Rich Brian is a rapper from Indonesia whose sound is — at least for the most part — as distinct as the phrase “a rapper from Indonesia.”
Apple Music describes Madison Beer’s As She Pleases like so: “Sultry, smoky R&B from a superstar in the making.” Though these spiels usually reek of marketing hyperbole, in this case, I couldn’t have said it better myself! May I just add, starting with some self-promotion of my own:
HBO Films’ The Final Year — playing in theaters now; hitting a boob-tube near you later — charts the diplomatic efforts of four key members in the Obama administration’s foreign policy team over the course of 2017, their final year in office.
I listened to 178 new albums in 2017.
It’s rather fitting that Above & Beyond’s Common Ground and Migos’ Culture II were released on the same day; both albums exemplify the consistent, borderline repetitive greatness of each group.
Since both albums released this week are too good to be clumped together into a usual “This Week in Music” piece, I shall tackle each individually. First up: Culture II, the sequel to Migooooooooos’ 2017 breakthrough:
You’ve almost positively absolutely definitely totally in all probability seen 12 Strong before, but that still doesn’t make it ever less than enjoyable to watch.
Every scene in Lover for a Day presents itself as a cinematically-constructed reflection on the nature of love and relationships.