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.
Blu — "Constellations"
Below The Heavens is such a timeless classic that an unreleased song from the Blu and Exile collaboration has aged without a single wrinkle. Sonically, the record is a time machine back to 2007, a time when the rap blogosphere believed Blu would be the next big lyricist to seize the industry. A wonderful dream that we all had to awaken from. Feels good to go back, just for a moment. (B)
BadBadNotGood — "Concessions Pt III" ft. Colin Stetson
BadBadNotGood and Colin Stetson really delivered seven minutes of jazzy, ethereal bliss without charging us a single dime. Treat your ears to music without words and enjoy the sound of instruments moving in perfect unison with the elegance of synchronized dolphins at Seaworld. (B)
Russ — "Think Twice"
Russ is on a one man tirade against the fakeness in the rap industry. Here he vents his outrage over a Scott Storch beat that has a lot more kick than I expected. It’s cool, there’s some harsh truth here, but another song about the industry being fake is like making a song about the sky being blue. You've heard it before if you've watched a Russ interview or follow him on Twitter, but the point about the rappers abusing drugs and the influence of that abuse needs to be talked about. (C)
Young Nudy— "Cancer Stick No Pressure" ft. Offset
The production sounds like walking through a trap house turned haunted house in the best possible way. If Quavo is the Migo’s hookman, Offset is their hitman―who you call when a banger needs to be stomped upon. This was my first introduction to Nudy, his energy and monotone voice doesn’t match Offset’s energy so the entire songs synergy takes a drastic shift. Still not bad, will run it back on Halloween. (C)
Kevin Gates — "Beautiful Scars" ft. PnB Rock
Is PnB Rock the next August Alsina? He has one of those R&B voices women will call radio stations to hear every hour on the hour. Out of all the recent Gates singles, "Beautiful Scars" is the first rap/R&B cut with some real potential.
By Yoh, aka BadBadYohGood, aka @Yoh31