Cony-Right Now (Album Review)

 

 

Cony is taking the world by storm, one set of ears at a time. Initially, I was a bit skeptical because I am not the biggest R&B fan around, but I understand talent, I understand the “IT” factor and when I tell you this young man has both in spades, it almost feels like I’m doing him a disservice. If you’re fortunate enough to sit down and chop it up with him, you’ll understand what I mean. His energy leaps at you and whatever mood you’re in is certain to change for the better when he’s around. With all that being said, I was STILL a bit skeptical because I wasn’t entirely sure if he would be able to successfully inject his personality into the music. As great of a person he is, if it didn’t equate into great music, it would all be for naught.

 

“Right Now” doesn’t waste any time, doubling as the the album’s namesake and opener, it’s doubly important that his introduction to the listening public was a declaration stating “Hi, this is who I am and this where I’m about to take you, come take this ride with me.” And to that I say, mission accomplished.

 

“Cater To You” is exactly what you would expect it’s about. There isn’t much more you can say to a man that’s bent on making sure his woman is taken care on all fronts. The production is sultry with crunchy but subtle guitar licks and makes for an enjoyable listen. I’m not mad at it.

 

“Some Type Of Way” is a sequel to the previous track. In terms of content, it’s essentially “Round 2”. While continuing to cater to your woman or partner ,it’s paramount that you make them feel that in that moment, they are all that matters. It really does go a long way, take my word for it. Shout to Fly for the feature. It added another layer to the track, because features are important.

 

“Party” is a tonal shift in the album. Don’t get me wrong it’s a welcome change, opting to trade in the crooning for bars, the infectious energy of this track is what is needed in your favorite hookah spot or industry event. It has a glossy feel and vibe to it. This track has definite replay value for those settings that  I mentioned earlier and should be in every DJ’s setlist. In other words, you need this and Yeezy in your Serato.

 

“REGULA”  is my favorite track on the project so I’m going to be totally, unequivocally, unabashedly biased here. This track SLAPS. What that means is that I turned this track up to my highest possible volume and ran it back a few times. My ONLY gripe is the actual length of the track. Clocking in at just under 2:40, this type of vibe deserved to be longer, but I understand the attention span of the listener isn’t what it used to be. I just have to accept that fact.

 

“Better” continues the vibe that I’m more accustomed to with today’s current climate of R&B. The production is laced with his melodies and the assist from BigSteph. It’s the perfect mix of melodic rap and crooning that makes this song a winner in my eyes.

 

“Bottles” returns to the earlier vibe of the first three tracks in terms of tone. Again it’s a change that is welcome as it illustrates the many sides of Cony, Fly and Quan. The content isn’t breaking new ground but that doesn’t mean it’s not done in a way that makes it feel current. You cannot be mad at it.

 

“Losing You” has a classic vibe to it. This is one of those songs that if there was a visual for it, you would see on “Midnight Love”  Yes, im THAT OLD. BigSteph returns with another feature and the duo make a solid pairing. Those subtle guitar licks return once again, I swear no R&B is complete without them, when you hear this you understand what I mean.

 

“Whine Slow” closes the album out on a upbeat note with a pure island vibe. Island vibe meaning that it’s raunchy. It doesn’t detract from the song at all as it’s what’s expected when you hear a song like this. I fully expect to see people waving their respective country’s flags when this song comes on. It would be extremely hard not to.

 

In ending Cony’s “Right Now” is a project that exceeded my expectations. I came into it thinking that it would be just another run of the mill project from a young artist who had not fully found their voice yet within their artistry. Although the album is short in nature (clocking in at 31:52) it doesn’t feel rushed in the least. There is something for everyone here if they are looking for a certain vibe which is essentially the key word for this entire review. I’m looking forward to hearing what else Cony has in store in for us. His ceiling is high enough that the key sky may be too close to limit him. Great Job

Tyler The Creator- IGOR (Album Review)

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Tyler Gregory Okonma otherwise known as “Tyler, the Creator” is surely living up to his Nom de plume. Ever since “Bastard” dropped back in 2009, each solo outing since then has been pushing the envelope and has been gaining fans with each subsequent release.  With “Flower Boy” being his most palatable release to date for pure Hip-Hop fans, many of them began to clamor for his subsequent projects to see if he would push the boundaries once more or give a more traditional offering. By the looks of things it seems as if Tyler went FULL alternative hip-hop with his latest offering “IGOR”.

The album starts off with an “opening credits” of sorts with “IGOR’S THEME”. A heavy synth, heavy bass, heavy percussion instrumental that when you listen could absolutely envision the names of  popular actors scrolling across the screen as you begin to binge watch season one of a new series on whichever streaming service you use. Words float in and out of the track in the form of refrains but it doesn’t detract from the overall instrumental. Oh and if you were wondering who all showed up on the track, yes that is Lil Uzi Vert with the assist to Tyler. Amazing opener.

“EARFQUAKE” the album’s proper first song is a musical roller coaster. There are many peaks and valleys as voices cascade in and out of another synth heavy instrumental.  Charlie Wilson, Playboi Carti and Jessy Wilson continue the trend of uncredited collaborations but it is an added surprise. This track shows our main protagonist Igor has become smitten with the idea of courting his love interest.

“I THINK” is a funky late 80’s reminiscent track that pairs Igor with Solange as they  whimsically dance throughout the song and ponder if “they think they are falling in love”  throwing all apprehension to the wind while declaring that  “they think this is for real.” Here’s to fresh book smell love.

“RUNNING OUT OF TIME” is minimalist at best in terms of the the initial instrumentation.  It’s merely a build up though because things kick into gear through the midway point of the track as we are treated to a sonic blast of music but only enough to to whet one’s appetite as it goes back to being sparse. Jerrod Carmichael pops up with some more uncredited dialog sending you directly into the next track.

“New Magic Wand”  has a frenetic pace but it flows greatly with the distortion effect that is on Tyler’s oops I mean Igor’s voice. It seems as if Igor is beginning to have reservations of his new found love. He doesn’t understand why he can’t be with or see her 100% of the time as opposed to whenever she can. It’s high key obsessive but when it’s that new book smell love or infatuation things can get a bit blurry. Santogold pops up as the love interest in question and it drives the song to a fitting conclusion.

“A BOY IS A GUN” is thematically brilliant, production wise its very reminiscent of  Mid-era Kanye, the influence is undeniable. Narrative wise it appears that Igor and his love interest are in the throws of a relationship that is teetering on the brink of break-up.  Petty arguments, past lovers popping up. It’s all bad, words are said, you know how it goes.

“PUPPET”  is the regret portion of the break up. You know the part of the relationship when you’re the first one to break and contact the other person first. Igor is at that point where he wants her back but doesn’t know how to correctly convey those feelings. With Kanye West playing playing the role of his conscious it’s about to be a 808’s and heartbreak kind of evening for the kid. Jerrod Carmichael sweeps back in as the voice of reason, essentially telling Igor to come to his senses.

“WHAT’S GOOD”  has Igor getting his “swag back” so to speak as he speeds off into the sunset after realizing that it’s truly over with him and his lady. In true bravo fashion, he spends the entire track being tough and boastful and ends up getting into a car accident.

“GONE GONE/THANK YOU” is the part of the grief  where Igor has to come to terms with the fact that they are truly no good for one another and must make peace with what was and what ultimately will never be. Although it is a “L” for him emotionally, there is a lesson learned.

“I DON’T LOVE YOU ANYMORE” is the final part of the closure that Igor is searching for and seems to have found. He realizes that yes it is okay to move on as there are definitely, other fish in the sea. It’s best to gather oneself, regroup, retool, and keep it pushing, its ok to love again in the future when the time is right. Right?

“ARE WE STILL FRIENDS?” Igor still wants to still be friends with the girl that broke his heart. Again this is a classic post break-up maneuver.  Unless its an amicable split, I do not recommend this. I repeat Do Not Do This, It usually doesn’t end well for any parties involved. If it was a clean break, consider that a blessing and move on.

In ending, “IGOR” as an album was a very enjoyable listen. As as a concept album the narrative stretched across two or three acts depending on how you want to look it at it.  It feel like it’s a spiritual precursor to 808’s and Heartbreak while simultaneously being a successor. The album ultimately achieves its overall mission of adding context to the stages of  relationships. It’s by no means a situation that everyone goes through or want to admit to going through but I’m sure at some point, we’ve all been there and we can all relate. Well done Tyler.