5 songs I’m listening to: 21/03/2018

I’m thinking of making this a weekly segment: a post where I just let you all know 5 songs that are in constant rotation at the moment – it doesn’t have to be recent, just the songs I’ve got stuck in my head and the ones I think you need to hear. This is gonna be tough, there’s so much music out there that I’m always playing but I’ll try and be as ruthless as I can so let’s give it a go – no ranking, here are my 5 top songs this week:

  1. Love Scars by Trippie Redd: I’ve been hearing so much about this guy recently, so I thought I’d top up my knowledge and go through his catalogue. He has a unique albeit repetitive sound, and maybe you could draw comparisons to him and Lil Uzi Vert in terms of style, but this song is a banger – the video goes hard too. This almost-alien beat and Trippie’s sing/scream style compliment each other perfectly, and reigning in at a cool 2 minutes, it doesn’t get too boring. Definitely one of his best songs out there.
  2. Wanted You by Nav & Lil Uzi Vert: I avoided this song at first because I thought it would be pretty basic. These two on their own I like, but together I just thought it wouldn’t work. I was wrong – this catchy little tune showcases both artists at their best in their braggadocious states. Loved the chorus as well, and the final verse where Nav and Uzi trade bars is a great moment.
  3. Sad! by Xxxtentacion: I did make a post about this song when it came out and also about my top X songs, but at the moment I can’t get this one out of my head. It’s blowing my mind how well it’s doing in the charts – I know it’s quite catchy, but the lyrics and the message within is actually quite dark. Nevertheless it’s a great tune and, once again, is another song that showcases X’s diverse range of skills as an artist.
  4. Boom! by Lil Yachty and Ugly God: This song comes off Yachty’s latest tape, Lil Boat 2, and features Ugly God at his enigmatic best. One of the better songs off this relatively tame album – the beat is pretty smooth, and both artists glide it with ease and charisma.
  5. 123 by Smokepurpp and Murda Beatz: This is another one to go in the “Smokepurpp Bangers” category, such a good blend of bass and industrial sound thanks to Murda Beatz (who’s been working with some huge artists of late). Smokepurpp does his thing as usual, nothing too deep or different, but one that’s been thrown in the party playlist.

Let me know what you guys have been listening to lately.

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My Top 10 Xxxtentacion Songs

As he’s just released his second studio album, ?, I thought I’d give my two cents on Xxxtentacion. I’ve been following him for a bit of time now, and he’s blowing up in a big way – linking with hit producers and even getting some radio time. His personal life has been brought to spotlight recently, and you can hear in his music the dark and depressing tones that surround him. However, I’ve always believed that his music represents such a diverse and versatile range of styles and emotions, and here is 10 (not-ranked) songs I think you’ve got to listen to.

  1. I Don’t Wanna Do This Anymore – this song for me is a standout in his catalogue. This dark and deep love song is only under 2 minutes long, but it’s haunting sound is one to remember. One of his most streamed songs on Soundcloud, and there are many mixes on youtube.
  2. Look At Me! – this is the song that got him heard. A really catchy beat with a hardcore/industrial sound, and X’s charismatic flow shines bright on this track.
  3. Riot – an incredible song which focuses on social matters in America like Black Lives Matter etc. This shows X’s versatility, as he exhibits a ‘conscious rap’ style on an old school beat – this came out on the youtube channel Elevator, popular in breaking new artists/songs on the scene.
  4. Freddy vs. Jason – this song features frequent collaborator Ski Mask the Slump God, and shows off their great chemistry and flow together on a song. One of their early collaborations.
  5. Jocelyn Flores – one of him more recent hits, this song came of the 17 tape and was widely acclaimed as one of his best songs. It’s dedicated to a fan of the same name who tragically committed suicide, and the somber tone of the song and the lyrics really highlight the emotion being conveyed.
  6. I Spoke To The Devil in Miami – I remember hearing this song for the first time and being mesmerized. The chilling piano and story behind the words hooked me, and it’s unlike anything I’ve heard since – he did a really good job on this one.
  7. Never – this song is just a soundscape for me, it sounds like he’s on a mountain. The music is tranquil, and immediately puts you in the calmest of atmospheres. Just a fantastic piece of work.
  8. Yung Bratz – this aggressive cut, featuring a skit from a fight X got into at a show, just highlights his fiery tempo and pure rage. The distorted bass, a typical feature in X’s songs, pumps through the speakers  – one word for this song: mad.
  9. Xxxanax – much like the last song, an aggressive banger that oozes fire and charisma, just a shame that it’s only just over a minute. The beat is something I’ve never heard before, with a techno vibe flowing through it.
  10. I’m Sippin’ Tea In Your Hood – it took a while before I liked this song, purely because I felt the hard-hitting bass just took away a quality from it. After I really started getting into X’s music, I understood what this song really was – just a bit of fun and something different. Distorted instrumentals and X’s fast-paced flow make this song a instant banger.

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My Top 10 Lil Peep Songs

First off, rest in peace to this guy. I remember waking up and hearing that he’d died, and even though I’d never met him or seen him perform live, it really hit me. This guy had so much potential, and people had nothing but praise and positivity for him. Now listening to his music, you can’t help but feel sad. Still, he’s one of my favourite artists and here’s 10 songs (in no order) I think you should listen to if you want to know a bit more about Lil Peep. RIP Gus.

  1. Star Shopping – off the bat, I remember hearing this for the first time and just being amazed. I hadn’t heard something like this before, so different and unique. His voice just floats over a sombre guitar beat, focusing on his love for a girl and telling her to wait for him. His most viewed song on Genius – this guy was going places.
  2. Beamerboy – another early Peep song, off his underrated California Girls EP, this song focuses on his come up in the rap/rock scene. The music video is pretty low budget, but you can’t help but smile as he glides over this beat. It’s pretty catchy too, I had this on repeat for a few days after I first heard it.
  3. Benz Truck – I’m pretty sure this is his most viewed music video, and the first song of Peep’s I heard – feels like ages ago. The music video takes place in England and Russia during his European tour (which I’m gutted I missed), and the song is about – no surprise – him getting a Mercedes Benz truck. It’s catchy, with a real grunge-rock feel reminiscent of Cobain if he was a little more uptempo.
  4. Crybaby – I didn’t actually like this when I first heard it – I mean, it was good, but it was a bit too long for my liking. However, after a while, this song gets you – it’s pretty low-key on an emotional level, but once I saw a video of him performing this I saw it in a whole new light. Off the great Crybaby tape.
  5. Gym Class – this is probably my all time favourite Peep song (gun to my head). Music video is nostalgic and hits you in the feels combined with the mellow beat and Peep’s deep vocals. I easily find myself vibing out to this song, and never skip it if it comes up on the shuffle. Unfortunately, due to some copyright issue, the video got taken down off his official channel, but other fans managed to keep a copy and put that back up on YouTube.
  6. Suck My Blood – when I read the title, I was a bit skeptical. This song has got nothing to do with vampires or anything; it’s just about relationship that’s a bit wild and crazy. Catchy beat, Peep’s flow is insane, and full of quotables. Off the teen romance tape.
  7. Your Eyes – another song that, at first, I didn’t like. It just didn’t sound right – then I saw the video, and I guess it just hit me a different way. The chorus is super catchy, and even though it sounds a bit loud/mixed poorly in some places, I can get over that because it’s a cool song.
  8. Save That S**tmusic video recently dropped for this absolute tune. Second to Gym Class (not that I’m ranking them) – guitar is godly, vibe is wild and I somehow can get lit and deep to this song at the same time. Crazy what this guy could do.
  9. Awful Things – another recent Peep tune, this time featuring Lil Tracy, who you’ll see littered all over Peep’s catalogue of music. This is just a fun song, and the video is great – also one of his most viewed on YouTube.
  10. Witchblades – you will be screaming this chorus after a few listens, and the video is so good. Featuring Lil Tracy, both him and Peep go hard on this short but hard-hitting song off their joint mixtape, Castles II (yes, a sequel tape to Castles).

If I’m being honest, there’s so many songs I’ve missed that I would recommend. This guy was super talented, and he was forming a style of music that no one else was really pioneering. Such a tragedy that he was not of sound mental health, and now unfortunately we celebrate what his music was, not what it could’ve been.

RIP Gustav Ahr November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017

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$uicideboy$ – 2nd Hand

A must listen if you’ve never heard these guys before – great beat with its dark tone nature, and both Scrim and Ruby flow off each other effortlessly with their great chemistry. One of the songs that managed to get significant plays on YouTube and Soundcloud. Listen now.