In a twitter blur, the world became aware of an approaching collaborative album between Future and Drake, two rappers who have been collectively running this year. Now, it’s important to note the considerable difference in each rapper’s dominance this year. Future has put in a decidedly inhuman season of being literally the best rapper today whose not named Jeffrey Williams. Seriously if you don’t know by now, you need to listen to the canon (56 Nights, DS2, Beast Mode, Monster). Drake has also been doing well in his own lane, releasing an album (IYRTITL), questionably silencing ghostwriter allegations, and a few songs and remixes here and there. I’m going to come clean though, I haven’t paid much attention to Drake of late, simply because Future and Young Thug exist. But, regardless, Drake, well he’s out here.

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Sicko Mobb / Super Saiyan Vol. 2


This is rap gone Technicolor, if you’re not a fan of Autotune (maybe you’re Jay-Z) you may want to look the other way. Chicago bop duo Lil Trav and Lil Ceno have another stack of elastic high-energy tracks that paint rap in a melodic bloom of colorful effects anchored by bouncy beats.

Coming off some infectious tracks, (“Remy Rick”, “Fiesta”, “Young Heavy”, and  “Round N Round”) Sicko Mobb carry on in the latest progression of Autotuned rap-singing melodic rap. Their weird, catchy sound is reminiscent of the hazed out hedonism anthems of Future and pretty boy ego trips of Soulja Boy, though while Future has been chasing around demons and inverting the melody of Autotune to soundtrack his own self-torturing abandonment, Sicko Mobb are flourishing in the elasticity of rap-singing.

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Kendrick Lamar's third album, 'To Pimp a Butterfly', is monumental

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly is a confrontational affair, and the initial response from the general public reflected that. As one of the most commercially successful and critically lauded rappers of the 21st century, looking to follow up 2012’s classic-in-its-own-right Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar bravely ensured that To Pimp a Butterfly was too dense to take in with just a listen or two. Infinite tweets, reviews, and “thinkpieces” have attempted to pick this piece of art to the bone, but not a single one will do this labyrinth of cultural and personal meditation justice.

Kendrick Lamar's third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is monumental
Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ had a surprise early release last week

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Spring’s Sweet Bits

WRVU loves the springtime so much that Apple Q [Thurs 6-8pm] has collected an hour of slushmelting bumps and beats just for you. These are short, sweet bedroom tracks that you can serve at a picnic or even enjoy right at home! They fit right in your pocket, so you can keep up with your busy lifestyle without having to pick up the phone or order from a clumsy catalogue. Fit in with your friends, gain the confidence of your superiors, and lose weight quick — no questions asked and no strings attached. Including new tracks from Nikobeats, beatboxbandit, and Melo-Zed. Lean back and listen now.