If at the start of this year you told me that one of my favourite hip-hop albums from 2020 would be a Logic album I would have laughed at you. But here we are, I am about to start singing praises for the latest and (allegedly) his last album, No Pressure which was released on July 24, 2020.
When I say I like an album I usually mean that I like every track on the album and I don’t have any tracks that I would skip on a repeat listen. I am glad to say that I like every track on this Logic album which in itself is a new thing for Logic’s music.
Don’t get me wrong, I have liked a few of Logic’s tracks over the past few years but I have never liked an entire project of his. The album before this (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) was quite possibly his worst studio album and if I had to pick a one word descriptor for it would be “wack”. So, when I heard that there was a new Logic album coming out, my expectations for it were quite low. Well, suffice to say that my expectations have been surpassed and then some. My impression of Logic as a person changed for the better as well due to some of the subject matter of the album.
I want to go through this album track by track for this post. Every track will be under its own heading with the name of the track. Let’s get started!
For the past week or so ever since this album came out it has been on regular rotation for me and before I get into it this is hands down the best trap album of the year for me. It’s still March but I honestly don’t think we will have a trap album better than this in 2020. I hope I’m proven wrong but that’s the pedestal I’m putting this album on.
I first found out about the new Boldy James album via a post on r/hiphopheads linking to the Pitchfork review of the album. I didn’t know who Boldy James was before this but my interest was piqued by the fact that the album was produced by The Alchemist, a producer I’m a big fan of.
As soon as I started listening to the album, it was obvious that this was another fantastic work of production. Boldy James’ rapping is pretty good but I don’t think I would have listened to the entire album if it didn’t have that sort of production.
If you enjoyed this and want more of The Alchemist, he had two projects in 2019 that are worth a listen, Lamb Over Rice and Yacht Rock 2. The Alchemist is truly a master of setting the mood with his production and especially on Yacht Rock 2, you can feel the beach vibes coming through. One of my personal favourites is the Paris x La x Bruxelles Instrumentals. Pure instrumental goodness.
When clipping. released the first single for their new album two months ago, I was very intrigued. clipping is best described as a experimental hip-hop group, I didn’t really vibe with their previous album Splendor &Misery, it was a little too harsh for my tastes.
So here we go! This is the first post of my new music blog, Irreverent Space. This blog is intended to be music posting in the way I used to back in my Tumblr days, that is, way more free form and rapid. Think a embed with a few words.
Sometimes I plan on doing longer form pieces but for the most part I want to return to a more rapid style of blogging. I wanted to separate this from my main blog so that I can solely focus on my musical interests.
And without further ado, to start off this blog, I present to you the fantastic new music video for the Dreamville track Down Bad. This track in particular stands out for me in this album as one with some fantastic lyricism especially from J.I.D:
[Verse 2: J.I.D] … I had to tighten the fuck up, but I’m here for the crown Board of Education vs. Brown I was bored of education, left the town …