Migos and Kehlani both deliver albums to end off the month
While the start of 2017 may not have been too nice and dandy for some people, music sure did not disappoint. Friday night, Atlanta based rap group "Migos" released their highly anticipated album, "Culture". R&B star Kehlani also came out of the blue to release her album "SweetSexySavage". We also saw new singles from Rick Ross, Major Lazer, and Martin Garrix.
Starting off with the boys that currently can't lose. Migos. We've already heard their hit song "Bad and Boujee" featuring Lil Uzi Vert which just topped Billboards top 100 last week. The trio also showed us the extremely icy music video for their song "T-Shirt".
The album itself followed suit and did not disappoint the streets. It was only right for them to have hip hop star turned motivational speaker, DJ Khaled on the intro to the album. That alone set the tone for the tape. The entire album is one big banger, its truly impressive.
Out of the songs we hadn't previously heard, "Get Right Withcha" has been an early favorite among the public. The song gives us that traditional Migos style flow, primed to get any party started. Also, Travis Scott makes his appearance to feature on "Kelly price". It seems he and Quavo's (Migos member) relationship has been on the rise. You can hear the influence that Travis' style of music has on the groups song with the auto tune and ad-libs.
As stated earlier the album did not disappoint and this trio can not lose currently. Look for 2017 to be the year of Migos in the rap genre at this rate.
Album Grade: A-
Moving on to Kehlani's beautiful album debuts. This album will take you to a lot od different places. At one point I found myself dancing and the very next song I was in my feelings. Kehlani's musical blend is truly amazing. "SweetSexySavage" gives us a wavy tempo groove.
"SweetSexySavage" gives us amazing vocals, beats and lyrics. Kehlani brought us back to her 90s childhood to sample some of these songs and it worked out wonderfully. My personal favorite "In My Feelings" brought us back to 1988 with New Edition's "If It Isn't Love". "Keep On" turns the opening love song on the track to a dance song. and we've already heard her hit "Gangsta" from the DC films movie, "Suicide Squad" which blends love and hate into one good song.
Overall, Kehlani does an amazing job. At some points her trap influenced flows don't quite float as well as her other work but it doesn't knock the album at all in my opinion.
Album Grade: B+
On to the singles. Martin Garrix and Major Lazer all came out with a song over the past week. Garrix collabs with the beautiful Dua Lipa to produce a quality EDM song in "Scared to Be Lonely". The drop is impressive and Lipa's vocals add to make it a feel good song that anyone could vibe too.
Major Lazer teams up with Party Next Door and Nicki Minaj to create "Run Up". I'm not the biggest fan of this work. It seems like it was just made to get big artist names on the track. Nicki's verse is good but shouldn't really be there, and PND does what he usually does supplying vocals on a song but the drop isn't really used right I don't think.
Rick Ross - I think She Like Me
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Don't Speak For Me (True)
R3hab - Trouble
Shy Luv - Shock Horror
Tune in next week. We'll have another good one with Big Sean releasing his album "I Decided"!