Prima Donna appropriately and adequately bridges the stylistic gap between preceding album Summertime '06 and the follow-up LP to this EP, Big Fish Theory.
By the time of Childish Gambino's debut EP in 2011, pretty much all the elements that make him great are already there - great lyrics and word play; generally soft and emotive, feelsy rap, though sometimes high energy with more stereotypical boastful and clever lyrics... really, it sounds exactly like Camp.
b&b consists of non-stop sad-happy, chill trap beats, pitch-corrected vocals, and archetypal modern rap styling's. The baseline quality isn't too low however, but at 64-min's, overstays its welcome.
Let's take it back to 1995: The Offspring and Green Day have both been certified multi-platinum with their smash hit albums, but so have 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.
Right off the bat, one is stricken by the abrasiveness of the synth parts, the distorted drums, and the abrupt shifts in sound and style. This album sounds like commercial appeal was one of the last things on Ye's mind. A truly bold move for such a high-profile artist.
According to my actual 2010 self! It's time to take another trip down memory lane.
Release Date: 4/6/18 This is a new low point for the SoundCloud Trap sub-genre. Absolutely unbearably indescribably awful. Lil Xan's voice is highly irritating, the hooks are hyper-repetitive, the beats are generic, and at a run time of 43:24 it overstays its welcome by a long shot. It's difficult to tell from my reviews thus …
You want to hate it. You can’t. You want to hate him. You... well, you might. Overall though, this release is so much better than you’d expect or want it to be.
XXXTentacion's ? is an inconsistent project that essentially plays like a rundown of all the sounds he’s been known for thus far, including some incredible highlights and complete throwaways.
2016: A fantastic year for music. Rock may be (largely) dead, but music is not.