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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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@ItsOnly1Shawt Releases Narcos

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Atlanta’s own PGF Shawt and the legendary DJ Scream collab for their new mixtape “Narcos.” The project is 11 tracks long and includes features from Boosie Bad Azz, PopLord, and 448YD with tracks produced by Quinwiththekeyz, SuppaK, and more. Stream or download below via LiveMixtapes. 

https://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/53376/shawt-narcos.html

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BBKnight drops new project ‘Beautiful Boy’

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Over the past few years, Southern California rapper BBKnight has been actively building an engaging fanbase and a strong catalog. Bursting on the scene in 2017 with his Lonewolf directed video, “Zines,” he’s since followed that up with another video with Lonewolf, an array of well-received singles and his acclaimed 2020 full length, Industry’s Unaccepted, which featured BigBabyGucci and ILYHOOK. Looking to solidify the buzz that’s been surrounding his name, he returns to the forefront with his long-awaited new album, Beautiful Boy.

Check out Beautiful Boy below.

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SF Rapper @whoisgval Drops New Project ‘Still Here’

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San Francisco rapper GVAL unveils the release of his new project, Still Here—listen HERE. The eight-track offering boasts features from Made Jones, Shy 291, and fast-rising Bay Area star Lil Bean.

Speaking on the new project, GVAL shares, “Still Here was about surviving 2020. Since the year started I have lost a lot. real close friends as well as family! It took a lot out of me and this EP was me letting out those emotions. Very therapeutic you would say.”

Following the release of Still Here, GVAL will continue to unload several music videos and new music for fans alike to enjoy.  San Fransico’s G Val is ready to blow. Tune in for more!

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