remix)

Mattress…Mattress…Mattress…Mattress…Mattress…Mattress. Okay let me stop. This song embodies A$AP Mob’s classic sound. One of the reason’s this is my favorite track on here. The Ferg x Rocky back and forth on here brought back memories of  that dope freestyle they had years ago where they were going off the top and exchanging dope bars with humorous punchlines. They are quite the duo man. Like can we get a joint project? Sheesh.  They made the back and forth on here sound pretty competitive which was only right with this heavy ass beat! Famous Dex, Rich The Kid and Carti both did their thing on here. I know Carti runs with the mob and all but is Dex an affiliate too?? Love This Song!


1. Trap and a Dream feat. Meek Mill (4.6/5)

2. Rubber Band Man feat. Cam’ron (4.6/5)

3. Olympian feat. Dave East (4.75/5)

4. Aww Yeah feat. Lil Yachty (4/5)

5. What Do You Do feat. NAV(4/5)

6. Coach Cartier feat. Famous Dex (4/5)

7. Mad Man feat. Playboi Carti (4/5)

8. Plain Jane (5/5)

9. Nasty (Who Dat) feat. Migos (4.3/5)

10. Mattress (Remix) feat. Famous Dex, Rich The Kid, Playboi Carti, & A$AP Rocky (5/5)

11. One Night Savage feat. MadeinTYO (4/5)

12. East Coast (Remix) feat. Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, French Montana, Dave East, A$AP Rocky, & Busta Rhymes (4.4)

13. Nandos (4.3/5

14. Tango feat. Kanobby (3.7/5)

I won’t beat around the bush here. I’ll make this short and sweet. Ferg is a good f*cking rapper who has a GREAT ear for beats. The man really is talented and I think we should realize this by now. I had a SLIGHT issue with this project though. This was another project by him that’s feature heavy and not enough Ferg. On top of this being feature heavy, sometimes you forget, on some tracks, that this is a Ferg song/project and think it belongs to the featured artists. I think Ferg needs to showcase himself more so he can truly get the credit he deserves and be respected as a real rap stud. On some the features Ferg has that French Montana disease where it’s his song but he plays second fiddle. He’s too talented for that. But like I said, this is a slight issue to me. It just sounds like a big issue because I’m a huge Ferg fan. All the features are solid though and it shows that Ferg is respected among his peers and has some clout! As a fan I worry if these other people (rap critics and the “rap critics”) respect Ferg and see how talented he is. “Still Striving” is definitely a dub and it shows Ferg is headed in the right direction of Super stardom BUT for the next project I’m going to kind of need more of a Ferg showcase.

Rating: 8.4/10


Calvin Harris “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” Album Review


Man… these DJ’s are becoming some of today’s biggest artist! Do y’all realize this? Khaled dropped an album this year. FIRE. Mike Will dropped “Ransom 2” back in February and that was solid. Calvin is just like these other “Top Tier” industry DJ’s, he has some serious clout. Calvin has given us those gym bangers, Fun In The Sun Delights and now he’s seen by many as the indie-disco superstar turn EDM icon. “Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1” has him with some of the world’s biggest singers and rappers to produce the certified sound of summer 2017.



This was something I did not think would work by viewing the tracklist but I obviously was so wrong! ScHoolboy Q killed it from the start. It actually reminded me of “Man of the Year” and “Hell Of A Night” a little and I love those tracks! The vocals from PARTY and D.R.A.M complimented Q real nice and this super incredible dope beat man!


I would have never thought of Young Thug, Pharrell and Arianna Grande to ever come together on a track but they are all pretty talented and extremely versatile acts so I guess I should have seen this coming as one of the best songs on here right?


“Rollin” was real dope track. Future surprisingly sounded fantastic on here even though he’s basically stumbling on his words but is that really new? (that was a joke) We still understand what he’s saying. I got like this late 1970’s groove from track. This song could maybe suit a Starsky & Hutch reboot, if there was one. Oh and Khalid? He’s contributions to this is are what Frank Ocean is to Slide!


This song is amazing. The production was A1. Pharrell is once again killing it on yet another top 5 track on here. He is joined by the likes of Katy Perry who doesn’t have a huge roll on here but blesses us with her vocals and by my guy Big Sean who may have been the perfect feature for this song. Big Sean’s quirky flow and elite wordplay gives this track its HARDNESS. I love this song man and wish it blew up more!



This song easily is the number one track on here and is one of top songs this summer. Maybe #1? Frank Ocean does the damn hing on this very disco sounding track! He is such a talented artist man. Frank doesn’t have a bad collab to his name so we should have known this would be gold before hitting play and the Migos may be Time Magazine’s first “Men” of the year. They really sounded great on this fantastic production job by Calvin Harris and his team. 



1. SLIDE (Ft. Frank Ocean &Migos) (5/5)

2. CASH OUT (Ft. ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR & D.R.A.M) (4.2/5)

3. HEATSTROKE (Ft. Young Thug, Pharrell & Arianna Grande) (4.3/5)

4. ROLLIN’(Ft. Future & Khalid) (5/5)

5. PRAYERS UP (Ft. Travis Scott & A-Trak) (4/5)

6. HOLIDAY( Ft. Snoop Dogg, John Legend & Takeoff) (4/5)

7. SKRT ON ME(Ft. Nikki Minaj) (4.3/5)

8. FEELS (Ft. Pharrell, Big Sean & Katy Perry) (5/5)

9. FAKING IT (Ft. Kehlani & Lil Yachty) (3.5/5)

10. HARD TO LOVE (Ft. Jessie Reyez) (4.2/5)

‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1’ is a sensational project. From the very start, with “Slide,” featuring two of my favorite acts Frank Ocean and Migos, is that “South Beach Miami Chillin” Banger that sounds good, makes you feel good and it has a pretty dam catchy hook man. Frank and the Migos chemistry on here was undeniable. It was nice to hear all the members of the Migos on here too. (Takeoff made the cut y’all!!!) The rest of this project is almost as amazing as the opener with interesting collabs from Young Thug, Pharrell and Arianna Grande on “HeatStroke,” Schoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and D.R.A.M on “Cash Out.” Katy Perry is on the dreamy disco-funk anthem ‘Feels’  featuring my guy Big Sean and Pharrell. Snoop Dogg is on the G-Funk/West Coast flavored ‘Holiday’, and Future and Khalid are on the party-starter “Rollin.” Oh and Nikki Minaj finally caught a victory with “Skrt On Me.” The projects production is absolutely amazing. I love this 1970’s funk sound. I may have been born the wrong era honestly. Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 is just 10 tracks and runs just under 40 minutes but Calvin Harris and company deliver us that fun loving album that represents all the vibes of summer. The songs on here will be on many summer playlist of Spotify for the next decade! Y’all know how much I love saying the term “Groovy.” That is the only feeling you’ll get bumping this project.

RATING: 9.3/10

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.


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!


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. 


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.


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)


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





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!


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.


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


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



Alright so for some who don’t know DJ Mustard is actually a DJ….. He DJ’s in Vegas and loves it. We know him for his hard hop hop beats but he also has a huge EDM interest. On here he shows himself mixing three of the best songs of the year and adding some of that EDM flavor to them. I’ll keep this short and sweet. The XO Tour Life remix was not bad! I kind of digged it. Definitely adding that to my morning cardio playlist. Next we have the Redbone remix. DJ MUSTARD SHOULD HAVE NOT REMIXED IT. The Location remix was awesome because I felt Khalid’s vocals still sounded great over the new sound.

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