Despite the tense history between rap and the Grammys, the nominees this year are very interesting.
I explored old-school hip-hop and EDM during January.
I aimed for a range of different subgenres and types within rap and R&B as well as pop and indie rock in my top 25 albums of 2018. Including Swimming, Voicenotes, Daytona, Isolation, and more.
All together, the songs from “Blonde” make up the four seasons of the year.
Frank Ocean’s uncanny ability to translate the grand into the familiar and intimate and to make an extraordinary sonic palette accessible and unforgettable is expertly spelled out in this track.
The seven best albums released before June 30th, 2018. Including names such as Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Pusha T.
Vulture describes it best: “ye is a bit of a success and a bit of a failure. Like a collapsed, undercooked cake, it’s temptingly sweet but also disconcertingly mishandled.”
J. Cole’s heart-wrenching narratives are made complete with these equally poignant beats that make his words linger in your head for days afterward.