NEW MUSIC MONDAY: 2CHAINZ, RIHANNA, AND SO MUCH MORE
We tweeted last week and asked if our readers though 2017 would be a better year for music than 2016, which was one of the best musical years we've had in a long time. Most of the tweeters who responded agreed that 2016 was surely a more exciting year for music, but that was before the flood of new music that happen every day this past week occurred. See our roundup of new music releases below:
2 Chainz's new album, "Pretty Girls Like Trap"
If 2 Chainz (AKA Tity Boi) was setting out to make a classic, timeless hip-hop album like he said, then he just might have succeeded. With an impressive array of features from Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, to Gucci Mane and Drake. This album is much a new 2 Chainz while also existing as the same 2 Chainz we've grown to know and love, and it is guilty of being so incredibly be Atlanta it feels deeply familiar for those of us still living in this city. Highlights from the album are "Burglar Bars," "Trap Check," "Realize," and "Riverdale Rd." Of course, we can't ignore the repetition of the homophobic and tasteless Rupaul reference on "Rolls Royce Bitch" that is, for lack of a better word, ignorant.
DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, "Wild Thoughts"
I've never been the biggest Bryson Tiller fan; post-Tumblr melodrama influenced music for the internet has never really been my taste. However, I didn't know how badly I needed a collaboration with him and Rihanna until they hopped on the DJ Khaled-produced track "Wild Thoughts" together. The song and accompanying are sexy, as RIhanna sing-raps alongside Tiller over the beat that is a sample of the famous "Maria Maria" by Santana.
Young Thug's new album, "Beautiful Thugger Girls"
Young Thug himself described his debut studio album as a "singing album," and he wasn't lying - Beautiful Thugger Girls is full of Thugger doing almost more singing than rapping. It's a new sound for the famed mumble-rapper, one that includes influence from R&B and even country music, and I think I like, at least for now.
Big Boi's new album, "Boomiverse"
Okay, listen. If we thought 2016 was a good year for Atlanta music, then 2017 has proven it will be an even bigger year. With rappers like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and Future making Atlanta's place on the hip-hop map un-ignorable, it only seems right for the universe to align and give us a new Big Boi album. Of course we will all have our fingers crossed for a new Outkast album, one where him and Andre 3000 get back together and remind us what we've been lacking in music for all these year, but we will take Boomiverse in the meantime.
Lorde's new album, "Melodrama"
It has been such an eventful week in music, particularly hip-hop music, pop heavyweight Lorde's new album release could almost be drowned out. The New Zealander singer is back doing what she does best: supplying us with study music, filled with sonically cohesive, slow synths and pops of brass that sound off internet-esque angsty lyrics. These songs are about love, or the lack of it, and other "melodramatic" fleeting emotions.
DeJ Loaf, "No Fear"
It's been a quiet past few months for the "Try Me" rapper, but she's back with a new single that merges what seems like a pop influence with hip-hop styling. With Loaf singing much of the track, and the few parts she does rap she's moreso rap-singing, it makes me wonder if this will be the permanent direction of a new sound for her. If so, I'm here for it.
H.E.R., "H.E.R. Volume 2"
Honestly, truly, certainly, I'm a STAN. Last year, the new singer H.E.R. came onto the scene and blew R&B fans away with the "H.E.R. Volume 1" EP, and now the mystery singer is back with her second body of work. The songs are slow, sultry, and get you all in your feelings. Her songwriting abilities, as well as emotional vocal delivery, are incredible, and this project is the perfect thing to listen to while sipping wine in the bath tub and tumbling in your feelings. Go listen to the full project here.