Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial By Roddy Ricch
Rating: 4 stars
Roddy Ricch is a hot new artist on the rap scene. His breakout single “Die Young” brought him a huge fanbase back in 2017. Since then, Ricch has made two albums that have made him the one to watch. Ricch kicked the year off to a great start as he earned the No.1 single and album spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Ricch is dominating the hip hop industry which was seen in him being nominated for three Grammys, including best rap song and rap performance- all of this while only being 21 years old.
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, a 16-song album, exhibits Ricch’s versatility as he shows different rap styles, while also putting his own signature on top. He has consistently shown that he is here to stay as his work is unique – especially when he switches his vocals from laidback to energetic. Ricch’s artistry allows him to make a catchy hook that won’t leave the listener’s mind easily, and this gives him the formula to become successful.
Overall, this album is what most breakout artists only hope for. While the album is still radio-friendly, Ricch has hints of exceedingly potential when it comes to being more thoughtful and grittier. Standout tracks include “The Box,”“Peta,” and “Moonwalkin.”
Diaspora by Joy Postell
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Baltimore born artist Joy Postell has made herself distinctive with a powerful blend of soul, jazz, hip-hop and R&B vibes. Her musical journey has brought fierce lyrics and rhythms, and bold visions. This album’s message is prominent as it encourages people to be proud of who they are and where they came from.
Diaspora, a 10-song album, feels less like a group of songs than an experience of feeling spontaneous and digging deeper to find the core of everything. Postell brings intoxicating melodies and beats in various songs that make listeners feel tuned in completely. Listeners can clearly hear the passion behind her earthy vocals, even when she is rapping, doing spoken word, or just singing.
Overall, this album truly takes listeners on a journey into Postell’s consciousness and makes us feel a part of her message. Postell has proven that she is an undiscovered gem and that with her distinctive message, style, and voice she can achieve anything she wants, Standout tracks include “Water,” “Signs,” and “HYD.”
I Used To Know Her by H.E.R
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Inspirational artist H.E.R has released another R&B album that we didn’t even know we needed. This bass-playing, soulful vocalist and big-haired artist grabs everyone’s attention when she performs. The four-time Grammy nominated artist has stolen the show from the minute she burst into the music scene.
I Used to Know Her, a 19-song album, exhibits her gift of smooth incorporation of instruments, vocal versatility and vulnerability that makes listeners feel connected. Her vibes on this album feel infectious, lively, and personal, which makes you feel part of her words. Magnetic hooks, up-tempo instrumentals, and feelings of nostalgia have made this album one of her best.
Overall, this album screams creativity and radiance. H.E.R’s style and ability to make listeners feel her vulnerability as she sings is what makes her and this album great. Standout tracks include, “Could’ve Been,” “Racks,” and “Against Me.”