Lil Pump – Harvard Dropout (Album Review)

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Lil Pump…. The Harvard Dropout.

I don’t know what to expect any more from some of these mumble rap acts. We can’t deny that Pump is a rising star though. While some might question his ability, the 18-year-old artist has already gained the attention of some respected music figures like Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, J. Cole, and DJ Khaled. Pump also has himself a few top-charting singles to his name. Clearly he is killing it early! So, let’s get this out the way. Pump did not ever attend Harvard. This whole “Harvard Dropout” persona came from a bar he rapped on his first album. On “Iced Out” Pump rapped: “Could’ve been at Harvard servin’ juugs/ But I don’t give a f*ck…” Yeah that’s it. That was the bar…So profound, right?… Enough about that let’s dive into this review.


Tracklist & Song Ratings

  1. DROPOUT (2/5)
  2. NU UH (2.5/5)
  3. I LOVE IT (4/5)
  4. ION (2/5)
  5. FASHO FASHO (4/5)
  6. RACKS ON RACKS (4/5)
  7. OFF WHITE (2/5)
  8. BUTTERFLY DOORS (4/5)
  9. TOO MUCH ICE (1/5)
  10. MULTIMILLIONAIRE (2/5)
  11. VROOM VROOM VROOM (1/5)
  12. BE LIKE ME (3.5/5)
  13. STRIPPER NAME (2/5)
  14. DRUG ADDICTS (2/5)
  15. ESSKEEIT (3/5)
  16. WHO DAT (1.5/5)

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Look I won’t sugar coat anything about this project at all. I’ll get to the point and we’ll keep things moving! Lil Pump’s sophomore slump leads him to flunk out of Harvard. Pump’s sophomore project flat out lacked direction and it was full of insubstantial lyrics, lifeless hooks and meaningless melodies. With a project that fails to really hold any weight there was some good that the “Harvard Dropout” provided.(Kinda..?) Whether it was Pump or his Label, gathering guest artist such as Lil Wayne, Quavo, Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, and Offset helped prevent this project being complete dead weight. There were a few tracks that I did like though, mainly due to catchy lyrics and hooks.

“I Love It” (with Kanye West), “Racks on Racks”, and “Fasho Fasho” (featuring Offset) were some of the albums highlights. But no matter how I spin it, the bad and ugly is what I remembered most from Pump’s ‘Harvard Dropout’. Diablo, CBMix, and Fizzle delivered production wise but Pump just couldn’t deliver anything solid.

From “wtf” lyrics on “Drop Out” to the cringe-worthy choruses on “Nu Uh” and “ION” to the pointless cuts like “Vroom Vroom”, “Drug Addicts”, and “Off White,” ‘Harvard Dropout’ is a project where Pump’s weaknesses are the albums focus. The “Harvard Dropout” should consider reenrollment…

Rating: 5.2/10

ADÉ – Something New (EP Review)

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DMV rapper ADÉ, formerly known as Phil Ade, is an act that I have always been impressed with through his collaborations with some of my favorite music acts like Wale, Mac Miller, and GoldLink. ADÉ has returned with ‘Always Something’ to showcase the refreshing energy to validate his change in direction. The six track EP features guest appearances from Lil Baby, Rich The Kid, GoldLink, Wale, and Fatman Scoop. Production is handled by the likes of Super Miles, Ayo N Keyz, DJ Money, and more.


Tracklist & Ratings

  1. PLAY SOMETHING
  2. SOMETHING NEW (feat. Lil Baby)
  3. SOMETHING FROM NOTHIN’ (feat. Rich the Kid)
  4. SOMETHING’S UP
  5. SOMETHING SWEET (feat. Fatman Scoop)
  6. SOMETHING REAL (feat. GoldLink & Wale)

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From start to finish, ‘Always Something’ is quite the treat sonically.  Its full of colorful synths and dope backdrops that makes it easy and enjoyable. Strong diversity among the production allowed Adé to show his skills across a range of styles. The vibrant opening track “PLAY SOMETHING” serves its purpose as it showcases Adé’s SMOOOOOTH delivery over a very instrumental heavy beat. Personally this excited me as I moved forward listening. On the Lil Baby featured track “SOMETHING NEW,” the vibes that were established in the intro track were felt here as well.  Lil Baby’s contributions melodically gave the track a nice dynamic in that second verse. It seemed very fitting and he was totally in his element as his vocals slide beautifully in the pocket. The best track on here was the Rich the Kid featured “Something From Nothin.” Rich the Kid delivered per usual with arousing 16, gleefully bouncing above the beat with engaging vocal inflections and ad-libs. Adé absolutely held his own here as well with his verse and chorus. My only beef with this project arrives on  “Something Real.” A track that is one of the most enticing with a D.C. linkup of Adé, GoldLink and Wale did not meet my expectations. I hated the stuttering instrumental. It doesn’t allow any of these artist to really get into their bags and showcase themselves. It actually  upsets me that this is how the EP closed out. 

‘Always Something’ is just a mere sample size of what Adé brings to the table with the EP clocking in at less than 20 minutes. Though short and sweet, this EP showcased his versatility. That alone gives plenty of reason to see to be excited for what Adé has in store for 2019. For those unfamiliar, get familiar. Adé is no rookie but he is a “seasoned vet” looking to have himself a coming out party this year. 

RATING: 8.5/10

 

Q Da Fool & Kenny Beats – Bad Influence (EP Review)

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DMV’s very own Q Da Fool clearly has next! The newly signed Roc Nation act made a great decision to record an EP with the extremely talented and versatile Kenny Beats. The Connecticut-born ex-EDM producer, is killing it right now. He’s that producer that consistently shows the will to work with whomever and whenever. This results in him often exploring the other regions and sounds in the many variations of hip hop. With Q Da Fool wanting to prove his commercial viability and Kenny Beats eager to showcase his ability to experiment with different sounds, these two released the collaborative EP ‘Bad Influence’. ‘Bad Influence’ is just six songs capping at about 14 minutes of  Q’s high energy and might and Kenny Beats to hold his own with some rumble and hard hitting beats to create a sampler to gain some mainstream love.

 

Rating: 7.8/10

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ROBB BANK$ & WIFISFUNERAL – CONN3CT3D (Album Review)

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To of Florida’s rising stars, Wifisfuneral and Robb Bank$ come together to bring us ‘Conn3ct3d’. The duo has been teasing fans with a collaborative project for months! These two are seen by many as marque members of the Soundcloud rap generation. Them collaborating makes all the sense in the world. I’m actually a huge Wifisfuneral fan and I have been monitoring to rise closely. As for Robb Bank$ I’ve heard some of his work but I was definitely intrigued to see how the two would coexist. 

‘Conn3ct3d’ features 11 tracks! Robb and Wifi  opted to keep things personal, as ‘Conn3ct3d’ holds no guest appearances. So I’ll be honest I had impression this collab project could be enjoyable because personally I love Wifi as an artist and his delivery and flow is something special. ‘Conn3cted’ is a mixture of real true rap grit and descriptive and graphic troll lyrics blended with some thoughtful and detailed bars that ultimately produces a balance of bangers and chill vibes. These two had fun making this which was clear on songs like “Save a Hoe” and “EA.” They also used this opportunity to showcase their overall talent. The production was solid and supported both artists well. These two have crazy chemistry together and their fans should be excited!The Conn3ct3d Tour started last Thursday in Colorado Springs and should be continuing well through February. Before i sign off, I would like to remind you all to stop sleeping on Wifi and some of these new generation acts. They all are not the same. Robb Bank$ and Wifisfuneral have bright futures.  

 

Rating: 7.5/10

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New Music Alert: Young M.A. – “Bake Freestyle”

 

Young M.A went crazy on the infamous Clipse “Grindin” beat! You all should know how I feel about M.A. by now so there is no need for me to go off on a rant on how nice she is. This was the perfect way for M.A to kick off 2019 as she delivers a freestyle on such an iconic beat/popular freestyle beat that in my opinion hasn’t been done justice to since Cassidy’s famous “Cosmic Kev Freestyle” when he came fresh out of jail 7 years ago! Anyways, hit play and prepare for a BARS GALORE!

Rating: 5/5

 

Gunna – Drip Season 3 (Mixtape Review)

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Gunna’s heavy hitting, high powered to ‘Drip Season 2’ was simply a huge success. So it was only right that Gunna returned with a 3rd offering. ‘Drip Season 3’ features a LOADED line up consisting of Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, & more. The production is handled by Metro Boomin, Wheezy, Turbo, Khalil, Richie Souf, and London On Da Track .

So lets just go ahead and make this short and sweet. ‘Drip Season 3’ is probably one of 2018’s most high powered trap project this year. Gunna isn’t a “lyrical miracle” talent but his lyrical ability is respectable. You hear the strong Young Thug influence within this project. Honestly when i first heard this project I could not figure out who was who at times. But anyways, Gunna is actually having himself a great 2018. I believe the success of Drip Season 3 propelled this success. On Drip Season 3 we see Gunna being able to collab with several of today’s popular artist and coexist to make good to excellent tracks. I say for those who are intrigued by Gunna and like some of his featured tracks go back and check this project out. You’ll stumble across a high powered trap project that has been underrated by the masses. You’ll hear an artist who surely will become one of the most talked-about rappers of 2019.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Favorite Tracks: Oh Okay, Car Sick, King Kong, At The Hotel and Top Off

Wale – Free Lunch (EP Review)

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Wale has been on a absolute roll in 2018! Wale’s productive 2018 continues with his latest EP release, ‘Free Lunch’. Back in May, Wale inked a new deal with Warner Bros. Records. Since then, the anticipation has been high for a new Wale full length project. Wale has been able to flex  his versatility this year by way of ‘It’s Complicated’ and ‘Self Promotion’. Both projects received plenty of praise. Can Wale go 3 for 3?? Lets find out!

Wale is 3 for 3 in 2018 and on ‘Free Lunch’, he shows that he is really in album mode and he is determined to put an end to all the disrespect and noise that constantly is attached to his name. Wale is underrated and underappreciated.  Wale shows us what makes him special on every one of these tracks. The project opens up with “Dummies.” On here we hear Wale addressing a plethora of topics from industry politics to street ethics. He talks his new deal with Warner Bros as well.  He also delivers a little PSA to the naysayers and haters as raps, “I’m ’bout to embarrass niggas, I feel that have carried me/This industry very cold but it look to you very sweet/Put niggas on big stages put niggas in little beefs/You put too much faith in it, it puts you in therapy.” It’s safe to say Wale’s fire has returned! “Ungrateful and Thankful” was a track I really enjoyed. The production was so dope and Wale and his unique flow levitates on it oh so well. I felt this track so much that I think I would have to do a whole separate post to explain why. “Wale the Poet” illustrates the wide range of emotions that come with being in love on “3 Days 3 Hours.” These type of tracks always seem to be the standout tracks when Wale drops a project. This track is supported by a relaxing instrumental that makes you feel the emotions Wale expresses in his 4 minute vent.  As we arrive to the fourth track on ‘Free Lunch’, we get one of Hip Hop’s most underrated duos in Wale and J. Cole going absolutely the f**k off on “My Boy.” This was probably the most exciting moment on this EP. The production included a really eccentric percussion-heavy beat that complimented both rappers braggadocios bar session. On the final track, “Right Here,” we have Wale teaming up with a frequent collaborator in Eric Bellinger. This wasn’t my favorite track but still has replay value!

Wale show’s off his versatility on “Free Lunch.” He is most defiantly in album mode and is ready to take things up a notch. He’s an underrated and underappreciated artist who in reality has been elite for years. Wale now going 3 for 3 on projects this year tells me he’s really in his bag and its wonderful to see how focused he is. The critics and naysayers have even taken notice. “Free Lunch” is satisfying but, Wale the game is still starving. Please deliver what I am expecting to be a great album soon!

Rating: 9.2/10

 

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Favorite Tracks: “Ungrateful & Thankful” and “My Boy”