Since this is my first Shuffle post, allow me to briefly introduce myself. My name is Jordan, and simply put: I’m here to talk about hip-hop. Born and raised in the Detroit area, I’ve always been around the genre; naturally it became an inspiration of mine and eventually grew into something that I not only love personally, but something that I loved to discuss with others as well. That’s what brought me to where I am right now.
So, here we are, 3/4 of the way through 2015. Scary, huh? Time flies when you’re having fun, but time soars when you listen to some good albums. This year especially has been a fantastic year for hip-hop. The genre is literally changing right before our eyes; steadily diving into a sea of trap beats, singing hooks and basic lyricism. However, hip-hop has managed to stay alive and even make a comeback in the year 2015. To name a few: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Vince Staples’ Summertime ’06, and even the legend himself, Dr. Dre released his album Compton; his prior album was released sixteen years ago! As the year gets closer to the end, Travi$ Scott emerges. Some of you probably knew who he was before Rodeo dropped on Sept 4, some of you probably didn’t, and that’s okay! But do yourself a favor and check out the album, because right now, Travi$ Scott tops my list of best new artists; a young rapper/producer from Houston who rose to self proclaimed fame by ghostwriting, and even producing, most of Kanye’s recent work. If you’re new to his music and need a little more guidance, here are 4 must-hear songs off Rodeo:
3500 ft. Future, 2 Chainz
One of my favorite songs off the album for multiple reasons: Travi$ samples Nicki Minaj’s Want Some More, which is already a great beat, and turns it into something on a completely different level. It’s sharper, more experimental, and the rhythm goes perfectly to the flow of Travi$, which slightly resembles Pusha T on this one. Next up is Future, who’s making an incredible comeback this year. Dropping multiple projects throughout 2015 alone, one of those being a collaborative mixtape with Drake, he’s quickly making his way back to the top. Lastly, 2 Chainz is simply the cherry on top. You can always count on him for the trap/millionaire lingo; “Resident all eloquent, leather shit in my front yard, TV by my swimming pool, got that built like a sports bar.”
This track is one of the best I’ve heard all year. It’s simple, yet the hook and overall flow seems very hypnotizing. Travi$ is heavily influenced by the style of 808’s Kanye on this one, and this legitimately sounds like a perfect blend between that and Wiz Khalifa. Originally, Antidote wasn’t supposed to be on the album; Travi$ released it on Soundcloud for his “true fans.” After incredible popularity over it, he ultimately decided to add it to the album. This has been my summer banger and has been solidified as a success.
Here, check out the music video:
Piss On Your Grave
Earlier this year, multiple rumors surfaced on the web about a leaked image of Kanye’s track list for his 7th solo album, SWISH; this was supposed to be one of them. Paul McCartney was also supposed to be featured on this, but I suppose Yeezus created something else and passed this down to Travi$. Produced by Kanye (who else?), this track is an example of how experimental and progressive Kanye likes to be with his sound. Using a trippy, Jimmi Hendrix influenced, in-your-face approach, the aim of the song is to rain political hell on Generation X. Millennials are to soon control corporate governance and only Generation X stands in the way.
Nightcrawler ft. Swae Lee, Chief Keef
This is a song for the traphouse; This trio isn’t shy of the party life, they embrace it. With one of the more distinct tracks on Rodeo, this is something you could blast at a club, or at a bonfire in your backyard. Travi$, Swae and and Chief’s flows blend perfectly, creating something similar to what Future has been putting out. Chief murders the song, his vocals on this particular beat is reminiscent to his earlier work back when he was surviving in Chicago’s ghetto. Overall, this is a very complete track which goes with the vibe of the album and has the ability to gain popularity due to the features alone.
Check ‘em out and leave a comment to let me know what you think!