The album does not feel like it was devised for the Hot 100 charts or to satisfy some TikTok craze, but rather was Rod divulging his own truth…. however painful it may be.
With samples from iconic artists like Outkast and the Notorious B.I.G and features from some of R&B and hip hop’s biggest and quickest-rising stars– including 6lack, Ari Lenox and Lucky Daye– “Kiki” is the perfect blend of old and new, an ode to the soulful music that raised her told through the bright eyes of a youthful, up-and-coming star.
Everyone wants PARTYNEXTDOOR to push himself musically, but the question remains, is that what Party wants for himself?
With the help of Latin legends like Daddy Yankee and Anuel AA, the 20-track project is an unpredictable exploration of love and loss delivered through a combination of trap rap and reggaeton.
What makes Denzel Curry and Kenny Beats’ newest project so special is that it’s an example of what hip-hop needs right now: pure unfiltered creativity between artists and producers.
With no features, the singer is chartering his own path in creating sounds that transcend stereotypical, constricting notions of what music black individuals are expected to make.
Surprising yet heartwarming, the audience was overwhelmingly young teenagers, many accompanied by parents who joined their eager children in waiting in line hours before doors opened.
The smell of freshly-wrapped blunts being lit that, up until then, had only played a minor factor, now spread so much that it was the only smell worth mentioning, even more than the stench and desperation of canned beer and cheap cologne.
As always, it was a night of victory, defeat, surprise and, of course, a few snubs. If you happened to miss the year’s biggest night in music, here is a look at of some of the event’s biggest moments…good and bad.