Late Rundown: 6/15-6/21

So, I’ve decided to stick with the Late Rundown piece. I feel like these articles are perfect for people who don’t keep up with music 24/7 and want a quick catch-up.

While the original emphasis of this piece is to avoid timeliness, I’m gonna try to be a little more timely for this one. I feel that it’s acceptable to be a bit timely on this rundown since we just received quite a star-studded week-and-a-half in music, resulting in a handful of notable albums, EP’s, and singles.

It all started June 13- the day the Raptors shut down the Warriors in Game 6. Their most prominent fan, Drake, unsurprisingly delivered two stellar singles in celebration of the Toronto W- “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave”, released June 15.

Drake - The Best in the World Pack [EP]

Released June 15

Drake came in with the heat for these two singles, assisted by none other than Ricky Rozay on “Money in the Grave”.

“Money in the Grave” is produced by Lil CC, a model by the name of Cydney Christine who received her first ever production credit on this banger. Drake shouts her out many times across the track:

“Lil CC let it slap with the bass!”

While “Money in the Grave” is arguably the standout track from The Best in the World Pack, I personally like “Omertà” more. “Omertà”, which refers to the code of silence within the mafia, sees Drake go on a braggadocious tear while taking shots (from the grave) at Pusha T over last year’s beef:

“Last year, n****s really feel like they rode on me

Last year, n****s got hot 'cause they told on me”

While nothing has been confirmed (or even teased), annual releases have come to be expected from the Canadian star. If these two tracks are any indication of the Drizzy that we will see on his next project, the future is bright. However, I hope that he continues to ride out his break; a good Drake break was needed after Scorpion and its constantly-replayed singles.

Rating: 8.5/10

Pierre Bourne - The Life of Pierre 4

Released June 20

After two years of anticipation, Pierre finally came out here with The Life of Pierre 4- the rapper-producer’s debut studio album.

Pierre’s last solo release was The Life of Pierre 3, dropped in December 2016 when Pierre was still tucked away in the underground. Since then, Pierre has skyrocketed to fame as one of the biggest producers in the game, serving as a right-hand to Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Nudy, Trippie Redd, and many others- even working with the likes of Kanye and Mike Dean. He has dropped a handful of fire singles and features over the past 2 years, but he’s focused mostly on his production career since blowing up after “Magnolia”.

The Life of Pierre 4 is Bourne’s first spotlight opportunity to fully showcase himself as a rapper. That being said, the ambitious 25-year-old from Queens made his shot count, bringing some of his best beats and bars yet.

Starting with “Poof”, the album’s first track, Pierre effectively delivers the colorful, playful sound he has become known for, tying it all together with pleasantly-aggressive 808s, catchy hooks, impeccable vocal mixing, and novelty tags. However, tracks such as “Ballad” see Pierre branch out as a more serious vocalist and songwriter