RichCreamy

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It's really good
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March 20, 2015 on The Week In Rap: The Great Drake/Kendrick Lamar Rivalry
I liked Black Portland a lot and I thought Tha Tour had surprisingly little bloat considering its length, but I guess I understand your perspective. Young Thug to me is easily the most interesting rapper right now, and I agree that as he nears his peak we might be at risk of never hearing an album that really capitalizes on his full potential. Vince Staples is the other guy I have really high hopes for. I'm crossing my fingers that his next release will showcase his flow a little more than Hell Can Wait did. And you remind me, I can't stand the constant over-enunciation of the word "fuck" on Run the Jewels. I get why people have fun with it but it just reads as cringingly juvenile to me.
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December 17, 2014 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014
Some of these are definitely way too bloated (Mac Miller, Zuse, Lil Herb, maybe Migos), and I really don't understand the appeal of that G-Side tape, but overall I like the list. I'm pretty surprised you put Pinata above Black Portland and a few of the others, given what you've been saying over the course of the year. I also would've liked to see Kool A.D. on here, but I didn't really expect him to be. Run the Jewels is a conundrum for me. The production is definitely moving and unique, even if it's not exactly head-bobbable, but I just can't find much to get inspired by in the rapping. Lyrically, the album is built mostly as a popcorn punch-em-up, which I admit can be fun, but there are just too many vague middle fingers at "the system," and too many downright groaners (especially from El-P) for me to get into it. And yeah, Killer Mike told a cop story at a very fitting moment, but he did so with disappointingly little poeticism and at the same flatly angry emotional baseline that's used everywhere else on the album. Stylistically, the rapping is a grooveless, sexless reversion to a time before inflection and melody had made their way into rapper's tool kits. It's amazing to listen to Tha Tour, which has innovative cadences around every turn, and then listen to the same staccato fast-talking over and over on Run the Jewels. Even on "Love Again," the one attempt at something funkier, Mike and El-P just repeat the same exact flow throughout their entire two verses. Gangsta Boo outdoes them both with just a couple surprising change-ups. So, yes, they made an impressively cohesive, well-defined album, but I just don't think it's full enough or bold enough (they made a very similar album only last year, after all) to be treated with quite this level of praise.
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December 16, 2014 on The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014
Also, not to be nitpicky, but I think the guest verse you're referring to on "Cash" is by Archibald Slim. I'd guess that "AR" is just an acronym for Awful Records.
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November 19, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Ethereal Blackli$t
I've been liking these Awful Records mixtapes. So far I'd say Father has the standout release and the most novel approach, but Ethereal has a nice flow and a pretty likeable aesthetic. Archibald Slim's delivery veers a little too close to Freddie Gibbs for me, but I still enjoyed parts of his tape.
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November 19, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Ethereal Blackli$t
"Look" is on Kool A.D.'s solo album called WORD O.K., features Kassa, and was produced by Issue. "Jose Canseco" is on Peaceful Solutions and was produced by Kassa. That link is also broken.
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October 30, 2014 on Kool A.D. – “Look” / “Jose Canseco” Video
*Tom's thoughts
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June 11, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Tim Vocals Timtations
Yes, it would have been good to hear some of Tom's on it, even if they're mostly negative. It feels like there hasn't been a really exciting rap release since the Vince Staples tape.
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June 11, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Tim Vocals Timtations
Man oh man, I can't stand Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire. Here he makes "jokes" about his supposed pals Kassa, Le1f, and Mike Finito, goes on for too long, and puts on that sneering, indignant tone that makes him sound like a bully who just stole your ice cream but decided he doesn't like the flavor.
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April 25, 2014 on The 5 Best Videos Of The Week
It definitely took me a second listen before it started to really click.
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March 20, 2014 on Stream Kool A.D. Word O.K.
This is by far the most ambitious thing Kool A.D. has done. Really hoping for a full column on this one.
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March 20, 2014 on Stream Kool A.D. Word O.K.
Again, not trying to knock Earl, even with the "monotone" comment. I'm a big fan of his. And I agree with you that Earl's stuff on Hive was more rhythmically diverse than Vince's, but I still think Vince's flow was the most memorable on the song and that he put in a fresher vocal performance. Maybe I'm just more a sucker for intonation than for rhythmic dexterity, but I thought all of Vince's drawn-out bent notes ("the way I cuuueee shiiit") were really striking. To each his own, my dude.
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March 19, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Whoops, meant to reply to Mr. Goodfellow.
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March 19, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
Vince's verse stood out because of how unique and original it was in terms of flow and vocal styling. No disrespect to Earl, who is great, but I'd say that Vince is an even more exciting vocal talent. The "monotone" Tom mentions makes sense to me with Earl but much less so with Vince. On this tape Vince brings us more tried-and-true rap talking points, delivered with so much surprising phrasing and cadence that they sound brand new. There's nothing innovative beat-wise, but the strength of the rapping is enough to make this a multiple-repeat listen. And "Nate" is just a gem.
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March 19, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Vince Staples Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2
I liked I'm In the Forest, but I was glad that this one featured a bit less silliness and a bit more straight rapping. These mixtape reviews are great, by the way. I wish they generated more regular comments. There aren't enough places online to read this kind of high-level rap criticism.
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February 26, 2014 on Mixtape Of The Week: Lakutis Three Seashells
Gabe, I love your comedy and your social criticism and I'll miss getting to read your work every day. Very few people over the last couple of years have influenced how I think and speak as much as you have. Thank you for everything.
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August 2, 2013 on This Is Just A Goodbye Post
Yes yes. Thanks for the feedback! I've gotta start paying more attention to names and less attention to pictures.
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July 19, 2013 on Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Top Comments
I can't connect from my computer at work! Argh!
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July 19, 2013 on Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Top Comments
Ah, right! Thank you!
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July 19, 2013 on Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Top Comments
Manners, what was your previous avatar? It's killing me trying to remember! Flanny's is another one that I can't put my finger on.
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July 19, 2013 on Monsters’ Ball: The Week’s Top Comments