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.
So much to discuss and unpack this week.
-Great pick in Perfume Genius. Not that they really sound all that much alike, but the stylistic leap between Put Your Back N 2 It and this reminds of Portishead to Third (further underscored by the Adrian Utley connection).
-SYRO is still a wonderful mbv-esque return a week after the leak.
-Still unsure of what to make of Tyranny, but trying to figure that one out has been a fun, rewarding series of listens.
-Was anyone else bummed by DOOM’s sparse showing on NehruvianDOOM? I felt like I’d been tricked into listening to a Bishop Nehru album.
-80 years old and Leonard Cohen is still my man.