REVIEW: Tyler, The Creator’s “Cherry Bomb”

 photo TylerTC2015_cover_zps7n3qqcr1.jpg Cherry Bomb (Odd Future/Sony) is the brand new album from Tyler, The Creator and considering what has happened since its release, maybe some are asking about the future of Tyler, or the future of Odd Future.

This is what we know. Odd Future as a collective are no more. Earl Sweatshirt seems to not be part of the camp. Other people who were within the camp have released music recently. Tyler, The Creator is still creating and on Cherry Bomb he shows why he is one of the best MC’s around and one of the best artists out today. If you feel that Tyler is trying to create music that is accessible to more people, then be free to say that. However, Tyler never does anything regular despite the fact that some of the songs here are more developed and arranged than his previous works. It’s a more in-depth Tyler, and it’s nice to hear him go off in that way. If he’s trying to answer to the current vibe of hip-hop, he does that in a number of songs. Yet there are times when he’s not only answering back, but adding his own sidebars and information to let people know he is in control of his destiny, he’s not trying to comply or simplify. There are tracks where he actually sings and jokingly says he can’t sing at all.

What I really like is when a song may have two, even three different arrangements so waht looks like an 11-track album may have 15 or 16 songs total. Some of it comes off like mini hip-hop operas in the vein of Beastie Boys’ “B-Boy Bouillabaisse” or Siah And Yeshua Dapo ED’s “A Day Like Any Other”, where you’re unsure where a part of a song will drift to until you listen to it in full. Even that will lead listeners to want to listen to it a few times to get a grip. While Cherry Bomb shows hints of where he came from, it very much shows a path he is ready to explore, where it’s the unpredictability of something along the lines of Divine Styler or maybe twist and get into MC 900 Ft. Jesus mode, all while showing a solid style that shows he’s more than capable of dropping in a hardcore way without getting freaky or eccentric, all while being that freak and eccentric rapper he is known as. The album is a nice balance of the known and previously unknown, so I hope he will continue to balance on that fine line for projects to come.

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AUDIO: Nicki Minaj featuring Rbhys & Lil’ Wayne’s “Truffle Butter”

“Truffle Butter” is a Nicki Minaj song that was released as a bonus on the iTunes version of The Pinkprint but in this mix, Rbhys decided to make his own remix of the song by eliminating Drake and placing his own version at the top of the song. That may be a bold move, as it makes it sound like a Rbhys song in Nicki’s territory but it’s better than what Lil’ Wayne offered and it’s a chance to not hear Drake, if you’re into that. Check out and see if you like it. Rbhys also says “but how much are you willing to bet someone jacks my style?” so let’s find out in a month or so.

SOME STUFFS: “The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2” released by Phase One

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Holy shit, the brand new installment of The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2 (Phase One), has been released, and look at this track listing:

01. Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me (Jumpsmokers ClubMix) 5:10
02. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (MSTRKRFT Main Mix) 3:26
03. Chris Brown – Yeah 3X 3:41
04. Taio Cruz – Dynamite (Stonebridge Club Mix) 5:57
05. Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like A Love Song (Dave Aude ClubMix) 5:37
06. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Bimbo Jones Club Mix) 5:45
07. Ke$ha – We R Who We R (Fred Falke Club Mix) 6:15
08. DJ Leon Cormack – Minnie The Moocher (James Anthony Club Mix) 3:35
09. Chessa & The Skinny Kidz feat. Paul Couture & JoJo Pellegrino -Freak Out 3:44
10. Pitbull feat. T-Pain – Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) (Afrojack FireRemix) 3:37
11. Diddy – Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey – Coming Home (Dirty SouthRemix) 5:35
12. Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick feat. Shawnee Taylor – Stronger (ClubMix) 6:16
13. Michael Canitrot & Ron Carroll – When You Got Love (MichaelCalfan Remix) 5:12
14. Peter Gelderblom – Waiting 4 (2011 Remix) 4:00
15. Red Carpet feat. Marcus Schossow – Alright 2011 4:44
16. Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne – Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix) 3:11
17. B. Martin & Xavier White – City Girls 3:29

I mean god damn, when you have Ke$ha on here and then someone named Chessa as well, you know this has got to be bananas. You can find out how bananas this is, as The New Dance Mix USA Vol. 2 is out (cue Oprah) todayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

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REVIEW: Lil’ Wayne’s “Rebirth”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Sometimes I’ll listen to an album and go “what the hell were they thinking?” Lil’ Wayne has gigantic balls for being bold with doing a hard rock album full of auto-tune, but he also crosses the line between being an idiot and being a genius. I’m split over what crown he should be honored with.

I’ll give credit where credit is due, Rebirth (Cash Money/UniversalMotown) is a complete mess, but within that mess is Lil’ Wayne’s twisted idea of what works. Lil’ Wayne has become who has become in the last few years by understanding the limits, catering to his audiences, and twisting it by the sack because he can. It’s his version of hard rock, but more about the hard rock post-Nirvana than it is anything before. His attempt to be progressive works within the limits of his own world, taking hints of the eccentric talent of Andre 3000 but owing more to keeping Hollywood excited than Atlanta, or in his case New Orleans. It’s very far removed from anything Lil’ Wayne has done, but within the colostomy bag of sounds is someone who is cock sure of how to make these sounds work.

Case in point: “Ground Zero”, the third song on the album. With his hard rock backdrop he raps, and to me this works great. It’s not Mike Shinoda by any means, but he’s at his best when he’s rhyming while under the influence of who knows what he’s taking. For him though, what he rhymes/raps about can be turned into song, so he’s not afraid to talk about biting panties, metaphorically munching on female abdomen, or offering a middle finger to anyone who dares step up to him as he’s metaphorically munching on female abdomen. I don’t know if he’s serious or if this is the 21st century update of Bill Cosby‘s Hooray For The Salvation Army Band.

Musically and lyrically, it sounds like all of the cliches much of 90’s rock and hard rock has become, especially all of the metal/hip-hop hybrid bands that came out in the last 15 years. This isn’t to say that Lil’ Wayne can’t do it, because I think if he worked with the right people and made some decent songs, he would be viewed differently. Maybe he’s playing on that, he could care less about what rock, metal, or hip-hop critics think. This is the hybrid music Justin Timberlake warned us about. If Lil’ Wayne is having a laugh with this, it’s funny to listen to it from that perspective. If he’s serious… no, he can’t be. If he’s making music that he knows will be discussed, talked about, mocked, bashed, and in the end bought, he has done it again.

With Mary J. Blige covering Led Zeppelin for her forthcoming album, and this being Lil’ Wayne’s *first* (which to me means he promises more) hard rock album, all I can say is that The Roots need to save the day with their announced cover of Frank Zappa‘s “Peaches En Regalia” for their forthcoming LP, fast.

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