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A Look Back at Tay K’s ‘#SantanaWorld’

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It’s such a shame that the world didn’t get wind of Tay K until “The Race,” because, at that time, he really was doing the race. His future was sealed; a couple of alleged murders and an armed robbery and assault had put out the growing fire that was his place in rap. He managed to hit the Billboard charts off the strength of the endlessly catchy single “The Race” that made clear his flight from the law. Then on July 28, his debut mixtape #SantanaWorld hit streaming services. It was released through 88 Classic, Sony, and RCA Records; it had to be the real deal. Fans were eager to download it as well as people interested in seeing what he had to offer besides controversy.

It turns out that Tay K had plenty. #SantanaWorld was, from front to back, angry adolescent rap with an excessive violent streak. The beats were loud and crisp, an assortment of grainy and wistful textures contributing to an entire project of ear worms. “Murder She Wrote” was a mesmerizing maze of flows pushed by beautiful, futuristic production. “I Luv My Choppa” channelled Easy E’s tiny energy for an impactful ode to early 90’s gangsta rap. Song in and song out, Tay K tried on beats like they were clothes at JCPenney’s, taking great care to wear them properly then grabbing something else when he was finished.

With him facing multiple life sentences, it seems like we’ll never truly see the growth of his career. The elusive “it” factor that escapes many rising artists, Tay K had in oodles. He was never one for talking about his talent – he just showed it. But his choices now have placed him on a crash course with destiny where the finish line is catastrophic failure.

 

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Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack

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Russ has made it clear for over a year now that he’s not for the glamorization of drugs for money. He recently got into a Twitter scuffle with Fat Nick, a known user of lean and narcotics, with the two debating about his fascination with drugs and how the latter makes money off of it. Nick frequently posts his drugs and merchandise that contains drugs online and sees nothing wrong with it. Russ however disagrees. And, after seeing both viewpoints, I daresay I agree with Russ. Glamorizing drugs is wack, point blank.

Rap music was founded in tough times. The best hip-hop to come out of the genre’s Golden Era focused on the hardships that people faced during daily life. Coping with these hardships came natural. Drug use isn’t new. However, the way that drug users are fetishizing these drugs is. Lean, Xanax, and Mollies have become as popular as the music itself. With rappers posting their drugs on social media and dedicating so much of their creative energies to showcasing their fascination with drugs, many kids try them out because the artists they look up to love it.

Nothing good comes out of this besides addiction and death. Xanax pills look fun until you’re trying your best to kick the habit while the withdrawal symptoms kick your ass. Let Mac Miller’s story inform you about the dangers of overdosing. Lil Tracy had a heart attack because of his drug usage. There’s nothing good to come out of using these drugs. Yet, new age rap stars align their aesthetics with drugs because its in and it sells.

This exploitation is no joke and needs to be talked about. Starting a conversation about it will enable the proper action to happen and, hopefully, the way that drugs are exploited for money can be addressed.

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Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”

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Everyone thought that “Boo’d Up” was the one. Ella Mai’s viral summer single became the talk of the season, a meme due to its widespread popularity across many age, racial, and gender groups. Many thought that Mai lucked up into the DJ Mustard-produced single, attributing much of the song’s success to the producer. But little did they know, “Trip” would come behind it and show that Mai is much more than a one hit wonder.

“Trip” released on August 3 and has been somewhat of a slow burn for the public. It’s a lot darker and moodier than “Boo’d Up”‘s ceiling-less mood. There’s a lingering piano that acts as the song’s lifeblood. When Mai comes in with her surprisingly deep voice, she offsets the equilibrium and swings things in her favor. As it goes on it become a catchy earworm that far outpaces the ceiling of “Boo’d Up”

With all of this said, her debut album, expected to arrive this fall, will be interesting to take in. Has she exhausted all creative avenues in her brilliant two first singles? Or will she continue pushing the culture? “Boo’d Up,” was one thing. “Trip” is another altogether, showcasing that she has a lot still left up her sleeve.

Listen to “Trip” below.

 

 

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Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week

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Here’s our weekly collection of music out of the Bay Area that you may have missed this week. This week’s collection is one of our favorites, with a majority of the tunes being bombastic, lively jams to bolster the energy coursing through your veins. Tune in below:

 

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