The Good, The Average & The Ugly (10/14-10/21)

Every Tuesday, I review what I thought was good, average and ugly from the week in music. This week we'll be taking a look at releases from Daniel Caesar, Lil Yachty & a collaboration album from Future & Juice WRLD.


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THE GOOD


'Who Hurt You?' - Daniel Caesar



Rejoice!


For the first time since the installation of my weekly "good, average & ugly" series, we have a repeat "offender."


I knew the day was going to come, but to say I predicted that it was going to be Daniel Caesar would be an utter lie.


In this weeks edition, Caesar moves from a loaded collaboration on "Beauty & Essex" to an all too familiar solo record - the unsurprising diverse and smooth single, "Who Hurt You?"


Once again displaying his incredible range of vocal assets, Caesar delivers two different octaves and a rap verse... in just under four minutes.


The single begins with a familiar style; a heartfelt verse followed by a euphoric chorus in a pitch that would rival Frank Ocean on "Thinkin About You."


Having said this, you'd expect "Who Hurt You?" to land in the "average" field of my spectrum, but the curveball rap-esque verse Caesar delivers skyrockets the songs versatility to heights listeners seldom see from the R&B prodigy.


With the volume of releases Daniel Caesar has released in the past couple months, a followup studio album to Freudian seems to be in order, and to say I'm excited is a cruel understatement.


Keep it up Daniel, you're actually killing the game right now.


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THE AVERAGE


Nuthin' 2 Prove - Lil Yachty



Lil Yachty feels he deserves credit where credit is due.


I guess I agree?


It's easy to forget that just a few years ago, Yachty was the one of the true pioneers of the "SoundCloud" rapper image/sound that flood our ears with consent these days.


It's 2018 though, and Yachty has fallen off.


Yachty's visibly steady decline can be attributed to a few things, but in my eyes, the quality of his music is mostly to blame.


The Atlanta natives debut mixtape, Lil Boat, was as original and interesting as it's gotten, considering the new-age rap style hadn't been fully cemented yet. Since then, Yachty has been so all over the place it's difficult to watch.


His debut studio album, Teenage Emotions, was a fatal decision to switch delivery to a "happy go-lucky" format, and unexpectedly, it flopped.


Following the colossal flop of Teenage Emotions, Yachty tried returning to his "OG" sound with a followup to his SoundCloud gem, appropriately titled Lil Boat 2. Unsurprisingly, it was better than the prepubescent dumpster fire that was Teenage Emotions, but still failed to capture the light that helped Yachty shine in his earliest works.


His newest release is confusingly titled Nuthin' 2 Prove. On this average-at-best project, Lil Yachty quite literally takes the sound from his previous two albums and cuts them down the middle; the first half of Nuthin' 2 Prove is Lil Boat 2, the second half is Teenage Emotions.


Since I didn't mind the route Yachty took on Lil Boat 2, I didn't mind the first half of this new album at all. Tracks like "Gimmie my Respect" & "Riley from the Boondocks" are what I love about Yachty, but other than that, it's largely forgettable.


The second half though? I don't want to talk about it.


Like the album's title suggests, Lil Yachty is struggling to embrace a false narrative that, for some reason, he's proven himself enough that there's nothing left to do.


Rather than actually trying a new style, Yachty lazily slapped his two previous albums together, creating a tolerable album that is worthy of a few listens.


Have you ever seen that commercial where that little girl holds up the taco seasoning to the crowd and screams "WHY NOT BOTH?"


Imagine Lil Yachty as the little girl with Teenage Emotions and Lil Boat 2 in each hand, except instead of the crowd throwing a fiesta, they point, laugh, and then leave.


That is this album.


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THE UGLY


WRLD ON DRUGS - Future & Juice WRLD



I really hate this part of the write-up.


Why, you ask? It's simple!


I really hate bad music.


Future and Juice WRLD are both respectable from a solo perspective, but I don't think I'm far off when I say NO ONE asked for this collaboration.


You know what? I don't think I need to go in on this album, the forgettable and cringe-worthy project honestly speaks for itself.


Instead, I offer a suggestion to the rap game.


Chill with the collab-albums.


Sure, there have been a few great ones this year (see Kids See Ghosts & Slime Language), but for the most part... they've sucked.


Consider this: if you announce a collaboration and Twitter roasts you before you've even put it out...


Don't release it.



-Carter Ferryman-

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