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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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Champaign’s Own Gatson Releases New EP “Holding On”

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Featured in Respect MagazineHip Hop N MoreThe News-Gazette and more, Champaign’s-own Gatson is here with his new EP “Holding On”! With an emphasis on giving people hope and letting them know they’re not alone, Gatson aims to have his listeners walk away in a better mental space than they were in before pressing play. “I want the listener to feel hope and invigorated with a new energy knowing they can conquer anything that they truly want and believe in.” – Gatson

Jamie Gatson didn’t start making music because he had ambitions of money and fame. It was his best friend – Kiwane Carrington’s – death that gave life to Gatson’s beginnings as an artist. Kiwane was murdered by the police when he and Gatson were 15 years old. Since deciding to pursue music professionally, Gatson has released 4 projects, collaborated with members of Spillage Village, and been featured in several publications.

Check out “Holding On” below!

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Elhae Drops Pt. 3 of ‘Aura’ Series!

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Joined by Rick RossMasego, and Xavier OmärElhae (@ELHAE) makes his Motown (@Motown) debut with Aura III. Marking the next phase of the Georgia-native’s already remarkable career, the follow up to 2017’s Billboard-charting EP Aura II finds the singer/songwriter showcasing off melodic, mesmerizing vocals and progressive production to create textured songs for every occasion. [Photo Credit: @icesi]

U Know” is an island-tinged jam primed for slow winds in dimly lit clubs. “Separated” is a pained song about a necessary romantic split. “Fun Fact,” which features Grammy-nominated rapper Rick Ross, is both a tender request for physical intimacy and an avowal of self-confidence. The Masego-assisted single “My City” remains a standout. A lounge-leaning slice of downtempo soul with touches of jazz, the C Gutta-produced track finds Elhae delivering smooth come-ons to the woman of his desire.

Elhae on his latest release:

“I think the ‘Aura’ series over time has become a bit of an escape for me, where I can let off steam and vent about things I’m going through at that current moment in my life. Much like anyone else, this is just another chapter in my life symbolizing growth and maturity.” 

Stream Aura III on your DSP of choice after the jump and watch the jam session visual for “My City” after the jump!

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Devante Releases New Single “7 Days”

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Devante is a Charlotte recording artist with a versatile style and smooth music. Today, he continues to add to his long-running collaboration with producer Aw$ten, with the new single “7 Days.” For the lyrics, Devante raps about not taking a single moment for granted. To the rising star, the grind doesn’t stop. 
“Everyday’s a privilege talking 7 days a week,” says Devante on the song’s concept.

Devante and Aw$ten have been cranking out dope music since the two met in college.  Devante on working with the producer, “Know that it’s a hit when me and Awsten On the Beat.”
“7 Days” round out Devante’s breakout 2020 which spawned hit songs “Lemonade,” “Don’t Panic” and “Benz Jeep.”  All the music is leading up to an expected album, slated for 2021 on his own imprint. For daily updates on the process, follow Devante on social media.

Press play on “7 Days” now.

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