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Album Review: The Big Day by Chance the Rapper

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Arguably one of the most anticipated albums of the weekend, Chance the Rapper dropped his debut album, The Big Day. Fans were surprised and wondering if he would follow through since he didn't drop the album at midnight, which most music artists tend to do. About ten hours later, Chance the Rapper released the album on all streaming platforms. Although Chance has released several mixtapes before, most notably Acid Rap, this marks his first studio album.

The album starts off with All Day Long. Just like his other major mixtape releases, with the exception of 10 Day, it starts off energetic and happy, along with a joyful, soulful, choir-like chorus. This song se…

Album Review: The Sailor by Rich Brian

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Rich Brian is an Indonesian rapper and singer. He first gained popularity through his hit song, Dat $tick. He eventually released his debut album, Amen, last year. In his sophomore album, The Sailor, Brian shows some growth, but there are some holes in the album.

The first track is the title track, The Sailor. The track starts with Rich Brian rapping over a high pitched beat and is bragging about his expensive lifestyle. During the outro, Brian gives a spoken verse. A girl eventually approaches Rich Brian and asks him these thought-provoking questions.

Rapapapa starts off with a chill, lo-fi hip hop beat. In this song, Rich Brian explores…

Album Review: Reader As Detective by Generationals

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Generationals is an American indie pop band made up of two people, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer. Reader As Detective marks the bands fifth studio album (not counting the State Dogs collection). If you have seen my YouTube video, you know I was a fan of Heza and had high hopes for this album.

The first track from the album is I've Been Wrong Before. The track starts off with a repeating synth effect, something that reminded me of the instrumental track, Chariots Of Fire. In this track, this person is trying to be optimistic and looks at the bright side of things. Despite his optimism, things haven't been going well for him. Tha…

Album Review: Angel's Pulse by Blood Orange

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Blood Orange, or Dev Hynes, is a British singer and songwriter who just released a new mixtape, Angel's Pulse. This mixtape is supposed to be a sequel, or epilogue, to his 2018 album Negro Swan. While his 2018 album was the first time I listened to his music, I wasn't blown away by it, but I enjoyed it. This mixtape is made up of several different short tracks, which makes it easier for listeners to stay focused throughout the mixtape.

The first track is I Wanna C U. It's a short track that is just barely over a minute long. The track has a very distinct, twangy guitar sound that is going to be used throughout the album. The …

No.6 Collaborations Project by Ed Sheeran

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past five years, I'm sure most of you have heard the name Ed Sheeran, or know a few songs by him. No.6 Collaborations Project marks his fourth studio album and the follow up to his 2011 EP, No.5 Collaborations Project. While there are a lot of notable artists on here, it doesn't seem like an Ed Sheeran album, especially with a bunch of genres intertwined. But nonetheless, there are a few catchy tunes on this album.

The first track is Beautiful People and features the up and coming Khalid. After his breakthrough debut album, American Teen, he has developed a huge following, especially…

Album Review: Lost Fragments by 2814

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2814is an electronic, vaporwave, and ambient duo composed of
t e l e p a t h テレパシー能力者 and HKE. Both of these artists are well versed in vaporwave and have been key artists for the genre. Their most well known and arguably best vaporwave/ambient album is Birth of a New Day. Lost Fragments is their fourth studio album and shows a lot of growth since the success of Birth of a New Day.

The first track is 2814年頃の情事. The track opens up with a synth drone, slowly going on in the background, with more synths eventually joining in. They keep on going back and forth between a few chords, and you'll hear a few drum beats slowly coming in. …

Spotlight Thursdays: The Inoculated Canaries

Spotlight Thursdays is back with a new band from the New York area! This band reached out to me through Twitter asking me for their honest review of a music video. Since I enjoyed it, I gave them the opportunity to be featured on the next Spotlight Thursdays! Let's welcome The Inoculated Canaries to this week's segment of Spotlight Thursdays!
Tell me a little about yourself. What is the name of your band and how would you describe the genre of music that you create?

The Inoculated Canaries: Our band is called The Inoculated Canaries! We sound like 1974 crashed right into 1994. We like to play loud rock and roll music with guitar solos, and just a little sprinkle of angst.

Where are you based out of?

TIC: We’re from New York City—more specifically, Queens.
Tell me about your latest album. What was the inspiration behind this album?

TIC: We’ve been putting out songs from our latest album as singles. I think one of my favorites is “The Lawyer’s Wife”. That song is about a woman …

Albums I'm Looking Forward To: 7/12/19

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The second week in July brings us another great week in music! Keep reading to find some of the albums that are being released this weekend.

1.K.R.I.T. IZ HERE by Big K.R.I.T.
After hearing his 2017 album, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, I was a fan. It was an amazing album that showcased his strengths and had a lot of great features as well. Big K.R.I.T. released a compilation album earlier in 2019 that was comprised of the three EPs that he released in 2018, but he's ready to come out with his fourth studio album this weekend. This album is supposed to be a sequel to his 2010 mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, and is going to continue to…

Spotlight Thursdays: Igneous

After a week off from this series, we are back with a new band. This band just formed in September of 2018, but they have a promising future. They have already played a few shows in Iowa and Illinois. For the second installment of 'Spotlight Thursdays', welcome our next guest, Igneous. I reached out to the guitarist, Jared, through Facebook and asked him a selection of questions.
Tell me a little about yourself. What is the name of your band and how would you describe the genre of music that you create?

Jared: My name is Jared and I'm the composer/guitarist for Igneous. My band is composed of Jasmere (Bass), Marshall (Drums), Dalton (Guitar), and myself. We're a four piece instrumental progressive rock band. If you don’t know what prog (Progressive Rock) is, Prog is simply prog. It's music that is progressive or always changing to be simply put.
Where are you based out of?

J: Well we are all scattered around the midwest, mainly the Iowa and Illinois side, but we usua…

Album Review: ERYS by Jaden

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Jaden Smith, now known as Jaden, is an American rapper based out of California. And yes, he is the son of Will Smith. ERYS is his second studio album and follows a similar layout to his debut album, SYRE.

Just like SYRE, the first four tracks on ERYS are just a single letter. When you put the four letters together it spells out the word, PINK. P starts out with Jaden's sister, Willow, singing in a simple up and down pattern, but it sets the stage for something dark. They also mention Adam and Eve from the bible. There's a distorted guitar throughout P which is interesting. The guitar makes it sound like the start of a orche…

Album Review: Revenge of the Dreamers III by Dreamville

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 Revenge of the Dreamers III is a collaborative record from Dreamville Records. The album includes a lot of artists under the Dreamville label, as well as some featured guests. While J. Cole is signed with Dreamville, the album is also accredited as a J. Cole album, according to Spotify and Apple Music. This is the third collaborative record from Dreamville Records, with the first one being released in 2014.

The first track from the album is Under The Sun. A lot of people are having a hard time pinpointing the exact sample at the beginning, but most are assuming it is If You Miss Me at the Back of the Bus by Pete Seeger. The song co…

Album Review: Bandana by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib

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Bandana is a collaborative project between American rapper Freddie Gibbs and American producer Madlib. This is their second collaboration together, with Piñata being the first project back in 2014. Judging by the album, these two artists work really well together and have dropped a solid album this year.

The first track is Obrigado and it is an introduction track. The first part is a small clip from Freddie Gibb's uncle. The second part took me some time to actually realize the speaker was speaking English. Obrigado is Portuguese for "thank you." The title of the track could also be a play on words of the Japanese word…