Skip to main content

Featured Post

Amazon to start its biggest Black Friday sale yet on 16 November

Amazon's Black Friday Sale 2018 is to be its biggest yet, running from 16 November to the 25th. Here's what you need to know.
Amazon is all set for its biggest Black Friday sale yet with ten days of discounts on electronics, toys, games, fashion, beauty and home products. Black Friday deals begin 16 November and end on the 25th.

Lil Reek - The Graduation Music Album Reviews

Lil Reek - The Graduation Music Album Reviews

The debut from the amazing, helium-huffing Atlanta rapper features production from Brodinski and a grip of other European producers that makes it a standout among the city’s rising stars.

Late last year, a pairing like the teenaged Atlanta rapper Lil Reek and 31-year old French producer Brodinski would not have been able to stir up any significant conversation within the Atlanta rap scene. At the time, Metro Boomin had 10 damn songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and it was the high point of an era where it felt like every rapper’s trajectory was to graduate from their beatmakers and land in the laps of the super producers like Metro Boomin, 808 Mafia, Mike WiLL Made-It, etc. But rap moves fast and now there’s an environment where rappers are expected to build with their producers. A debut mixtape like The Graduation from an artist with buzz like Lil Reek is appealing because an Atlanta rap project with a sound rooted both in the city and trance-inducing French electro music in the past would have been cast aside for more traditional records.

In the few months since Brodinski inspired him to give the booth a try, Reek has become a rapper who can seemingly flow over anything. The off-kilter production on The Graduation—handled mostly by European producers Brodinski, Mister Tweeks, and Ikaz Boi—is filled with uncanny pauses and buildups that usually come before major drops on EDM tracks. The intro, “Rock Out,” shouldn’t be easy to rap over: It’s a couple of tweaks away from belonging in a Mad Decent DJ set. But Reek catches the beat effortlessly and blinds you from the fact that it’s not a typical South Atlanta instrumental.

Lil Reek is fun and that feeling is elevated because of how little we know about his rapping ability, everything is a surprise. His voice is odd, pre-pubescent but also slightly raspy, similar to rising Atlanta rapper Young Nudy. On the airy standout “Blind Man”—featuring the album’s sole acceptable guest verse from Atlanta’s songwriting wizard Key!—Reek leans into his voice and adds a smidge of Auto-Tune, hitting a smooth and controlled melody. And then when he wants to, he strips down his voice and lets his South Atlanta accent and hoarse inflection loose like on “Drip”—the closest Brodinski comes to making a straightforward Atlanta trap beat.

The mixtape also serves a purpose beyond being a rap debut, as it’s a reward to Reek from himself for recently graduating high school. He never does capture the celebratory vibe that he set out to create, apparent by the description of the project’s meaning he gave Mass Appeal, “Dedicated to everything that I done worked for, please 13 years in’s most definitely gonna be a lit graduation.” Producers like Brodinski would have been capable of creating more grand production to represent the party-like feel of a graduation, which ultimately is a good decision because the slightly darker tone makes it easier to assimilate the music into Atlanta’s rap circle. Reek also uses the opportunity on “Im Back” to reflect on his strange last couple of months where he unexpectedly had to balance the life of a high school senior while also being a budding rap star, which is a let down because Belgian producer Mister Tweeks isn’t able to balance that South Atlanta rawness with the European flash like Brodinski and strays too far into the world of electronic music.

The Graduation is accessible enough where a single can be posted on WorldStarHipHop without the comments being flooded with Future avatars saying “What the fuck is this?” Lil Reek had to make sure that the tape was a sufficient introduction that established himself as a young presence in an Atlanta rap scene that is overwhelmingly competitive and critical. It’s a project that is impressive because at the risk of being ostracized as an alternative rapper—which would unfairly put a ceiling over the endless potential of Reek—he paired with Brodinski and other European producers to create an album that displayed how to standout in Atlanta without being excessive. Two years ago, a rapper from Atlanta with this much raw ability would have been surely scooped up by Metro or Southside by now and put under their wing, but now the mixtape has a unique has a place in the city: a young artist who will make both the Southern rap purists and trend-seekers for a brief moment get along.

View the original article here


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Oppo RX17 Pro Review: Hands-on

We had time with Oppo’s new RX17 Pro. It may be blue and purple but how different is it to the similar OnePlus 6T and is it worth your time?
Should I Buy The Oppo RX17 Pro?
Oppo has made a solid mid-range phone in the RX17 Pro. Build quality is premium, fast charging is industry-best fast and the display is of high quality.But the price is high at 599€ considering the OnePlus 6T with a better processor starts at £499/€529. And while functioning as it’s supposed to, ColorOS is still unrefined for the western market with far too many changes to Android to recommend over competitors.

LG G5 Review In-Depth

Can LG take on the Galaxy S7 with a metal design, dual-cameras and an accessory slot? Here's our first LG G5 review, focusing on LG G5 design and build, LG G5 specs, LG G5 cameras and LG G5 software and apps.
Alongside the Galaxy S7, the LG G5 is one of the biggest phones (not literally) to launch in 2016 – and we're not just talking in the Android world. It's one of the heavyweights and LG will be looking to set the market alight with the G5's alternative and innovative modular design.

BlackBerry KEYone Review

BlackBerry soliders on with a curious Android device that gets nearly everything right. It’s not for everyone though, in fact, it’s not really for anyone. But if you want a physical keyboard you will absolutely love it.
Should I Buy The BlackBerry KEYone?
But then, the KEYone is the best BlackBerry phone for years. It has (finally) successfully melded classic BlackBerry design with the necessary mix of Android and nostalgia. Importantly, the latter is only faint this time – this is a device for 2017, not 2007.If you love your iPhone or Samsung, you’ll hate the KEYone and won’t even consider buying it. But if you’ve made it to the end of this review, chances are you’re weighing up a buy. If you think you’ll love the BlackBerry KEYone, then I’m pretty certain you won’t be disappointed. You’re part of a minority, but finally BlackBerry has a phone for you that doesn’t force you to compromise.

Google Pixel Review

Not everyone wants a phone with a big screen, but most small-screen phones compromise on performance and cameras. Not so with Google’s latest flagship Android phone: Here’s our Google Pixel review.
Joining the ranks of the Pixel C and Chromebook Pixel are Google’s new Pixel phones. We’re reviewing the smaller 5in Pixel here, but you can read our separate Pixel XL review if you’re after a bigger phone.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Review

Is there more to the Surface Laptop 2 than a lick of black paint? Find out in our full review.
Should I Buy The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2? The Surface Laptop 2 is a slightly odd one as it's not a huge upgrade on the original. That said, it comes in at the same price with a few upgrades and the new black colour.You get an 8th-gen Intel processor giving a nice performance boost as well as double the memory for the entry-level model. Battery life is a little down in our test but it's still a decent effort making this still one of the best laptop around.

Like Fan Page