Last week in music reeled in releases from King Krule, Trippie Redd, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, The Weeknd, Rick Ross, G Herbo, Kamaiyah, Royce Da 5’9”, and more.
Let's talk some music:
#5 - Still Flexin, Still Steppin by YoungBoy Never Broke Again
YoungBoy Never Broke Again has rapidly evolved into a big-ticket name in the world of trap music. The Louisiana native claimed his first #1 album last year with AI YoungBoy 2 and was also named as YouTube’s “most-streamed male artist”. The catchy yet rugged sound that put YoungBoy on the map is heavily present across his latest effort.
The consistency of his signature sound makes for cohesion, but also makes the project boring and repetitive at times. However, there's a handful of highlight tracks in "Gunsmoke", "Long RD", "Fine By Time", "Bat Man", and "Knocked Off".
Quando Rondo is the lone feature, while production is carried by the likes of Dubba and Bans.
Fan Rating: 3.25/5
Burbs Rating: 3/5
#4 - A Love Letter to You 4 (Deluxe) by Trippie Redd
After releasing the original version of A Love Letter to You 4 last November, Trippie decided to tack on eight bonus tracks for the brand-new deluxe version.
The eight new bonus tracks seamlessly fit in with the rest of the original cuts, further enhancing one of Trippie's best projects to-datte.l Durk & G Herbo), and "YELL OH" (ft. Young Thug) are both hard-hitting trap bangers produced by Pi'erre Bourne.
The eight new bonus tracks seamlessly fit in with the original cuts, further enhancing one of Trippie's most successful projects to-date.
Fan Rating: 4/5
Burbs Rating: 3/5
#3 - “Season Ticket Holder” by Rick Ross (ft. UD40, Raphael Saadiq & Dwyane Wade)
I think we can all safely say that we were never expecting this collab, but I’ll take it.
The wavy beat from Sap transports you straight to Miami; if I was from Miami or was a Heat fan in general, I would have this track on constant repeat.
The track opens up with a verse from D Wade; it's a bit corny, but not bad for a hoop legend with little-to-no rap experience. Former Heat teammate Udonis Haslem sprinkles his adlibs and banter throughout the track, while legendary singer Raphael Saadiq handles the choruses. The Ricky Rozay verses are pretty nice, too.
For a track that I had zero real expectations for, I gotta say that I'm pretty impressed.
Fan Rating: 3/5
Burbs Rating: 3.25/5
#2 - “After Hours” by The Weeknd
“After Hours” is the title-track third single off of The King of the Fall’s forthcoming studio album. This single is much gloomier than “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”, more reminiscent of the dark and emotional, “old Weeknd” that we all know and love. The second half of the song is laden with dark electronic influence, almostYeezus-like.
As we eagerly await the new album from our favorite drug & sex-obsessed pop star, the three singles we have received thus far provide a well-rounded taste. After Hours is on track to be another fan-favorite and commercial blockbuster under Abel's belt.
Fan Rating: 4/5
Burbs Rating: 3.5/5
#1 - Man Alive! by King Krule
Alternative wizard Archy Marshall, better known as King Krule, has returned with his awaited fourth studio album.
Possibly his most personal project yet, Man Alive! is a thematic ride full of ethereal, otherworldly production and chilling, one-of-a-kind vocals. Man Alive! beautifully builds from where he left off with 2017’s critically-acclaimed The OOZ.
For a full review of Man Alive!, keep up with Burbs for Carter Ferryman’s upcoming article.