Did you vote today?
If not, kindly bring your late and/or apathetic ass to your designated polling place and perform your civic duty, my friend. Unless you don’t live in the U.S., in which case, please excuse my all-American tendency to act like the entire world is involved in our every affair.
If yes, good for you. Slap that “I Voted” sticker on your shirt, upload a pic as proof to your IG story (as is obligated in the Constitution), get in an argument with that one asshole who acts like they’re too good to vote, and enjoy the rest of your day with the best goddamn Election Day playlist this side of Obama’s second term.
If you're not sure, please see a doctor and head here for a Spotify playlist of all 10 selections.
Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist — “Bundy & Sincere”
Seven years after “Scottie Pippen,” the bloodshot-eyed trifecta of Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, and The Alchemist have delivered a long-awaited fan’s wet dream in Fetti, and unlike most high-profile releases from 2018—this year of our TMZ lords Drake and Ye—it is both excellent and not long enough. “Bundy & Sincere” alone qualifies Alc for producer-of-the-year conversations. The sample wizard laces Spitta and Gibbs with a resplendent backdrop for Mac Miller tributes and lines like “Bitch I rap for fun and sell that coca leaf to maintain.”
Metro Boomin — “Don’t Come Out the House” ft. 21 Savage
“Y’all must thought that I was gon’ whisper the whole time.” “Don’t Come Out the House” is a three-minute, part-ASMR slasher flick that hopefully points to plenty of Metro production on 21’s upcoming project.
Vince Staples — “FUN!”
One of the year’s best music videos belongs to the lead single for Vince Staples’ latest critical darling. Vince Staples knows you're having "FUN!" but that may not be a good thing.
Jay Critch — “Replace”
With one of the year’s best songs, “Ego,” in tow, Jay Critch has released his Interscope debut, Hood Favorite. The project marks an important entry in New York’s modern rap landscape, and Critch establishes himself as perhaps the city’s premier trendsetter, especially on standouts like the hypnotizing “Replace.”
Rucci & 1TakeJay — “Intro”
Blueface may be the polarizing rapper of the moment, but it’s Compton’s 1TakeJay that excites me most in the vibrant haze of LA’s current rap renaissance. On The Winning Team, a lean, 32-minute collaborative full-length with his Inglewood neighbor and fellow regional star Rucci, the two flourishing talents bounce off each other’s energy and it's simply a joy to hear them rapping. The project’s “Intro” is a high-speed chase bookended by luxurious keys, Rucci’s grizzled snarl the perfect complement to 1TakeJay’s elastic yelps.
Theophilus London — “Only You” ft. Tame Impala
Though I never expected Theophilus London and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker to join forces to cover Steve Monite’s funky 1984 Nigerian disco hit “Only You,” it's great that it happened.
H.E.R. — “I’m Not OK”
I Used to Know Her: Part 2 sheds the sultry, filtered, “trap-soul” leanings of its predecessor for much lusher, acoustic scenery, and positions H.E.R. as contemporary R&B’s do-it-all talent, able to shift between moods, genres, and styles with ease. “I’m Not OK” is the EP’s emotional centerpiece, a powerfully sparse baring of the soul that speaks to losing faith and all-consuming loneliness that stems from separation from a lover.
J.I.D — “Off Deez” ft. J. Cole
J.I.D has this man J. Cole rapping at Tech N9ne speed about picking up the Glock and putting blood stains on Notre Dame hoodies.
Young Nudy — “Zone 6 (Remix)" ft. Future & 6LACK
Future and 6LACK join Young Nudy for an East Atlanta remix to one of the highlights from Nudy’s SlimeBall 3.
Eearz, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Mike WiLL Made-It — “Kill ‘Em With Success (From “Creed II: The Album”)"
Only a potent teaming of ScHoolboy Q and 2 Chainz over Mike WiLL production could overcome my distaste for song titles containing the name of the movie they’re supporting. Eearz sounds great too.
Album of the Week:
Tie: Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist — Fetti / Vince Staples — FM!
Meme of the Week:
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