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“Flower Boy” Should Have Won Best Rap Album

Allow me to begin with the obvious: I have nothing but love for K. Dot and I cannot think of…

Allow me to begin with the obvious: I have nothing but love for K. Dot and I cannot think of anyone in mainstream hip-hop who deserves more respect than he does. Overly Dedicated and Section.80 are criminally underrated projects. good kid, M.A.A.D. city is a triumphant work of conceptual art. I do not think it is out of line to declare To Pimp A Butterfly one of the top 20 albums of the last decade. Most recently, DAMN. earned Kendrick Grammy nods for, among other categories, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year. He won the former and, in a sad yet unsurprising turn of events, Bruno Mars took home the latter.

Now, to be clear, I love DAMN. I think it includes some of Kendrick’s most brilliant material to date: “DNA.,” “ELEMENT.,” “FEEL.,” “FEAR.,” “DUCKWORTH.,” and the first two and a half minutes of “XXX.” (I hit skip as soon as I hear Bono’s voice). Unfortunately, I think it also includes some of Kendrick’s weakest material to date, namely “LOYALTY.” featuring Rihanna and “LOVE.” featuring Zacari. Alternatively, the album that I think should have earned the honor of Best Rap Album, Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy, is just about flawless.

The hype for the Odd Future founder’s fifth full-length project began when he dropped arguably his two best singles to date: “Who Dat Boy” featuring A$AP Rocky and “911/Mr. Lonely” featuring Frank Ocean and Steve Lacy. The former is an outlandish banger anchored by a cinematic string section and Tyler’s incredible charisma. The second track rides a funky, soulful instrumental and showcases a vulnerable Tyler as he addresses the extreme loneliness with which he has struggled since achieving superstar fame. From an instrumental perspective, the third Flower Boy single, “Boredom,” is Tyler’s masterpiece. The chugging drums, melancholy keys, and blissful violins that conclude the track put Tyler’s genius on full display. The fourth and final hype track, “I Ain’t Got Time,” is a hand-clapped, throttling solo effort which reminds the listener that Tyler truly operates in his own lane.

 

As much as I love these four singles, the remainder of Flower Boy is far from filler. The opening track, “Foreword,” sets the tone for the album with some of the strongest bars Tyler has dropped in his career: “How many cars can I buy until I run out of drive? / How much drive can I have until I run out of road? / How much road can they pave until I run out of land? / How much land can it be until I run in the ocean?” With guest vocals from Kali Uchis, “See You Again” is a masterfully layered track which features gorgeous harmonies and one of the best rap flows in Tyler’s catalogue. Perhaps the most discussed song in the tracklist, “Garden Shed” is a delicate, confessional ballad on which Tyler solemnly addresses his deepest insecurities.

I could go on and on about all fourteen tracks on Flower Boy, but I think you get the point. It is a revealing and sonically diverse exploration of fame, depression, and identity that demonstrates Tyler, the Creator’s immense talents as a rapper, songwriter, and producer. It is a landmark in both a career and a life, and it is better than DAMN.

I am an economics student at The University of Massachusetts Amherst. Beyond my studies, I work as a DJ at the university radio station: 91.1 FM WMUA Amherst. Back in July, a good friend of mine launched a political debate website called The Dialectic, where I currently work as a staff writer and the Editor-In-Chief. I love all genres of music - everything from hip-hop to post-rock to hardcore punk. Aspiring writer. Avid reader. Coffee addict.
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Gabby and Madi Re-Imagine Classic with “Swing My Way”

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Meet Mr. Levier: From Dubai to the Top of the World

While Dubai is known for its futuristic skyscrapers, exotic pets, homes and most expensive shit from the food to the…

While Dubai is known for its futuristic skyscrapers, exotic pets, homes and most expensive shit from the food to the iced-out vehicles. However, tourist attractions aside, I bet you didn’t know that the hottest spot in the world has a booming new music scene. As every megastar in Hip Hop flocks to Dubai for vacation, they always leave the hotspot with the name of the city’s #1 DJ, Mr. Levier coming out of their word of mouth as the man to know in Dubai. So, who exactly is Mr. Levier?

Born Isaac Jon Ode, Mr. Levier ascended to the top of the Middle East with a staggering DJ set and polarizing persona. Nightly, Levier performance the hottest sets in the nightlife that can be heard instantly throughout the world via word of mouth on social media. His undeniable sets have gained the attention of the biggest names in music visiting Dubai and praised the rising star for providing the soundtrack to best nights of their lives.

Dubai is known worldwide for its extravagant club scene. Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. The city’s population is 3.137 million and it’s safe to say that Mr. Levier is in the ear of a large percentage of the young adults with his infectious blends, impeccable perfect-timing and high-profile connections with the biggest stars in today’s music.

Now at the prominence of the city’s club scene, Mr. Levier’s current residence includes Base Dubai, Billionaire Mansion, 1 Oak Dubai, Toyroom and Secret Room. From music to sports, Levier’s clientele includes ASAP Ferg, Boxing Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Migos and many more. Along with stars, Mr. Levier is also most-sought-after by brands, controlling the crowds for globally-known brands like GAP, Vogue, Tommy Hilfiger and Reebok.

Solidified and co-signed, now it’s time for Mr. Levier to take his sound from out of the clubs and onto the charts. Along with the music, Levier’s sound is accompanied by an impeccable fashion sense also crafted by the mind of the style enthusiast. Embodying everything that makes a superstar, Mr. Levier magnetic attraction has generated a legion of fans worldwide, growing by the minute, patiently awaiting the next release.

Stream the new music by Mr. Levier below, courtesy of Mixcloud. And for more on Mr. Levier, follow the breakout star on Instagram and his official website.

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Big K.R.I.T. Joins Dear Silas for “I Got It”

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“The song kinda came out of nowhere,” Dear Silas explains. “My manager sent it over and Krit liked it so much, he sent back a verse immediately. I canceled a trip and shot the official video on my birthday! This record was born from me feeling down and thinking I hadn’t progressed enough in my life, but listening to the track more and more made me feel empowered like, ‘I can really do this’. I want to encourage people who feel like giving up”

Dear Silas experienced success with his 2018 hit single “Skrr Skrr”, and released visuals from his album The Last Cherry Blossom throughout 2019. In the new year, the multi-talented musician, songwriter and visual artist will be revealing fresh sounds from his upcoming project, with more shows and more exciting adventures to be announced.

 

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