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Hip hop Music

Underground Vol.1 (1991-1994) – Nostalgic Without Having Prior Experience

Artist: Three Six Mafia

Album: Underground Vol.1: (1991-1994)

Nostalgia is a weird concept, or at least this is what I believe it to be. The official definition of nostalgia is, “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” The word itself from my understanding stems from a place that is built into or buried within human emotions.

The emotions I would guess most likely would either be attached to something memorable regardless of whether it is positive or negative. But specifically when talking about the word nostalgia, in this context I would assume that it concerns itself with happy memories.

The 90s just looks so cool

With that being said I found it weird that when listening to this album I was experiencing nostalgia even though I had never heard the majority of the material. I think this may be due to music sampling, I say this because I am from the southern area of states in the U.S. I think I may have heard parts or pieces of the theses songs during my formative years without me realizing it until now.

his album starts with a laid back track called, “Ridin’ In Da Chevy Pt. 2”. Which as soon as I heard it, I knew that I had listened to this song being sampled in even today’s music scene, though mostly underground. The project continues to deliver banger after banger, hit after hit.

Highlights in my opinion are:

Ridin’ In Da Chevy Pt. 2
Niggaz Ain’t Barin’ Dat
Chargin’ These Hoes
Paul With Da 45
Mask and Da Glock
Yeah, They Done Fucked Up
Fuck All Dem Hoes

I realize that I just listed quite a few songs from the album(mixtape) but I think that speaks to how strong it is as a musical body of work it actually is. While I don’t necessarily think all the songs on the album are great, I do feel even the bad ones have their place since they try something different. For example “Now I’m High, Really High” sounds almost evil in the way the words almost swirl along water smoothness of the beat.

I did some looking into the old school Memphis, TN rap scene which is where the group Three Six Mafia originate from. And found that they were not actually the genesis behind the conception of this form of rap style. I checked out other songs from that time period, and from my listening it seems while they didn’t invent this style, they definitely came the closest to perfecting it.

Yup they fit the bill of making a dark sounding album

One thing I must note is that I feel this album is more focused on the listening experience sonically and not driven by outstanding lyrical ability. Most of the songs seem to be loops or words or small phrases with some verses sprinkled here and there. This is more of a take on music that you would commit crime to (please don’t), or maybe smoke and drink (in moderation preferably). With that being said if you are someone who really only listens to music for lyrical ability this may not be for you.

Regardless of the down sides of the album it was still pretty influential from my understanding. I looked to see who and what songs were sampled from the album since it came out. Which is pretty amazing how large that collection of songs is, considering the material was recorded in the early 90s of hip hop, this means it has truly lasted the test of time.

This album has piqued my curiosity about the music coming from that region during that time period. Underground Vol.1 was a joy of a hip hop experience, much different than what was coming out and selling well during that time period. Which was mainly east and west coast artists. I wonder if when the material for the album was recorded if they knew they were making an influential album. 

Classic / 10

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Music pop

The Kids Are Coming – Great Debut I Need More

Tones and I: The kids Are Coming

Hello everyone, sorry it’s been awhile since I was able to post anything. 

Let’s get started, this is the debut extended play from Tones and I, who is an Australian pop artist. I heard this album a few weeks ago on spotify when I was checking out the new releases on that Friday. I remember when I saw the artist name and the album cover I jokingly thought who is this?, they must be a new artist because I’ve never heard of them. For those that don’t know I mostly frequent the pop and rap areas of music with a little rock and other stuff sprinkled in, so in my opinion I think or thought that I was pretty knowledgeable about the current pop scene. But as the Lord is my witness I was wrong because I was thoroughly surprised when I first played this. My first thought when the intro song was playing was where have you been Tones and I, I didn’t realize I needed you, but enough of that, let’s get into the track list.

The Kids Are Coming: First things first do y’all hear that funk in that baseline, talk about setting the mood for an intro track. This song touches on a few things such as how nobody wants to hear the kids and give them the time of day. How that older generation struggles to understand the youth, but little do they realize that there time is coming to an end. The youth will eventually rise to power and get rid of all that nonsensical stuff the older generation put in place, such as hopefully the 8 hour work day, come on, I can’t be the only one who thinks the 8 hour work day shouldn’t exist in the modern day. The song talks about how the older generation can’t seem to see why the youth lives the life that they do, and refuses to change perspective, and etc. It’s ok if you missed a few of the important ideas in the song because I know I did, the first few times I heard that bass kick in, I was just like whelp guess i’ll tune in later for the societal commentary because now it’s time to zone out.

Dance Monkey: Yes sing it you know you feel it in your soul, the way this song starts out is so groovy in a way. You can just hear the attitude as she starts. Then boom that baseline and melody kicks and the song simply just takes off. The beat to the song switches between the two, giving it something of a sweet and funky pop dynamic. But enough of that lets dive into the songs ideas. So I think there are two ways to interpret the lyrics to this song, one is that the person she is singing about that is dancing has enraptured the onlooker with what I am guessing is actual dance moves. Maybe something similar to if you were really interested in someone at a bar or club and you are intoxicated, so this heightened your sexual interest in someone. This would result in them appearing much more attractive when dancing than normally. Or she could be speaking of how the dancer is something akin to a puppet and that the person who is watching is telling the dancer to perform certain task similar to how you will see a performer and his monkey on the street or a carnival. Either way it doesn’t matter whether you get the message or not, because it doesn’t affect the enjoyment when listening.

Colourblind: This song is sooo sweet on the ears. It just slowly and deeply serenades the eardrum as the base thumps. I’m not going to lie, I am not much of an emotional person but when this song comes on it just sets the mood. This is a song you play when you take a super hot shower trying to wash away a hard day, whether this be losing a loved one or just not living the life you thought you would be living when you were younger. The song talks about someone staying on your mind, that which I am assuming came from some spontaneous event. It talks about summertime and going to raves but instead of being in that atmosphere the couple goes and enjoys a star filled night sky. This song is what love should be all about, kind of makes me yearn for a less technologically driven society

Johnny Run Away: This song is about a boy coming out and his experience with coming out to what I am guessing is his friends and family. It talks about the confusion such as the boy having innocent feelings for another young boy but not until he was older and he had similar feelings for the same sex did he realize he was homosexual. At the beginning of the song it speaks about how johnny’s dad gave him “Advice”, it’s a little hard to see what the point of the advice is because it mainly just him telling his son no, after Johnny thought a boy was cute. He explained to his son that he would be picked on, and the song essentially tells Johnny to run away but not literally, I think it may have something more to do with preparing yourself for what is to come. Overall I still enjoy the song quite a bit, I must confess I am heterosexual so I may be missing some important details of the song, but I think this does’t effect my enjoyment of it or the ideas covered.

Jimmy: This song is about the previously established character from the prior song Jimmy. In concept this song is pretty sad, it’s talks about how Jimmy has a really dysfunctional family life. Apparently he would run away so to speak from home at night to escape the hostile environment of his home, a home which also tells him he isn’t right. Seriously when you really think about how detrimental this is to a youth it’s kind of heart breaking, especially considering when parents act like this towards their kid, they aren’t doing anything but passing on generational trauma. Jimmy would come over after school sometimes and would dance and attempt to talk, but one day his mom came to get him and I’m assuming he didn’t want to go home, and he actually thought to run away, but he ended up doing so because the song continues with how Jimmy hasn’t been seen after that. SAD.

Never Seen the Rain: This song starts out with such a happy and wonderment filled beat to it. I’m going to be honest I really like Tones and I choice of production, it is so different. I love how she alternates between the funky pop to a lower tempo atmosphere driven style. But looking at the production of this particular song I think I like it so much is because parts of it reminds me of “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift, which I also really like. I think the message of this song is actually more so left up to interpretation than anything. I think what it is trying to convey is that you can’t really be sad because you haven’t really experienced something that is supposed to affect you in such a way. So because of that you should just enjoy the life that you are living while you can. But if you do get down on yourself it’s ok to ask for help. This is just my interpretation but I could be wrong.

Rating: 9/10

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Hip hop Music

So Much Fun – Took him long enough

Young Thug: So Much fun

The review will be about the recently released new young thug debut studio album. This is a rap/Hip hop album so if this is not a genre you prefer nothing in the post may pertain to you, but I will highlight what I feel are the best tracks if you want to give a listen.

Just how it is – Decent nothing special.

Sup Mate – Ok but I feel that the real take away is how they took what I think is another culture’s slang and will most likely have quite a few people who would never used the word “mate” in terms of bro, causing pretty funny awkward interactions.

Ecstasy – I am a little conflicted on this song because while I do think it is very good. The current version of the song is not the original when it first came out. The original didn’t have MGK on it, and was leagues better. Not saying that I do not like MGK he’s fine, its just that there was no point to him being on the track, like non at all. This song sounds like it would be played at some tribe type celebration. MGK on the track is not needed similar to the fact how taco bell has no point for mild hot sauce, like what is the point of that stuff, it taste like its afraid to burn your booty a little bit instead of giving the spice you want.

Hot – Its fine.

Light it Up – I did not like this song at first because the beat just doesn’t vibe and it is extremely repetitive. But low key this is a banger in the right setting.

Surf – Not need since hot is the better Gunna song.

Bad Bad Bad – The best song on the album, an I am willing to debate if needed. The way the beat starts always till its thumping to the end it never lets up. The course is slick as oil, and Lil baby who I don’t think is that good floats like a wondering lean infused bee sonically stinging my ears with pain I want.

Lil Baby – Return to shipper.

Whats the Move – Second be song on the album, starts to slow but once the beat pick up its a great ride til the end. And it has one of the more consistent Uzi features I’ve heard in a while.

I Bought Her – Dumbest song on the album, but it can stay only if it does provide a few laughs along the way.

Jumped out the window – No

I’m scared – Nice beat but its just filler.

Cartier Gucci Scarf – The better song with Lil Duke

Big Tipper – Third best song on the album, do y’all hear that beat. Smooth as heated chocolate from a chocolate fountain. And probably the only lil keed song I like.

Pussy – No

Circle of Bosses – Ok but kinda lack luster

Mannequin Challenge – Good but nothing special

Boy back – Good nav song, take that for what you will.

The London – Its the single, and posted at the end of the album for a reason

Rating – 7.5/10
Best and most consistent Young Thug album to date.