Updated: Sep 13, 2021
Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day!
Drake and Kanye both released their new albums Certified Lover Boy and Donda (respectively) within this last week and a half and I've spent a good portion of my long weekend immersed in the experience. Rap can be a lot to take in because it's always personal, you're acutely aware of the lyrics because it's spoken unlike other genres, and it's typically about challenges and the drive to overcome them.
Yebba is a Soul singer with Gospel roots and her new single “Boomerang” builds anticipation for her upcoming album Dawn. Hand drums provide unique percussion that gives the song forward motion. The song’s subject matter of a scorned lover and the echo in the vocals are haunting and gently sinister.
The hype surrounding Kayne West’s new album Donda has been entertaining to follow. From massive listening parties at football stadiums in Atlanta and Chicago that looked to some to be a publicity stunt and a money grab after merch sales soared above $7 million at just the first show to getting into tiffs with rappers featured from his album, causing West to edit Donda to remove them, it’s been a wild ride. Upon first listen (which is all I had time for because the track list is an impressive 27 songs long) it’s clear that West still has an incredible talent for rap and music production. There is still a religious element to many of his songs but the influence is not as heavy-handed as on his last album JESUS IS KING. We chose “Jail” and “Believe What I Say” from the album but it is worth a listen in it’s entirety.
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Another Life - Surf Mesa, FLETCHER, Josh Golden
Boomerang - Yebba
Burning Bridges - Sigrid
Sunshine - Liam Payne
Thunderous - Stray Kids
Jail - Kanye West
Fair Trade - Drake, Travis Scott
Believe What I Say - Kanye West
Peach - Future Islands