#WormWednesday: BASEDGOD EDITION 🌌

Sup worm lovers? I am back with another something for the readers. Please excuse the lack of content on the site, but I have some cool plans coming up in association with this website that should be fun and help keep content churning. So be expecting some interesting stuff in 2017. Anyway, this has been a pretty uninspired week concerning music for me. I didn’t do a whole lot of digging and the major releases we saw weren’t too impressive. It’s weeks like this I find myself listening to the originator of all things swag and music today: Lil’ B the BasedGod.

Let me begin this by saying I cannot fathom the enigma that is Lil’ B, but his influence in this new wave of rappers is evident to anyone keeping up with the genre. I’m sure there have been plenty of think pieces on this guy and if not, then there needs to be more. I’ll try not to delve too much into his appeal, but he’s extremely charismatic and his music sounds unlike anything in the genre. He’s capable of making hilarious, albeit ignorant and slightly obnoxious #bangers that he considers “cooking” music. He can also be a decent spitter and opens up deeply about his thoughts and emotions in a stream of conscious type freestyle we know as “based” freestyles. It’s easy to pull up one of his viral videos on Youtube and think that it’s a proper example of his discography, but that is false. Of course his catalog is littered with some tracks you could consider unlistenable, but if you give his actual releases proper attention, you’d realize he has a lot more to offer. His music is timeless and he was one of the first hip-hop artists to throw out all the rules of rap music and build his own realm that is #BasedWorld.

⇒ Lil’ B – Pink Flame

OKAAY?! The intro starts off with Lil’ B explicitly explaining that if you are not a fan of his music, to just turn the tape off now. And I will admit, this wouldn’t be the best tape to begin with in the labyrinth that is his discography, but it is essential listening for any fan. Some of the production can be very soothing and this tape displays a lot of the appeal of Lil’ B’s aesthetic. With the somewhat groovy, R&B sampled production on this tape, he also has some hilarious ‘cooking’ tracks like “Eat” and “Squirt”. Lil’ B has the capability to spit and he displays that skill often, on tracks “Hood Stories” and “I’m the Bada$$”–where he disses Joey Bada$$. The tape does have its inconsistencies with some pretty awfully repeated hooks, but it’s still more entertaining than most hip-hop releases today, and for the most part, is a pretty solid release in his Flame series of tapes and might even be one of my favorites. My stand out tracks would be Go Under (Remix), Hood Stories, Texas Thug, Takeover, etc.

⇒ Lil’ B – White Flame

Another under-recognized installment of the Flame series, which has to be the most legendary mixtape series of all time and will probably be used as a blueprint for rappers in the foreseeable future. Honestly, the more tapes I listen to, it becomes easier to understand that those who pass Lil’ B off just simply don’t know where to look or start. Lil’ B follows a formula with these two tapes on how he structures his tracklisting–he starts these tapes with the cooking tracks and lets it dissolve into somber, heart felt tracks with some spice sprinkled throughout. This tape displays the pros of both sides; the more braggadocious songs don’t sound as loud and blown out while keeping the slower tracks focused and constructed. He even raps over Prince and The Black-Eyed Peas’ tracks. OUTSTANDING! The stand out tracks for me are Neva Switch, Tank of Propaine, BasedGod’s My Name, Les Miserabel, etc.

Link to his entire discography here thanks to Datpizz.

#Worm…Saturday 🛌

Errmm.. I had this typed up on Wednesday, but then fell asleep as soon as I got home then Thanksgiving got in the way of posting it and once I realized it was late, I just caught up on more sleep SO YOUR GRANDMA’S FAVORITE BLOGGER IS BACK. Here it is, Worm..Saturday:

Greetings and salutations fellow music lovers. We are back with the only consistent series on this site: #WormWednesdays. Once again, this is just an entry where I like to talk about the music I’ve been indulging in throughout the week. We were actually hit with a barrage of new music this last week so I’ll outline some of my more favorite releases and maybe a touch on some that I feel should be noted. You’ll have to excuse any errors you may come across, Young Thug and 21 Savage came to my home town to perform at a sold out venue last night so I’m operating on three hours of sleep and a twenty-minute nap I took during my lunch break.

⇒ Low Leaf – Palm Psalms: A Light to Resolve All Darkness

This is an incredible neo-soul album from singer-songwriter Low Leaf out of Los Angeles, California. The very ethereal production showcases Low Leaf’s ability to sing and pluck an assortment of instruments. The production scales all over the place, as if Flying Lotus made field recordings. She has an incredible catalog of music, but on this album, we find her on a jazzier spectrum than we’ve heard before. This album has sent me to other dimensions and I encourage you all to take the journey.

⇒ Dawn Richard – Redemption

The future of pop has never sounded so full and vibrant. This album displays some amazing songwriting and production groovy enough to shake you out of your socks. As a former member of Diddy’s pop-supergroup Danity Kane, Dawn has an extremely polished voice. She sings as if these songs were intended to make the Top 40 list but the production sounds like something you’d want to watch along with the iTunes visualizer. Hitting a range of different sounds, this album starts off strong and quick and then as Dawn opens up, we find the songs getting slower and more dramatic. This album was really well produced and you’ll find some songs that will strike you at your core.

⇒ Kevin Abstract – American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story

American Boyfriend is one of the most honest and revealing albums that has been released this year. Kevin Abstract shares stories of his relationships and the effect they have on himself and the people closest to him. He really encompasses these tales inside his unique soundscapes that can’t quite be defined as hip-hop or indie. I think he does a great job painting the world he lives in on this album, or at least the world he wants us to witness. With an album so personal, it isn’t uncommon to feel some sort of pain behind the words spoken; whether it be in his rapping or singing. With the addition of some very short interludes, he’s able to change the pace of this album with ease and here we find Kevin in his most vulnerable state.

⇒ 6LACK – FREE 6LACK

Continuing the trend of talking about moody R&B music, 6LACK delivers his long-awaited LP. With such a trend, I find myself questioning what makes these projects stand out from each other. Just think about almost every alternate R&B project that has come out this year was accompanied with a black and white album cover. 6LACK, on the other hand, has been in this industry for far longer than anticipated. Although this may be his first official debut, he’s been behind the scenes for almost ten years dealing with label frustrations. Now free from all that constraint, he delivers his adequately named project “FREE 6LACK”. 6LACK does a good job of separating himself from the pack by keeping his stories about his personal relationships descriptive, honest, and relatable. The single for the album, “PRBLMS” is a good example of what sets him apart: his production is a bit more hard hitting, which allows him to break out into rapping at any given moment. So we find 6LACK changing the pace of this album often throughout. He also comes with more #bars than you’d typically hear on an R&B album but is still able to deliver catchy croons

⇒ Mele – I Swear (Single)

OH MY GOD, I have been obsessed with this song. From how he opens it with the falsetto and then how the rhythm evokes an urge to dance like no other. I find the hook incredibly catchy and the phrase “You move like the love of my life” quite poetic. I came across this song from a choreographed dance video on youtube and I haven’t stopped listening to it. iTunes has it listed as “Modern Dancehall” so I’m all down for that. The production is pretty simple with a steady bassline, some snaps and drums but it gives Mele plenty of room to groove and set the tone.

⬇︎ I decided to throw in some bonus albums from soundcloud for the extended wait ⬇︎

⇒ AGoff – Evil Trap Files 2: Reloaded

I don’t know how AGoff has reinvented himself from the SODMG weed carrier to one of the frontrunners of the underground, but he has been killing it. Fresh off the release of his first Evil Trap Files tape and a collaboration EP with Goth Money lyricist Kane Grocerys, this tape starts off with the banger “It’s a Knife” in ode to 21 Savage. Splish Splash–who produces the majority of this brief tape–does an excellent job on the production, maximizing the use of bass on this one and “Take a N*gga Bread”. This short tape packs a big punch and oozes swag, hop on this wave quick or have your door kicked in.

⇒ Smokepurpp (lil purpp) – Up Now Fuck Next

The long-awaited tape from hit creator Smokepurpp has arrived. This tape is filled with bangers front to back. Smokepurpp has find a formula that works for him and is able to make compelling hooks along with some clever verses. This tape features three other rappers but it’s obvious he doesn’t need that crutch on the three solo tracks. Although, as I say that, my favorite track is the “diswaydatway” with Larry June. These jams are very #turnt and will have you jumping around your abode and asking your grandma for the K on Christmas.

⇒ CHXPO – Lil Grimy Chxpo

It’s pretty outstanding when a rapper is able to release mixtapes faster than I’m able to listen and write about them. But yeah, CHXPO is just that guy. He’s back with another EP and he’s only reassuring my stance in quantity over quality. Obviously people have conflicting perspectives over this, but I love being able to dig through an artist’s extended discography and unearthing gems. CHXPO will be remembered as a great, I’m sure of it. His sound is only getting more polished, refined and it’s sounding more organized than ever. CHXPO is sharpening himself and has quickly become one of my favorites.

#WormWednesday 🐛

Welcome back to another entry in the series #WormWednesday. If you aren’t familiar, every Wednesday I try to sit down and discuss the albums I’ve really been into throughout the past week. I’ll stray away from talking about projects I’ve already discussed previously, although this isn’t entirely an entry on new music, I’ll try to squeeze in my thoughts on new projects as they come.

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

Let me begin this by saying I have never been a huge ATCQ fan, much less any music from hip-hop’s “golden age”, so when I saw that they were releasing an album this year, I had no expectations and initially had no intentions of even listening to it. But, rest assured, my curiosity got the best of me and with the stellar feedback it had already been receiving, I dove in. My first thoughts were how refreshing the album sounded and the samples-in a sense-”took me back”. With their timeless sound, they proved why they are one of the most legendary rap groups to this date. Even with the passing of the late Phife Dawg, they constructed an album that doesn’t sound like old heads forcing a resurgence of the “golden age” or them even trying to fit in with the kids on soundcloud. This group of pioneers set sail and came back with a bigger set of gems than we could have ever expected. The worm thanks you for your service.

Gucci Mane & Future – Free Bricks 2: Zone 6 Edition

Gucci, following his successful strategy of releasing content as fast as the upload speeds will allow, finds himself surprising all of us-including Future-and releases yet another project this year. According to La Flare himself, he and Future made this EP in one (1) day flat and dropped it the next day explaining  “These joints ain’t even 24 hours old.” The tape features some crazy beats from Metro, Southside, and Zaytoven and we see a side of Atlanta we haven’t seen in these enigmatic artists since their come up. You should be familiar with the style and context of these two guys, but their chemistry is something we haven’t been accustomed to since 2011 when the first tape of the series came out. Future’s croons soften Gucci’s edgy approach and we find a bass rattling balance in between it all.

Beethoven / Josef Krips – 9 Symphonies

Take it as you will, but I found a box set of these records where I work and have began to grow an obsession with classical music. In my last #WormWednesday entry, I touched on how I like to have some music on in the background to help fill the emptiness and add some ambiance. Well last week we found shoegaze filling that void and now this week it’s classical. I know it’s easily dismissable while also being hard to digest because of it’s length, this record proves to be essential as background noise. I catch something new on each listen whether it be the grace of the violins or the strength of the horns, this is truly a masterpiece and can be appreciated by anyone. Oh yeah, Beethoven was deaf while he composed these. Just keep that in mind as (if) you listen.

CHXPO – Lil’ Ice Attack

CHXPO makes Gucci’s content output look like Jay Electronica’s. He is now back with his 22nd mixtape THIS. YEAR. This guy is on a total rampage, crushing rappers and instrumentals alike, but CHXPO says it best on track, It’s a Bet, “We ain’t seen bloody yet”. On this tape, it seems like all the hip-hop pieces fall right into place: the bass hits right where you want it and CHXPO is sharper than ever. This project is filled with clever quotables and icey trap talk which is more impressive when CHXPO tells us in an interview that he freestyles all his content. Which also explains how he’s able to keep up this incredibly prolific output.

Mixtape Worm – Tulsa, OK [Playlist]

Don’t worry, I’m not plugging my own content. This is a playlist I made today just for this entry. I’ve recently been scanning soundcloud for all kinds of content and new artists to listen to when I realized I could be focusing on my own city. I compiled this with some of my favorite tracks from local artists coming out of my area, hence the title. The content is pretty straight-forward, there isn’t a whole lot of experimentation on any of these tracks outside the genre of hip-hop, but I found a lot of the rappers on this playlist are very fluid in their individual styles and could rap over just about anything. The city is still progressing tremendously in terms of talent and I hope I’m able to capture it all and everyone finds success how they see fit.  

#WormWednesday 🐛

Donald Trump is president; let’s get that out of the way. While trying to avoid the topic altogether, I must say that our nation is tired and our people are pushed to their limits so treat others with love. It’s very sad to see the rage from both sides, still. We are one human race and are supposed to be one nation. We coexist in one civilization so let’s avoid running it into the ground for as long as we can.


With that said, I’ve decided to start a series where each Wednesday I’ll gloss over some tracks and projects that I’ve been listening to throughout the week and the week prior. These probably won’t end up being all hip-hop music, but hopefully you hear something you like and I get better at this writing thing in the meantime.

  • K. Forest – Eyes of Taiga

This album was actually released today so it makes sense I’d talk about this one first. If you aren’t familiar with K. Forest yet, he’s the man behind one of my favorite songs from Birds in Trap Sing McKnight. I’m not sure how it all worked but his track “Guidance” ended up on Travis’s album under the same name with Travis’s vocals on it and it might have been pitched down, as well. Anyway, he has previously released a mixtape and this new album trumps (boo) it like a stampede. Eyes of Taiga is a dark, spacey R&B project that runs in the same vein as PartyNextDoor, but can be a tad more upbeat or danchall-ish, if you will. K. Forest has an incredibly smooth voice that matches his melodies on tracks like “Favor” and you’ll also hear him spit a few bars here and there which seems effortless for him on the almost ambient production.

  • Zeroh – 0 EMISSIONS 5

Zeroh has been on an absolute onslaught this year. From not hearing much of him in 2015 to almost becoming my favorite rapper of this year, here he is, releasing his 7th project (!!!) in 2016. I don’t know if zeroh has finally felt he has hit his stride or if he’s been holding on to this material for ages, either way, the music sounds like the hip-hop experiments of a tortured prophet. Burying his screams and chants behind layers of modulation and noise, zeroh is making his claim as the Daniel Johnston of hip-hop.

  • Tinashe – Nightride

Another R&B album up to bat and we have Tinashe at the plate. Almost clocking in at an hour, this album does a great job of changing the pace from slow, glitchy R&B–Sacrifices–to catchy, radio friendly singles–see Company above. From what I’ve read on miscellaneous hip-hop news outlets, if I remember correctly, Tinashe had trouble promoting this album and getting a proper rollout for it and her singles, so I’m glad we got see how she curated this one. Her soft voice sounds great over these slower, dark soundscapes which seems to becoming quite the trend in the genre. Being a beautiful, well sung and marketable talent, I see bright things for her career. This would be a good album for fans of FKA Twigs if you wanted her to have a more mature voice and traditional R&B approach.

  • Causa Sui – Summer Sessions, Vol. 2

When I’m not actively tapping into the world that is hip-hop, I like to just have some music on in the background during work or random house activities. A variety of genres can fit this mold and recently it’s been obscure rock music. I know the word ‘obscure’ has been labeled as pretentious, but take it as you will; Causa Sui has a pretty incredible discography and I discovered this band while scouring charts on rateyourmusic.com. There is a myriad of noises and sounds you will hear throughout this album, but bottom line is they are a jam rock band with hints of psychedelia. You won’t hear any words spoken on this album, but you’ll hear an occasional saxophone which is just glorious.

  • Caribou – Tour CD 2005

Another addition to the background noise mold has been the album Caribou only released while on tour up until last week sometime when they upload this album amongst three others on their bandcamp. If you aren’t familiar, Caribou makes some tasty, pop music that sounds like a LSD trip. These releases are a bit more experimental and less colorful but it makes for a more somber, cozy album that has become a relaxing listen with the cold weather approaching–In fact, there are songs called “The Snow Capes” and “Sinuses” on this one. This is the one you pop in when you’re glum and are in need of hot cocoa.