Lil' B just dropped a new track called No Black Person Is Ugly. I'll admit it, it definitely reminded me that people are ostensibly good, and if we ignore our differences and remember to, as the Based God says, 'stand up against rape,' we'll be an altogether more content bunch.
But I just can't agree with some of the headlines I've been reading. 'Instant classic,' 'beams beauty' and 'most powerful song of the decade.' Just because you layered some guitar strings on your xan-fuelled b-side, got a few shots of people smiling and numerous angles of finger-painting on community centre walls, doesn't mean you just dropped Tupac's Changes for the meme-generation. It just means you finally made a song people might remember the name of.
I think there are a number of songs which have been released in the past decade which are more powerful, more classic and DON'T beam any beauty at all. Because that's fucking lame. However if I had to pick one, I'd go for every track produced by DJ Mustard, and 4:30 am by Kevin Gates.
Kevin Gates is a rapper from New Orleans who sounds like DMX had he been addicted to promethrazine and New Era hats instead of cocaine and indecent exposure. 4:30 am came out last year and I listen to it almost everyday, mainly due to the sense of FOMO it gives me. I know my night will never start with a life-altering gun battle, pints of lean and a misunderstanding which causes me to kick a lover out of my house, so I make do with Kevin.
I know 4:30 am might be about guns, prescription drugs, trap houses, neglect, vomiting, horrible violence, bare-back sex and career shotting, but I'd rather music be provocative and outrageous, not mawkish and contrived.