The Mink Coat Killa LP by @jarrenbenton is my 16th best album of 2017. Jarren went with a more old school sound and feel for this go around, and as usual, he delivered spectacularly well. This album is easily one of the great hidden gems of this year, but it definitely needs to be visited again and again. Yet another dope album from a dope rapper. #hiphop#rap#jarrenbenton#theminkcoatkillalp#top20#dop#dopeaf #dope
Artist recommendation: Remo Drive
Remo Drive are a Midwest Emo/Indie Rock outfit hailing from Minnesota and comprised of vocalist and guitarist Erik Paulson, bassist Stephen Paulson, and drummer Sam Mathys. Like me, you may have heard about these guys from Anthony Fantano's positive review of their debut album 'Greatest Hits'. I recently rediscovered this album and was hooked. As well as providing catchy riffs (like in 'I'm My Own Doctor') and interesting chord progressions (like in 'Trying 2 Fool U'), the band has poignant and sarcastic lyrics. In the song 'Crash Test Rating', Erik uses the metaphor of a four star crash test rating to convey the idea that this girl only likes him because he's the safe choice. Remo Drive put together my favourite emo album of the year on 'Greatest Hits' and I have high expectations for their next efforts.
Favourite tracks: I'm My Own Doctor, Yer Killin Me, Eat Shit, Summertime, Trying 2 Fool U.
Lyrical highlights: "You make me want to start smoking cigarettes so I die slowly", "Only like me cause I'm safe, with my four-star crash test rating".