2018’s SHOOT IT STRAIGHT INTO MY FUCKING VEINS List — July

It’s been a while.

I’m having withdrawals.

Time for a re-up:

The latter half of Drake’s double album needs to be represented on this list, and this track is easily the grooviest, with striking moments of gloriously-jarring producing. *Cue the unavoidable shuffle step the 6-God’s musical and lyrical flow always induces in us uncoordinated white dudes*


Out of its fucking mind.


Straight funk.


Too much of THE CARTERS’ EVERYTHING IS LOVE sounds like Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé. Don’t get me wrong: Jay-Z is still the tits, and every song here — particularly “APESHIT” above and “LOVEHAPPY” below — is, at the very least, strong. But too many of the tracks are missing the layered artistry of this music video, which has Beyoncé’s fingerprints all over it, much more so than the actual album. Which is to say: EVERYTHING IS LOVE is more 4:44 than Lemonade, lacking the latter’s cavalcade of overnight classics.


More than anything else on EVERYTHING IS LOVE, this song is the culmination, the denouement, the resolution (for now) of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s multi-year, triple-project, unparalleled and unprecedented musical journey. My big takeaway from it? Despite being a lifelong Hova fan, even I must admit that Beyoncé has now unequivocally dethroned Jay-Z in their domestic musical rivalry.


2018’s SHOOT IT STRAIGHT INTO MY FUCKING VEINS List

Introduction

January-February

January-February, Part 2

March-April

May

More May

Five More for May

June

Kanye’s Hearts Beat Loud

June is Busting Out All Over

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s