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.
Ty Dolla $ign — "Dawsin’s Breek" ft. Jeremih
The brilliantly titled “Dawsin's Breek” is loose, tropical, and languorous. It's stunt-singing and brag-boasting but with such merriment, you can’t help but feel as if you’re on a yacht alongside Ty making a mockery of the less fortunate. No one likes a show-off, but we all love a good time, and Dolla $ign brings the carefree fun. (B)
Ty Dolla $ign — "Message In A Bottle"
Slow and wobbly, the production creates a vibe to accompany Ty’s drunk excursion. This isn’t his best storytelling, though. He draws you in with a lucid and free-flowing approach, but there’s not enough thrill in this tale of a drunk night filled with poor decisions. It’s the vocals that could make “Message In A Bottle” a winner, as his voice has always ascended any shortcomings with the pen. (C+)
Wizkid — "Everytime" ft. Future
Everything about “Everytime” sounds tranquil except for the way Future sings “everytime” during the hook. It’s a pitch that doesn’t work for him. I love how airy the production is, the Afrobeat sound will make you feel as if you’re sunbathing on a beach. I wish the mix was a bit crisper, but Future expanding his reach onto the global stage led to an enjoyable record, one that has promises to be big overseas. (C)
Offset — "Cinco De Mayo" ft. Young Nudy
I would’ve loved to see Offset introduce a newer flow or delivery on this solo effort, it’s hard to praise a great outfit when it’s worn to every outing. Young Nudy rapping in his inside voice as if the studio was a library is starting to grow on me. It adds an ominous texture to his goonish lyrics, I just wish he was more lively. (C-)
Lecrae — "Whatchu Mean" ft. Aha Gazelle
I’m not well-versed in Lecrae’s music, but I know Big Sean, and “Whatchu Mean” sounds like an I Decided throwaway. Even his harmonizing melodies sound like they were taken from Sean’s bag of tricks. There’s always something uncomfortable when an artist tries to fit into a modern sound and the attempt is such a generic creation. There are some interesting flows, and a couple of cool lines, but "Whatchu Mean" overall is like watching a fish out of water swag surfing. Well, not that cool. (D)
By Yoh, aka Ty Yohlla $ign, aka @Yoh31