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BACK ON TRACK – [O2worldwide]

If you haven’t taken the time to get into the music of O2worldwide yet, you really have to question what you are doing with your life. The Oklahoma City-based collective consists of 16 members that all bring something beautiful to the table. It’s been 2 years since O2’s last full-length project was released and since that time, they have developed their sound as a whole. They have been teasing the release of their full-length project BACK ON TRACK for some time, with their fans waiting patiently for new music the group has finally released an album that is timed perfectly as brighter days look to bring us all back to the path we were on prior to this stupid pandemic struck a year ago. O2worldwide is comprised of members who almost all are fresh out of High School, while they are young their sound is timeless beyond their years. What stands out above all when listening to this album in its intended order is how the tracklist transitions seamlessly from song to song, the attention to detail that went into crafting the project is evident. Once you press play on the intro “TOO SOON”, you are locked in for a …

Pray For Paris – [Westside Gunn]

Griselda Records is taking no prisoners in 2020. From Conway The Machine’s recent collaborative Lulu EP with The Alchemist, to their latest signing Boldee Jame’s The Price of Tea in China album, (also with The Alchemist) it is frightening to think what the group has left in store. Exceptional projects serve as a thorough reminder that music is art and art is music. Westside Gunn has publicly shared via his instagram to never call him a rapper, since he is an artist; I have no objections to his request. Gunn’s latest, Pray For Paris album exemplifies just that, with the cover art responsibility handed to Off-White CEO Virgil Abloh. The cover is specifically an edit of Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath painting, with Virgil adding two iced-out necklaces. One necklace is a Jesus Piece and emblem of Westside Gunn as a child; whereas, the other features his present self with a rightful crown on his head. The album’s run time is a balanced forty-one minutes and nineteen seconds, with twelve tracks total not counting the epic “400 Million Plus Tax” introduction, which gave me heavy Uncut Gems PTSD. Ironically, Tyler The Creator mentions Josh Safdie on “327,” referencing the …