The Good, The Average & The Ugly (9/16-9/23)

Every Tuesday, I'll be reviewing what I thought was good, average and bad from the week in music. This week, we'll be taking a look at releases from Atlanta artist Young Thug, a collaboration from French Montana & Drake, as well as a single from Lil Uzi Vert.

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THE GOOD


Young Thug - On the Rvn (EP)



Young Thug is a unicorn, and it's truly a beautiful thing.


In all seriousness though, no rapper in the game comes close to touching the incredibly unique ability Young Thug possesses. Throughout his relatively long and frankly underrated career, Thugger has flourished as the commander of new age rap, with masterful releases like Jeffery, Barter 6, Slime Season 3 and Beautiful Thugger Girls.


Since his earliest projects, Young Thug has altered and twisted his one-of-a-kind voice in ways previously thought impossible, while simultaneously delivering speaker shaking hits that cater to fans and casuals alike.


On his newest release, On the Rvn, Thugger combines former sounds from albums Jeffery and Beautiful Thugger Girls, culminating an EP worthy of the highest praise. Few artists have the talent to take sonics from two vastly different releases and combine them seamlessly, so in a sense, On the Rvn is a victory lap of sorts.


Showcasing features from 6LACK, Jaden Smith and Elton John, Young Thug aids his ultimate vision of success in diversity within music on the EP with three artists from vastly different genres. The ease in which he collaborates with these features speaks volumes to the diverse character that is Young Thug.


On "Climax", Thug hands the wheel to 6LACK, who gives the listener some of his best melodies to date. The song is a cry for help, as both 6LACK and Young Thug look for answers from a woman who left for something better. On Climax, both artists sing the chorus in unison, creating a gentle, vulnerable plea to the one that got away.


On "Sin", Thugger recruits Jaden Smith for a brief verse. In summary, "Sin" follows a relatively unconventional structure, but it works perfectly nonetheless. Contrary to "Climax", Thug and Jaden outline the many guilty pleasures they indulge in due to their success in their fields.


The EP's highlight comes in the outro, where Young Thug & Elton John collaborate on "High". Elton John's feature is more or less a sample, but the fluency in which the rock classic fits with Young Thug's style is awe-inspiring. This further proves Thug's versatility; the ability to successfully use a song like this to his full advantage.


Fan or not, it's hard to deny Young Thug's musical talent within the industry, and at this point in his extravagant career, there's nowhere to go but up, so many albums and mixtapes later.


So keep doing you Thugger, because honestly, your the only one doing it like this, and it's an amazing thing.


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THE AVERAGE


FRENCH MONTANA & DRAKE - NO STYLIST



There really isn't that much to say about French Montana and Drake's new chart-topping single. Honestly, I like the song a lot.


The reason why it sits in the average spot in this weeks ranking is simply because it doesn't hold a candle to Young Thug's brilliant EP. If there was a shelve between good and average, that's probably where "No Stylist" would lie.


French and Drizzy fit appropriately in this catchy, hypnotizing beat, with French Montana handling the chorus and verse one, and Drake taking on the second verse of the track. The instrumental takes on the sound of a harpsichord, and in terms of each artists' delivery, both do a solid job of fitting the beat.


French Montana is certainly the less entertaining of the two contributors. His chorus is thoroughly enjoyable, as he repeats an easy to repeat, melodically pleasing phrase over the beat. Other than that, his bars sit in the realm of forgettable.


Drake, on the other hand, delivers a verse in two, considerably different flows. Lately, it's been customary by Drake to send a shot at Yeezy, and while weak, memorable nonetheless. The second half of his verse is where the 6 God shines, as midway through his venting session he explodes in classic Drizzy form, rapping a handful of lines in the form that will make any listener feel bad ass. Seriously, the only image that sits in my head during this part of the record is Drake mean-mugging, looking at the microphone in the booth like he's ready to slap it with a swift left hook.


All things aside, "No Stylist" is a catchy, well formulated collaboration record from French and Drizzy. Clean and simple, the song deserves the plays it will most definitely capture.


But seriously, Drake, haven't you ever heard the phrase "respect your elders?". Enough with the Yeezy disses, it's a bad look.


Okay, okay, I'll get off my Kanye-soapbox. Really though, give this track a listen, it's addictive.


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THE UGLY


LIL PEEP & XXXTENTACION - FALLING DOWN



.........too soon?


Go ahead, crucify me, but before you shame me, let me give my two cents.


Both Lil Peep and XXXTentacion (bless their souls) were unique and intriguing artists in their own right, and each have solid music and dedicated fanbases to support their music well after their deaths.


Where my beef sits isn't with either of the artists, in fact, I think they would've worked well together, but this posthumous release is so tasteless and unorganized it's borderline laughable.


I truly want to know who orchestrated the culmination and eventual release of this song. To my knowledge and research, this isn't a collaboration as much as it's unreleased content from both artists, mashed together as quickly as possible to capitalize on the sorrowful ears of still-mourning fans and rap casuals alike.


I hate to say it, but that's all this record is; a cash grab. These artists didn't collaborate in real life, so why in the world would anyone think it's remotely ethical to force this duo? Again, I don't think the song is that bad, and despite the blatantly hideous mixing and layering in an attempt to make the record sound like they really did record together, "Falling Down" hold it's own in a few respects.


But dear god, just let these guys rest.


Did I buy an XXX t-shirt?


Sure, it was fresh.


But squeezing Lil Peep and XXXTentacion into a messy cash grab fueled by the guilt of fans within the rap community, creating a song that never really happened?


This aint it chief.








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