DISCOVER WEEKLY #9 (ft. Johnny Rain)

Happy Tuesday! It’s been a weird couple of days. My mind has been racing in ways that have been disrespectful to my mental health, so I haven’t slept that well the past couple nights. I woke up at around 2am this morning, laid in the bed to try to cool down (it gets hot in my room at night), and decided to go to the living room to sleep because it’s cooler in there. Unfortunately, that didn’t solve my racing thoughts – even though it was cooler – and my cat woke up and realized I wasn’t in my room or taking my short twice nightly bathroom break (she sleeps on my bed and wakes up whenever I get out the bed; when I come back from the bathroom, she’s waiting at the door for me lol), so she started VOCALIZING LOUDLY. I could hear her through my closed room door and the short hallway that separates my room from the living room. So I figured it was my motherly duty to go see about my child. As soon as I got back in the bed, she crawled under the blanket with me and slept for a couple hours curled up next to my legs, while I watched YouTube videos to lull myself back to sleep. So shout out to my cat lol, she’s the only reason I was able to go back to sleep for a little bit.

EP 2 (2020)

So, not that long ago, I wrote a TAKE on here wondering where TF Johnny Rain was. Johnny Rain was never on my list of favorite people to listen to, but I’ll say he was on my secondary list of people I liked to listen to in high school and listened to consistently. I started listening to him around the time I started listening to the Weeknd and JMSN – I was looking for people with the same vibes – and loved his sound. I was listening to 11 (2015) the other day in a moment of nostalgia, and saw that Johnny had DROPPED A PROJECT RECENTLY!!! ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I was in SHOCK!!! I felt like I had been astral projected back to high school. I HAD to listen to EP2 (2020).

I haven’t listened to Johnny’s 2018 album, but I can say from where I left off with his music to what I heard from EP2 that EP2 feels like Johnny at his best. I don’t mean that in a “he’ll never get better than this” way, but it just feels so true to what I heard when I was listening to him more consistently in high school. So much of EP2‘s short tracklist reminds me of stuff from 11 and L.O.M. (2013), but it a way that sounds more refined and grown up.

So listening to EP2 has a bit of a sentimental feeling to it. I do wish it was a little bit longer; Johnny’s last project was released two years ago, so it would have been nice to have more songs to kind of fill up that space. But I’m always here for a moment of quality over quantity, and I’m sure there were life things that came up for him that needed to be prioritized. What we did get was a solid set of tracks that show off Johnny’s talent. I’ve always thought he has a very fluid way of moving over production, and he has one of those voices that work on anything. I hope this means we’ll be hearing more from him soon; I’d love to spend some time with a fuller, 14-track Johnny Rain project.

OTHER STUFF

Justin Bieber’s “Holy” wasn’t horrible. I had heard that Chance’s verse on it was trash – and kinda expected that because of…you know…that album. But it was actually not bad. I feel like Chance has better versions of this song in his discography, so it felt like a slightly watered down version of his past stuff a la Coloring Book (2016), but I didn’t hate it. “Sprague Street” with Kipp Stone and Mick Jenkins was GREAT. There’s something slightly Outkasty about that song that I really love. Mick sounds amazing. I feel like I’m always hating on Griselda on here lol but honestly the first thing that came to my mind during Kipp’s verse was “wow, I wish this is how I felt listening to [enter Griselda member here]’s music.” Masego’s “Passport” is different from the jazz-led stuff that we typically get from him, but I don’t hate it at all. It’s a good song; I think it’s gonna take a couple more listens for me to really get into it, but Masego can’t make bad music – it’s a fact, you can look it up. Nascent’s “Forever” featuring Orion Sun popped up on my Spotify home page last week, but I didn’t get a chance to listen to it, so I’m glad it popped back up. Orion is great. The song is great. I don’t really have much else to say about it.

I haven’t listened to Alex Wiley in a LONG TIME – I revisit Village Party (2014) every once in a while, but I don’t really keep up with his new stuff – so I figured “ROLLING” with him and POMAGRANITE was a good way to see how he’s doing musically. It wasn’t a bad song; I don’t think I’ll listen to it again, but it gives me slight Weeknd 2011 vibes, so I could see this being played very loudly at someone’s party. Spillage Village’s “Baptize” was GREAT. I saw that they’re releasing a project soon, which I’m pretty excited about. I don’t listen to Spillage Village often, but I’ve enjoyed the stuff I’ve heard so far, and “Baptize” has me hype for some new music.

I’ll be honest and say that I thought SZA’s “Hit Different” was severely overhyped the first time I heard it. For some reason, I just couldn’t get into it. I felt like I couldn’t really hear what SZA was saying in her verses, and there was less Ty Dolla $ign than I was hoping for, so I was confused as to why people loved this song so much – I thought it was good, but I wasn’t falling for it like others were. I still haven’t seen the video for it – which might be part of the reason people like it so much – but I’ve listened to it a few more times since that first listen, and I actually like it a LOT more now. It’s officially saved to my library. I didn’t actually mean to relisten to it intentionally again, but I saw on Spotify (on my Discover Weekly playlist) that the Neptunes and Pharrell were featured on the song (I had only listened to it on Apple Music before today, and there was no direct mention of Pharrell or the Neptunes), so I thought it was a remix or something. Turns out, the Neptunes produced this song!!!!! I would have NEVER guessed that lol. So not only do I like it more, but I will hold it even higher because I know Pharrell and Chad laid their godly hands on it. Lastly, Michael Christmas and Tobi Lou’s “Not the Only One.” I was scrolling through my Discover Weekly and saw that the two of them had a song together and added it to my queue IMMEDIATELY. I didn’t know what to expect, but my spirit wanted it. Tobi’s chorus was the best part of this song, but it’s a quality song all around. I didn’t know I wanted to hear them together, but I’m glad this happened.

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