Artist: S. Reidy
EP: And Here With You, I Am
Genre: Hip Hop/Alternative Hip Hop
The term “Alternative Hip Hop” has been thrown around to describe artists in Hip Hop who experiment and incorporate outside elements of different genres that aren’t primarily used in the genre of “Hip Hop,” and as much as this can be a necessary label to inform the listener that they’re in for something different from the mainstream Hip Hop they’re most likely accustomed to, it’s also a label that almost never does an artist justice when it comes to describing the myriad of sounds an influences in their music. Artists like Norman, Oklahoma’s own S. Reidy is further proof that some music is nearly impossible to sum up with one genre tag, and that’s a sign of someone truly ambitious and innovative. His new E.P. And Here With You, I Am is an emotional, introspective, and poetic ride that is as fun as it is sentimental. Being five tracks in length, the E.P. is a short but fulfilling journey through the world of Reidy, and the atmosphere and mood is created right off the bat with the opening track “Fall.” The production is dreamy and features lo-fi percussion, and Reidy’s versatile vocals range from melodic rawness that evokes the spirit of “Emo Rock” to impressive rapping free from boastfulness but rich in genuine mindfulness. Without a doubt this E.P. is moody and a tad bit melancholy. Perfect for those days when you wanna go for a walk in gloomy weather with headphones on ignoring the world, but it’s also fun enough and catchy enough to ride around with your best friends singing along to the undeniably catchy hooks. Seriously, I dare you to try and not sing along to the chorus on “Dustin’s Mustache,” by the end of the song you’ll be shouting the lyrics “I never wanted things to ever change! I never wanted things to stay the same! I’d make my mind up but I’m feeling too jaded!” With powerful emotions and introspective thought expressed through poetic lyrics, live instrumentation consisting of soothing acoustic guitar, bass, some piano combined with Hip Hop inspired drum machines, and the irresistible vocal melodies, it’s evident that S. Reidy is one of those artists that gets better and better with each release, and the future looks very bright for this talented visionary.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
BROCKHAMPTON are set to release their new album Iridescence tonight, which was recorded at the legendary “Abbey Road Studios.” While we wait, the group has released a new song off the album titled “J’OUVERT,” and it is a hard hitting banger that is dark, unrelenting, and features a standout aggressive verse from member JOBA. You can watch the music video for “J’OUVERT” below:
The wait is finally over. After several album name changes and much speculation as to when their new album Iridescence would get a release date, BROCKHAMPTON have announced that they will release the album on September 21st, and that’s just around the corner. This follows last year’s impressive SATURATION trilogy, and this is the group’s first album without Ameer Vann who was kicked out recently due to sexual misconduct allegations. The tracklist has also been revealed and it looks like the album will not feature their recent singles “1999 WILDFIRE,” “1998 TRUMAN,” and “1997 DIANA.” According to the band, Iridescence will be the first installment of another trilogy titled The Best Years of Our Lives. The group recorded the album at the legendary “Abbey Road Studios,” and it will be their first release on the label “RCA Records.” You can check out the tracklist below:
BROCKHAMPTON also have a documentary about the making of Iridescence coming out in select theaters titled The Longest Summer In America. Watch the trailer below:
“BROCKHAMPTON” have been dropping banger after banger in recent weeks, and their new track “1997 DIANA” is no exception. Accompanied with a music video containing the group’s signature off the wall energy, “1997 DIANA” might be the group’s best single of the year by far, even though it is their shortest. You can watch the music video below:
Last night “BROCKHAMPTON” released the second episode of their Things We Lost In The Fire radio show on Apple Music, and like the previous episode, the group released a brand new track along with it. Following “1999 WILDFIRE,” their new track “1998 TRUMAN” is a bit zanier and a lot more high energy than the preceding track. Still no word on whether or not these tracks will appear on their upcoming album The Best Years Of Our Lives, or when that album will even be released, but it’s clear that “BROCKHAMPTON” will continue to release new music throughout the Summer. You can listen to “1998 TRUMAN” below:
In the wake of recent hardships, everyone’s favorite boy band “BROCKHAMPTON” have managed to prevail. Following the group’s emotional performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the group have released a new track titled “1999 Wildfire,” and this track assures us all that the group is here to stay. Whether or not this track will appear on their upcoming album The Best Days Of Our Lives is unknown at the moment, but one thing is for sure, “BROCKHAMPTON” plan on owning this Summer. You can listen to the track as well as watch it’s music video below:
Artist: KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Album: KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Genre: Hip Hop/Alternative Hip Hop
Considering the fact that both Kanye West and Kid Cudi changed the landscape of Hip Hop and set the foundation for Hip Hop in the 2010’s together, it’s surprising that the two are barely teaming up for a collab album now, but in a way, no other time seems more perfect for this to happen than right now. We’re near the end of this decade, and under the name “KIDS SEE GHOSTS” Kanye and Cudi have released an album that solidifies the impact the two have had in the music world. This is album number three in this recent string of Kanye produced albums, and following the mediocre disappointment that was Ye, this album puts Kanye right back on the cutting edge, and it sure is nice to hear Cudi’s return. With well crafted and imaginative production, the two sound more rejuvenated than ever. The beats are what Kanye strived to do on The Life of Pablo, but this time around they’re more unique and… you know…. finished, and with lyrical themes involving self-acceptance, self doubt, and overcoming mental illness, this album is the inspirational impact Ye should have been. I’m sure the two had their beloved fans in mind when creating this album, but it’s evident that the two absolutely had to make this album to exorcise their demons. Everything from the explosive Pusha-T featuring opener “Feel The Love” that erupts with Man’s Not Hot-esque “brrrraaa ka ka kas” to the emotional Kurt Cobain sampling closer “Cudi Montage,” this is a forward thinking album that incorporates new musical elements, but also features everything we love about Kanye and Cudi. One can only hope that the two continue to make incredible music like this under the “KIDS SEE GHOSTS” name.
Written By: Steven Sandoval