Rapsody released her third studio album, Laila’s Wisdom last week. With features from artists such as Anderson .Paak, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, and Kendrick Lamar, the album’s content is dense and enticing. Laila’s Wisdom is an album loaded with profound messages, lyrical mastery and great vibes. Up to this point, Rapsody’s rap career has been relatively underground. If this is your first time hearing the name, we highly suggest that you give her a listen.
Neo Yokio is a cultural hub, a global center of athletics, fashion, art and culture; much like the vibrant metropolis that is Neo Yokio’s namesake. This Netflix original centers around Kaz, a fashion-obsessed, upper-crust member of a family of demon-slayers who protect the city. The show is hilarious in how unaware of their privilege the main characters are, being of the most refined social standing in the city. Kaz languishes in his decadent lifestyle, all the while performing exorcisms and maneuvering Neo Yokio high society. This show is not for everyone. Its boujee and very New York-centric. But if quips about the melancholic nature of squid ink pasta or the use of Toblerone as a peace offering sound appealing, you should enjoy it.
Young Thug is a rapper that resists interpretation. His eccentric style, over-the-top delivery, and enigmatic persona made him a wild card in the days before the rap world embraced wild cards. He has hardly peaked creatively, however. This most recent collaborative EP pairs Thugger with EDM producer Carnage, whose previous work with rappers has yielded some explosive singles. This EP is no exception with songs like ‘Liger’ featuring Thugger’s yelpy delivery over a flute-driven trap banger. Lower energy songs like ‘Don’t Call Me’ remain impactful and colorful with Thug’s yelpy yet melodic performance over a spacey, bass-heavy instrumental. This EP doesn’t reinvent the wheel – rap/EDM collaborations have been happening for years – but it does bring together two well-matched artists for a collection of creative club-friendly songs.