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Insider Art – [Bird Language]

It’s clear that some artists like to look at music as a rush to get as many songs out as possible in order to remain in the public eye, but others have a much more steady, patient approach. While this can be risky due to the short attention spans of listeners in the new digital age of music or the fear of losing whatever momentum an artist might have going for them, producer duo Bird Language wasn’t worried in the slightest. The case in point comes when looking at their brand-new project Insider Art that took right around four years to perfect and bring to life. Despite this extensive time span, the project boasts 17 songs and a runtime of only about 21 minutes long. While this might seem like it’s way too short for such a long wait, the duo packs a punch with every single record, providing a sneak preview of all the different experimental sounds that they have become famous for bringing to life. Considering there are so many songs yet such a short runtime, I’m going to touch on the highlights that really stuck out to me and let you dive into the sonic world that …

Track 6 – [Ty Dolla $ign] ft. [Kanye West] x [Anderson .Paak] x [Thundercat]

Featuring a star-studded cast with a whopping 77 Grammy nominations between them, Track 6 lives up to the expectations of such a highly-anticipated track. While all the individual artists have a unique sound, the track is expertly crafted to accommodate everyone’s verse and truly follow the general flow of the record. The intro feels dreamy and psychedelic before Ty Dolla $ign simply breezes along with the instrumental in a collected fashion before we’re treated to a vintage Kanye sound accompanied by Thundercat’s angelic voice and instrumental. After the incredibly placed beat switch, .Paak delivers one of the smoothest flows of the year with incredible wordplay as always. Track 6 delivers beyond expectations and will no doubt go down as one of the better records of 2020. Take some time out of your day and listen to the new record down below. Produced by Audio Anthem, damm james!, Ty Dolla $ign and BoogzDaBeast

Dragonball Durag (Remix) – [Thundercat] ft. [Smino] & [Guapdad 4000]

When “Dragonball Durag” came out on Thundercat’s album It is What It Is earlier this year, I was a massive fan. Not only was it comical, of course, and the video helped level up the comedic aspects of it, but it was just so smooth and charming, which is kind of ridiculous considering the lyrical content of the song itself. While I’ve made it known that Cat’s album is one of my favorites so far this year, I’m always looking for additions, adjustments, and remixes to see who else can bring a new flame to the party. Most recently, the newest spin on the classic, humorous love song was provided by two unlikely artists, but two of the most talented artists, nonetheless. The two people I’m talking about, of course, are Smino and Guapdad 4000. While I’ve been a fan of Smino’s for a while, I’ve just recently started listening to Guapdad’s music, and I’m beyond impressed with everything I’ve heard. On the “Dragonball Durag” remix, Thundercat keeps his verses in place and untouched, ensuring that they remain as flawless and as wholesome as they were in the original version. I also enjoy this tactic because as I was making …

BALI- [Rich Brian] ft. [Guapdad4000]

Usually, it takes a good amount of time and effort for a meme rapper to change the perception of fans to that of someone who should be taken seriously in the music world. Luckily for Rich Brian, his extremely unique, deep voice garnered the attention of fans from the start, so although his song concepts might have been comical, he didn’t have much trouble transitioning into a legitimate rap career. Since doing so, he has gained a massive following, going on tours and collaborating with some of the biggest names in music. In order to spend his time in a productive way during this quarantine period, Brian decided to release a brand-new music video for his song “BALI” featuring Guapdad 4000. Spaced-out synths, speaker-busting 808s, and rattling percussion all pair flawlessly together to form a crisp foundation for an absolute hit. Although he is clearly known for his deep voice and intricate flows, Brian has recently been experimenting with singing and the results are pretty resounding. On the hook, Brian chops up his words before stretching out others, truly showing how variable his artistry can become. I actually didn’t even realize it was him singing at first because he really …

Gimme Love – [Joji]

A lot of artists in the current age of technology have gained a following doing one thing but transition into other lanes as they please. Few artists are able to make as radical of a transition as Joji has, however. He first gained millions of subscribers on YouTube as a jokester making comical and typically offensive content that fans seemed to eat up. Since then, he has transitioned into making some of the most thoughtful, incredibly soothing music as Joji, which is a change that I don’t think anyone saw coming. While he might have lost some of his original fans, this was clearly the right move because he gained so many more admirers due to his masterful talent as a musician. He was an integral part of the collective 88rising garnering recognition and joined a cast of other talents that is unique and unmatched in this current age of music. As we await his highly anticipated upcoming album Nectar, Joji dropped a single off of the project called “Gimme Love”. This track bolsters fast-paced percussion, a groovy bassline, and a soothing melody that reminds me of something along the lines of previous Thundercat records that I’ve heard in the …

It is What it is – [Thundercat]

The day that I have personally been waiting for, for what seems like ages, has finally come. Of course, the event I’m talking about is the highly anticipated release of Thundercat’s fourth studio album entitled It is What it is. I’ve been paying extremely close attention to all the moves he’s been making leading up to this release and I’ve even written up most of the singles he dropped prior to the entire project, so I was waiting with bated breath for some time now. Considering I’ve always been a massive fan of his hyper-charged bass skills mixed with his ability to incorporate all different genres of music into one fully encompassed genre of his own, I was expecting nothing short of amazing from this album. I believe he totally delivered on this record for multiple reasons. He had fun with certain themes on fun-loving songs while diving deeper into more personal issues he has dealt with on others, always demonstrating his immense talent on the bass guitar. His emotions are in full effect, sometimes being portrayed in a lighthearted manner as if he’s laughing at how crazy he can get about someone he loves, while other times truly putting …

Fair Chance – [Thundercat] ft. [Ty Dolla $ign] & [Lil B]

Thundercat has been producing a heck of a rollout for his upcoming album It is What it is. After a single like “Black Qualls” that was a bit more serious but truly masterful, I never expected “Dragonball Durag”, an absolutely hilarious take on a love song with an even more entertaining visual. I guess these two singles should have had me expecting the unexpected, but his most recent release was even more unexpected than the others. Thundercat was very close with the late legend Mac Miller and that shouldn’t come as a surprise to most people. “Fair Chance”, the most recent single off of his album, is described to be a song dedicated to the loss of his dear friend. This is touching, to say the least, and he even recruited Ty Dolla $ign and the elusive Lil B to join him in paying homage to the deeply missed artist. As far as production goes, melancholy bass and complex, somewhat chaotically organized instruments come together with a sound as if raindrops are falling in the distance. Thundercat takes a very deep, introspective look inside as he talks about how he has trouble getting over the loss as well as the …

Dragonball Durag – [Thundercat]

As we await the highly anticipated album It is What it is from Thundercat, his rollout for the project is attention-grabbing and has even turned into somewhat of a meme. This isn’t uncharacteristic of the musician, because although his skills on the bass are out of this world, he enjoys what he does every step of the way and never takes himself too seriously which I think is ultimately the secret to his undeniable success. I think the mixture of his beyond artistic skills when playing the bass and his nonchalant personality combine to make some incredible music that appeals to larger crowds than just Jazz fans or comedy enthusiasts. He just released another single that I wrote about not too long ago called “Dragonball Durag”, so I won’t go into major details about the song itself. I will, however, refresh your memory a bit by pointing out how the production is soulful and intricate with comical lines being spoken in the form of a love song style. I only bring this up because he just dropped a video for the song, and he even tapped the unbelievably funny Zack Fox to direct it, so you know it’s going to …

Dragonball Durag – [Thundercat]

Although Thundercat might be considered to be in a genre other than Rap or Hip-Hop music, his sound and talent seeps into all different subsets within the industry. He has worked with an array of artists including rappers, funk legends, and producers among others, and brings his own panache to the mix with every single person he collaborates with. His skills on the bass guitar transcend most artistic abilities in the industry today, and I think that’s one of the biggest reasons why he has made such an impact in the world of music, separating himself from the rest of the pack. Along with everything I previously stated, he’s never been one to release a typical song that fits perfectly into one genre or another. His latest release “Dragonball Durag”, is another single off of his upcoming album It is What it is and is a truly soulful offering. Along with some co-production from a friend and reoccurring collaborator Flying Lotus, a chill and laid-back vibe sets the scene. This is emphasized by subdued boom-bap percussion, saxophone riffs, and intricate, skillful bass chords. The vocals are higher-pitched, and the lyrics are somewhat in line with a classic love song. I …

Black Qualls- [Thundercat] ft. [Steve Lacy] & [Steve Arrington]

Thundercat is a one-off talent and pretty much the only artist in today’s music industry single-handedly keeping the funk genre alive and well. He does this of course with his own spin on the genre, but also bridges multiple generations and other genres together to create straight-up masterpieces. With the announcement of It is What it is, the follow up to his 2017 album Drunk, releasing on April 3rd, he decided to bless fans with a new single off of the upcoming project. “Black Qualls” sounds like it time-traveled straight out of the 70’s or 80’s with its overtly funk and even psychedelic vibe. The dense bass strums bring a specific groove to the single as other synths and harmonies bring the track to a whole new dimension. It starts out relatively quickly before slowing down, seemingly bridging the different paces together as the song picks up once again. Both Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington have opposing pitches, one being more tenor and the other more of a bass, but they accent each other through their differences immaculately. It’s also incredible to see new school and classic funk come together in one place, and even though the various styles are …