This is the 5th Edition of Backlog and for those who didn’t read the previous versions, it’s a space where I talk about all the albums I’ve listened to but were unable to give the proper patented nappyafro track-by-track review. Plus, I JUST gave y’all two 3,000 word reviews back-to-back in the past few weeks. Unless Jay-Z drops a surprise album in the next few days, y’all probably won’t get a proper album review from your boy until next month. Hopefully.
Today I give some quick thoughts on albums I recently listened to that I feel wasn’t worthy of a proper review or I just plain didn’t have time to do one.
Maybe I missed something about Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y‘s long awaited sequel to How Fly, but 2009 felt boring as shit. I tried to attribute it to the fact that I wasn’t high when I was listening to this album but that wasn’t it. I’m just gonna blame it on Wiz Khalifa. I generally like most of Curren$y’s collaboration albums; Carrollton Heist was dope and Fetti was one of my favorite albums of 2018. Yeah. This is Wiz Khalifa’s fault. To end on a positive note: The Harry Fraud produced “Forever Ball” is the best song on the album.
For his major label/Shady Records debut, Boogie (aka the rapper from the Snickers’ commercial who turns into Elton John when he’s hungry) released Everythings for Sale a month or so ago. Boogie fits somewhere between Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar. Basically a west coast lyrical rapper who raps insightful about gang shit but is not necessarily an actual gangster rapper. Boogie does this over melodic beats on Everythings for Sale plus throws in some thoughts on relationships. I almost fell asleep the first time I listened to it, but I’ll still say that it’s worth a listen. Young B-Easy would’ve definitely reviewed this album.
I don’t know if I’ve said this before on nappyafro, but I truly believe that in the future we’ll have an app that’ll be able to make music that sounds exactly like what James Blake makes. That not really a diss. At best we can get songs like “Wilhelms Scream”, “Limit To Your Love”, or “A Case Of You”. At worst we get everything else he makes, which is stuff I cannot get into. That sums up how I feel about Assume Form. It’s a reason I don’t review or write about R&B or R&B-like music that much. If I can’t put it on my “Bedroom Playlist” besides Another Level by Backstreet, it’s almost no use to me. If you’re like me you’ll probably check it out just for André 3000 feature (Which honestly isn’t that bad).