Are you taking Not3s?

So one of my favorite UK artists Not3s just released his new album “Take Not3s II” and my expectations have not been dissappointed. Quite the opposite actually. This 10 track project is filled with tunes that are both quotable and danceable (or if man don’t dance then headnoddable).

Let me start right away with my fave track “Just Fine”. Suuuuch a vibe. I quote; “My glow up is a haters hell on Earth, I hope they’re burning well, they sit on watch me shine, doin’ that Big Ben ’cause it’s my time”. Yesss! Another banger on this project is Sit Back Down with my beloved Maleek Berry of course. But this song you already know if you know and are in the knowing. If not, you better sit back down. “James St. Patrick, in a ghost when they see me” – HA!

I’m not gonna go through every single song on here but a general thing about Not3s; This likkle London boy is only 20 years old and has been working on his career since he was about 13 years old. Talking about being focused!! Most of you probably know him from his major hit “Addison Lee”. He was made to do this. Part of his success is certainly due to his ability to rap and sing at the same time. I personally really love his smooth voice. He’s one of the few rappers whose songs I would put as my morning alarm. Yeh I like to wake up slowly, I don’t know maybe you prefer being shouted at by Meek Mill. To each his own.

Anyways….musically this album has a lot to offer as well. “Neverland” features a vibey electric guitar a la Santana, “Palm Wine” has this Island Ting Sound that I love love love and “Trekked Like Me” does not only feature AJ Tracey but a completely unheard beat as well. You gotta listen to it in order to understand.

Another thing I like about Not3s is that his style and flow is super smooth and his lines are effortless and witty at the same time. Take this line from “Stressing Me” for example; “Take your cake and your recipe ’cause I need to make my dough”. Pretty smart innit? Eddie Murphy Meme.jpg

But listen to the album yourself. And if you get the chance to sit by the beach and look at palm trees make sure you play “Palm Wine” while doing so. Truss mi!

Drake let the scorpion out the box

So the new Drake album is finally out. If you don’t live on Mars (even though I’m pretty sure the Martians are listening to Drake as well, you know they have a pretty close connection to Drake through their most famous representative Lil Wayne) you probably know by now that Drake has a son. By the way if you got my joke about Lil Wayne just know, you’re a real one and I appreciate you.

Anyways…what you will also know is the fact that his new album is 25 tracks divided into two parts, one is rapping tough Drake and one is singing emotional Drake. Now I could write a 4-page essay as an album review right here BUT instead I’m just gonna tell you my initial thoughts and leave you to listen to it yourself. That is if you have the day off for some reason because according to my calculations it takes 1 hour 29 minutes and 9 seconds (don’t hold me to it please) to listen to the complete album just once. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So let me say this, and keep in mind that I’m a die-hard Drake fan, always have been always will be: It is not possible to release an album with 25 tracks that are all equally great. It is simply not possible. Even Michael Jackson, the GOAT, never made an album that was longer than 15 songs. Now you can argue, alright but this is basically two albums released at once. One rap album and one singing album. But here’s the thing, you can take the singing Drake out of the rapping Drake but you can’t take the rapping Drake out of the singing Drake (read that again). In my opinion, what makes Drake so great is that he can do both at once, IN ONE SONG. Think back to “Best I Ever Had”. What was your first thought when listening to it for the first time? Mine was: Who the hell is this guy with this amazing distinctive voice that makes rapping and singing at the same time work?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this album is bad. I was just listening to “Nonstop” in the car and woah that beat is everything! Also hello? A Jay-Z feature!! Hell yes! And even more so, a Michael Jackson feature? Hell to the Yes, Yes! Reincarnating a legend, I see you Drake. Does that mean we’re getting a Michael Jackson hologram at the next Drake concert? Just a thought *shrugs shoulders* And my favorite song on the album “Emotionless”; that Mariah Carey sample is beautifully used and the lyrics are so so real. (Go to genius.com now and read the entire second verse #realness) And last but not least, probably my favorite line on the album “House on both coasts, but I live on the charts”. That definitely made me chuckle.

Arrrright…So to sum it up:
“Scorpion” is a good album!
From now on every girl will play “Ratchet Happy Birthday” on her birthday at least once.
Drake is a good father and he’s taking care of his son, so chill people thanks.
This album could have been great if he would’ve cut it down to less songs.

So now I leave you to make up your own mind about it. Enjoy!

Jay Rock is so underrated

Jay Rock just released his new album “Redemption” and it just shows once again that he is super underrated. Him always being a bit in the shadow of other artists like Kendrick, it is just great to see him shining with this new piece of work.

When he released “WIN” the other day I knew that the album was going to be fire. It’s a track that has this 2Chainz simplicity greatness and wit if you know what I’m talking about. On first hearing it your initial reaction is probably wtf? but then you slowly start to realize how genius it is. And if you put this one on first thing in the morning there’s no way it’s not going to be a great day.

But unlike “WIN”, the album mostly consists of very self-reflected songs like “For What It’s Worth”, one of my personal favourites that includes metaphors like “you get amnesia to everything that you was loyal to”, very clever Jay! “Struggle with who I am and who I wanna be, got the streets and these beats right in front of me”, he raps and even if you’re not in these streets you really feel that.

Another highlight on this album is the track named after the album “Redemption” featuring the magical SZA. It’s about making the most of life because you never know when it could be over. The narrative delivery by Jay and SZA is so out of the box and graphic, it’s beautiful. Lines like “Instagram’s a dead man’s best friend, everybody looking for likes but wasn’t liking you win, you needed something to hold on dealing with life stress” are prove for Jay Rock’s brilliant style. And my favorite line:

“I should’ve gave you more trust, more love, no lies, more us, cause when my motorcycle crashed and everyone left, you was that angel in surgery saying I ain’t done yet”

Just let that sink in #deepshit

Besides that Jay serves us songs like the laid back “Knock It Off” and “Troopers”, the raw and rough “ES Tales”, head nodder (yes I just made that category up) “Rotation 112th” and the critical, lyrically elevated “Broke +-” (if someone says “aah I don’t know about Jay Rock I think he’s pretty average” play them this song and they’ll be real quiet, real quick).

The features on this album besides SZA are Kendrick of course on “Wow Freestyle” and the epic “King’s Dead” with Future and James Blake (looove that song even though it’s been out for a while now). And Jeremih on the bumpy “Tap Out” #ayeee and J. Cole & SiR on “OSOM” which includes one of the, in my opinion, deepest lines of the entire album

“Hope you worth more than your Rolex when you run up outta time”

sheeeeesh! I’ll leave you with that. Just listen to it yourself.