New Music Review 10/26

Reflecting on Last Week's Thursday Music Drop

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Jalen Gomez

Smino is one of my favorite artists and released his song "L.M.F" last Thursday.

Jalen Gomez, Reporter

Every Thursday night at 11 p.m., artists drop their new music for the masses to hear. As there is a lot of music to listen to, some people tend to rely on others to help siphon out what they should and should not spend their time on. That is what I am here to help out with today, so I am briefly reviewing anything I listened to that dropped on Oct. 26.

 

“Pieces Of a Man”- Mick Jenkins

Mick Jenkins is back. After his critically acclaimed 2014 mixtape, The Waters, it seemed like Jenkin’s lyricism was going to be on a top tier of lyrical rappers (like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, but without the hype and national attention). After that tape, he seemed to fall off as his debut album The Healing Component came and went. With his new release, assisted by stud producer Kaytranda, it seems that the duo is out to make heat and only heat. A couple of my personal favorite songs include “U Turn,” “Padded Locks,” “Barcelona” and “Pull Up.”

 

“L.M.F”- Smino

If you haven’t heard of Smino yet, you really need to get on it. He is a rapper out of St. Louis who has been making waves across hip-hop, with his most notable work being his 2017 debut album, blkswn (pronounced Black Swan). A master at flows and wordplay, his newest single plays off the names of Lion King characters to flex about coupes and women, again. Smino’s sophomore album Noir drops Nov. 9, so be sure to check this rising star out.

 

“Alien”- Beach House

The newest single by the indie band is actually pretty cool. After their most recent album, 7, I was pretty excited to hear more from the group and new sounds they could experiment with. This lived up to my expectations. Keeping the classic, hauntingly beautiful vocals on top of a drum-heavy beat really did it for me.

 

MIH-TY– Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign

The long-awaited collaboration album between R&B heavy hitters finally came, and it was pretty nice. In recent years, Ty Dolla $ign has been breaking the bank, getting every feature imaginable, and Jeremih has been doing much of the same. With the two coming together, we got exactly what you could have expected from the two: ballads, high notes and explicit material. My favorites include “The Light,” “Surrounded,” and “FYT.”

 

LoVe me NOw– Tory Lanez

This album was pretty bad. I feel like Lanez has been looking for a sound to define himself, but I think he tries too hard to do so. Switching his voice up on a track to track basis makes it sounds disorganized, and with the lack of good beats, this whole project sounds like a mess. Maybe this album was supposed to represent a bunch of memes that have traversed Twitter recently, but nothing would make me re-listen to this album as a whole. However, one song did stick out to me, “Drip Drip Drip,” featuring Meek Mill. Lanez does his best Post Malone impression in the first couple of seconds, but then he comes in with a nice chorus of him flexing his drip, and Meek Mill picks up where he left off at the end of the song. The stacked feature list could not help him this time, despite contributions from personal favorites, Gunna and 2 Chainz.

 

“Last Memory”- Takeoff

The Migos have been trying to do this solo project thing, which is a cool concept, however they work best together. After fellow Migo, Quavo, dropped his disappointing, dreadful and quite frankly, bad solo album, the expectations for more Migos solo work fell apart. Although, Takeoff did do a good job on his lead single for his debut album, titled The Last Rocket, and caused some expectations to come back. His song structure and the lyricism made me want to listen to him for more than 15 minutes. Hopefully, with his album release on Nov. 2, he will strengthen his argument for being the best of the Migos.

 

“Freelance”- Toro y Moi

This is really a fun song to listen to. It may be cringy to others, but the beat will have me dancing ignorantly for awhile. Chaz Bear is back to show off the chillwave movement he was attributed to starting back in 2011. With a decent while until his album, Outer Peace, releases on Jan. 18, be prepared to burn this song into your ears.

 

Be sure to go check out the songs and albums on my list, and let us know what you think in the comments.