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Curren$y & Harry Fraud – VICES
Cuuren$y and Harry Fraud are a dynamic duo. They aren’t quite Scottie and Michael; they are more Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. However you want to slice it, what’s key is this: They make good music together. In VICES, Curren$y and Harry continue that trend.
Curren$y slides his ass off throughout this album. I’m hella impressed with how smooth his flows are, how effortlessly he brags his ass off, and how intricate his verses sound. I mean, the beats he does his work over are pretty damn complex. Harry definitely throws the kitchen sink at him; we’re talking jazzy, 80s-inspired beats that cocaine bosses probably listen to while they wait for their cash machines to count their stacks.
I wish Curren$y’s voice clicked with me more. He’s just not my cup of tea. I do think he’s a helluva rapper.
Favorite Tracks: “Marble Columns,” “The Great McCarthy,” and “The Warehouse.”
Father – Hu$band 2
If NAV, JID, and that black kid that you used to bully in high school had a baby, it would be Father.
So, I’ll be real with you: This is the first time I pressed play on a Father project. What blows me away about him is his ability to sound both awkward and trill. Like, throughout Hu$band, Father talks about having shooters on his payroll and sipping wock, while vocally sounding like a dude that frolics through flower gardens and kicks his feet when texting folks. It’s flabbergasting.
I love this album’s alternative trap beats. I also like Father’s slithery flows and unapologetic lyrics. This is a solid listen, y’all.
Favorite Tracks: “Tax the Church,” “Oxenfree,” and “Vodka Me Down.”
The Alchemist – Flying High – EP
The Alchemist is a GOAT. I never get tired of his intricate hip-hop beats. This weekend, the legendary producer dropped something very slight: An eight-track EP called Flying High.
One thing that I love about today’s underground hip-hop scene is how much people click up. Like, don’t expect to see Lil Uzi Vert on a The Alchemist album; expect to see gritty artists. With that being said, Flying High features rappers such as Boldy James, Earl Sweatshirt, Larry June, and more. Every single one of them understands exactly how to make their crafty street bars poke over hazy, cinematic beats. It’s astonishing to listen to.
Favorite Tracks: All of them
Rylo Rodriguez – Been One
You probably know Rylo Rodriguez more for his great IG captions than his actual music. If you haven’t pressed play on one of his songs yet, all you need to know is this: He’s the epitome of a trap rapper. This past weekend, Rylo returned to the music scene with a new project called Been One.
Been One has both emotional and hard-hitting trap beats, both braggadocios and vulnerable lyrics, and some very solid guest appearances (Lil Baby, EST Gee, Lil Durk, and more are on the album). While Rylo’s dull/sluggish style of rapping might throw you off, I do think he sounds gripping enough to keep your attention. With that being said, if you want a nice little trap fix for the week, give this album a shot.
Favorite Songs: “Free Game,” “Thang For You,” “Room Comfort,” “Real Type,” and “On Da Floor.”
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.