Uploading some old CDRs the other day I stumbled by chance on the track (with the Busta instrumental) I was looking for a few years back...
Always thought this was 🔥🔥🔥
@Mavis I’d love to see that video release some day...
I had a weird January this year where for no specific reason I got into Kenna’s stuff more than I ever have in the past - I was appreciating NSC on a whole new level, watching Malcolm Gladwell lectures on ‘the Kenna effect’ and stocking up on a load of Kenna promo CDs off eBay 😅 So I’m pretty pumped we might get some new stuff from him
even though this is another promo stunt to market the adidas Holi stuff (which I’m pretty uneasy about tbh) it does look fun - Ranveer is a cool dude too (though P looks exhausted as hell and doesn’t know how to deal with the bollywood vibes 😂)
After letting this digest for a couple of weeks, I think it’s a really enjoyable project overall.
Favourite track is Livin off the land - a really impactful piece of music imo - the 808s give it this pumping rhythm that adds an intensity to it (I find myself bumping my head for the entire thing) & the synths that build up, the vocal melody and harmonies on the chorus - idc if the lyrics are corny, this is a sick piece of music and one of my favourites from P & Chad in the past few years. It’s ‘The Boat’ of this album and pretty much confirms what I thought about the Little Big Town project - I liked the production but hated (HATED) the vocals. After MOTW I’m pretty sure I’d like most of those songs a lot more if they’d been sung by Justin
I hope MSJ blows up this summer because it deserves to.
MOTW gives me major Lion King vibes (I’m sure there’s a similar vocal melody somewhere in there to ‘I just can’t wait to be king’ - & when he uses the word Pride, there’s a pretty clear link - I’m sure Lion King was the inspiration for this). I really love the bridge, the little synth elements are magical 😩
Higher, Higher is probably my second best on here - & Supplies rounds out my top 5. Initially completely put off by the video (especially the part where Justin does that fucking terrible dance down that street - whipping his hand 🤦🏻♂️ - why JT...) - but it grew on me fast (I will say, I’ve hated the visuals for this album - funny how the same happened with the NERD album, but in both cases I really liked the music...)
I really don’t get get the obsession with Wave at the minute. To me it’s kind of a sped up version of Cris Cab’s ‘One Thing’ for the most part (I did love that song at the time) or a development on the sound of Yuna’s ‘Bad Idea’ - but even though the production is much crisper here, both those songs had more charm imo. Idk it’s nice but just doesn’t stand out to me as yet. Hoping this is one that’ll grow on me for Summer?
I’m not crazy about Breeze yet either - but I will say I do love the general vibe of the Montana > Breeze > Livin segment
& did anyone spot that the rising synth progression in Breeze (most audible at around 3:28-3:30) is really similar to the one at the end of It Blows My Mind with Snoop? Love these little throwback Easter eggs..
Upto this point:
In Search of...
Fly or die
I feel like I judge them based on 2 things - first, how good they are as albums generally speaking, second, did I form a personal connection with them. All 5 score pretty high on both. Nothing wins out on SS because it came out in a special year for me. I really can’t rank No_one yet because it needs more time - objectively I think the music as a whole for me is better than Nothing and SS, but I’ve kind of got to go through something with it to really feel and connect with it 100%. If that happens it’ll likely place 3rd, maybe 2nd...
I have to say, this was one of my favourite Pharrell records of 2017
Gave that album another chance a couple months ago. It’s definitely one of my least favourite projects Pharrell has been involved in, I really actually hate it which is rare - but... I think the tracks could be infinitely better with different vocals. Imagining C’mon as a duet between between Justin and Miley Cyrus for example - it could work because they would bring some individual charm in their vocal performances - little big town has absolutely no charm on this record, like no chemistry with the music at all... Thinking about it this way, who knows, this might work 🤞🏻
Separately, For My Own by Sir Roosevelt is actually a really dope song that has grown on me a lot this past month - again the music meshes nicely with their vocal performance which is why it works
I checked with Kenna and he said naww he didn’t work on Filthy. (He also said secret life of tigers had nothing to do with him either but he still acknowledged that he believes he influenced them)
what about hug me? and whats Kenna up to these days?
Definitely would love to hear some new music from Kenna soon...
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