Two exclusive rap albums, one from Apple Music and the other from Tidal, both are pretty good nothing great. Snoop Dogg, the first Dr. Dre disciple decades after the fact, releases a typical Snoop album Coolaid, holstered to that voice (not flow) which seems to have a sneer built into it. Nobody has ever put a “nigger on his back” with a greater disregard for human life. Snoop could read St. Luke and still sound like he’d like nothing more than to fuck you up.. Meanwhile, at the other end of the world timetable,and the States, is Kanye West find Desiigner rush release mixtape, New English. 19 year old Brooklynite Desiigner has a Southern flow and a trap aesthetic to his heavy duty pop hooked samples. Is it important? Not in the slightest, but it is fun.
So this is West Coast Vs East Coast, old versus young, cold versus hot, hip hop battle by two men whose calling cards are very distinctive voices. Obviously, Snoop is a much better rapper than Desiigner, but he is a much better rapper who has released indifferent albums since The Last Meal in 2000. Never before has a major rapper spent so much time testing our endurance, but live, right? Live? He sucked live as well when I saw him two years ago -much better than P. Diddy of course, but that goes without saying. Coolaid is better than 2015’s terrible Bush, if only for “My Carz” which lifts a Gary Numan sample to great great great effect and as good as Cuzznz, the Daz Dillinger collaboration from earlier this year, and a little more listener friendly that either. It works as a clearinghouse for everything from West Coast rap to West Coast EDM.
Desiigner is a newcomer and New English is undercooked. It has a sweet party atmosphere and every track is a lively excursion into harsh declamations. The sort of stuff you’d expect from a kid whose breakthrough hit was an ode to his BMW (and who is to blame the Bed Stuy native). Even when the song ain’t much, though some of em, “Caliber” for one, are terrific, that voice is so grainy it lifts you right up! But over an album it spins its BMW wheels way too much.
Coolaid – Snoop Dogg – B-
New English – Desiigner – B
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1975 (Volume 7, Number 3)
If I did fifty shows I’d get the money from one
a growling, prowling slap pump and just another all American
a 28 song full, full blown reggae rasta brilliance
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – July 1975 (Volume 7, Number 2)
the boundary breaking shock rocker of the decade
Harry seems to have it sewn up
a superb songwriter who can fill an album with excellent country mainstreamers
lovely tribute to her single mom
a classical guitarist and composer and has released more than 30 solo albums
“The song is about a mental institution”
Freakout Records Announce The 10th Annual Freakout Festival Taking Place on November 10-13 in Ballard (Seattle, WA)
a diverse arrangement of voices and sounds