The Good, The Average & The Ugly (11/11-11/18)

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 a release from A$AP Rocky, a single from Kodak Black, and a series of unfortunate events for 6ix9ine.



'Sundress' - A$AP Rocky

When I saw that A$AP Rocky samples Tame Impala's "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?", I was as curious as I was intrigued.

To my pleasant surprise, Rocky nails it on "Sundress". While it holds the upbeat vibe of a record that should've been released over the summer, a good song is a good song no matter what season it occupies.

Rocky's light voice blends with Kevin Parker's euphoric melody from start to finish, and the one verse A$AP spits is short, sweet, and simple - a decision that allows for the heavy sample to run it's course.

One could argue that the mere copy-and-paste that Mr. Rocky uses of another groups song could be construed as unoriginal, but producers Danger Mouse and Syk Sense work to create an impressive "remix" of sorts.

Oh, and the music video is incredible - if you haven't seen an A$AP Rocky video before, you are doing yourself a great disservice.

Two thumbs up on this one.



'Take One' - Kodak Black

In the month-or-so since Kodak Black has been released from prison, his discography has been quite impressive.

Following his release, Kodak dropped "If I'm Lyin, I'm Flyin" - a catchy record about redemption and forgiveness that sampled a nostalgic instrumental.

Weeks later, Kodak is back on the scene with "Take One", a track that, unlike it's predecessor, only hits on one of the two important factors needed to warrant a place in the "good" section of this weeks article.

The beat: FIRE

The lyrics: NOT FIRE

Before you berate me with "Kodak isn't trying to be lyrical, that's not his style" comments... you're wrong. Sure, Kodak's strong suit may not reside in his wordplay, but i've seen the guy spit pretty heavy bars. Secondly, it's not that I'm expecting superior lyricism from the Florida MC - I instead expect some sort of validity.

On "Take One", Kodak Black uses a grimy, synthetic beat to his advantage in some aspects, but falls short on others.

Give this track a listen yourself, I added it to my rotation for weekly bangers - which is where I make my final point:

Sure, the lyrics are terrible, but I really don't care. Kodak is beloved in the world of modern rap for his unique voice, heavy beats and funny instagram lives.

On "Take One" his hits two of those three things... the other one isn't hard to find, either.



Tekashi 6ix9ine Faces Life In Prison After Racketeering Charges

Tekashi 6ix9ine has built a rap career off of being loud, fearless and controversial.

As the title suggests, he may have finally met his inevitable demise.

Since a trial is currently in session for the New York spectacle, I don't have much in the form of comments. All things aside though, this could end up being the biggest L of 2018.

Consider yourself lucky, Drake.

-Carter Ferryman-