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Music Review: Falling In Reverse “I’m Not a Vampire (revamped)”

by Paula Huerta

On February 12, 2021, Falling In Reverse released a new and improved version of their original song “I’m not a Vampire.”

The original was released back in 2011  along with the rest of the album, Drug In Me Is You and had a huge impact on the emo/hardcore community.  While the original had major success on YouTube, receiving 44 million views, the revamped version gained 2.8 million views!

Lead singer/songwriter, Ronnie Radke has been incorporating different genres such as rap, metal, pop, etc. into the band’s music over the years. However, he says the band features mainly pop now that he does “everything.”

I love that Falling In Reverse is so diverse because that means more people can enjoy the music since it’s not limited to one genre.

I was so excited to hear that there was going to be a new single! The song includes a very beautiful orchestra type beat.  

Personally, I love the music video and enjoy the song itself, but the majority of the band’s old fanbase no longer supports them since these fans were more fond of the band’s former “hardcore music.

So, if you’re looking for a diverse band leaning more towards the emo/hardcore genre, Falling In Reverse is the band for you.

I hope you enjoy their music as much as I do!

Have You Heard of MF Doom?

The death of a legend

By Johnny Barraza

Underground rapper MF DOOM’s death caught all of his fans by surprise. His family announced his death at the beginning of this year, but what really shocked everyone is that he’s been dead since October 31. He was only 49. The cause of his death has not been disclosed, so it remains a mystery to his fans.

Metal Face Doom was known by many for two things: the first being the secrecy of his personal life and the other being his love for music. He was able to rap and make it seem effortless. 

Doom was famous for his lyricism and ability to use the beats he produced to his advantage. It was as if he manipulated the music to fit his desires.

Doom’s two most loved projects are Madvilliany and Mm.. Food. They each portrayed a story filled with great detail and featuring double-meaning wordplay. 

This guy was truly a talented artist who didn’t get the recognition he deserved, and he left this world far too soon.

LIL BABY’S ‘MY TURN’ NAMED BEST SELLING U.S. ALBUM FOR 2020

By David Gomez 

My Turn, an album by Lil Baby helped drive the rise of the Atlanta native into the next wave of superstars of rap. It also played a major role in Baby putting out a 2020 banner campaign.

Nielsen Music/MRC Data revealed on January 7 that My Turn was the most successful album in the United States in 2020 across all genres. 

 Baby’s sophomore album was the most-streamed effort of the year with the set of songs banking 3.93 billion streams during 2020. Additionally, My Turn received 2.63 million cumulative album-equivalent units for the project. 

However in typical album sales, the LP only sold around 40,000 physical copies. 

Behind Baby and T-Swift, were Pop Smokes’ Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die, Hollywood’s Bleeding from Post Malone, Eternal Atake from Lil Uzi Vert, and Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial from Roddy Rich. 

My Turn officially raked in over $19 million during the year and became the first project to go multi-platinum in 2020.

With his politically-charged The Bigger Picture anthem capturing the 2020 Album of the Year, Lil Baby took home HipHopDX’s Rapper of the Year honors. 

Congratulations Lil Baby, it was well deserved!

Music Review: Bad Bunny–El Último Tour Del Mundo

by Arlene Perez

On November 27th, the Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny released a new album of 16 songs called El Último Tour Del Mundo.

When Billboard asked him to describe his newly released album, he said, “This is a more sentimental album, more chill, the kind of thing you can listen to in your room.” The rapper said he took a different route compared to his album ‘YHLQMDLG.’

After listening to the album I would rate it a solid 8.5 out of 10. Why? Well to begin with, it was different. It was all over the place. It had rock-en-espanol, late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s vibes, soft reggaeton, Latin trap, and heavy rock beats, yet was still a great album. By doing this, Bad Bunny proves that he isn’t afraid to try something new, and he won’t always submit to his perro and reggaeton music choices. It shows he can experiment with various music genres.

Songs I’d recommend are:

 “Te Mudaste,” 

“Maldita Pobreza,” 

“Yo Visto Así,” 

 “La noche De Anoche (Ft. Rosalia),” 

“Booker T, La Droga,” 

“Dakiti (Ft. Jhay Cortez),” 

 “Sorry Papi (Ft. Abra),”

 and finally

 “120.”

The Weeknd “Snagged” of Grammy Nomination

by Johnny Barraza

The annual Grammy nominations have been released, and people have been left in shock: the infamous music artist The Weeknd wasn’t nominated for any categories!  

After dropping his fifth studio album in March, Weeknd’s After Hours sold about 440,000 units in its first week. One song from this album “Blinding Lights,” has spent a whole entire YEAR on the Hot 100! This on its own is an amazing accomplishment, and it ranks Top 10 for a record, extending for its 41st week. 

The Weeknd was also number one on Complex’s Top 50 albums of the year. And if accolades like these weren’t enough, the songs within the album speak for themselves. After Hours contains a complicated story showing struggles with love and turning to drugs. The album is one whole narrative that can be compared to a well-written movie. 

Beloved by fans, After Hours is undoubtedly the artist’s best album yet. It makes one wonder why he was snubbed. Fans have every right to be outraged.

Album Review: Eternal Atake by Lil Uzi Vert

By David Gomez

Eternal Atake, the new album from rapper Lil Uzi Vert, acts like the tumultuous catharsis of a prolific rapper with eighteen songs and 62 minutes, silenced by powers entirely out of his control. One moment is smashing and the next is slippery, a place where a jarringly saccharine sample of the 1999 hit “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys coexists with a jittery, steamrolling track designed around the music from the Space Cadet 3D Pinball video game from Microsoft Windows.

This album has been around for a long time. Artist Lil Uzi Vert went to battle with his Generation Now label bosses DJ Drama and Don Cannon over his contract after releasing his double-platinum major-label debut album Luv Is Rage 2 in 2017. He beefed up with Rich the Kid in the streets of Philadelphia, cut off his trademark dreadlocks, left music, returned to the fold, and forged a new relationship with Jay-Roc Z’s Nation label, all without missing a release date.

A rap album released to such fervent expectations is hard to recall, let alone one that lived up to those expectations. With a cohesiveness, sleek concept, and performance that justifies every ounce of hype, Eternal Atake is Lil Uzi Vert’s best album yet.

Album Review: The Weeknd’s After Hours isn’t hard to love at all

By Melody Castro

The Weeknd, a Grammy award-winning artist, has released his new album After Hours this year,  so here’s my take on it. 

The album features fourteen tracks and three bonus tracks. I’ll only be talking about the main fourteen because, well, things get hectic. 

The first track, “Alone Again,” includes a lot of synth sounds that overlap with his vocals, creating a euphoric atmosphere. It was a good intro; it set up the soundscapes and the theme of the album altogether. 

The lyrics of the next four tracks start to tell a story. He is asking forgiveness for all the terrible things he’s done to his significant other. “Too Late” features a lot of vocal effects but again, they complement his vocals nicely. “Hardest To Love” continues his apologetic tone and adds feelings of being very blessed that he was given another chance. Production-wise, he used a lot of drum beats. An odd choice I must say, but his vocals made up for it. In “Scared To Live,” he is hoping his lover can heal from all of the things he’s done.

I found a lot of clever wordplay in “Snowchild.” The singer reminisces about life before fame–not something I’d typically expect from The Weeknd, but, hey, pretty cool. The music overall is stripped back since it’s more lyrically focused.

Two favorites of mine are “Escape From LA” and “Heartless.” In the former, it turns out, his lover isn’t exactly a good person and cheated on him. He starts to get bitter and blames Los Angeles for everything going wrong, hence the song title. As a resolution for his partner’s infidelity, he cheats back. In “Heartless,” he goes through a drastic change. He goes from being so blessed and apologetic to giving up on women in general. The beat in this song reflects the shift in tone as it goes the hardest compared to the others.

Boy, oh boy, do things escalate in “Faith.” He talks about drugs and ends up having an overdose. This sounds like a movie; but there are actually siren effects in the song to provide more imagery. So not only is he being self-destructive but he wants to pull his lover down with him. Crazy stuff, huh?

The next song, “Blinding Lights,” became a quick favorite for everyone and made the top of the charts for a while. It features an ‘80s beat and reconnection with his lover. It’s not even about the music anymore; the music is just there to provide you the story. He and his lover reunite, and he’s at an all-time high in this song. 

More of my favorites are found on tracks 12 and 13. In “Repeat After Me (Interlude),”  uh, yikes, he’s literally brainwashing her, telling her to repeat after him, that she loves and needs only HIM. It is very toxic behavior, but it’s oddly calming and the music is very soft. In “After Hours,” he talks about needing his lover, not being able to live without her, and stuff like that. He then faces reality and realizes that she’s not there with him and is extremely hurt, saying things like, “Where are you now when I need you most?” Towards the end of this song, he apologizes again and talks about never breaking her heart again.

The last song on the album, “Until I Bleed Out,”  features a much more slowed and serene beat. Here, he talks about not being able to push further for this relationship and is slowly wanting to give up on everything. Despite this, he still needs his lover  and would rather die than continue living with this feeling of regret and guilt. 

After Hours is a whole loop. It ends with him considering suicide and starts with him being alone again, meaning that this relationship cycles through this time and time again. It’s genius. 

This album will forever be one of my favorites, and with the cool beats and beautiful vocals, I think it’ll be one of yours too.