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Review: Kanye West’s “XCTSY” Misses The Mark

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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.

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Peace drops “Honey”

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Recently stepping on the scene, Peace is a Philly resident that was born in Florida. After spending time in Jersey, his move to Philly solidified his music journey. His brothers Mike & Wes inspired him to make music by bringing him to the studio. 

After his junior year, Peace had begun singing full time. Now, Peace or Jeff Francois is poised to be a star in the game. He hopes to one-day lock-in a collaboration with Cole, Kendrick, and even Lecrae. His ear is masterful and his new song “Honey” proves that.

Peep the single here.

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@blakexbanks drops “Can’t Stop The Rain”

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“Can’t Stop The Rain” is a grungy, melodic, rap-rock love ballad perfect for 2020. Guaranteed to get stuck in your head, you’ll want to add it to your playlist right after listening to it.

Blake Banks has carved out a groove of his own by blending and bending genres to create his own unique sound. His utilization of rap, pop, country, and blues conventions caught the attention of a broader audience, almost doubling streams of previous releases in 2020. Be on the lookout for video visuals to backup this instant hit classic.

Check out “Can’t Stop The Rain” below.

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@keepupwithxay drops ‘Forever With Me.’

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Xay’s debut project, Forever With Me., is now out. The new release, which features his self-titled smash, “Xay.,” is the perfect entry point into his infectious style, bringing you into his world for a one-of-a-kind listen that you’ll be hard-pressed to forget. If you want to hear a distinct take on rap, one that references both its past and its future, make sure to check this out, below.

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