[Web Exclusive] Three Albums for Your Summer Rotation
by Henry Claudy on Friday, June 10th, 2016
One of the most important parts about summer is its playlist, and with the influx of new music that comes out these days, it can be difficult to create your own. Three albums, Anderson .Paak’s Malibu, Weezer’s Weezer (The White Album), and Lil Yachty’s Lil Boat, are some of the best choices for this summer.
Anderson .Paak is the newest R&B artist to step into the spotlight. Since being heavily featured on Dr. Dre’s newest album, Compton, the Oxnard artist has collaborated on songs with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Game, and DJ Premier. After Anderson .Paak finalized a co-sign from Dr. Dre, many were waiting for his highly anticipated new album, Malibu, which has definitely lived up to the hype.
Malibu is Anderson .Paak’s third album. .Paak uses a combination of R&B, rap, and gospel to create an interesting atmosphere that captures the place it is named after: Malibu. He was able to secure features from prominent artists such as ScHoolboy Q, The Game, and Talib Kweli. A variety of musical styles can be found on Malibu, including jazz, light trap beats, and tropical pop. With songs focusing on family, relationships, and the artist’s rise to fame, the album covers a wide range of topics. Such variety will make .Paak’s album perfect for your beach playlist.
Weezer (The White Album) is the latest album by 90s rock group Weezer. Since their popularity peaked decades ago, the group has lost the quality of their earlier releases. The White Album, the group’s fourth self titled album, returns to the quality they were once thought to have lost. The album has clear influences from the Beach Boys’ California sound. However, Weezer’s new sound meshes nicely with its signature distorted guitar and vocals.
Rivers Cuomo, the frontman of the band, comes through with strong songwriting, displayed most clearly in the track “Thank God For Girls.” The song uses cheesy and sometimes nonsensical lyrics, but the language is endearing overall and nicely adds an important message to a song. Other highlights from the album are the fun “California Kids” and back-to-form “Do You Wanna Get High.” No matter your opinions on Weezer’s recent offerings, The White Album is a great listen to check out this summer.
Lil Yachty is a new rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, who has reached the top of the Atlanta rap scene in the last few months. He only spent four months crafting his mixtape debut Lil Boat, and it has not only gained him critical acclaim but also respect from his peers in the genre. Lil Yatchy is part of a new generation of Atlanta rappers that use a combination of trap beats and excessive autotune to create melodic verses. This style is similar to Young Thug and Future; however, Lil Yatchy takes this concept one step further. He uses melodies for his hooks and verses, causing the songs to be almost childlike in their simplicity and impossible to get out of your head. The writing on the album is corny, but the sincerity of Lil Yachty shines through to make the lyrics charming rather than cliché. Throughout Lil Boat, you can find features from Atlanta trap royalty, such as Young Thug or Quavo from Migos, yet there are moments that often leave the listener confused; the album opens with a sample from Finding Nemo, and there is a time where Yachty harmonizes over a Super Mario soundtrack. Highlights from the mixtape are the star studded “Minnesota (Remix),” “One Night (Extended),” and “Wanna Be Us.” Despite the interest and sometimes outrageously strange choices that Lil Yachty makes, Lil Boat is a solid debut mixtape that more than deserves a place on your summer playlist.
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