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.
L.A. VanGogh — "Be Careful" ft. Sherren Olivia
L.A. VanGogh offers ears a musical massage. The mid-tempo instrumental is full of jubilant soul and the pleasant texture added by the backing vocals is lovely; reminds me of the warmth Tyler, The Creator soaks his production in. L.A. is lyrically refreshing, especially with his views of self-care and the usage and power of words. One of the best songs you will hear this week. (B)
Kevin Gates — "Had To"
Throwaway music while an artist is incarcerated rarely lives up to the standard we have for their work. “Had To” is no different—a solid effort, enjoyable, but it doesn’t live up to the best Kevin has previously given us. (C)
G-Eazy — "No Limit" ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B
The production has the exuberant energy of a classroom of toddlers after naptime, and the combined effort of G-Eazy and Rocky makes for a chant-worthy chorus. Cardi B completely glides like a magical Bronx fairy, each feature only further brightening her star. Not even a few corny lines by G threaten this potential banger from becoming a post-summer smash. Antarctica will have a hot winter before this record fails to blow up. (C)
DJ Kay Slay — "Jealousy" ft. Busta Rhymes, Tech N9ne, The Game & Meet Sims
DJ Kay Slay proudly proclaims that three lyricists have been brought together for the sake of musical murder, which is a very Kay Slay thing to say. Busta and Tech show up with rapid-fire flows, two OGs still flexing their potent pens. The Game slows things down but is still able to deliver a solid performance with vintage Game scold. "Jealousy" is a decent throwback that would be much better if the beat didn't sound like it was made sampling a garbage disposal. The horrendous hook will make you miss Junior Reid. (D)
Miguel — "Shockandawe"
Lacking in luster. Lacking in life. Miguel is far too talented and electrifying to be this forgettable. (D)
By Yoh, aka Yoh Frizzle, aka @Yoh31