Hailing from just outside of Chicago, genre-bending artist Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” combines the most evocative and urgent elements of hip-hop, punk, indie, and alt-R&B. Bringing the yearning and emotionally vexed lyricism of pop punk in with the gummy and languid melodies of hip-hop synths, “Lucid Dreams” stands to be a grander emo-rap hit than Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3.” Where hip-hop demands young men come out acting hard and subverting their emotions, Juice WRLD is all about telling us how he feels.
“Lucid Dreams” comes out swinging, with a near-rushed vocal delivery that establishes the necessity of the track. Juice WRLD plays like he’s close to losing his mind from heartache, and that agony makes the single resonant to its core. The writing on the track is equally visceral, with all the standard imagery of shadows and graves, making the track easy to connect with. Over taut drums and frayed keys produced by Nick Mira, Juice strings together the breakup anthem hip-hop deserves.
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The new album by 6lack, East Atlanta Love Letter, enters the Sum'n to Say discussion colosseum. We dig into the heart of his sophomore offering, praise the inventive drive-in movie listening party, and consider what the East Atlanta Love Letter can possibly do next.
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