G-Eazy released his sophomore album, When It’s Dark Out last week. I am happy to say that he has a great album here. It’s very different than his past albums and even more different than when I first discovered him at the Vans Warped Tour. I didn’t like that he released a lot of his songs off the albums so quickly as singles. I only listened to two singles that he released then I waited for the album to be released. So after I listened to this whole album, my favorite songs are “Random”, “Some Kind Of Drug”, and ” What If”.
“Random”- I liked this song a lot because it’s like a pump up jam. G-Eazy’s flow on this beat is so on-point, it’s great. I love the beat on this track as well, it sounds really good with the volume turned all the way up. It’s really appealing to the ears when G-Eazy is rapping so fast and in sync at one point.
“Some Kind Of Drug”- I really liked the intro to this song and I really like Marc E. Bassey’s voice on this track. In fact, this is my first time hearing him sing on a track, well at least to my knowledge. I always like these slow jams that Hip/hop albums have now. I am not going to lie, I do belt out this chorus sometimes when I’m driving.
“What If” – Basically, I liked the fact that every line that G-Eazy is saying starts off with “what if”. I really liked G-eazy’s flow on this track too. I didn’t really like Gizzle on the chorus, he just doesn’t sound that great with this beat. I liked this tracks beat though, it kind of sounds like a beat that Future would be on. Also, I liked that most of what G-eazy is saying on this track is something that makes you think.
I really liked this album a lot; I was super impressed by G-eazy’s effort. He didn’t just re-hash an album; he totally experimented with different styles, beats, and features. I would really like him to get a lot more exposure but he has come along way from that random rap artist on warped tour that I saw a few years ago. I highly suggest this album to any hip/hop fan. You will not be disappointed.
Kid CuDi just released his new album Speeding Bullet 2 Heaven. It is a Kid CuDi album, that’s for sure, meaning that it’s completely different than anything he has done before. Yes, not all Kid CuDi’s fans will love this album, but that’s okay. You might just need a little more time to take in this album and that’s what I like about Kid CuDi. His albums make you think about the lyrics and that he isn’t afraid to talk about things, such as: suicide, depression, and love. He isn’t afraid to paint the picture of his life and what’s going on in it or his brai. My favorite songs off this album are “CONFUSED!”, “Melting”, and “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven”.
“CONFUSED!” – I love the guitar riffs and the sound CuDi creates on this album. I loved the lyrics on this song because he makes it so relatable to the fans that may have had hard times in their lives. He sings “I just want to feel complete” and I am sure that everyone has felt the need to scream that line at some point in his or her life.
“Melting”- I really like the vibe of this song as it begins and I love the reverb affect on CuDi’s voice. CuDi’s voice is always so soothing to me. This song gives off a winter vibe to me; I can just picture myself driving home and listening to this on a dark winter night. The simple beat on this track is perfect along side CuDi’s voice as he flows his lyrics through the speakers.
” Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven”- At first I thought this song was going to be super sad but as I continued to listen to the lyrics I realized what CuDi was trying to say here. What he is trying to say, in my opinion, is that even if he fails, he will always continue to smile and be happy. He will keep going on and won’t let anyone bring him down. I love the positive message he is trying to send on this track.
I, personally, know a lot of people who aren’t going to like this album and that’s okay. It’s not for everyone and I hate that people are comparing CuDi’s new album to Nirvana. They are two different people and two different styles that aren’t even similar. This is CuDi doing his own thing, being who he is and sharing his thoughts and emotions. I will always follow and like Kid CuDi’s music, not because he is a very talented musician, but because I like him as a person and what he stands for.
Twenty-One Pilots released their latest album Blurryface. It has been out for quite a bit now and I have been meaning to get around to reviewing it. In fact my girlfriend has been saying that it’s really good as well. I must admit though, it is pretty good! I love the fact that this album has a lot of different styles of songs on this album. This is my first time actually putting the time into listening to Twenty-One Pilots. My favorite songs off this album are “Ride”, “Doubt”, and ” Stressed Out”.
“Ride” I liked this song a lot because it sounded so reggae. I really liked their lyrics on this song; as well I liked the reggae beat on this as well. It was a nice surprise to hear this kind of style on this album. This is a great song for summer or a ride to the beach to relax to.
“Doubt” – I liked this song because it has a mixture of rock and rap feel to it. I also really love the chorus that goes ” Don’t forget ab-b-b-b-bout me, don’t forget ab-b-b-b-bout me. Even when I doubt you I’m no good without you, no, no”. It just sounds really pleasing to the ears. Also the electric backbeat in the chorus because it sounds so great; also I love the slow piano to begin the last verse.
“Stressed Out” – This radio hit single caught my ear right away. I liked the lyrics because they are very relatable as well the beat is on point. As well I like his flow on this beat its right on top of it and not beside it. He does a great job keeping a consistent flow with his raps.
I was really behind on this album, and it wasn’t until my girlfriend told me about them. I regret not listening to them before, but I am sure glad that I got them on my radar. They portray a great blend of Alternative Reggae, Rap, and Indie music together. All of those jam packed into one album isn’t easy to achieve. Not only that, it is not easy to achieve it and make it sound really good. I highly recommend this album to anyone; it has a lot of really good songs and does deserve the praise it was getting when it first was released.