These releases were criminally overlooked
The internet has made it easier than ever to get a hold of the music you want to listen to. But it’s also made it so much easier for artists to release music and try and spread it around to a massive audience. The result has been a glut of releases vying for listeners ears at the same time (and on the same platforms) that we use to get our news and stay in touch with our families.
It’s overwhelming, to say the least. So fans of hip-hop can be forgiven for letting a few releases slip by them as each week bought some fresh new album from big-name stars (and some fresh hell from the front page). But the age of endless entertainment has also ushered in a parallel age of endless content, lists, quizzes and “did you knows?” galore. So, we’ve met at the convergence point of these two trends, a list telling you about all the things you’ve missed this year as you’ve been replaying the big hits by SZA and Kendrick on a loop.
Take a break — from the news, from the release calendar, and from the last 52 weeks — to stroll back through 2017 with us and pluck out these diamonds from the digital rough.
Sean Leon – C.C.W.M.T.T.
Sean Leon’s C.C.W.M.T.T. is the knotty, complicated sort-of rap album that critics seem to love. But this Toronto natives latest (which he calls an “audio film” seemed to get passed over by damn near everybody.
The 10-track effort is full of hairpin turns between and inside tracks. And it can find the Canadian rapper spitting everything from pure unadulterated menace to vulnerable love stories.
Even with a spotlight on South Florida at the moment, people seemed to miss Wifisfuneral. It’s understandable given the headline-grabbing alleged criminality of XXXTentacion and bright neon persona of Lil Pump that this Palm Beach rapper would get washed out. But his two releases this year When Hell Falls and Boy Who Cried Wolf deserved far more attention than they got.
Wifisfuneral’s tape proves that he can turn up just like his sun-baked SoundCloud buddies, but he also takes the time to address topics like severe depression and drug addiction.
Ski Mask The Slump God – YouWillRegret
The typical knock against the SoundCloud wave is that they can’t actually rap. They’re colorful characters selling catchphrases and coasting on charisma. Ski Mask The Slump God is the only counter argument you need.
Just point any of the naysayers toward Ski Mask’s acrobatic chorus on “BabyWipe” and watch their jaws drop (if not from Ski Mask himself, then from the effects-saturated music video direction of Cole Bennett).
That’s not to say that Ski Mask is rapping about quote-unquote real sh*t. He’s using his considerable talents to rap about how his d*ck is so big people need a map to properly navigate it. But the talent is there and it’s undeniable, even when he uses it in service of some unapologetically dumb turn-up music.