Have you heard of this one? We’re gonna wrap up our rap foray with an album that needs no introduction. Everyone knows Kanye. Everyone knows Stronger. Most purposed music listeners will know of Graduation. There isn’t much of an excuse for not having heard it by now. I’ll tack this up to a self-indulgent week on my part, but there’s a bit more to this album. There’s a reason that (almost) triple platinum #1 albums sell as well as they do. Why did this one?
FLOCKA! What am I doing listening to gangster rap? I had a good time this week. We’re going to continue the rap trend and diversify all whilst recognizing success and accomplishments. Waka Flocka Flame’s ridiculousness drew me in. I’m a suburban white kid. I don’t identify with the music. I was audibly laughing at the absurdity of these songs long before I decided to start reviewing albums. I’m sure I’ll get you laughing too, but there has to be more to it, right? Flockavelli, Waka’s initial offering, debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums. This isn’t an unpopular album. The challenge to myself was to find out why, and as mentioned, I had a lot of fun doing it. BOW!
The Donald Glover hype train is real. I just hadn’t hopped on board yet. The man is already prolific across multiple mediums: an actor on the TV show Community, a stand-up comic, and now with his music career under the Childish Gambino moniker. Not only that, but he’s also been a TV writer, and contributor to Derrick Comedy, a popular YouTube channel. Donald has been sought after for one reason or another. I’ve only had a brief look at the 31 year old’s resumé, and I was surprised at how far his reach extended. So I figured it was about time to dive in and find out why.
Yeah, I didn’t expect this one either. I maintain a steadfast position: it’s not that I don’t like rap music. It’s more that I haven’t found much that tickles my fancy. I had a phase many many years ago (before the advent of my musical vocation) where I’d tune out to Eminem, and 50 Cent, and all the other chart toppers. Lately, I’ve just grown weary of the brag-culture associated with modern rap music. If we’re going to generalize, rock music can be just as brag-filled, but it’s typically been more of my scene. I was told Tyler, The Creator would be the one of the ones who’d open my eyes. I didn’t know much. I went into Wolf on blind recommendation, and I have a lot to say about it.
*Warning: This album review contains food for thought*