Thursday, January 29, 2015

Listen to New Cuts From Kanye West & Rihanna, Vic Mensa, and Travi$ Scott

Both Kanye West and Rihanna are gearing up to release their respective album this year. Last Sunday, they released a collaborative song featuring Paul McCartney entitled "Four Five Seconds". McCartney supplies an acoustic guitar that both West and Rihanna croon over. It's stripped down, simple, and quite frankly, lovely. While Kanye's so far untitled album has been said to sound "hellish", but this new single, and "Only One" also featuring McCartney couldn't be more different.

Vic Mensa has been grinding over the last year, working on this next project and touring heavily. He just recently dropped a new track with past collaborator Kaytranada called "Drive Me Crazy". Kaytranada is a Canadian producer, who creates hip-hop/electric beats, and produced Mensa's "Wimme Nah". This new track, which is technically Kaytranada featuring Mensa, is much less hype than "Wimme Nah", and sounds very spacey. It's a slick track that'll appear on Kaytranada's debut LP, and Mensa will also be dropping a new project entitled Street Lights soon.

Three days ago, Travi$ Scott announced a tour with Metro Boomin and Young Thug (sadly no stops in Louisville). This is for his debut album Rodeo, and he also dropped two new tracks, which will probably appear on this album "Nothing But Net" featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Young Thug, and "High Fashion" featuring Future. I like these songs, but I don't love them. Scott is a master at combining lush trap beats with explosive vocals. But "Nothing But Net" has this weird auto-tune throughout it, a grimy over-all sound, and PARTYNEXTDOOR's feature is wasted on a half-hook. And the production on "High Fashion" sounds pretty stagnant, which is very unlike Scott. Nevertheless, I can't wait for Rodeo, which supposedly may be dropping this March.

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