Lil Uzi Vert finally released his highly anticipated next chapter in his Luv Is Rage series. With major buzz building up around his name and one of the hottest singles of the year (“XO Tour Lif3”), Uzi has all the chips in his corner. With the new crop of rappers that are at the forefront, Uzi is leading the charge, so his debut would have the most eyes on it. The first “Luv Is Rage” was the breakout mixtape that Uzi released back in 2015. Since then, a lot has changed for Lil Uzi Vert, the obvious being that he is now a bonafide star. With that accolade attached to his name, comes high expectations. With features being limited on his debut release, Uzi only brings along The Weeknd and Pharrell. For the instrumentals, some of the industry’s hottest join the party. TM88, Metro Boomin, Pierre Bourne, etc. all show to bring out the best in the self-proclaimed “rock star“. With mostly positive reviews by the industry, this release is surely to only add to the star power that Uzi gracing the hip hop scene with.
When Migos dropped their debut album in 2015, “Yung Rich Nation“, things did not quite go as planned. After a successful mixtape run, Migos were destined for greatness, yet some legal troubles put their rise on hold. After the group was arrested in south Ga, (Quavo and TakeOff would later be released, and OffSet would be held a little longer), their debut album lost the steam that it had built up. With 1/3 of the group behind bars, the promotion for the album took a major hit. Now two years later with all 3 members free and with a number one single on the Billboards, (shout out to “Bad & Boujee“), Migos are ready to pick up where they left off. Their sophomore album “Culture” has hit iTunes and it cements Migos as a legit group of talented MC’s. Literally all 3 artists prove their worth with this release. With beatsmiths such as Zaytoven and Metro Boomin’ laying down the soundscapes, Migos really get their opportunity to shine. Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, as well others show up for the guest features, yet none steal the show from the headliners.
Meek Mill finally decided to do what he does best and that is make music. As a fan of Meek’s music, I was truly excited to know that Milly had music in the pipe line. Even without a strong catalog, Meek has always been able to keep my attention. My go-to track from Meek will always be the “Intro” off of his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares. Say what you want but that record is pure audio crack. Yet for the last year and half, Meek Milly actually making music has been an afterthought. After dropping a dope sophomore album, linking up with the baddest female in the rap game (Nicki Minaj), Meek decided to punch a hole in his own armor by going after his one time collaborator, Drake. I do not think Meek expected the cards to fall the way they did. Drake responded with multiple diss tracks and the internet chose sides, with Meek being on the losing end. With the dust finally settling, Meek picked himself back up, and got back in the studio. Picking up where his successful mixtape series left off, Robert Williams cooked up “DC4“(Dreamchasers4).