Summer Walker- CLEAR (EP Review)

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I see you all have fallen in love with my boo Summer Walker huh? Well let’s have discussion about her short but sweet EP titled ‘CLEAR’.  Last year, Summer arrived to the scene with her debut ‘Last Day of Summer’. This project found considerable success with the stand out track and single “Girls Need Love.” Just this past month Drake hopped on the remix and as we all know. A Drake feature always does wonders for one’s career.

Summer continues to tell tales about love, heartbreak and all that comes with the two. “CLEAR” is comprised of four live recordings clocking in at about 10 minutes total. This is a quick listen so instead of rapping and dissecting a 10 minute EP, I will let you all formulate your own opinions and thoughts on this project. With that, I’ll say this. Play very close attention to Summer Walker this year.  I feel like she could have a rise like H.E.R last year.

 

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SiR – November (Album Review)

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TDE’s roster continues to grow! Top Dawg Entertainment is not a label just for rappers. They’ve come to embrace all kinds of artists. TDE’s roster consists of the top MC right now that is Kendrick Lamar. TDE also is the home of super talents such as Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Isiah Rishad, SZA and Ab-Soul. SZA who falls in the realm of R&B, with the addition of Inglewood’s finest, SiR, they’re diving deeper into R&B. SiR has brought his smooth and sultry brand of the genre into the mix with the execution of his debut album, ‘November’.

‘November’ is full of emotional confusion on majority of the 11 tracks. A project full of amazing vocals supported by laid-back rhythms, ‘November’ is a roller coaster of heartfelt confessions and romantic musings of someone who’s experienced a deep heartbreak but at the same time, an intoxicating love. SiR pines for his mystery woman’s affection on “War.” On the previous track he dismisses her clingy ways on “Never Home” and then on “Better” he wants her back. These tracks play in the order of “Never Home,” “War,” and “Better.” I personally thought this was the perfect organization to display what it’s like being in an intense relationship of the one SiR presents to us. I know I’ve been there before.

I was a fan of ScHoolboy Q’s contributions to lead single “Something Foreign” even though it was track that seemed misplaced a bit but still fit in with the albums concept I suppose. Tracks such as “D’Evils,” “Something New,” featuring British vocalist Etta Bond, and “Dreaming Of Me,” I enjoyed on pure strength of the near-flawless production work. Since we’re talking production now, “Dreaming Of Me,” produced by H-Money, cleverly samples Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit “Xplosive” in a new surprisingly pleasant manner. The album closes with “Summer In November” which I think was the perfect way to conclude and wrap up the album’s concept.

November has many producers but is able to remain sonically cohesive. To couple the amazing production job with SiR’s undeniable talent this makes for an amazing debut that will be in consideration for one of this year’s best releases. (Ain’t that right Shawn?!)

Rating: 9.75/10

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Favorite Tracks: D’Evils, Never Home, War, Better, That’s Alright and Dreaming of Me

JUSTINE SKYE – ULTRAVIOLET (Album Review)

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Justine, Justine…

Over the past few years we’ve seen an upward trend of new R&B female artists with many who have started to make their mark and solidify a solid fan base. Justine Skye was one of them but did not stick around. She released a few EPs that drew the comparison of her to Rihanna from many critics. After two EPs she kind of just fell off and became more known as Kylie Jenner’s BFF rather than an emerging R&B artist. It wasn’t till her third EP, ‘8 Ounces’ that it felt she was starting to find her way again and as promise a little more than a year later the R&B singer finally released her debut album ‘ULTRAVIOLET’.

Lets keep things short and sweet. Justine Skye is raw, unapologetic and most importantly, Skye is very talented. ‘ULTRAVIOLET’ is a fierce and explosive 10 track project that showcases her talents as she creates many enjoyable tracks that all could be possible radio hits. Lyrically I thought a lot of songs were so-so and did not stand out much. In a way this album sounds like rough version of Kehlani’s ‘Sweet Sexy Savage’ album. This wasn’t a bad effort by Ms. Skye but she should refocus and try to make that step to the next level that many believed she was once capable of!

Rating: 7.5/10

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Favorite Tracks: Goodlove & U Don’t Know

JANUARY JEWELS: NOTABLE RELEASES THAT JUMP STARTED 2018

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2018 kicked off with some dope music from several of the industry’s stars, rising stars and best kept secrets. I’ve posted on twitter a little while back that I will be going back and reviewing albums that I missed this year. I have a lot of music to cover! I’ll be posting the projects in groups by the month they were released. I’ll be doing this for all albums through November. If people like the format I will close out the year this way and then resume with my normal posting style to kick off 2019. Aright…. let’s dive in to this because I have over 130 albums to look at by mid December and have so much to do outside of blogging. This is officially a challenge of Man vs Time. Esketittt!


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JUSTINE SKYE – ULTRAVIOLET

Justine, Justine…

Over the past few years we’ve seen an upward trend of new R&B female artists with many who have started to make their mark and solidify a solid fan base. Justine Skye was one of them but did not stick around. She released a few EPs that drew the comparison of her to Rihanna from many critics. After two EPs she kind of just fell off and became more known as Kylie Jenner’s BFF rather than an emerging R&B artist. It wasn’t till her third EP, ‘8 Ounces’ that it felt she was starting to find her way again and as promise a little more than a year later the R&B singer finally released her debut album ‘ULTRAVIOLET’.

Lets keep things short and sweet. Justine Skye is raw, unapologetic and most importantly, Skye is very talented. ‘ULTRAVIOLET’ is a fierce and explosive 10 track project that showcases her talents as she creates many enjoyable tracks that all could be possible radio hits. Lyrically I thought a lot of songs were so-so and did not stand out much. In a way this album sounds like rough version of Kehlani’s ‘Sweet Sexy Savage’ album. This wasn’t a bad effort by Ms. Skye but she should refocus and try to make that step to the next level that many believed she was once capable of!

Rating: 7.5/10

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Favorite Tracks: Goodlove & U Don’t Know


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Migos – Culture II

Culture II! The sequel to the Migos very successful “Culture” album was literally the most anticipated project of 2018 back in the Summer of 2017 when they started teasing us of its release. ‘Culture II’ arrived almost a year to the day of the release of ‘Culture’. The Atlanta trio went all out and put together a 24 track album full of star studded collaborators. This cast includes Drake, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Post Malone, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott and 21 Savage. Also on the production side, the talent is not lacking one bit! We were gifted with production done by Kanye West, Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, Mike Dean, Pharrell, 808 Mafia, Cardo, Cassius Jay, FKi, Murda Beatz, DJ Durel, C-Note and more. We even got Quavo tapping into his rapper/producer bag on the intro track. This project features 2017 Summer/end of the year bangers in “Motorsport,” “Stir Fry” and “Supastars.”

So overall Culture II was supposed to be a masterpiece according to the Atlanta trio. In an interview with Montreality back in September, the Migos stated “Culture 2 is a masterpiece man..We setting a trend, we started this whole lil wave, we started the whole genre, the whole flow, the whole melody. Ain’t nobody right now who can say they ain’t took our flow. We ain’t tripping, we never did trip. Hip-hop has changed in a big way, We changed it.”

So… I always keep it a stack with you all, so why lie now? Culture II is NOT A MASTERPIECE. Culture II IS NOT A GREAT ALBUM. BUT it’s not trash either. Yes I said it. Now let me briefly explain. It did not meet my expectations but overall it is a decent project. I didn’t have too many issues but I didn’t love it either. My first knock is that Culture II is too damn long. There were too many throw away to mediocre tracks on this sequel. Culture was 13 tracks and Culture II is 24 tracks. It’s clear to me that the label maybe demanded enough tracks to insure a #1 streaming debut. They wanted to repeat last years success so I don’t blame them but come on man. Getting 24 tracks after getting the Quality Control collaborative mixtape that had 30 tracks the month before was extremely overwhelming my goodness. This creates fatigue on the listeners and they won’t be receptive to the music as the artist intended for them too. Shit! To be honest, a part of me enjoyed the QC collaborative project over Culture II (sorry NOT sorry). I feel like they lost some of their special mystique on here. Maybe it’s just me.. This album also lacks organization. I believe if Culture II consisted of the 13-14 best tracks, we’d be having a totally different conversation. The production was overall solid and they did a great job picking the features as well but this was not a good follow up to ‘Culture’.

It sounds like I hate this album but I don’t. It flat out just fell way short of my expectations. To end this review on a more positive note, the consensus from many was that they enjoyed this album a lot. It does have a handful of forgettable tracks but we are in a current state where the Migos are the “culture” and they are the dictators of it. Their next project will make up for this disappointment. But it looks like we’re getting individual projects first from each member of the Migos… Can these dudes just relax and let us digest the music? SHEESH!

RATING: 7/10

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Favorite Songs: Motorsport, BBO, Narcos and Stir Fry


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Dave East – P2 (Album Review)

There are so many acts in today’s hip hop market. Harlem’s very own, Dave East, demands attention in this overcrowded market. ‘P2’ is the sequel to last year’s exquisite release, ‘Paranoia: A True Story’. On ‘P2’ the Nas co-sign carries on that New York rap tradition that true hip hop fans LOVE and WISH THERE WERE WAS MORE OF.

Immediately, Dave gives us an intro track that sets the tone of ‘P2’. “Talk Big” literally covered more ground than what many “rappers” 12 track mixtape would cover. This song has had ridiculous replay value for me and I’ve listened to it more and more as of late. Things do not slow down after this excellent first track as he reinforces his street persona on cuts like “Powder” and “I Can Not.” East also gets personal on “Corey” and on “I Found Keisha” he offers depth that you can really feel through a quite graphic story. It’s this kind of depth that is missing in a lot of artist music today.

The content on ‘P2’ was great and the production complimented Dave’s raps perfectly. There were a few tracks I wasn’t too crazy about such as “Thank You” and the super radio-reach “Woke Up” with Tory Lanez. I also was a little disappointed in the Lloyd Banks featured track “Violent.” All in all Dave East delivers once again with ‘P2’ and with back to back hard hitting mixtapes with Paranoia I and II, East commands way more attention. Stop faking “Hip Hop” fans.

Rating: 8.8/10

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Favorite Tracks: Talk to Big, Corey, I Can Not and I Found Keisha


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Camila Cabello – Camila (Album Review)

Back in May of 2017 she announced her debut album title as being ‘The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving’. The purpose for that title according to Cabello was to tell “the story of my journey from darkness into light, from a time when I was lost to a time when I found myself again.” As we fast forward a few months later, a Latin-influenced pop tune Camila chose to release as a “promotional single” became an unexpected smash. “Havana” eventually spent five weeks at Number one before finally being toppled by Ed Sheeran “Shape Of You.” (If my memory serves me correct) On January 12th of this year Camila Cabello’s debut ‘Camila’ was released. As we all know breaking off from a successful musical group to push a solo career is NEVER easy, but few have benefited tremendously from it. As for the ex-Fifth Harmony star, she completely nails her debut solo album in a way many probably could not predict.

“Havana” was the lead single and it’s what built up the anticipation of Camila’s debut. The album doesn’t follow the original “darkness into light” theme nor keeps the romantic feels of “Havana.” There are plenty of edgier moments. On “Something’s Gotta Give,” a strikingly direct break-up song, Camila sings, “you’re good at making me feel small.” The piano stripped ballad that is “Consequences” is a deeply candid track that stands out as Camila tells a former partner “loving you was dumb and dark and cheap,” and says she “lost a little weight because I wasn’t eating”. Its a very deep and personal track and shows how far the singer has come since the Fifth Harmony hit, “Work From Home.”

On songs such as “All These Years” and “Real Friends” we get a very acoustic pop version of Camila that may remind us of some popular Ed Sherran tracks. Ed Sherran was also a contributor on this project. “She Loves Control” has Spanish guitars and sleek reggaetón beats, while “Inside Out” features steel drums and a mention of Cabello’s upbringing in “the south side of Miami.” This 10 track debut showcases Camila’s talents and versatility leaving us with the impression that she indeed can prosper as a solo artist. Phenomenal album.

Rating: 8.8/10

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Favorite Tracks: She Loves Control, Havana & Real Friends


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DOMO GENESIS – AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE U

Odd Future’s Domo Genesis returns with his 6th mixtape to follow up last years ‘Red Corolla’. This time around, Domo recruits Evidence of Dilated Peoples to produce it in its entirety. The opening track “Me vs. Me” vents about internal conflict over a jazzy yet gloomy instrumental. It defiantly was an interesting choice for an intro track because the next song “Shaq Carries Kobe” featuring Phonte takes a jab at all the fake people in the industry and the world in general over a mellow Evidence beat. As we approach the core of ‘AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE U’, we get tracks such as “Free Kirk” which talks about going from a hustler to a rapper with the instrumental pretty much including an ongoing thunderstorm through it to possibly add to the rappers presentation of the transition between the two. “BBB” gives us confrontation and “Sing Me a Song” presents insight and ambitious lyrics over a smooth beat. Both “Brake” and “Fuck a Co-Sign” are short in length and I enjoyed these tracks solely for the production. The mixtape closer, “Hood Famous,” touches base on living by your limits accompanied with a beautiful piano on the production. This mixtape is only 20 minutes long but it was pretty enjoyable. It wasn’t “Red Corolla” but that’s okay! The production was solid and it’s always good to hear Domo rap and get his sh*t off!

Rating: 8/10

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Favorite Tracks: “Me vs. Me” and “Shaq Carries Kobe”


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SiR – November

TDE’s roster continues to grow! Top Dawg Entertainment is not a label just for rappers. They’ve come to embrace all kinds of artists. TDE’s roster consists of the top MC right now that is Kendrick Lamar. TDE also is the home of super talents such as Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q, Isiah Rishad, SZA and Ab-Soul. SZA who falls in the realm of R&B, with the addition of Inglewood’s finest, SiR, they’re diving deeper into R&B. SiR has brought his smooth and sultry brand of the genre into the mix with the execution of his debut album, ‘November’.

‘November’ is full of emotional confusion on majority of the 11 tracks. A project full of amazing vocals supported by laid-back rhythms, ‘November’ is a roller coaster of heartfelt confessions and romantic musings of someone who’s experienced a deep heartbreak but at the same time, an intoxicating love. SiR pines for his mystery woman’s affection on “War.” On the previous track he dismisses her clingy ways on “Never Home” and then on “Better” he wants her back. These tracks play in the order of “Never Home,” “War,” and “Better.” I personally thought this was the perfect organization to display what it’s like being in an intense relationship of the one SiR presents to us. I know I’ve been there before.

I was a fan of ScHoolboy Q’s contributions to lead single “Something Foreign” even though it was track that seemed misplaced a bit but still fit in with the albums concept I suppose. Tracks such as “D’Evils,” “Something New,” featuring British vocalist Etta Bond, and “Dreaming Of Me,” I enjoyed on pure strength of the near-flawless production work. Since we’re talking production now, “Dreaming Of Me,” produced by H-Money, cleverly samples Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit “Xplosive” in a new surprisingly pleasant manner. The album closes with “Summer In November” which I think was the perfect way to conclude and wrap up the album’s concept.

November has many producers but is able to remain sonically cohesive. To couple the amazing production job with SiR’s undeniable talent this makes for an amazing debut that will be in consideration for one of this year’s best releases. (Ain’t that right Shawn?!)

Rating: 9.75/10

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Favorite Tracks: D’Evils, Never Home, War, Better, That’s Alright and Dreaming of Me


So hopefully I covered the MAJOR releases in January. If I missed anything leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter @SuaveMontana. Also I have a poll up! Vote on what project you thought was the best!

Another poll is up too which is super important to me… Would you all prefer I post the remaining albums in this monthly format (Something new I’m trying) or just do individual post and spit ’em out as I complete them?

H.E.R. – I Used To Know Her: The Prelude (EP Review)

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H.E.R is back!!!! The mysterious and talented H.E.R official debut album doesn’t have an official release date yet but she hints that it’ll be coming real soon. For the time being, she is on Chris Brown’s Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour preforming the gems from her two previous self titled EP’s, “H.E.R. Volume 1” and “H.E.R. Volume 2 – The B Sides.” With H.E.R busy on tour she still was able to grace us with some new music! “I Used To Know Her: The Prelude” is a six track EP that features Bryson Tiller and DJ Scratch! Shall we dive in?


Tracklist and Song Ratings

  1. Lost Souls (feat. DJ Scratch) (5/5)
  2. Against Me (3.9/5)
  3. Be On My (Interlude) (4.5/5)
  4. Could’ve Been (feat. Bryson Tiller) (4.6/5)
  5. Feel a Way (4.2/5)
  6. As I Am (5/5)

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H.E.R definitely did “H.E.R” thing on this EP! An artist heavily loaded in mystery gifted with mesmerizing vocals delivers a complete EP to build the anticipation of her forthcoming but also holding her fans over with some great music in the meantime. H.E.R channels her inner Lauren Hill on the 90’s era inspired track “Lost Souls.” H.E.R  addresses materialism, body positivity and toxic masculinity. All topics in which the great Lauryn Hill would cover. In her first verse, H.E.R raps:  

“Confusing self-conscious with self-confidence // So you monogamous be body positive // Those pills you swallowing, for a following // What he got to offer? // He don’t see the kids that he fathering.”

It doesn’t get any more real than that! I had no clue she  had this sound in her arsenal. After the opening track she returns to her familiar sound for the rest of the EP. On “Could’ve Been,” she teams up with Mr. Trap Soul, Bryson Tiller, to create a smooth yet soulful track about heartbreak. On it, H.E.R. and Bryson Tiller go back and forth about the potential  of a  relationship that ended with a lot of wonders.  These two sound great together and I would not mind hearing them again in the future. On the final track, “As I Am,” we get a feel good track with amazing instrumentals to coexist  with  some lovely vocals.

H.E.R presents us with a dope EP as we wait for her next full length project. She is an extremely dope artist who is becoming quite the star. Seems like just yesterday she was an up and coming artist that not everyone knew of. I discovered H.E.R  last year through the Joe Budden podcast and never looked back. Now H.E.R is on tour with Chris Brown and getting Bryson Tiller features. I like seeing growth from artist and this EP shows it.

 

Rating: 9/10

 

 

 

The Weeknd – My Dear Melancholy (Album Review)

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I don’t mind stating the obvious. I’m pretty damn late on reviewing this project. What’s important is that I am here now and ready to tackle a Weeknd project that seemed to be loved by all my peers. Anyways, The Weeknd returned to the scene back in late March with his six-track EP “My Dear Melancholy.” When he first appeared back in 2011, he dropped three amazing mixtapes that have turned out to be timeless and still loved by many! We knew pretty much nothing about him back then. He was just an artist who wanted to make great content and did not care for mainstream success. So now lets fast forward to 2017. A lot has changed with The Weeknd. We learned his identity as Abel Tesfaye. Also, this once mysterious and shy individual a red carpet star with two smash crossover pop albums, 2015’s ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ and 2016’s  Daft Punk-featuring ‘Starboy’. On top of that he has had a couple high profile relationships. OH! How could i forget? He also has his own label, XO Records. On “My Dear Melancholy,” we see The Weeknd looping back to that that dark gloomy aesthetic sound that caught our attention.


Tracklist and Song Ratings

  1. CALL OUT MY NAME (4.3/5)
  2. TRY ME (4.5/5)
  3. WASTED TIMES (5/5)
  4. I WAS NEVER THERE (4/5)
  5. HURT YOU (5/5)
  6. PRIVILEGE (4.4/5)

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My Dear Melancholy is a solid project that gives “true fans” the feels from when The Weeknd first busted on to the scene. From track to track you can’t help  but to feel the deep emotions that are generated from this project. This six song EP revolves around heartbreak and anger which comes to no surprise following his Selena break up and prior to their relationship, the split between he and Bella Hadid. 

 On “My Dear Melancholy ” Abel owns the “heartbroken jerk” persona. There were plenty of extremely petty and personal lyrics that could be felt by any listener who has ever experienced heartbreak. The Weeknd was able to use his pain into making an amazing EP. In my opinion this could be his most FOCUSED project since “House of Ballons.” 

Two Songs that I really enjoyed were “Wasted Times” and “Hurt You.” Wasted Times was a song that was very Drake esque but here we find The Weeknd doing Drake better than Drake. (Confirmation that The Weekend DEFINITELY wrote some of our favorite emo Drake tracks for him lol) On here, The Weeknd makes subtle references to his high profile relationships with Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez from the past. Abel sounded great on here as he sings out his frustrations. This song solely focuses on his regrets and faults.

“Hurt You” is that song that comes on late at at night on shuffle that might make you f*cking cry. Straight Up! The Weeknd starts the song by saying relationships are his enemy. The song is more uptempo than the other tracks on the album but the lyrics remain dreary and somber. Maybe I should stop talking about this song before I shed a tear myself. 

I had no real issues with this project. There were apparent contributors on this project in  Nicolas Jaar and Gesaffelstein but I guess The Weekend’s style overpowered them and had the two contributors on mute. I did mention this EP had that classic Weeknd sound but I was surprised that their wasn’t a song on here that could be seen as a smash hit single but, they were all of great quality. 

Anyways to wrap things up, This project was a bit thin but its purpose was to serve as an EP and it was released unannounced. “My Dear Melancholy” has cohesion which is good. Thematically this EP surrounds heartbreak with a focus on regret, remorse and reflection. I keep mentioning classic Weekend because this project really does bring back this nostalgic feeling but its just not like The Weeknd’s early projects  “House of Balloons” or “Echoes of Silence.” I really enjoyed this project and it has me curious in what direction The Weeknd will be headed in for his next album. The Starboy may be drifting from the bright lights and returning  to darkness, a place where his music always thrived. 

 

Rating: 8.8/10

Jorja Smith – Lost & Found (Album Review)

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Jorja Smith has ARRIVED. After a long three years Jorja Smith finally steps into spotlight all whiles taking her first steps into Super Stardom.  It’s crazy that in a matter of a year or so Jorja went from the gorgeous Starbucks barista to singing the hook on “Get It Together”, one of my favorite songs and a stand out track on  Drake’s ‘More Life’ album (playlists) in 2017. This was just the beginning though for a big year for Miss Smith. This led her to appearances on the soundtracks to “Black Panther” and Issa Rae’s hit TV show “Insecure.” She also could be found on some major singles with Stormzy and Kali Uchis where she displayed her versatility. With her debut album, “Lost & Found,” the 20-year-old singer attempts to prove she can carry a complete project of her own!


Tracklist & Ratings

  1. LOST & FOUND (5/5)
  2. TEENAGE FANTASY (4.5/5)
  3. WHERE DID I GO (4.5/5)
  4. FEBRUARY 3RD (4.75/5)
  5. ON YOUR OWN (4.4/5)
  6. THE ONE (5/5)
  7. WANDERING ROMANCE (5/5)
  8. BLUE LIGHTS (5/5)
  9. LIFEBOATS (FREESTYLE) (5/5)
  10. GOODBYES (4.5/5)
  11. TOMORROW (4.5/5)
  12. DON’T WATCH ME CRY (4.75/5)

Favorite Tracks: Lost & Found, Wandering Romance, Lifeboats (Freestyle), and The One


 I obviously take my time when I review albums. Sometimes I know right away how I feel about a project. Most times I like a project and then revisit it several times in a period of two weeks sometimes to a month and I still enjoy a project. Sometimes I discover issues and I feel a different way. In my opinion it’s the best way to take in the music and give an accurate read if something is “Hot” or “Not.” I took my time with this one.

Jorja Smith justified the hype surrounding her with her debut album “Lost & Found.” “Lost & Found” finds the 20-year-old singer delivering 12 tracks circling around heartbreak.  This debut is a follow up to Jorja’s 2016 EP ‘Project 1’. You can see the growth from that project to ‘Lost & Found’. A few songs that stood out to me were “Lost &Found,” “Life Boats,” “The One” and my favorite track, “Wandering Romance.” “Life Boats Freestyle” was super dope. Jorja on here reminded me so much of Lauryn Hill. The way she sang and melodically rapped on a very backpack rap/soulful beat. I’m not too sure this was really a freestyle but none the less. This track was amazing. “The One” was another dope song that showcased some of Jorja’s best singing. You could literally feel her emotion from every lyric and note that was sung. The album titled track “Lost & Found” was an excellent choice as the opening track for this project. This song is extremely soulful and carries some feel-good vibes. Man do I love Jorja’s accent on here……sheesh. Wandering Romance was my favorite track on here. From the production, to Jorja’s singing and the overall feels generated from Jorja’s deep soul quenching words, this song is the best song on the album. I definitely am in a mood as I say this so maybe I am wrong but In my opinion this is the best song on this project.

There was a lot of good on the album. This project was carefully constructed and full of many different sounds. There were no features on this album and I feel that this was an excellent move by Jorja. This was a confident move that pays off as her songwriting decisions prove a clear command of her range. It looks as is the plan for ‘Lost & Found’ as a project full of love songs and heart break. Instead my view on this project was that it was a plethora of complex songs with concepts surrounding desires, emotional clarity and directness in love and self. Also I do have to mention the strongest moments of the album had to be the carefree and bouncy rapping of “Lifeboats” and the heartbreaking “Blue Lights”, a tale of cycles of racial profiling that places her powerful voice front and center.

That being said, I do not have any real issues on this project. Jorja Smith is really making a name for herself.  Throughout these 12 songs, Jorja shows a mastery of many different styles and ability to capitalize on her musical experiments. I obviously liked some tracks more than others but as a collective this debut album by the lovely Jorja Smith was amazing to say the least. 

 

Rating: 9.8/10