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.
Snoh Aalegra — "Fool For You"
Snoh doesn’t sing, she opens her mouth and the words become a quilt that wraps around your entire body. Her voice is elegant yet striking, just the right amount of gentle power. “Fool For You” is a beautiful expression of never-ending love, the naive kind of love that never ends in happiness, but will give you the most wonderful momentary bliss. Snoh Aalegra is bliss. (B)
Injury Reserve — "See You Sweat"
When the drums drop it’s like Injury Reserve is giving an invitation to absolutely lose your mind. Parker Corey produced a banger that hits harder than Beyoncé’s baseball bat colliding with car windows. “See You Sweat” is a fun record, the kind of party song just waiting to cause havoc in sweaty basements where the music can be loud, alcohol flows endlessly, and dancing like a madman is encouraged. (B)
MFnMelo — "Lately" ft. Saba & DinnerWithJohn
A cool, mid-tempo exploration into the recent thoughts that have been swimming around the minds of MFnMelo and Saba. “Lately” is a well-executed journal entry, the kind of song that brings you a little closer to the two Pivot Gang-repping, Chicago emcees. Need more rappers over Saba's production in 2018. (C)
Metro Boomin — "Blue Pill" ft. Travis Scott
Unreleased Travis Boomin that, musically, sounds like it was pulled from the Days Before Rodeo/Rodeo vault. Production is wonderfully woozy, there’s an intoxicating quality to the haunting synths. “Blue Pill” doesn’t feel good enough to have made the album, but a treat for those who miss the Travis of old. A bit dated but will fill fans with the same nostalgia joy of discovering an old photograph. (C)
Juicy J — "Freaky" ft. A$AP Rocky & $uicideBoy$
Juicy J is still creating the anthems for excess spending in strip clubs, downing bottles of Bombay gin, and not turning down the most ratchet woman’s sexual advances. “Freaky” is another “Bandz A Make Her Dance” offspring that features a killer A$AP Rocky flow and a bizarre $uicideBoy$ appearance. I love the production―dirty as the money raining upon the pole-dancing goddesses―but there’s very little reason to play this more than once. Maybe it’s time for Juicy J to attend a new club. (C-)
By Yoh, aka MFn Yohlo, aka @Yoh31