The Good, The Average & The Ugly (2018)

Every Tuesday, I review what I thought was good, average and ugly from the week in music. In this yearend edition, I'll be taking a look at all of 2018 - with releases from G.O.O.D. Music, Drake and Pusha-T's feud, as well as the incarceration of Tekashi 6ix9ine.



G.O.O.D. Music

Before I get attacked, let me clarify what should already be blatantly obvious.

Notice how my 2018 "Good" award goes to G.O.O.D. Music,




IT DOES NOT SAY PUSHA T (even though it certainly could).

My job is to write about music and the main factors that compliment it. My job is not to write about Kanye's political views, public outbursts or Twitter rants. I am a strong believer in the notion of keeping music and politics separate - I listen, I judge and I write,

It's that simple.

With that being said, let's dive in to the topic at hand.

In early 2018, Kanye announced to the world that from late May to early July, G.O.O.D. Music would be releasing a catalog of 7-track albums by the artists listed above. For five consecutive weeks, Kanye produced albums for himself and Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nas and Teyana Taylor.

All five pretty much hit.

1/5 - Daytona, the first of the five releases, is an airtight, flow heavy peak for Pusha T's long and illustrious career. Kanye's dark and sample-heavy production complimented the focused delivery that Pusha T exhibited on tracks like "Santeria" and "The Games We Play". If it was my choice, Daytona deserves nothing less than "Rap Album of the Year" at this year's Grammy Awards... it's the Grammy's though, so who knows.

2/5 - Ye, the second of the five releases, is a deeply personal view into the mind of Kanye West. Fully produced and partially written in under a week, Ye does admittedly feel rushed, which hasn't gone noticed by fans. Ye will probably go down as one of Kanye's "weaker" releases, but in my eyes, it was undoubtably necessary and certainly deserving of a spot in Mr. West's discography. Oh, also, "Ghost Town" is song of the year.

3/5 - Kids See Ghosts, the third of the five releases, is a long-awaited collaboration between longtime friends Kanye West and Kid Cudi. Drawing on elements of Rock, Experimental and heavy-sampling, Kids See Ghosts is my probably my choice for album of the year. Why, you ask? Well, it's Kid Cudi's greatest album (sorry Man on the Moon fans), and it's Kanye's best lyricism in years. Highlighting mental health and fighting your demons (or ghosts), Kids See Ghosts is the epitomization of what happens when we get the best of two of our generations greatest artists.

4/5 - Nasir, the fourth of the five releases, is a collaboration between one of the greatest rappers of all time (Nasir Jones), as well as one of the greatest producers of all time (Kanye West). On paper, this album is a rap fan's wet dream, but Nasir was ultimately met with mediocre acclaim, as most critics (including myself) agreed that the album floundered after the first three tracks (minus "Adam & Eve"). Personally, I love this project, but I can completely see where loyal fans of Nas may have seen its faults.

5/5 - K.T.S.E., the fifth of the five releases, is a highly pleasant curveball from the previous four projects. On K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy), Teyana Taylor cements herself as a serious contender in the realm of R&B. Kanye's utilization of calmer, soothing samples on tracks like "Gotta Love Me" and the ever-infectious "Hurry" work to Teyana's strengths incredibly well. Expect K.T.S.E. to be on my "Top 10 Albums of the Year" list.

If by some miracle we get Yandhi, Cruel Winter and or Good Ass Job by December 31st (we definitely wont lol), then-

Wait, I'm not going to say it.

I bet you know what I'm thinking, though.