After the chart-topping success of his first major-label debut album Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q, also known as Groovy Q, has faced high expectations with the recent release of Blank Face LP. Luckily, the West Coast rapper has not disappointed. Never sticking to one sound, ScHoolboy Q is a hard, gritty rapper with an unique vibe that sets him apart from his East Coast brothers. ScHoolboy Q is also able to masterfully “break the rules” with rapping, mixing his verses and, at times, taking a more aggressive take to his tracks.
The highly anticipated Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper dropped May 12 and proves to be a masterpiece that intertwines both smooth, imaginative hip-hop verses and soulful, heart-wrenching gospel sermons. In various interviews, Chance the Rapper has made many references about his religious background and how it has influenced and guided the independent rapper’s music ventures for his latest mixtape. Fans had a taste of Chance’s experimentation with blending hip-hop and gospel on his memorable verses on Kanye West’s latest album The Life of Pablo. On Kanye’s track “Ultralight Beam,” Chance steals the spotlight with his religious allusions as he croons along with a gospel choir and organ in the background. Teaming with Kirk Franklin, Chance delivers his own sermon in his third mixtape as the Chicago native masters a new sub-genre of hip-hop.
KAYTRANADA’s album 99.9% was released earlier this May and despite the commonplace idiom, you can judge this album on the cover because it is apparent that no small detail is overlooked. Kaytranada, sometimes referred to as Kay, is a 23-year-old Montreal-based producer, born in Haiti as Louis Kevin Celestin. Kay’s Haitian heritage has influenced his beats, producing an innovative blend of dramatic, soulful African beats and West Indian island vibes in his music.
Teen sisters Chloe x Halle, known in the everyday as Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey, prove to be a dynamic duo who have crafted and mastered an innovative and enthralling sound with the recent release of Sugar Sympathy. Sweet they may be, the teens Chloe and Halle display resounding maturity in their EP. Sugar Sympathy promises lulling, hypnotic vocals and dramatic beats, creating your perfect summer road trip playlist. Each track is a journey with a modern, urban twist on folk music. Though the Bailey sisters are relatively new to the scene, they reveal to be a duo truly experienced and well-versed with their music. This five-track EP is a notable, artful piece that guarantees to not to disappoint.