This weeks theme is no features. There’s a meme surrounding J Cole and his “went platinum with no features” after his album release. The genre is known for inviting features on tracks. It can be too much as well though, something that The Game got heat for when he released the album ‘Jesus Piece’ – 21 features over 12 tracks. I wonder, how does his live performances work? Anyhow.
The first artist this week is Zombie Juice from the NY group Flatbush Zombies. He has received a lot of shit for being the weakest member of the group (of three). Which is true, usually, hence they probably decided to release a solo track for Juice to promote his rapping skills. And he does deliver on this Erick Arc Elliott (third member of Flatbush Zombies) produced track.
Next up: Joey Bada$$ released a couple of singles this week. Also known as Jay Z’s favourite, Joey has received a lot of attention for his albums as well as his acting in the series Mr Robot.
Skepta never settles, and he keeps delivering after his successful album release last year. I’ll always favour Skepta after his performance a couple of blocks from my office, view it here.
The meme generator himself, 21 Savage released his album this morning. The title of the album is based on a meme of himself. 21 originates from Atlanta and you can see him being interviewed about his personal life in a great documentary here, where he talks about losing friends and getting shot 6 times on his birthday.