Report Card: Injury Reserve Gets Emotional, Yung Lean Surprises, PND Continues to Confuse

And Kaytranada will have you getting a fresh cut and hitting the club.

There is simply too much music and not enough hours.

Attempting to cover every notable and great album is difficult enough, but reviewing every notable and great song is simply impossible.

Instead of a futile attempt at covering everything, then, we’ve come up with the DJBooth Report Card: a simple, daily review of five recently-released records, using an A (incredible) to F (make it stop) letter grade system.

Along with a grade, each song will be accompanied by a brief sentence or two. Report Card isn't meant to be a deep dive nor profound analysis, but a daily appetizer for music scavengers seeking great recommendations and the newest, most notable songs to either bump or avoid.

Injury Reserve — "North Pole" ft. Austin Feinstein

Melancholic excellence. Over slow and somber production, Stepa J. Groggs and Ritchie With a T deliver the kind of rainy day reflective rap song that throws you into a sea of emotions. Listeners are guaranteed to hug a loved one after giving the single a full listen; the best songs move us in this way. (B+)



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KAYTRANADA — "2017 - 38"

There’s something about a good, groovy beat that makes you feel better than getting a haircut. Kaytranada's “2017 - 38” is the sound of being fresh out the barber chair, preparing to enter the club and living your best life. Get lost in the funk. (B)

Yung Lean — "Red Bottom Sky"

With each listen, “Red Bottom Sky” only gets better. Production is stripped down enough to be considered a nudist, Lean’s voice is simplistic yet spellbinding, and there’s a beautiful quality to his existential songwriting. It’s a dreamy trip from reality. I wish Lean’s voice was a bit stronger to truly pierce the soul, but this promising offering is hopefully a sign of the music to come. (C)

Lil Durk — "Goofy" ft. Future & Jeezy

Lil Durk returns with a Southside-produced banger that will cause speakers to rattle, trunks to thump, and roofs to burn. The beat is harder than Thor’s hammer colliding with Captain America’s shield, but the trifecta of Durk, Future and Jeezy is easily forgotten—like Bow Wow signing to Cash Money. (C)

PARTYNEXTDOOR — "Cartier" ft Jadakiss

YoungThugNextDoor continues to puzzle me with his recent string of releases. It’s becoming cringeworthy to hear him rap in mumbled couplets, especially the second verse where he rhymes as if he’s been inhaling helium. PND is a talented songwriter and a good singer, but he's a forgettable rapper. Even Jadakiss―who always delivers notable features―can’t save this one from the recycling bin. (D)

By Yoh, aka Yoh Fenny, aka @Yoh31



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And a posse cut that's nothing short of seeing a family of unicorns galloping into the sunset.