Hey friends, can you think of an artist that you used to jam to daily back in the day, but now their music just doesn’t fit your wants and needs anymore? I’ve got a few, and that’s what I’d like to cover today. This topic is also the theme for this week’s weekly waves which will be released later tonight. Let’s get started.
Arguably my favorite rapper of all time has done nothing but disappoint me in the last two years or so. With the release of Bobby Tarantino 1, 2, and Everybody, I just can’t get myself into him anymore. Don’t get me wrong, Logic’s message for racial equality is wonderful. I admire his passion and his want to use his platform to raise awareness on the issues, but the music that’s come out of this just has not been good, or at least, not the Logic I know and love.
I became a Logic fan probably around 2012, with the release of his mixtape entitled Undeniable. This tape features a mix of remixes of famous beats from hits we all recognize, but with the lyrical genius on top of them. I fell in love with the style and flow of Logic and have been a “fan” ever since. Every release beyond Undeniable leading up to The Incredible True Story will have a special place in my heart forever. The raw lyrics is what I miss most about old Logic.
The last point I’ll make is a little controversial. If you’ve heard any of Logic’s music, you’re probably familiar with his need to express the fact that he has a Caucasian mother and an African American father. He expresses the troubles he went through while growing up a biracial child. Back in the day, I had no problem with using this in his songs to gift us with his lyricism, but even these days, all the way in 2018, he’s still reinforcing this fact. All I can hear in some of these songs are recycled concepts that I’ve heard many, many times before. It has gotten very repetitive over the years, and I just can’t get with it anymore.
2. Lil Yachty
Lil Yachty, Lil boat, Boat Boy, whatever you know him by, I’m sure you’ll share my opinion here.
Anytime I think of Yachty, I think of Summer of ’16. Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2 were in my rotation every single day as I drove with the windows down in my old mustang. Classics like Minnesota, One Night, Up Next Three, and For Hot 97 are prime examples of amazing music that came out of Lil Yachty. Across these two tapes, we got tastes of both the auto-tuned singing side and the ferocious bar spitting side of Boat Boy. The perfect balance made Yachty to be a very well-rounded artist that I respected heavily. But recently, things have just been whack.
Teenage Emotions and Lil Boat 2 are absolute garbage. If you think otherwise, you are lying to yourself. Titling a song, repeating the title of the song 16 times for a hook, and slapping Migos on it does NOT make a hit song. Good lord, have you all heard Harley or Peekaboo? Complete trash. Teenage Emotions gave us so little of the bar spitting phenomenon that Lil Yachty once was that I gag when I think about it. Makes me sick, man.
And then there was the recent release of Lil Boat 2, and ever since the announcement of the tape, I’ve been skeptical. Will it be amazing? Will it suck? Will it put Lil Boat 1’s name to shame? Am I going to want to throw myself into oncoming traffic after listening to it? These were all questions that entered my mind when thinking about this tape. And without fail, Yachty disappointed me once again.
Even though we actually got a rapping Yachty on this tape, it was so sub-par that I don’t know how he did it. You’d think with features from Lil Pump, Quavo, and OFFSET FOR GOD’S SAKE, that this project would be incredible. Sadly, we were all let down once again.
Yachty, I love ya, we all know you’ve got it in you, so PLEASE, go back to the Lil Boat we know and love.
I might get flamed for this one, but hear me out.
Recently, I’ve found myself not enjoying anything Migos have been putting out. More specifically the Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol 1 and Culture 2. Not to say that either are bad, just not what I’d expect from the powerhouse hip hop trio.
Both of those projects were so unnecessarily long that it was painful to sit through the entirety of them. Hours of mediocre lyrics and recycled rhythms just weren’t doing it for me. I had very high expectations from both of these projects coming off the releases of 21 Savage and Offset’s collaboration Without Warning and Migos’ Culture. Both of those projects were top 5 for me in all of 2017, and to come off of those projects with the mediocrity that is Culture 2 and the Quality Control project just saddened me.
Not to forget Quavo and Travis $cott’s collab project, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. You’d think the combo of these two would make for an amazing project that could have potentially been up there with Without Warning, but sadly that wasn’t the case. Again, just some mediocre songs that never really caught my attention.
Hopefully, for the sake of hip hop, Migos will get back to their hit-making ways.
That’s it from me this week. Be on the lookout for Weekly Waves Vol. 23 later tonight on Spotify and Apple Music.