DJ Clark Kent surprised the world early yesterday morning with the release of “XTCSY.” The track appeared on a tracklist for ye released in mid-May, ahead of the June release date, so the song must have been finished for some time. It just didn’t make the final cut. And, to be honest, after listening to it, we kind of see why.
The production is pretty lackluster. A push for soulful sounds doesn’t work nearly as much as some of Kanye’s older work; in fact, it takes so long to get into that you’ll be left wishing for a grander build-up that ultimately doesn’t pay off. Kanye’s bars, ultimately, don’t pan out either. He raps and raps bar after bar of empty filler. When it ends, you don’t really wish to run it back.
As lackluster as ye was, it’s not even up to par with the weaker cuts from the album such as “Violent Crimes” or “Wouldn’t Leave.” A sense of earnestness permeates these cuts, that luxury doesn’t extend to “XCTSY.” For that, it deserves all of the criticism that it can get.
Listen to “XCTSY” below.
@RealRobotJones and @TheTeeta drop a holiday banger in “Sleigh”
Robot and Teeta have a jolly ole’ trap record that’ll get you through the winter holiday. “Sleigh” is an adventurous listen that’ll captivate even the most hesitant of fans with its enrapturing energy. Robot’s forever-weird vocals contrast with Teeta’s magnetic ones perfectly. You’ll enjoy the fierce interplay.
Listen to “Sleigh” below.
@IAMLEVIHINSON’s new album ‘FAREWELL SUMMER’ is out now
Levi Hinson, out of Oklahoma, has his shit together. The 18-year-old rapper has released his new album FAREWELL SUMMER. It’s every bit as smooth and melodic as one would imagine, judging that his last single, “PHANTOM” is every bit as flowing as river water. To see everywhere it can be checked out at, click here.
Check out FAREWELL SUMMER below.
@IAMLEVIHINSON releases new single “PHANTOM”
Hailing from Oklahoma, Levi Hinson is out of this world. His new single “PHANTOM” is magnetic and earnest; a necessary combination to make noise at this level in rap’s extremely busy ecosystem. He croons with effortless ease on “PHANTOM” that makes it one of the strongest tracks you’ll hear this month. Be on the lookout for his new project, FAREWELL SUMMER, dropping in December.
Listen to “PHANTOM” below.