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.
Big K.R.I.T. — "Confetti"
The guitar riff at the very beginning grabs you immediately, abruptly cutting through the minimal beat with the aggression of a driver possessed by road rage. It’s like a warning that the calm wouldn’t last. By the hook, Krizzle's voice has risen to power as the drums and bass drop with such force I’m surprised California wasn’t knocked loose from North America. Some of the hardest knocks I’ve heard since “DNA.” K.R.I.T. sounds like a proud warrior who just arrived on planet Earth from Asgard ready to behead any king who swears they hold the crown. It’s a powerful reemergence and a loud warning of what’s to come. Your confetti ain't even heavy. (B)
PARTYNEXTDOOR — "Better Man" ft. Rick Ross
Before peeping the entire Seven Days EP, it feels good to champion “Better Man” as the best PARTYNEXTDOOR song to grace my ears in some time. It's the ballad of a man who wants to be better. He sounds like... himself. It’s been a good year for Ross features, he's continued a streak of strong rapping, and these drums truly set a mood for his voice to skate across. More records of this caliber please, PND. (B)
Xavier Omär — "Runnin Round"
I wasn’t expecting Xavier to come with the trap bounce, a pleasant surprise. Fans of Bryson Tiller’s Trapsoul will gravitate toward this one. Omär is the better vocalist, though, and his versatility shows a possibility of acquiring real estate in the lane that Bryson and 6LACK are currently dominating. (B)
Majid Jordan — "My Imagination" ft. dvsn
I don’t normally like Majid Jordan singles. They make good, enjoyable songs, but there’s always something missing. Thanks to easy on the ear vocals, soft but endearing production, and a relatable mood, nothing appears to be absent from “My Imagination.” Pretty girls are heartbreakers and Majid Jordan and their OVO counterparts in dvsn know this all too well. (B-)
Tory Lanez — "Skrt Skrt"
Why does Tory sound like he’s being tortured in the recording booth? The inflection in his voice is far more grating than sensual. It exists in a similar Caribbean vibe as “Luv” but the moment he begins to sing the vibe is killed and left in the slaughterhouse. I like Tory, but I'd rather not hear him sound as if someone is stepping on his toes during an elegant dance. (D)
By Yoh, aka Majid Yohdan, aka @Yoh31