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Ball Don't Lie EP 53 - F**K The Fans

And now our watch has ended. The final episode of Game of Thrones has come and gone. Scott Flows and Pierce talk about where the show ranks among the greatest of all time. Plus, the bad-assery of John Wick 3: Parabellum, the NBA Playoffs, Magic Johnson airing out his dirty laundry with the Lakers and so much more.

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Ball Don't Lie Ep.39 - Manny Got The Sox On Read

Ball Don't Lie shuffles the chairs around as Dante hosts with Scott this week as Manny Machado watch continues. How will the Sox fare this spring with (or without) Manny? Plus a look at the new Eastern Conference, moves around the NFL, and the 10 year anniversary of Drake's "So Far Gone" mixtape.

Topics

Machado/Harper still unsigned
Drama in Hollywood with LeBron, Lakers
The new-look Eastern Conference
Are the Thunder a legit threat to Golden State?
What's more impressive: James Harden's 30pt streak or Russell Westbrook's triple double streak?
Antonio Brown requests trade from Steelers
Joe Flacco traded to Broncos
Browns sign Kareem Hunt
Kyler Murray chooses NFL over baseball
10-year anniversary of So Far Gone
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Less is More: the case for shorter albums

Advancements in technology have, for better or for worse, changed the way 1. consumers receive music; and 2. artists create and distribute final compositions. Instead of the need to be physically present to collaborate with others that are thousands of miles away, unfinished tracks can quickly be shared electronically with a click of the mouse, bridging the virtual gap between collaborators that are countries apart.

An ambitious high schooler can become a rapper, producer, and audio engineer by watching instructional videos on YouTube straight from their momma’s basement. In lieu of a proper studio, plenty of hits during the SoundCloud era (again, for better or for worse) were performed in a bathroom with makeshift soundproof paneling. DIY mentality, in conjunction with the tech boom, saturated the market of recordings, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. More opportunities to take risks to expand the sound of a genre. More output also means more chances to miss, which leaves an increasing clutter of broken songs to sift through.

Sorting the mess can be a daunting task in 2018. Even with the advent of streaming services - with thousands of neatly organized albums at our instant disposal for the cost of about 12 CDs per year - keeping up with the latest releases is a chaotic schedule to maintain. It shouldn't be a chore to press play on a new project by a favorite artist. "Are you fucking kidding me?" shouldn't be the first thing that comes to mind when looking at a tracklist. That, for example, should be reserved for the optimistic shock of seeing guest features; however, exasperating said phrase at the long runtime or the number of songs has become a negative trend.

There are obvious exceptions, but a CD should not be the same length as a motion picture movie. Human attention spans have unsurprisingly been dwindling because of technology. It's no wonder that why can only focus on something important for about 30 minutes or less. The internet alone stimulates our minds in many different ways to ensure that we're never truly "bored."

Oh, and there's life: social with friends, relationships with significant others, work with people you secretly hate. It's a lot for our minds juggle at once. Even if one sits at home and does nothing but consume music, listening to something for an hour and a half straight seems laborious, not joyful.

Artistic merits exist within these projects, but a few of the biggest culprits of an extended runtime happen to be three of the biggest names in hip-hop: Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and Drake. Culture II (24 tracks; 1hr 45m), SR3MM (triple disc, 27 tracks; 1h 41m), and Scorpion (double disc, 26 tracks; 1hr 30m) rack up 77 songs totaling 5 hours & 56 minutes. In that same time, you could watch Black Panther & Infinity War back-to-back, or take a flight from NYC to London.

Long albums can hide behind the guise of "we're giving more to our fans," but the jig was never fooling anyone. In the streaming age where all sorts of sales records are being broken by the hour, a loaded tracklist primarily has rich goals of achieving RIAA certifications. The logic behind it is to compile as many records as possible, including scraps off the cutting room floor, and see which single pops. Essentially, throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see what sticks. Can't knock these artists for their business acumen but with lengthy projects, they run the risk of sacrificing the quality of a finished product. RIAA certifications add little to a legacy in the streaming age if there's an asterisk.

What Kanye West tried to do with five projects in five weeks was disrupt a flow that was endlessly trending upwards. A disorganized circus in Wyoming played active defense against his strategy, leaving the experiment as a whole disheveled. While the panned three-fifths of the session was hastily put together, the two standout products DAYTONA and KIDS SEE GHOSTS succeeded with precision and conciseness, as they took more than a week to plan. Having seven songs per project leaves little room for error but increases the chances of a high, efficient batting average.

Many believe they hit, but there are some groups with the flawed opinion that DAYTONA and KIDS SEE GHOSTS are not "legitimate albums" because their 20-minute runtime. It's fine if they get left off Album of the Year discussions; this isn't a campaign about that. Disregarding them because there wasn't additional filler shouldn't be a valid dismissal.

A complete thought can be assembled in 30 minutes or less. In an over-saturated music economy, stripping a project down to the bare essentials is a merit in and of itself. As streaming becomes the preferred method of listening, the lines are getting blurred between what separates an album from a mixtape or an EP. The EP vs. LP distinction was strict when the boundaries of distribution were as well. Why can't these distinctions evolve with the times? A comprehensive story can be told in 30 minutes or less just as effectively as an hour-long release. The M.O. of "less is more" was influenced by three impressive projects: FETTI, FM!, and White Bronco.


Joint albums - even with three legendary acts such as Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, and The Alchemist - always look great on paper but are far from a guarantee. Listeners have been scorned by recent collab tapes with chief complaints stemming from the chemistry or lack thereof. Big names will certainly attract an audience. A compilation of throwaways and a lack of effort will dissipate said crowd faster than yelling fire! in a movie theater. Heavy smoke (no pun intended) surrounded the anticipation of FETTI after a surprise announcement. Clocking in at 23 and a half minutes, this powerhouse trio exceeded expectations by delivering an intricate balancing act with two rap styles, seemingly on polar ends of the spectrum, complementing each other like Yin & Yang. Gangsta Gibbs is known for expertly running through sets of triplets in rapid succession, all the while flexing on a 16 with hay makers for punches ("My baby said if I be faithful, she gone hold me down / I'm fuckin' these hoes, I want it all like an only child // About to take a trip, I got coke and dope on my grocery list // Oxycontin pack, I be switchin' rackets like Djokovic"). He slickly does so most prominently on Willie Lloyd and even sings with conviction on Now & Later Gators.

In many ways, Spitta Andretti is just different. If Freddie is a renegade assassin, then the New Orleans native is a cerebral marksman that moves with grace and precision who is equally as lethal. Curren$y's flow embodies a cool ass nigga; his presence will be felt without ever doing the most ("It's like divin' out the plane / Once that music hit our veins / Tins of Rose Champagne // Mascara telling her tale, Revealin' her pain"). A confident calmness, exhibited on Saturday Night Special and No Window Tints, showcases skilled rap ability without needing to spazz out. And what's left to say about Alan The Chemist that hasn't been said already. There's a masterful, haunted essence to his production that's sharp, distinct and one-of-a-kind. The sample-driven, minimalist landscape The Alchemist provides for the duo is deranged and beautiful, manic but never frantic. No one truly dominates except FETTI as a whole; Gibbs, Spitta & ALC co-exist without intruding each others space. These veterans understand the strength of effective teamwork.


Vince Staples can rap his ass off. He's technically sound, quick, witty, and intelligent. At such a *young* age, the North Long Beach native has a wisdom that resembles a man in his mid-40s. People think his interviews are hilarious. All of the above is a recipe for a hip-hop star in 2018, not to say that he isn't. How come he's not universally beloved? The beats. For lack of a better phrase, the "robotic production" on Prima Donna and Big Fish Theory - two solid pieces of work with underlying creativity - has been sonically off-putting to some. The thing is: he doesn't give a fuck. It's evident by his brash attitude and the way he carries himself. Vince's latest project, FM!, thanks in part to the chameleon-like super-producer Kenny Beats, is a more palatable experience to all listeners involved. At just over 22 minutes, FM! is a straightforward concept album on the surface: someone turning on Power 106 ("Big Boy's Neighborhood" to be specific) hearing him rap about his life. In meta terms, it could be interpreted as a voyeur’s experience of a real story; a brief snapshot of a complex individual that's witnessed the traumatic pain of street life, but disguises it as entertainment. The visuals to the ironically titled, E-40-featured FUN and the song itself captures that point. With assistance on the hook by Jay Rock, Don't Get Chipped is a weary, bass-heavy track that talks about remaining skeptical even after you've "made it":

Everybody say it's lonely at the top
I want my homies at the top
My little homie, he got shot
And now I'm moving by my lonely with the .40 and the mop
Finna pull up early morning and somebody getting dropped
I throw a party on your block, like I'm Tommy the clown
Hundred thousand dollar car, bet you proud of me now
Took my mama out the set, house as big as my mouth

That balance between light and dark keeps Staples on edge, knowing that his work isn't done. Ty Dolla $ign, Kehlani, Buddy and Kamaiyah (“head on a swivel, no bleedin’ me!”) all make an appearance (engineered by MixedByAli) to help provide as much of a vibrant West Coast feel as possible. Even 1-verse snippets from Tyga and Earl Sweatshirt, with dashes of segments of Big Boy's Neighborhood, add to the authenticity of the FM! radio show. Vince Staples had much to say in this concept album without belaboring the point.


Action Bronson has had one of the most interesting careers in entertainment since the start of the decade. After breaking a leg in the kitchen, gourmet chefs don't typically end up signing to a major as a result of releasing critically acclaimed mixtapes. They don't typically parlay their success into two television shows AND a book deal. Completely self-made. Last year’s effort Blue Chips 7000 may have indirectly foreshadowed the chaotic gap between 2017-2018. Unlike the nonretail mixtapes Blue Chips 1 & 2, 7000 (retail) felt...forced and uncharacteristic. 2018 marked the end of the Atlantic partnership and the Queens-bred talent cut ties with Vice for not fully appreciating him. Like OJ speeding down the 405 in '94, White Bronco is Action Bronson's burst of freedom (under less grave circumstances). 26 minutes was all that he needed to confirm his return to true independence.

When left to his own devices, Bam Bam has an incredible ear for beats. Having enlisted heavyweights like Harry Fraud, Party Supplies, Daringer who have collabed with him before, these producers helped to restore the feeling from earlier in his career. The narrative on White Bronco, never explicitly stated, is wild and cathartic - something that can't be tamed. He's at his best when his shit talking with a grin with absurd one-liners and quotables you can't help but laugh at ("all these women calling me Taye Diggs," "my haircut is like Dominican folk art," etc.). On the soulful Knxwledge-produced Prince Charming, there's a mix of reckless hilarity and controlled sentimental moments that a well-balanced Action tape sounds like. Featuring two of his closest friends (Big Body Bes and Meyham Lauren) and fellow statesman ASAP Rocky, White Bronco is a strong return to his independent roots in a major way. Sometimes the raps aren't perfectly strung together, but that's okay. He sounds free of constraint, happy to be himself again (“Hold up, just let me roll up, bitch, I'm 'bout to fly // Your boy been out his mind, tears fall out his eyes”). The signature "it's me" rings louder these days.


It was a struggle to power through both in one sitting, but 03 Greedo and Lupe Fiasco are examples of artists who had a legitimate reason for their lengthy projects. Greedo dropping an official album exceeding 90 minutes, God Level, just days before the start of a 20-year prison sentence is understandable. Lupe's Drogas Wave is a deeply thorough epic that's meant to be dissected for years to come. I see why it's over an hour and a half. A slight variation in production for the course of damn near two hours is unnecessary without a purpose. The three recent examples by FETTI, Vince Staples, and Action Bronson are proof that a condensed album can be just as declarative as a sprawling "full-length LP."

It's a low stakes investment for both the consumer and content creator. If it works, great; bump it multiple times until it falls out of rotation - it's bound to eventually reach the same amount of plays as the 30-track CD. If it doesn't work, great; move on to the next project - literally in the case of the artists; sometimes a fresh start is needed. Too much music to listen to is a great problem to have but we're adults now, we got shit to do. Less is truly more in an increasingly congested world of information. If you don't have anything interesting to say for an hour+, please keep it under 60 and...

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Ball Don't Lie - "Jimmy Butler = Buddy Ass"

The three-man crew is back together for a preview of the new NBA season, a recap of week 6 and to chat about the continued back-and-forth between Drake and Pusha T.

Topics:

Sound-off
NBA opening night
Things we’re looking forward to this season
Jimmy Butler/T’Wolves drama
Week 6 NFL review
Brady/Rodgers performance
Heated Saquon Barkley v. QB debate
Do you believe in Mahomes & the Chiefs?
Are the Jags D overrated?
Week 7 predictions
Drake/Pusha T interviews
Goofy Mog of the Week
Shoutouts

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The songs of Summer '18

The vibes for Summer 2018 were a little different this year. I can't put a finger on why, but the season is almost over and there's not an anthem that truly defines this summer. Some songs fall into that category, but the masses haven't decided on one singular banger like usual. I've taken the liberty of picking out a few songs that could hold that distinction. I'll let you be the judge.

Ella Mai- Boo’d Up

This song  was originally on Ella Mai’s Ready EP which was released last year. But somehow it resurfaced this year and created a  life of its own. I appreciate the “Trust the process” story. Ella Mai is deserving of all this attention he’s getting. Everybody loves it especially the guys.

Drake - Nice for What

It’s not Summer without a club anthem from Drake. From the song to the visual, you can tell this was dedicated more to the women out there working hard and looking simultaneously. He made it clear for the women that this was the summer to start acting up and letting the men know what time it was. .

YG - Big Bank

Everybody loves a ratchet west coast style single from YG alongside DJ Mustard on the production boards. Its felt good to hear Mustard & YG linking back up again for Stay Dangerous. You can't help but do your dance when “My bitch drive an all white range/ Couldn't hit if you niggas had aim..” first comes on.

Jay Rock - WIN

This isn’t just a song. It’s a Life mantra that the people strive to live for in life. This was the perfect to officially kick off Jay Rock’s run with Redemption, which happens to be one of top rap albums albums so far in 2018. Once again the TDE brand remains strong.

Tory Lanez ft Rich The Kid - Talk to Me

I was having a tough time trying to choose between BID and Talk to Me but the chorus alone for Talk to Me is so catchy that it just rolls off of your tongue with ease. Tory is planning to drop a new project Love Me Now right after releasing his Sophomore Effort Memories Don’t Die.

Drake - In My Feelings

When i first heard this record on the night Scorpion released, I already knew this was going to be a smash single, between the New Orleans influence and Drake giving City Girls catching a huge look, it had all of the ingredients for a successful moment. And it all kicked off when comedian Shiggy started the “In My Feelings” challenge.

Khalid ft Ty Dolla Sign & 6lack - On the Way

The visual and vibe of this song gave me 90s vibes with a twist. It’s always great to hear feel good R&B records that you just automatically know is going to stand the test of time especially when hearing great young R&B acts. Ty Dolla currently on his run with best guest features in 2018 so far meanwhile everyone is anticipating 6lack’s next album release at any moment.

Valee ft Jeremih - Womp Womp

The rising stardom of Chicago rapper Valee has been an trajectory to watch this year from his debut EP GOOD Job, You Found to Me to watching other rappers try and imitate his rap flow.  This is one of the records that helps highlight the up-and-coming Valee. I'm looking forward to hearing his next project with Cardo to see where he’s going to go next with his music.

Tyga ft Offset - Taste

With all of the constant slander and jokes that the masses have made towards rapper Tyga, we forget about his ability to keep a hit record under his belt. At first I wasn’t sure what to think about the reactions to the song, but after listening and living with this song, I was sold. Between that, his other record Swish, and his new LA Leakers Freestyle, I’m liking what he’s doing with his music and hope he continues this streak of great music.

M.I.D. Summer: Three takeaways from the Wyoming sessions

Chaos begets excellence in the strange world of Kanye West. At least it used to. It's similar to T'Challa's advanced body armor: the more negative blows Ye's accumulates, the stronger his kinetic energy becomes when working on the latest composition. History has proven that he thrives in a chaotic environment, which is often self-made by spewing outlandish statements or ranting on stage psychotically.

Source: Chris Rock

Source: Chris Rock

We've seen this narrative play out several times over his solo career. It's like a Sixth Sense for Kanye loyalists: he just made an ass out of himself publicly...but that means he's about to drop some fire for the summer. From the Mike Myers headjerk (once) to the Taylor Swift incident (twice) to the public scolding of media personalities (the keyboard need an infinity sign), Kanye has never shied away from controversy. It's the catalyst that drives the conceptually forward-thinking music creative that's within. Until 2018.

This method showed signs of deterioration during the manic frenzy that was The Life of Pablo era in 2016. Although it was widely considered to be a lower-tier release in his catalog, TLOP provided flashes of brilliance like the chilling and cinematic "Ultralight Beam" that reminded many fans why they put up with Kanye's bullshit outside of the music.

Even the shaky rollout that was all-but-off-the-rails culminated with one of 2016's biggest events in entertainment: Yeezy Season 3, a runway show that doubled as an album release party for 18,000 people at a sold out Madison Square Garden. Lasting memories were created there while his ignorance off the boards was brushed to the side (but not forgotten).

We're a little more than a month removed from the last release from the Wyoming Sessions and it's becoming increasingly obvious that the self-proclaimed genius had failed with his experiment in the grandest of ways. "Failed" because of the collective lack of care for the final execution of the projects. "In the grandest of ways," because of the collateral damage he caused along the way (see: "Slavery was a Choice" and M*GA/Dragon Energy).

When he announced the lineup of five consecutive weeks of new releases - Pusha-T, himself, Kid Cudi & himself, Nas, and Teyana Taylor - while primarily handling the production as well, it was safe to assume that G.O.O.D. Fridays were finally back.

Nope.

Compared to Hawaii and the glorious run in 2010 resulting in a classic album, the Wyoming Sessions proved to be weird cousin Arnie from Hey Arnold: recognizable, but awkwardly shaped and dull. Aside from the whole Drake fiasco, it was hardly a Cruel Summer from the vaunted G.O.O.D. Music camp. But it wasn't a complete trainwreck. 

Here are a few thoughts I had about the "experience" overall:


1. Pusha-T was the Trojan Horse of the experiment

DAYTONA had to work. As the pace car for this five-week circuit, it had to be damn near perfect; to many, it lived up to expectations. If the long-awaited true follow-up to My Name is My Name was anything less than stellar, the already mild anticipation for the rest of Wyoming would have dried up even quicker. Serving up the purest brick of Peruvian white, the G.O.O.D. Music President delivered his best solo project to date with DAYTONA; raw, cut with no filler whatsoever.

Ye & Mike Dean really shined with the minimalist production paired with gritty sampling to create a menacing atmosphere. His delivery is grimy, yet relaxed and confident like it hasn't aged a day since Lord Willin'. Most importantly, there were no stale bars or wasted lines from Push; similar to a technical boxer accruing points over the course of a fight to earn the decision in the 12th round, as opposed to the knockout artist getting winded by the fifth bell. For an added measure to retain maximum attention towards Wyoming, there was "The Story of Adidion."

Terrance and Aubrey have traded their fair share of subs in years prior (essentially over a BAPE hoody), but after the scope of the battle was lined up with "Infrared," Drake quickly responded with a clip that has presumably in the chamber for a while, saved for a moment like this. "Aight, bet," said the Virginia Beach native and proceeded to expose a lot of shit about Drizzy that the public wasn't privy to (sidenote: you're allowed to enjoy Scorpion AND still think "YOU ARE HIDING A CHILD" is hilarious too. Let these jokes breathe).

There's an unconfirmed report from a credible source that Ye learned about Aubrey's now-public son when he brought Drake to Wyoming for a writing session. If this is true, it's very possible that Kanye gave this ammo to Pusha-T, strategically use him as a conduit to create a huge controversy for maximum attention. If so, it might be time for Kanye to reevaluate his promotional tactics. The numbers and metrics may have inflated because of it, but is a (supposed) shady move like worth a loss of credibility, Ye?

2. Nas and Teyana Taylor deserved better, especially Teyana

Teyana Taylor signed to G.O.O.D Music in 2012. Since then, she's had 1. a few placements on Cruel Summer; 2. released VII, a solid, but under the radar studio album; 3. an incredibly skilled and sexy performance for the "FADE" music video. Limited as they may be, she has shined with every opportunity given to her and has been patiently waiting to show the world why she should be considered a true force in RnB. An album executively produced by arguably one of the most important producers since the start of the millennium was supposed to launch her to that height.

Keep That Same Energy deserved a traditional and proper rollout, complete with lead singles and visuals to match. Hell, at the very least, she deserved a completed album. Waking up to texts from friends, the day after it was supposed to drop (!), when it didn't, to realize it wasn't the final version you thought was coming out (!!), should never be the way to first hear your "completed" album. Teyana sang her ass off on KTSE, but the production and final mixing arrangment felt incomplete.

And with Nas, I don't know. Maybe Escobar Season was experiencing Climate Change 'cause this ain't it, chief. And he knows that. The album felt rushed and disjointed, as if the lyrics were recorded acapella and blindly matched to beat stems at the last minute, without any final input from the artist.

On the process of recording with Kanye. “Wyoming was weird.” 😅 pic.twitter.com/5dX9cv5auB

— Eric Diep (@E_Diep) July 27, 2018

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When I heard the news about NASIR, I was expecting seven "We Major" level tracks.  That bar was set way too high. But it looks like a more carefully thought out, traditional hip-hop project from Nas is coming soon:

And another Nas album on the way. He has been in with Swizz Beatz and RZA. pic.twitter.com/E9uaZLvi0o

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3. Rev. Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake are co-MVPs of the Wyoming Summer League

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Not much to say about Ty; in 2018 he has definitively cemented his status as an RnB star with his incredible run over the past three years, a run that started with Free TC. Many jokes flew about the mediocre nature and output of the Wyoming Sessions, but none of these shots landed in the vicinity of $.  Say what you will about Kanye, but he's a veteran at utilizing his guest features as elements on instrumentals in bold and sublime ways. Ty Dolla $ign's harmonizing and gospel-esq vocals stole the show on "All Mine," "3Way," "Wouldn't Leave," and "Freeee (Ghost Town Pt 2)." 

070 Shake, however, didn't have an established base prior to the Wyoming experience. Being a relatively unknown artist, the New Jersey native had the most to prove, and, when called upon, brushed off that chip on her shoulder with ease. She undoubtly made a mark with a distinct and haunting vocal presence on "Santeria," "Ghost Town," and "Not For Radio,"; songs that feature Push, Ye, Cudi, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Nas, and Diddy. Not a terrible way to start off one's career. If she's not shelved as a background artist only brought out for experiments (*coughs* Teyana deserved better), then the sky's the limit for Shake's future with G.O.O.D.


Kids See Ghosts did take us a little over a year-and-a-half to just get it tight and where we wanted it to be... Months went by, and we just kept working on it and chiseling away at it. It was funny to us when people were talking about how the album was rushed or last-minute. I knew what it took. I was there the whole time. - Kid Cudi for Billboard; July 2018

Many consider Kids See Ghosts as the most well-round project to come out Wyoming. Stripped of excessive arrogance, Kanye and Cudi (whose hums were in peak form) created a powerful 7-track diary of sorts, detailing their bouts with depression and mental health. The primary influencers of Mike Dean, Plain Pat, and Dot the Genius, as they've done on previous work (i.e. 808s & Heartbreak, Man on the Moon) made the duo sound as sharp as they've been in the past decade. Thoughts can be birthed quickly and finalizing the product could take 7 days, but that kind of focus to make sure that the arrangement of sounds and performance from the lyricists/singers normally isn't overnight.

It can work for some, but it's not for everyone. Aside from Kanye playing active defense against the opening track's attempt at not sounding like a trainwreck, KSG had a sense of completeness that ye (lyrics scrapped and recreated in 8 days), KTSE, and NASIR did not have.

Music opinions are subjective and number ratings are arbitrary but if I'd have to rate the Wyoming experience, it'd be 2.5/5; the 2 representing the successes (DAYTONA and KSG), the .5 representing the half-baked ideas of the other 3.

Each collection arguably had at least one song with replay value beyond 1-listen:

1. Push's grizzly and boastful "The Games We Play" (No jewelry on, but you richer than everybody // You laugh a little louder, the DJ say your name a little prouder //And we don't need a globe to show you the world is ours);

2. "No Mistakes" featuring Charlie Wilson (I'm definitely gonna need an hour-long Kanye-less version that loops Uncle Charlie's chorus like what someone did with the horns from SpottieOttieDopaliscious);

3. A therapeutic Cudi glides on "Reborn" which featured a Kanye that suddenly remembered how to rap his ass off on a Graduation era type of feel for the overall song;

4. "Bonjour" feels like the perfect soundtrack to sail along the Amalfi Coast to, boo'd up, with a never-ending glass of expensive alcohol in hand, without a care in the world. NASIR deserved 6 more of these.

5. From the raps and to boldly sang vocals, Teyana bodied her performance on the sample-driven and orchestral "Rose in Harlem." KTSE suffered the most from "demoitis," but she, as best as she could, rose to shine from the fractured cement better known as the Wyoming Sessions;

Ball Don't Lie Free Agency Special (ft. Al_Patron & @TreyBizzy)

Ball Don't Lie returns for an NBA free agency special! Joe Scott & Pierce welcome Al Patron & Alec on the pod to talk about LeBron's jump to LA, Boogie signing with the Warriors, the Bulls matching Zach Lavine's offer, the Kawhi Leonard saga and their thoughts on Drake's Scorpion!

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The most anticipated Hip-Hop albums of Summer 2018

One of my favorite summer pastimes have come around yet again, as GOOD Music, TDE and Drake have opened up the summer with more quality bangers. Here's four hip hop albums I'm most looking forward to this summer.

Jay Rock - Redemption

Jay Rock’s newest single Win off his new album Redemption has become a mantra for life. Hearing the chorus go “Win Win Win Win/ Fuck everything else/ Win Win Win Win” always gets my spirit going. There was a lot of mixed reviews regarding Rock’s last album 90059. However the anticipation for his follow-up was built up off the strength of the Black Panther-soundtrack hit, King’s Dead.

TDE is already having a blockbuster year and now it’s time for the label mates to shine.

Schoolboy Q - TBD

Another TDE superstar is gearing up for his third major studio release. Schoolboy Q says his album is done and will drop sometime in 2018. He's also said the production on the album will be more mainstream.

His recent verses on Addicted to Ballin, Code of Honor, X, & Movin Around shows me how much Q has improved as a rapper. Right now he’s on the Championship Tour with the rest of the Top Dawg family celebrating their wins. We'll see what he's got in store for us next go-around.

YG- Stay Dangerous

It wouldn't be summer without an album of ratchet YG anthems!

YG announced Stay Dangerous, the follow-up to 2016's Still Brazy, back in February, and unlike its predecessor, he's linked back up with DJ Mustard, whose presence was missing on the last album. Mustard's production sounds polished on the single Suu Woop, making me anxious for some heat to hold us over this summer.

YG's other single Big Bank is out as well.

Drake -Scorpion

Yeah Push gave Aubrey the biggest ass-whooping in hip-hop history... but I'm still hype for Scorpion. When you have the superstar power Drake has, your career can stand to take a few hits.

So far he’s dropped God’s Plan, Nice for What, and I'm Upset to build up anticipation for the June 29 release. Everybody knows that regardless of what happened, Drake is still going to do his numbers and drop his hits (we won’t forget the beatdown though). I'm looking forward to seeing what energy he brings and whether or not he’s going to address a lot of the allegations Push mentioned.

Ball Don't Lie ep. 20 - The Season Finale ft. @Al_Patron

It's the season finale of Ball Don't Lie! Author & creator Al Patron (@Al_Patron) joins the crew to wrap up the NBA season. Are the Warriors a dynasty, and how long will their window be open for? We also talk about the ridiculous of LeBron James stans and has the GOAT debate finally been laid to rest? Also what's our overall grade on the NBA, did Drake catch the biggest L in Hip-Hop history, and our final Goofy Mogs of the season.

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The greatness of Aubrey Graham
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Harmony Gerber/Getty Images

Whether someone aspires to be a rapper or just falls into it, if they're relevant enough, people will ask if they're among the greatest of all-time. Fans of any genre do it. Guaranteed there were mad debates at Stagecoach about who's greater - Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks or Tim McGraw?

Debates about the best rock bands ever, the best guitarist, the EDM DJs, whatever... happen all the time. So it’s only natural that people ask the same question about arguably the most commercially-successful rapper of this decade - Drake.

Your answer can be determined on so many variables; age, location, when you were exposed to hip hop, what does the genre means to you, how you define a great rapper?  All that makes for fun debate because there really is no right answer. So when it comes to Aubrey Drake Graham, let’s focus on the raw facts of his career from this decade.

Before that, why is Drake the target? Well, he’s arguably the biggest name in hip hop right now. Any other rapper with his resume (and one probably came to mind as you read that) receives chatter about their all-time greatness, but you don’t hear that about Drake. It seems his global success doesn’t merit at a least a conversation among the greats.

Drake has four official studio albums - Thank Me Later, Take Care, Nothing Was The Same and Views - and all but Thank Me Later went 4x Platinum. A Grammy award is the most overrated award in terms of determining a music artist’s success, but he owns three of those as well.

Sometimes he doesn’t even need an album to be successful. He has enough singles he makes throwaway albums for fun (If You're Reading This... and More Life for ex.) His features are the most memorable part of the song like his immortalization of Kobe’s marital status on Stay Schemin. He’s spent a decade perfecting his sound and creating his own lane in music.

He’s the kind of rapper that would get laughed at and completely ignored 15-20 years ago. He’s not rapping about his life in the ‘hood or social issues; he raps about…..his feelings, which is taboo in hip hop (or at least, it was.)  Masculinity in hip hop used to be your calling card. Being a rapper meant that you were tough, “hard”, a man’s man and you never, ever talked about your emotional feelings; hell, you didn’t admit that those feelings even existed. Now, expressing that your feelings is more accepted in the genre; not universally but still. Drake isn’t the first rapper to go this route but as far as being widely successful with it, he is a pioneer in that regard. 

The sound of hip hop has evolved over time but a lot of fans have not.  A lot of hip hop fans are stuck one sound or in one era and not being able to accept how the sound of the world’s youngest genre can still change and not stick to what they like and how they perceive it. So due to that, the criteria for what constitutes a rapper being one of the best, either of all time or of their generation, stays stagnant.  There isn’t a heavy emphasis placed on lyricism anymore or how an album is constructed in today’s hip hop scene.  Singles and social media presence have taken their place and the rules have been rewritten.

Maybe it’s time we change the criteria for what makes a rapper an all-time great and start discussing if Aubrey Drake Graham fits anywhere in there. Is Drake one of the best rappers ever even if he may not have a clear-cut classic album and the lyricism that hip hop elitists love? Man, I have no idea. I’m just asking the questions here.

What's behind Fortnite's popularity?
Getty/Vaughn Ridley/Epic Games

Getty/Vaughn Ridley/Epic Games

It’s an intriguing concept. A match consists of 100 players in one map, with the goal being the last person or team standing to survive. The game is called Fortnite. But why are the UMBC Retrievers basketball team, fresh off of pulling off the greatest upset in NCAA tournament history beating a one seed, shouting it out after becoming the first 16 seed to ever win a game in March Madness. Why is Drake, Travis $cott and Juju Smith-Schuster breaking streaming records on Twitch, and why does the streamer they played with have a net worth of $3.5 Million(!)?

It can all be explained by the awareness it has in its users and its own self awareness as well.

I started playing two months ago. My roommates egged me on, but when they told me it was free, I figured I would try it out. Not being a hardcore gamer by any means, I had no headset at the ready, but it they made sure to let me know that I’d need one since communication would be key. We filled our squad up to 4 people (the maximum for each team) and readied up.

It all starts in an airborne bus flying across the massive map and is typically when your team decides where to drop. Quite literally you drop in by skydiving, with nothing but a pick axe, as the race to the loot begins. Most everything can be hit with your pick axe to collect materials to build with, from defensive forts to offensive barriers. Lots of the items you can grab are laying around but there are also a few ‘chests’ with a chance at more rare items, ranging from materials, to health kits, and various guns & explosives

But Fortnite isn’t just a firefight, it’s much more about survival. The looming threat being the ‘storm’. As the game progresses, the map shrinks into progressively shrinking safe zones, as the health depleting storm keeps you moving towards the action. And as more and more people get eliminated, the amount of powerful weapons available increases through supply drops. All of this is to say that there are multiple factors that need to be accounted for, and why having a good team is so important.

. One reason why the game is so popular though, is the even playing field. In games like COD and NBA 2K, there's an advantage for those who put in the hours or even the cash. But in Fortnite, your chance of winning really just depends on how good you can build, shoot, and strategize around the map. The only things you can purchase is various outfits and celebrations, none of which give you an advantage. But the aspect of magical realism is just as key to its fame.

Epic Games

Epic Games

While there is great detail in the weapons and the world itself, the physics aren’t as realistic, and that can be pretty entertaining when playing, or watching other people play. One twitch streamer called Ninja has become so good at the game, that he pulls in tens of thousands of viewers per stream, and even tens of thousands of dollars in donations. There’s a strangely pleasurable feeling in seeing someone “ball out” in Fortnite. It’s comparable to an amateur and a master painter making art with the same materials.

Fortnite is constantly changing though. Different items and weapons come and go throughout its various updates, but if something new, like a damage trap, becomes popular, it’ll be there for the long run. They’ll even create new towns that are added to the map, with more opportunities for loot and fortifying. The developers are constantly trying new things and trying to conform to the users.

Most recently, Fortnite has released the game for IOS (iPhone & iPad) in its entirety. I tried the IOS version first hand, and other than the graphics & framerate, it really is the same game. What’s more impressive, they’ve implemented cross platform playability. That means that a 4 person squad could have someone playing on a PS4, Xbox, PC, and iPhone, playing in the same game. This may just be the best development, and last week it made Ninja’s stream with Drake possible in the first place. It gives the user a sense of freedom from platform conformity, and possibilities for a more social gaming experience.

There’s many reasons to like Fortnite but the opportunities you have to play it are at the top of the list. We’ve also seen these days the youth will play and/or watch, what they want, when they want, but they also want to be heard. And yes it sounds cheesy, but that’s exactly what this game has looked to accomplish. As the fan base continues to grow and their crowd gets larger to source from, this game will be here for the long run.

God’s Plan - DON’T TELL THE LABEL

Drake is no stranger to giving us great music we can vibe to, but he just took a feel good song to another level when he released the video for God’s Plan.

If you’re a Drake fan, or even if you’re not a fan of the brilliant actor turner rapper/singer, you’ve probably been hearing in the news how he has been doing various acts of kindness throughout Miami, such as paying for everyone’s groceries in a store, awarding a young lady scholarship money to University of Miami, giving a family a brand new car, donating to a community center, fire department, and many more things as seen throughout the video.

$996,631.90 is the budget Drake had for this video project. Instead of using the money for expensive cars, video vixens, and filming in a big mansion or club, he gives it all away, literally. This says a lot about Drake’s character and how he knows his success is really bigger than himself. Although he is known for showing love to strippers and strip clubs, he has shown us a different side of him that makes people love him even more. Many people would seize the opportunity of having close to one million dollars and keeping it all to themselves. Drake seizes the opportunity of using it to make the lives of others better. So many people are struggling to just feed their family, or pay their bills. Knowing how hard some people have it allows you to see how blessed you are and should encourage you to be a blessing to others in some way.

Giving not only money, but his time is what makes the God’s Plan video even more appreciable. Drake could of easily just handed the money over and walked away from people, he however, wanted to know their unique stories. Outside of money he donated or used to gift others with, Drake spent time at the different places he visited such as, Miami Senior High School and Overtown Youth Center and bringing excitement to their faces. Even with the different families Drake gave to, he had conversations with them to understand the struggles that they may be facing and offered words of encouragement along with the donation. Seeing the challenges others go through can change your perspective on how you value things. Even if you, yourself, can’t give someone else money, you can be a listening ear or be supportive by volunteering your time. In the video, you see Drake talking to various people and actually capturing the moments, the emotions, and the really being able to empathize with those in the video.

I DON’T WANT TO DIE FOR THEM TO MISS ME really is about showing people that you care now. Letting them value and appreciate you in the present day, allowing them to not only think about you once you have passed. Too many times, people will take others for granted and tend to forget about them or put them in the back of their mind until it is too late. HOPE I GOT SOME BROTHERS THAT OUTLIVE ME, THEY GON' TELL THE STORY, SHIT WAS DIFFERENT WITH ME. Drake is definitely one of a kind and for certain his story will be an inspiration for others.

Unfortunately you can do all you can to be a good person and live out God’s Plan for you AND STILL, BAD THINGS, IT'S A LOT OF BAD THINGS THAT THEY WISHIN' ON ME.. This line of the song along with the video reactions shows that people are going to continue to talk and wish bad things on you no matter what. All you can do is continue doing your best and living out your purpose.

“Thank God for what’s happening right now, it might not be good, but Thank God” is a quote from a man in the video. Not everyday is going to be easy, but the trials we face can bring triumphs. That resonated with me on a spiritual level and ensures that it’s always best to trust the process in God’s Plan for you.

This video warmed my heart and I legit tear up each time I watch it. I challenge each of you reading this to do something kind for someone that you know or don’t know. It doesn’t have to be monetary, but make it meaningful and from your heart.

Best projects of January 2018

2018 got off to a slow start with notable music releases, but the second half of January really picked up the slack. Here at The Barber's Chair, our resident music contributors, Eyeless and Just JT, will do a monthly round-up of their favorite projects, giving you on the most respective drops every month.

SiR - November

Eyeless: From a talent standpoint, the roster on Top Dawg Entertainment is damn near impeccable. For me, November by SiR has been on repeat since the clock turned midnight on January 18th. Bruh, this album is so fucking soulful that if I were still capable of crying, I would have shed a tear on the first complete spin. The production is as intricate and complex as every other TDE release, but the entire experience of this one felt like a completely novel journey. The way SiR floats on the album, mixing in different cadences with sharp, distinctive wails, can really evoke emotion from the listener. Strong songwriting about subject matter dealing with different narratives about relationships are highly relatable, no matter where you come from. Cool out on a late night with your significant other (or sidepiece) to November. It's sure to the set the mood.

Favorite Tracks: D'Evils, Something New (ft. Etta Bond), Dreaming of Me.

JT: The TDE Machine is the strongest well oiled machine in the music industry right now. Everything that they touch always turn into gold and their track record with artist as Kendrick, SZA, Schoolboy Q, etc. Im really convinced that after Top or Punch comes across  dope talent, they then throw them in the TDE hyperbolic time chamber for training and they come out stronger than when they first walked in. So what a perfect way to start off January 2018 but with some fresh new R&B sounds from their newest and latest  talent in the roster, SiR. The Production on the album is usual TDE standards: Soulful, complex, soothing, Intricate, etc.  Each song on the album can evoke different emotions from you, whether you’re out cruising thinking about life or you’re chilling with the opposite sex. Im looking forward to seeing more collaborations and records from SiR in the near future.

Favorite Tracks: D’Evils, That’s Alright, Something Foreign, Something New

Maxo Kream - Punken

Eyeless: Whew, Punken caught me off guard, for real. I had never listened to Maxo Kream prior to this album, but many people on the internet were rightfully lauding him for this effort. Slick raps and harrowing tales about street life are painted vividly with Max's commentary throughout Punken. In one of the standouts, "Roaches," the Houston native talks about in detail about the sad troubles his family was going through when dealing with the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. There's plenty of ig'nant shit on here to go dumb to, but there's also some very thoughtful and poignant rhymes on here as well. Hands down my favorite rap project of this early year, so far.

Favorite Tracks: Work, Roaches, Grannies;

Evidence - Weather or Not

Eyeless: WEST COAST FLOWS MEETS EAST COAST BOOM BAP. The Venice, Caljfornia hip-hop veteran Evidence has lowkey been one of the most consistent rappers. As one can tell by his subdued demeanor and laid-back delivery, EV, isn't worried about the flash and frills; just straight raps. That's not to say he's lazy in the slightest, rather, he carved a lane in this game by staying authentic, without ever conforming to normal trends:

Everyone's an imitation, spitters cop the G Rap, the rest are on some Drake shit// I took my time to find my own shit, 10,000 hours//

With production from Nottz, The Alchemist, DJ Premier, and more, Mr. Slow Flow kills it again by sticking to the blueprint here on Weather or Not. Prayerss up to his long-term girlfriend who he, on the final song, revealed to have stage three breast cancer. A very personal album with great effort put forth into it.

Favorite tracks: Throw it All Away (prod. The Alchemist), Jim Dean, Love Is a Funny Thing (feat. Styles P, Rapsody & Khrysis; prod. The Alchemist);

Payroll Giovanni & Cardo - Big Bossin Vol 2

JT: I'm going to be keep it real honest with you, I’m JUST NOW jumping onto the Payroll Giovanni bandwagon after the homie Baby Shad had made his playlist of his  best songs. What draws me so much into his music is his sound. What’s crazy to me is how their sound is so G-Funk so West Coast, but Payroll & Cardo both from the Midwest. Not only is the sound amazing, but Big Bossin Vol 2 to me is one of the best albums to play when you’re fiending for life motivation to help you secure that bag. This is my current life go-to soundtrack when I’m making moves and setting plays to secure my bag. Payroll Giovanni for President.

Favorite Tracks: 5s to 6s, Rapped My Way, Good Day to Get Money, 10 Years, 1 Summer, BYLUG Outro

Drake - Scary Hours EP

JT: At this point, what’s there to not love about Drake. No matter how many times i tend to overly criticize him, the boy always finds a way to come through and gives us heat. Listening to Scary Hours EP, i get the feeling that Drake feels refreshed and ready to take one 2018. Not only did he give us another smash with God’s Plan, he also blessed us with the raps on Diplomatic Immunity. Right after More Life dropped, I really wanted Drake to just take a break from music at first because to me it felt like most of his music lately since after If You’re Reading This, It’s too Late. To me, it felt like he was more concerned with making hit records more than impactful records. I'm not mad at him for that because he’s been giving folks hits. But I love Introspective Drake much more. When he’s giving us tracks like 30 for 30, The Resistance, Do Not Disturb, Lose You, etc i feel like that’s when drake is at his best. I'm looking forward to seeing what’s next up for the boy for 2018.

Favorite tracks: Diplomatic Immunity
 

Honorable Mentions:
Migos - Culture II
Justine Skye - Ultraviolet

Most anticipated albums of 2018

There’s a couple of things that come to mind when I think about New Years; it’s new beginnings, new energy, new people, new opportunities, and most importantly, new music. Every year when it feels there’s no way the music atmosphere can get that better, I’m  hit me with that “Iight BET” text message from the new year.  New music releases in 2018  means new sounds, waves, flows, tunes, artists, etc. When it’s not the usual artists dominating, there’s always some new faces that make big noise for themselves.  Despite push back old heads give us, music is in a great spot. With all of these diverse  categories of hip-hop specifically tailored to different crowds, you would think complaining about the state of music would experience some cutback.  But people are never satisfied. Either way it goes,  I’m excited to hear  what’s in stored for our 2018 Life soundtrack. I’ve come up with the list of rappers whom in which I’m excited for releasing new music this year.

Migos - Culture 2

Coming off an astounding year, Migos are already prepping for their upcoming album Culture 2, which drops on January 26th. This release falls a day before the one year anniversary of Culture. With two single already in rotation (Motor Sport and Stir Fry), I’m interested in what direction the group is taking the sound & vibe this next go round. I don't know if it’s because of the Quality Control compilation release, but the buzz doesn't feel entirely the same as it did last year. However, I have faith in Migos to drop that flame. I'm looking forward to hearing my guy Offset (aka the BEST MIGO out the group) to do work on the album. . 

Rae Sremmurd - Sremmlife 3

SremmLife 3 has been teased on several occasions by Mike Will Made It and the group through social media and interviews. Back in August while with speaking with Tim Westwood , Swae Lee confirmed that SremmLife 3 was just about complete. Prior to that, Slim Jxmmi initially said initially that the third album was going to be a departure from the Sremmlife series, but later, Swae changed the plans up. We haven’t got an actual release date yet, but we were told it’s supposed to drop sometime in January. I’m not sure if it will since release dates always change, but I’m certain Sremmlife 3 will drop for us sometime in the first quarter of 2018.

On a side note, I really wish they would start dropping their albums in the spring time so their records could blow up and get in the summer rotation.

YG- Just Re’d Up 3

When we last heard YG on his Red Friday EP, he said on Public Service Announcement intro "Just Re’d Up 3 coming soon.” YG has been quietly working in the lab, whether with Mustard for the album or assisting with features with other rappers. He’s dropped some loosie singles post-Still Brazy in Fuck it up, YNS & Pop it Shake It. It’s about to be about two years since Still Brazy dropped (which i think is top album of 2016 despite some push back since the album missed Mustards’ presence) and I think it’s about time for a new YG album in order to prep us for the summer.

Nipsey Hussle - Victory Lap

It's about DAMN time our playa’ potna Nipsey Hussle is finally dropping Victory Lap on February 16th. I’ve been a fan of his music since Hussle in the House dropped and he’s grabbed me with his mixtapes series Bullets Aint Got No Name and The Marathon. After Crenshaw dropped in 2013, Nipsey started teasing us with Victory Lap, but it was starting to reach Detox status. But it seems like Victory Lap is finally about to happen. If my boy Cyhi could delay his album process and drop heat like No Dope on Sundays, then I have all the faith in Nipsey.

Travis Scott- Astroworld

Travis Scott is for the people and he proves it every single time with each new project release. Birds in The Trap Sing McKnight is still holding it down as we’re we wait for Astroworld. Huncho Jack with Quavo was cool and all, but we all are waiting for what’s coming with their own projects. Last year, Trav dropped three throwaway records; Green and Purple with Playboi Carti, The Butterfly Effect, and A Man. I’m anxious to hear what new sounds he's got cooking in the works with Mike Dean. He had a great all star cast on his last album and i’m interested in who's making contributions this next go round. Will he outdo Birds and Rodeo? Stay tuned.

Schoolboy Q- TBD

Blank Face was the album of 2016, point blank period. Schoolboy Q came through with the heat and it still sticks today. If you follow Q on Snapchat or his IG stories, then you would know he’s putting the finishing touches on his next album. He’s already warned us that he’s taking the mainstream route with the production. We don’t know much about the new album yet but I can guarantee you that Q’s is about to lace us with some heat the TDE way.

Jay Rock - TBD

Jay Rock has been silently working on his next album for awhile now. TDE has already made their power move by dropping King’s Dead with Kendrick and Future, which not only will serve as a single for The Black Panther but also the first single off his upcoming Album. We don’t have a lot of information regarding the album, but judging off the snippets, I'm looking forward to the album. I can’t wait until the second single comes out.

Future - TBD

We’ve been long overdue for a new solo Future album. Last year, he pulled a double whammy on us dropping FUTURE & HNDRXX, both albums which could possibly be argued as the best albums of 2017.  The only thing missing is a Grammy nomination but only time will tell.

Between the rumors of Beast Mode 2 with him & Zaytoven and finding he will be curating the soundtrack for the Superfly remake, there’s no telling exactly what direction Future is going to go with his music. All we can tell you is that expect some new heat soon. To keep it a buck, I really hope somehow we can add No Wallet into the mix.

Drake - TBD

At the end of “Do Not Disturb,” Drake said,  “Takin summer off, cause they tell me I need recovery/ Maybe gettin’ back to my regular life will humble me/ I’ll be back in 2018 to give you the summary.”  We really don’t know what Drizzy has in stored for us this year, but based on the snippets that’s dropped on social media, he’s been working. Even though I would much rather prefer him to take the year off and really put his foot into the next album, he’s going to do what he want to do. All I can hope for is more flame to come on the way.

Kanye West - TBD

As an OG Kanye stan,  these days I feel bittersweet about him as a whole from his recent music to how he is as a person.  Even though I’m not as fond of him as I was before, there’s still some love for Uncle Ye deep down. Not only do we want the best for him, but we also want the mild sauce flowing back in his veins.

He was very quiet for the most of 2017 minus a verse on Cyhi’s Dat Side. We’ve heard from numerous members of G.O.O.D. Music that Kanye is back on his “five beats a day for three summers” flow. I’m not believing anything until I actually hear it. But the good thing about Ye’s music is that you’ll never know what to expect from him. So for that, I’m interested to see where he will take it since he’s been so quiet.