Skip to main content
Loading...

Featured Post

Amazon Last Minute Christmas Sale Save Big On Tech After Black Friday

It's not too late to pick up tech gifts from Amazon. It's Last Minute Christmas Deals sale has discounts across smart home, laptops, monitors, speakers and other gadgets.

BlocBoy JB - Simi Music Album Reviews

BlocBoy JB - Simi Music Album Reviews

On the heels of a viral dance and a Drake feature, the Memphis rapper’s latest mixtape is a breakthrough that’s honest, clear, and incredibly fun.

There are no sure routes to rap stardom in the 21st century, but there are three tried-and-true mechanisms that give young rappers a puncher’s chance: viral dance crazes, out-and-out mixtape saturation, and the Drake feature. BlocBoy JB, an endlessly colorful 21-year-old from Memphis, has spent the past year leveraging all three. The number of tutorials and battles that sprung from last year’s “Shoot” is absolutely jarring, as is the breadth and pace of his work during a manic mixtape run, which saw him drop six records between June 2016 and September 2017. And then, of course, Aubrey: the pair’s collaboration, “Look Alive,” was inescapable earlier this year, conferring on Drake the cutting-edge sensibility he needs to replenish every album cycle, and on BlocBoy the sort of heat that can’t be engineered from a board room.

Simi, BlocBoy’s new mixtape, is named after one of his close friends, who was murdered two years ago. That sort of lingering pain colors the record which, on a textural level, skews toward the bright and danceable. It’s a beautifully executed tape, the type that could be played, uninterrupted, at a house party or in a strip club or on a long drive, alone. BlocBoy has a low drawl familiar to fans of Memphis rap, and often plays coy with the technical aspects of his music: he’ll stumble into a verse, and then lapse into two or three different, precisely syncopated flows. And he’s funny: he’ll crack jokes about Chris Rock and flip-flops and handing out Danimals to his doubters, or punctuate a line about selling drugs to white people with a shouted “A white!” The effect is a breakthrough record that’s honest, clear, and incredibly fun.

A significant portion of the production comes courtesy of Tay Keith, who crafted “Shoot” last summer. Simi has tremendous momentum because the songs, most of which articulate exactly one musical idea before moving on, work at a fast clip, giving BlocBoy rhythms just wonky enough to deploy the shifting, stop-and-start flows that are becoming his signature. “Wait”’s phrases loop back and wrap around one another; “No Chorus, Pt. 11”—which was given an instant-classic video this weekend—is BlocBoy at his most plainspoken, and even with few flourishes, his personality is immutable.

A cameo on a BlocBoy JB record, sunny yet serrated, seems to be a liberating exercise for other artists and Drake is not the only high-profile guest enlisted here. YG (“Nike Swoosh”) and 21 Savage (the remix of “Rover”) are capable; fellow Memphian Moneybagg Yo adds a guttural punch to the, uh, questionably titled “Asian Bitch.” And it must be said that the Floridian viral star Lil Pump is far more acrobatic on “Nun of Dat” than he has been on any of his solo material.

BlocBoy’s “Shoot” dance most recently resurfaced in “This Is America,” Childish Gambino’s ambitiously unsubtle new music video. (BlocBoy’s ad-libs are also included in the background of the song.) Throughout, its star is either dancing—gliding through a centuries-long revue—or murdering people, disposing of his weapons with a delicate care. At its end, he’s fleeing, eyes wide, from a murderous police—the same police that was brutalizing black men and women in the background while Donald Glover and his troupe interpolated some viral dances, including “Shoot.”

The implication—well, one of the implications—is that Americans, especially white Americans, are eager to gobble up black America’s cultural exports while ignoring the social and political contexts that black Americans are forced to endure. What gives BlocBoy’s music its replayability is that those moods and elements bleed into one another. Take “Good Day,” which is danceable but grim, lighthearted but packed with dread. “I just wanna have a good day” is loaded, if you want it to be. There are bright moments for trying times and more than a little menace.

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Release Date & Specs

The Snapdragon 855 has 3x the AI performance of the 845 and will enable portrait mode in HDR 4K video.
At its annual Tech Summit, this year held in Hawaii, Qualcomm unveiled its next-generation smartphone chip, the Snapdragon 855. It is the first to offer 5G and will be in many of the 2019 flagships from Samsung, OnePlus, Google and other phone manufacturers.

Martha Washington Candies

Martha Washington Candies are a classic Christmas treat that has been around for years. Mrs. Martha know how to make a delicious candy full of coconut, pecans, and cherries. Today I’m sharing the keys to success with you.

Crucial BX200 480GB Review

The Crucial BX200 comes in at a lower price, but it fails to offer the same fast speeds of its competitors, especially if you're copying a lot of large files. Read our review to find out how it compares to other SSDs in the market today.
Should I Buy The Crucial BX200 480GB?
The Crucial BX200 480GB is a cheaper SSD and certainly offers an impressive step-up over traditional hard drives. However, given its cache limitations, you should think carefully about whether the saving is worth it.

Samsung 860 Evo Review

For those people still booting their systems from hard drives there is a simple direct replacement that will give their computer a performance kick in the pants. The Samsung 860 Evo is a great choice.
Should I Buy The Samsung 860 Evo?
If you’ve got an NVMe PCI M.2 port on your system you’ll probably want Samsung’s 960 Evo in that form factor, but for everyone else the SATA model the new Evo is an excellent option.
It’s not substantially quicker than the model it replaces, but the extended lifespan is certainly worth the modest investment.

Samsung 860 QVO Review

As SATA SSDs go the Samsung 860 QVO is a fine, but hardly revolutionary design. It might sport new 4-bit NAND memory modules, but the performance and price combination won’t be turning any heads.
Should I Buy The Samsung 860 QVO?
As is stands, there's no hugely compelling reason to buy the 860 QVO over rival SSDs - even Samsung's own.
Moving to the new tech was supposed to be more cost-effective but that doesn't seem to be the case. Performance is great but this drive will be far more appealing when the larger 2- and 4TB capacities and arrive and prices drop a little.

Like Fan Page