Was exited about this write-up and it didn’t disappoint. Great work Tom, thanks.
This album is bananas. Best verse for me is Mike’s second on “Jeopardy,” but there’s obviously stiff competition there.
Is it too soon to call this AOTY? Probably. But come on people, this is album is the real deal.
Production-wise RTJ2 is on fire; there’s more of a cohesiveness than the debut, and the beats are darker/grittier. In terms of mood, whereas their first one was a gleeful fuck-boy assault, this new album seems to recognize the grimness of constantly keeping the fuck-boys in check but shoulders it with aplomb anyway. Rhyme-wise it also tops the debut. Listening to this you get the impression that hanging around El-P motivated Mike to write denser rhymes, and he does so in a great way here, El-P is great too, obviously – you’re always going to get some dense, thought-out rhymes with him.
Christmas came early today and it’s a fucking miracle.
What do you think of it, RJ?
Drukqs is a blast. Every Aphex Twin album is a blast.
This is unrelated to Rome and mixtapes in general, but Vince Staples’ Hell Can Wait EP hits HARRRRDDDD. Between this and his mixtape from earlier this year, I’m beyond excited for his next move. Anyway a Four Tet-cosign is pretty unheard of when it comes to rap, so I’ll be checking this one out too.
Rap got weird this year.
No disrespect to Tinashe, who I haven’t heard and I’m sure made a good album, but with Our Love Caribou passes the “five-albums test” (including Up In Flames, the Milk of Human Kindness, Andorra and Swim) that Steven Hyden offers as the standard for a great artist/band. That’s worth something.
Also FlyLo is AOTY, but that got a PE so that’s out.
I’d argue Raditude has, at least, “If You’re Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)” but that more or less gets negated by the Lil Wayne track.
Thanks for getting me amped for this! More excited about Weezer than I’ve been in a while.
Sounds like Atoms for Peace by way of “Feral”. Loving it.