Allstar Lee’s been killing the game for years, but when he released “Fresh Prince of Brick Mile” last year, he entered into a new level of eminence. The world was introduced to his casual rhyme style and easy-going demeanor that were at odds with the violent imagery that he created. Now, he’s everywhere – mainly collaborating with his go-to guy AllStar JR, but also releasing a wide variety of creative hits that touch different bases. With his sheer energy and delivery, Allstar Lee looks to be one of the stars of Detroit’s coming dominance. It just feels as if he’s under the radar, but that looks to change soon.
“Fresh Prince of Brick Mile” was one of the best songs of the year in 2017. Lee took a black culture classic, added some bounce to it, and went on a three minute tangent of unrestrained chaos. The story that he told snapped even the most ADHD-centric person to attention, thanks to its violent imagery and vivacious flow. If Lee continues to spit raps like he did there, he will catapult to the list of the world’s best in no time.
Lee’s music feels very inconsequential – in a good way. “Fresh Prince of Brick Mile” was one thing, then there’s the New Orleans inspired “blank.’ Lee knows how to create an atmosphere of a jovial nature amidst street raps that paint a vivid picture of his reality. His playfulness is at odds with the industry standard overt-seriousness that we typically receive.
With these factors at play, Lee stands a chance of breaking out of the underrated box that he’s placed in and becoming one of the city’s most important lyricists. With some time and hard work, he’ll break away and become one of the city’s most prominent figures.
Russ Is Right, Exploiting Drug Addiction For Money Is Wack
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.
Why Ella Mai’s “Trip” Is Better Than “Boo’d Up”
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.
Bay Area Music That You May Have Missed This Week
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: