Think Piece: “Playboi Carti” > “DAMN”.

by Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Just hear me out real quick…

Upon first glance at the title of this article you are most likely thinking “this kid is the ultimate hype beast and has no clue what he is talking about”. And I don’t blame you for that knee jerk reaction as it is warranted. It seems almost impossible to compare the lyrical and artistic titan that is Kendrick Lamar, to the simple swag raps of Playboi Carti. But before bowing mindlessly to King Kendrick I ask you to listen to both albums again and compare the feeling you get from each. This go around Kendrick was clearly trying to get his music back on to the radio and into the aux cords of the hood. Songs like “DNA”, “Love”, “Loyalty”, and “Humble” were all clearly created with accessibility and replay ability in mind as opposed to the boiled cabbage paired with few pieces of bacon that was the To Pimp A Butterfly. Now compare those tracks and all of the other tracks on that album to Carti’s debut. In my opinion no track on DAMN matches the infectious rhythm and energy of “Magnolia”. And beyond this standout Carti’s album is a stream of fun and infectious energy from “No.9” to “Other Shit”, to “New Choppa” to “wokeuplikethis*”. Carti comes with hit after hit.

I listened to both of these albums the same night starting with Kendrick and did not return to DAMN for the rest of the night as I could not tear myself away from Carti’s project. I still barely listen to it. Now I understand Kendrick and Carti are two completely different kinds of artists and comparing their music is kind of a troll in itself, but I noticed so much conversation around Kendrick and not enough about Carti since they dropped. After listening to Playboi Carti I thought his tape was going to send a larger shockwave through the net, but I guess everyone was so caught up with Kung Fu Kenny. Now is Kendrick a better raper than Carti? Of Course. A better artist, with a higher level understanding of song structure, flow, cadence, and bars? Obviously. And if judging by those terms DAMN is of course better than Carti’s tape. But, DAMN is like a burger, fries and milkshake, with a side of asparagus. A delicious meal with a side of nutrition. Does this compare to the bowl of endless Vlone ice cream that is Playboi Carti? I say no.

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Carti’s music is just more fun. It has a spontaneous, almost kinetic energy about it that makes me get up and dance. And to you Phat Pharm wearing hip hop heads who dare say Carti’s music is not quality or less hip hop because it’s mindless and all about fun, I ask you which was more important to hip hop first? Who was flyest? Or who was nicest?”. Last I checked people cared about wearing fly Kangol suits, breakdancing, the DJ, and graffiti in hip hop, before Rakim and the lyrical miracle. Let Carti szn be long and fruitful.

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Kendrick Lamar “DNA” Video

by Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Support Kung Fu Kenny

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K.Dot just dropped he visual for the Mike Will Made it produce banger DNA, the second track from his fourth studio album DAMN. This is probably my favorite song on the album and the video is just as wild as the track. Watch below.

XXXTentacion “Maxipads 4 Everyone!”

by Emmanuel Louis-Charles

Bad Vibes Forever

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X has been free for a while now and last night he finally decided to bless his ravenous fan base with 4 new tracks. My favorite of all of them is the very turnt Maxipads 4 Everyone. Stain provides the insanely bombastic beat while X traverses it like a bull in a china shop. Listen below.

Kendrick Lamar “LOYALTY” ft Rihanna

by ethagod

Too much fire to handle tonight I’m sweating in my room tweakin rn

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Kendrick’s new album is what everyone wanted after he got off his dashiki preacher swag on To Pimp A Butterfly. DAMN is a far more balanced project in terms of the high energy banger to low energy storytelling ratio. This record also has records that are sure to make some noise on mainstream radio. One of them is the Rihanna assisted “LOYALTY” a tripped out soul sample lays in the background as Kendrick and Riri spit about the people they will always be down for. Listen below.

Kodak Black “Coolin and Booted”

by ethagod

Im So Smoove Don’t Need No Lubricant

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Kodak Black’s Painting Pictures is certified dope in my opinion. I already know its a classic but I will wait to see how it ages before I label it so strongly. There are so many records continuously swirling in my head from this album but another major standout for me is “Coolin and Booted”. Listen below.