In the music streaming era, a 21-song tracklist may seem a bit much, however, 19-year-old rapper Lil Yachty has given a generation of rap fans a soundtrack for the summer. On Teenage Emotions, Yachty details the trials and triumphs of being a millennial adolescent.
While Yachty’s full-length debut album has been named one of the most anticipated projects of the year, each track is either a hit or a miss.
There aren’t really any meaningful or “woke” tracks on the album, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t fun to listen to.
One of the album’s standout tracks is “Bring it Back,” on which Yachty sings of reconciling with a past love. The song has a bit of a late 80s/early 90s feel to it, which feels like a novelty for those of us who still prefer throwback jams to this new era of “mumble rap.”
While mainstream radio tends to focus on a not-so-dynamic duo when representing EDM, 21-year-old producer Martin Garrix has been dropping underappreciated gem after underappreciated gem.
His most recent effort “There for You,” features Australian vocalist Troye Sivan.
The song is a promise of loyalty to a partner, friend or significant other.
“So when your tears roll down your pillow like a river, I’ll be there for you…When you’re screaming, but they only hear you whisper, I’ll be loud for you,” Sivan sings in the song’s chorus.
Both Garrix and Sivan are still very young and are slowly creeping their way up the mainstream music ladder. Hopefully, “There for You” will receive the radio rotations it deserves this summer.
One of the most promising acts of the new wave of hip-hop artists is Ethiopian rapper Aminé. 23-year-old Aminé proved his potential last summer with the release of his major label debut single “Caroline.”
On his most recent single “Heebiejeebies,” which is a duet with Kehlani, he sings of feeling intrigued by someone at first sight.
The song opens with a nostalgic piano intro, similar to that of Outkast’s “Roses,” then transitions to a minimalistic trap-style instrumental.
While “Heebiejeebies,” shows Aminé’s growth since the release of “Caroline,” it’s has the potential of being the down-tempo hit of the summer.
After years of contributing to Odd Future and Major Lazer projects, Columbian singer Kali Uchis has released her major label debut single, “Tyrant.”
The track, which is written and produced by Uchis herself, features Uchis singing in both English and Spanish.
While the lyrics to “Tyrant” are emotionally intense, the instrumental is very chill and laid back, containing the Latin influence that rhythmic radio has been missing.
If one is getting tired of “Despacito,” giving “Tyrant” a listen will be worth their time.