By: Gerald Royster
Welcome to the first installation of LitTraxx!, the blog. This will be a twice a month installation, maybe more depending on what comes out and when. Our goal is to keep you hip and to check back in often. Every Friday on our Twitter @LitTubeChannel, we shout-out the best new music across all genres. But, this week for our first article, we cover four awesome projects that made their premiere over the last two weeks! Check them out below.
Joey BadA$$- All- Amerikkkan Badass
Harry Styles- Sign of the Times
Tom Misch- 5 Days of Mischon.
All four are completely different sounds, but all amazing!
We will start with Joey BadA$$’s sophomore album All-Amerikkkan Badass, which delivered as expected. I’ve been following this dude for a while now and everything he puts out is pure and so impressive. It’s like a logical and conscious rapper from 1995 Brooklyn time traveled and landed in 2017, ready to drop bars and reinvent the rap game. I like to call rappers like J. cole, Kendrick Lamar, Logic and Joey the Resurrection of Hip Hop. They’re taking rap music back to where it came from, rapping out issues in
the community and about life as is. Very few times in their lyrics do you find high mentions of illicit drug use or sex. Instead, they’re rapping about the things that are affecting the community. It is comforting to hear again. Inevitably, they’ll bring an end to the mumble rappers….
Now, let’s hop across the pond to the United Kingdom. Harry Styles, who gained initial fame from
UK’s X-Factor and Simon Cowell’s creation of One Direction. The modern day boy-band has achieved Global stardom and is probably one of the best known music groups as of late. Last year, the boys decided to take a break to work on their own projects and Harry got busy. He will be starring in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” coming out this Summer and has released his first single “Sign of the Times”, breaking Adele’s number 1 record on iTunes in 19 minutes of
release. This song definitely caught me off guard but proved Harry Styles’ genuine musical talent. This song also tells me that he will have an amazing solo career. “Sign of the Times” is not as poppy as you would expect from an ex-boy-band member. It is raw and it is beautiful! This move reminds me of Justin Timberlake’s departure from *NSYNC over a decade ago, and he went on to become one of the music and film industry’s biggest gem! I believe good things will come for Harry Styles in this new chapter of his career.
Continuing with our UK tour, 21 year-old Songwriter and Producer, Tom Misch, has released his 5-track project titled “5 Days of Mischon”. In 2014, I discovered the sounds of Misch with his single “Memory”, which is still one of my personal favorites to this day. He has not disappointed me yet, and you will not be disappointed in this newest project either. Along with Tom, and a few others from the UK, I have coined the term “Soulfully British”. And this project lived up to the name. Adding to an ever growing list of deeply soulful british musicians the likes of Floetry, Jamie Woon, Loyle Carner, and Tropics to name a few, this comes right in time for the warmer nights of Spring and Summer. “5 days of Mischon” gives you that rooftop bar, ocean front vibe. Great to just chill out with after a long day or week, and just decompress. I definitely recommend this album, and it may be one of my top favorites out of all the mentions in this article. All of them are great but this specific album holds a special place in my heart.
Last but not least, we have the hyper political band, with Libertarian undertones in nearly every verse,Backwordz. Backwordz has just put out their first album together titled, Veracity. Hits like “Be Great”, and “Individuality”, hone in on this bands message. To be honest,
the music is very hardcore. It is not screaming the constitution at you like a high school government teacher, but it’s lyrics do harness in on libertarian political ideology in a neatly wrapped head-banging package!
So there you have it, go ahead and check these artists out! All are available on iTunes, Google Music, and Spotify.
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