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Report Card: Open Mike Eagle Lyrically Excels, Maxo Kream Takes Us to Mars, Roy Woods Falls Short

And I'd like to hear more from the trifecta of E-40, Yo Gotti and NBA YoungBoy.
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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.

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Open Mike Eagle — "Legendary Iron Hood" 

Mike Eagle's words are like a lasso the way they wrap around ears and pulls listeners in. His ability to create enthralling, introspective imagery is put on full display over Exile's jazz-filled production that's softer than a plush mattress. Eloquent rhymes and an elegant electric guitar is reason enough to get lost in this song. (B)



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E-40 — "Straight Out The Dirt" ft. Yo Gotti & YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Another rags-to-riches Southern anthem to play at obnoxiously high volumes. The hook is a bit repetitive, the length is too long, but 40, Gotti, and YoungBoy all arrive with worthwhile verses. E-40's abundance of flows is criminally underappreciated. Would like to hear more from this trifecta if paired with a better songwriter to produce a chorus that doesn’t annoy after the first minute. (C)

Hustle Gang — "Friends" ft. T.I., Rara, Brandon Rossi, Tokyo Jetz, Trae Tha Truth & Young Dro

T.I. is bringing back posse cuts. “Friends” is a showcase of the Hustle Gang roster, and there’s a cool and creative quality to the crew playing off of each other for a little over three minutes. Not a bad song, but I would still choose solo T.I. (C)

Maxo Kream — "Mars" ft. Lil Uzi Vert

A sugary trap record about being so high that Earth is left for Mars, far from a new concept in self-medicated rap. Maxo and Lil Uzi are too polarizing for a song so clichéd and unadorned. Moderately catchy, but ultimately forgettable. (C-)

Roy Woods — "New New" ft. Rich The Kid

Why does Roy Woods sound like OVO attempted to merge Drake and The Weeknd into a single being? Also is Rich The Kid who you bring in when Carti isn’t returning phone calls? “New New” repurposes a bunch of generic ideas that have been done better. (D)

By Yoh, aka Open Yoh Eagle, aka @Yoh31