RichCreamy

Comments from rich_creamy

I was a little skeptical going in but jesus this is awesome. Please please please let there be more of this to come.
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June 3, 2015 on Lil Wayne – “Glory”
Love Vince. Is that Future on the hook?
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May 4, 2015 on Vince Staples – “Señorita”
It's got a few great tracks on it but it's also got some pretty forgettable ones. Still an excellent album.
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April 23, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Young Thug, Lil Wayne, & Killing Your Idols
I agree with this ranking, and I'll also add my top ten releases between the two of them, at least at this moment: 1. Dedication 2 2. Dedication 3. Tha Carter 2 4. Da Drought 3 5. Tha Carter 3 6. 1017 Thug 7. Barter 6 8. Tha Tour Pt. 1 9. No Ceilings 10. Tha Carter
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April 22, 2015 on Status Ain’t Hood: Young Thug, Lil Wayne, & Killing Your Idols
Wayne to me is the best rapper ever, so I'm not going to try to argue that Young Thug is better, but Wayne never had Thug's gift for melody or his range of pure vocal ability. Young Thug is a completely musical rapper, to the point where he pretty clearly doesn't care whether his lyrics are understandable or not. He cares much more about the instrumentation of rapping than he does about the English of it. And Wayne is definitely paying attention, even if he wouldn't admit it. "Hollyweezy" is a pretty blatant (and unsuccessful) Young Thug imitation in my opinion.
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April 21, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Young Thug Barter 6
Thank you Tom for the very nice review. It's as clear as ever that Young Thug is rap's most gifted and most dazzling vocalist, maybe ever. His dexterity, his stamina, and his musicality are all beyond what anyone else is capable of. I'm not usually one to get excited about fast rapping, but when Thug starts going off as effortlessly as he does at the end of "Halftime," I can't help but just shake my head in awe. Like other Young Thug projects, this one is full of sneaky ear worms, little pieces of melody that you'll catch yourself humming without even quite remembering which songs they're from. The changes in flow and tone are so dense that the songs can feel soupy on the first couple of listens. And the lyrics can fly by if you don't take a determined look, but occasionally what you find is a bizarre, idiosyncratic cleverness that is actually pretty poetic. Still, I would have liked to have heard just a couple of tighter, snappier tracks to ground the album a little bit. The production style gives Young Thug a lot of room to play around in, but his bobbing and weaving can get frustrating at times. A more focused set of musical constraints might have provided the finish that all the spaced-out buildup deserves.
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April 21, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Young Thug Barter 6
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