Logic – Bobby Tarantino II
Lights, camera, action. Two years after dropping his original Quentin Tarantino-inspired mixtape, Logic unleashes the sequel, Bobby Tarantino II.
“Rick and Morty” kick off this second installment with a special appearance on “Grandpa’s Space Ship.” The animated characters accompany big name guests on the project, including Wiz Khalifa (“Indica Badu”), 2 Chainz (“State of Emergency”), Big Sean (“Wassup”), and producer Marshmello (“Everyday”).
Elton John even makes a cameo at the end of “Yuck.” Speaking of the song, many presume it’s a response to Joyner Lucas, who denounced comparisons to Logic on his “Mask Off Remix (Mask On)” freestyle. “Cats beef with Logic, yeah, they prayin’ I respond,” he rhymes on “Yuck.” “If I ever did, I’d dead you in this game with no re-spawn.”
Bobby Tarantino II also includes the return of another Logic alter ego, Young Sinatra, who is actually credited as a guest on “Warm It Up.” While making references to past songs, the MC acknowledges the nostalgic trip down memory lane. “They say they want the old me,” he rhymes. “They want the Young Sinatra back.” Later, Tarantino takes the wheel. “Fuck that rap shit,” he raps. “This that trap shit. Bobby!”
Lil Yachty – Lil Boat 2
Yachty has moved on from Teenage Emotions. One year after dropping his debut album, the 20-year-old MC delivers his sophomore LP, Lil Boat 2.
The new project is also a sequel to Yachty’s 2016 mixtape, which arrived exactly two years ago today (March 9). A lot has happened since then, and Lil Boat fills fans in on that successful journey. “Made it out my mama crib,” he raps on “Self Made.” “Then bought my moms a crib.”
It’s a star-studded ship that Yachty has to man, including appearances by 2 Chainz (“Oops”), Quavo (“Talk to me Nice”), Tee Grizzley (“Get Money Bros.”), PnB Rock (“She Ready”), Trippie Redd (“66”), and a double dose of Offset (“Mickey” and “Baby Daddy”).
Recently, Lil Boat spoke about the growth that he feels he’s experienced since his last LP. “Between gearing up to drop that album and gearing up to drop this album, I’ve learned so much and been through so many stages,” he told Los Angeles radio station Power 106. “[Lil Boat 2] is the complete opposite of Teenage Emotions….This is turn up, strip club/mosh pit festival, young, push each other shit.”
Jeremih – The Chocolate Box EP
They say life is like a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re going to get. But with Jeremih’s The Chocolate Box EP, you kind of do know what you’re getting.
Released with just a day’s notice, the four-track EP delivers on bedroom anthems and love songs one might expect from the R&B crooner, beats to match those vibes, and raunchy lyrics to take things even further.
Before releasing TCB, the soulful singer gave fans a taste of what to expect with “Forever I’m Ready,” which samples H-Town’s “Knockin’ Da Boots” and 2Pac’s “Keep Ya Head Up” with lyrics like: “Doggystyle make her call me daddy, this ain’t puppy love.”
Aside from singing to his “bad girl, no RiRi” on that cut, Jeremih moves on to joints like the laid-back “Cards Right,” the trap-infused “SMTS,” and the bass-heavy closer “Nympho.” “She got a thing for ecstasy,” he sings on the latter song. “She got that RiRi ‘Sex with Me.’”
The EP features production by the likes of Hitmaka, Ayo N Keyz, Paul Cabbin, Retrofuture, SaucyKev, Andrew “Pop” Wansel, and Ronald “Flippa” Colson. But is this just a snack for a future project? Up next, Jeremih is also planning to release MihTy, his highly-anticipated joint project with Ty Dolla $ign.
Vince Staples – “Get the Fuck Off My Dick”
Earlier this week, Vince Staples announced a $2 million GoFundMe page, giving his haters an ultimatum: “Get off my dick, or fund my lifestyle.” The viral campaign surprised many, but turned out to be promo for his latest buzz single, “Get the Fuck Off My Dick.”
Over a haunting instrumental, the Def Jam wordsmith vows to avoid doing interviews. “Press is trying to block my blessings,” he complains. “No more talking to Vince.” Later, he calls out the MTV Video Music Awards and the Grammys for snubbing him and says he doesn’t need any money for walk-throughs.
“I don’t fuck with fame / You don’t see me in no fucking chains / Ain’t no fucking slave,” he raps on the cut, in which he also says that Wraiths are “ugly.” Later, he adds: “This the sound I made, won’t nobody knock me off my wave.”
It doesn’t look like Staples is retiring early after all, which is good news for fans who enjoyed last year’s Big Fish Theory, the previous year’s Prima Donna, and 2015’s Summertime ’06. Now, what exactly is Vince cooking up next?