21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode II

Back in 2016, the collaborative EP Savage Mode connected in a big way with audiences and cemented both its rapper and producer as absolutely dominant forces in the world of trap music. Not only that, it heralded many others latching onto Metro Boomin’s horror-inspired production style, augmented by the deadpan dramatics of 21 Savage. Now … Continue reading 21 Savage & Metro Boomin – Savage Mode II

Rapid Fire Reviews (Joji, Metro Boomin, Robyn)

Joji - BALLADS 1 One of ascendant label 88Rising’s biggest artists, Joji, drops his debut full-length studio album BALLADS 1 which exhibits his unique, lo-fi approach to modern R&B, pop and hip-hop music. A former YouTube star famous for his surreal, absurdist comedy, you can certainly still sense some of his over-the-top personality in his … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Joji, Metro Boomin, Robyn)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Chris Stapleton, Miguel, Big Sean)

Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 2 Country/soul superstar Chris Stapleton releases the second half of his From A Room series, following the excellent Volume 1 early this year. Despite mostly restraining himself from the explosive moments and outlaw country lyrics on this second half, opting instead for safer, pleasant balladry, Stapleton’s vocal talent … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Chris Stapleton, Miguel, Big Sean)

Rapid Fire Reviews (Rap Collabs, Kelly Clarkson)

Future/Young Thug - SUPER SLIMEY On this collaborative project, two of Atlanta’s most genre-defining rappers come together to continue to assert their dominance over some good old-fashioned trap beats. Future’s straightforward approach and Young Thug’s quirky eccentricities are an interesting contrast that frequently sinks or swims as a result of the instrumental. Thug works well … Continue reading Rapid Fire Reviews (Rap Collabs, Kelly Clarkson)