through-the-lens

tfilmer  asked:

Hey Matt! A couple of years ago, you made an "essential viewing" kaiju film list on this blog. Now that time has passed since then, are there any changes/updates you wanna make to that list?

I still stand by the majority of the list, however I would probably update it thusly:

Gojira - Needs no introduction

Rodan - A great example of a horror film turned kaiju eiga.

King Kong vs Godzilla (JP version only) - The best kaiju comedy ever produced

Mothra - A lovely mix of kaiju and fantasy with a dash of musical comedy.

Frankenstein Conquers the World - Wild, weird, and wonderful.

Matango - Excellent j-horror through a Toho lens.

Mothra vs Godzilla - Quintessential Godzilla “VS” movie.

Ghidrah TTHM - Another kaiju comedy, this one is basically Roman Holiday but with monsters.

Monster Zero - Rounding out the “Shōwa Trilogy,” this is the prototype for all kaiju/alien invasion flicks.

Godzilla vs Biollante - Intricate storytelling and dynamite special effects, the best of the Heisei era.

The Gamera Trilogy - Possible the best kaiju eiga ever made. Better than the majority of the Godzilla series.

GMK - The best of the post-60’s Godzilla franchise to this day. Nothing else really comes close.

Final Wars - If you want to see a bunch of crap thrown at the screen where nothing really works and yet it kinda also DOES work.

Shin Godzilla - Your mileage may vary but worth watching if you want to see what the fuss is about.

Kong: Skull Island - Easily the best American-made big budget kaiju movie to date.

Colossal - Just damn good. Challenging and compelling.

Special considerations/caveats -

King Kong (original) - A undeniable classic but requires lots of context for its paper-thin heroine and uncomfortable racism.

Harryhausen movies - Watch a few of these BUT keep in mind that they are remembered for their effects, not their stories or characters.

War of the Gargantuas - Worth watching if you can forgive totally disposable human characters for some of the best monster acting put to screen.

Godzilla (2014) - The first act and final battle are the best aspects here. The middle hour or so is largely un-compelling.

Reptilicus - I unironically love this film, including how terrible it is.

All kaiju movies have SOMETHING to offer, so don’t take this list as gospel!

He himself was a beautiful weapon, forged by centuries of ruthless training and warring.

Geralt of Rivia as Rowan Whitethorn

Commission for @her-misplaced-wings! I had a blast painting this. I havent painted Rowan yet and though I plan to paint him in the future, it was interesting seeing him through the lens  of someone else’s eyes! Thank you so much for your support and for giving me the opportunity to paint this sweet, brutal, bun! 

anonymous asked:

Dunno is it american mindset/referring to murica but i always find the referring asians as minority talking with japan and shit since asians make biggest chunck of whole ass human population but are always poor M I N O R I T Y.

“this thing about japanese people in japan is looking at things through a minority lens”

Chinese/Thai/Korean/Ainu Living In Japan/Japanese born from “foreign” parents:

anonymous asked:

Agree with all the criticisms of the bed convo and CC's writing, but it does make it more enjoyable to me to watch it through the lens of the X Files ending. "Are we ever going to spend time together?" again makes a lot more sense for DD and GA than it does for Mulder and Scully and is actually really intimate and bittersweet to me.

Anon, I’d be lying if I said the notion of viewing it through that lens hadn’t drifted through my brain while I was watching that scene. 

I used to jokingly/not jokingly speculate that David kept trying to get more X-Files made all the time because he wanted to hang out with Gillian and could not figure out a way to do that other than using his arguing powers to orchestrate the setup of a gigantic television production so that they were forced to go to work together for months at a time. I hope, now that they’re retiring from that life, that they will manage to solidify their transition into Non-Work Friends, and that someday they’ll visit each other in the old-age home and shoulder-bonk each other’s wheelchairs. 

ice-whisper  asked:

💚: who tends to get sick more often? who is better at taking care of the other? Coldwave

Second question first: Mick is better at the whole taking care business in very nearly every possible respect. He’s good at keeping track of when to feed Len or give him water or make sure he sleeps, he knows when to push and when to keep back because Len’s feeling touchy, he knows enough from his shrinks to give Len the little bits of therapy advice that he needs to keep going through the day.

Len is good at helping Mick manage himself, but it’s very much Mick using Len as an externalized control mechanism rather than Len independently having any clue about how best to deal with complex pyromania and anxiety and possibly dyslexia and aphasia.

Len is a bit of a mess, let’s be honest: he can take care of Lisa, in the sense that she doesn’t die or anything, but he thinks boxed mac-and-cheese is acceptable to eat every day for a year, which even little Lisa gets annoyed about. He will move the world for his loved ones, if that’s what it calls for, but he’s actually really crappy about the small little things like “oh no Lisa is crying” or “Mick is upset and won’t tell me why” or “they’re watching a Disney movie and they’re both teary-eyed and refusing to admit it HELP”.

Len is particularly bad with emotional issues.

Mick’s not great, either, but he knows when to shut up and listen. Len…less so.

First question: Len. 

Len’s a Jew. He’s got an ancestral list of aches and pains and physical complaints, and it’s his moral duty to increase that endless list: my back is crooked, my hip is sore, my feet are swollen, I’ve gotten a cold again, I think I’m getting pneumonia again, one of my stab wounds has gotten infected I swear…

He’s also a drama queen, which means that a mild case of the sniffles will put him into full-on “swooning into the couch and refusing to rise, ordering other people to get the poor, dying man a few small things that he wants” mode.

Mick is extremely long-suffering about this, but generally a good sport. He has the constitution of a goddamn horse and almost never gets sick, and the few times he does he just sits there looking so miserable that Len totally over-does caring for him, which Mick simultaneously appreciates and wishes he’d stop. He really just needs some time in a dark room and sleep, and he’ll be better, and Len can stop robbing drugstores any time now, really.

Transiting Pallas re-enters Taurus

Timetable (current events in bold)
Sunday, June 11 - Pallas enters retrograde zone, 25:05 Aries, 06:41 UT
Monday, June 26 - Pallas enters Taurus
Monday, September 11 - Pallas retrograde, 14:16 Taurus, 17:49 UT
Thursday, November 16 - Pallas rx back into Aries
Sunday, December 17 - Pallas direct, 25:05 Aries, 23:38 UT
Saturday, January 20, 2018 - Pallas back into Taurus
Monday, February 26, 2018 - Pallas exits retrograde zone, 14:16 Taurus, 20:37 UT
Friday, March 30, 2018 - Pallas enters Gemini, 01:31 UT

Just one month to go, and we can finally make some progress with our Pallas work! I’m in hopes that we all “remembered” that spark of Aries inspiration which somehow sputtered out during Pallas’ previous foray into Taurus, in 2017.

And now that Pallas is back in Taurus, we can look at each of these “issues” through the lens of the Bull. This Lady Asteroid is the “boss” of wisdom and creative intelligence; artisans and the arts; political activism; and professional excellence.

Wisdom and intelligence: Demetra George (in Asteroid Goddesses) writes that Pallas/Taurus wisdom is “common sense” or street smarts. She’s going to want to take those Pallas/Aries ideas and bring them into very specific, concrete reality - remember that any Taurus placement can be said to be “set in stone.” The Bull paws through our more impulsive and/or outlandish ideas, rejecting what’s impractical and developing what can be done.

Artisans and the arts: matters are attuned to the (literally) sensual. Whatever is pleasing and soothing to our five physical senses, is the goal. We’re also very attuned and receptive to the beauty of Nature, which brings us to….

Political activism: ecology, land reform, and agriculture are the particular Pallas/Taurus issues. Pollution and waste are seen primarily as impractical. Why would any rational people essentially poison their food supply?

Professional excellence: here, we want success because of our hard work and determination. Although Taurus, like the other Earth signs, can find reward enough in the satisfaction of a job well done, it’s eventually going to want some more concrete compensation for its efforts.

This final leg of Pallas’ Retrograde zone is off to a bumpy start, but as February progresses we become more secure, and more inspired. There is a Biblical parable about pouring new wine into old wineskins, and we need to be aware that our plans may not be suited to “tried and true” methods of pursuit.

Celebrities with Pallas in Taurus:
Sharon Stone, Tom Cruise, Elvis Presley, Brigitte Bardot, Tupac, Sigmund Freud, Dave Gahan, Colin Farrell, Sophia Loren, Pierce Brosnan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonard Cohen, Gary Oldman, Elon Musk, Michael Phelps, George Washington, Malcolm X, Katharine Hepburn, Louis XVI of France, Diana Ross, Chris Pine, Queen Victoria, Vladimir Lenin, Kelly Rowland, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Trudeau

Friday, January 19, Sun/Aquarius square Pallas/Taurus, 00:00

Within the space of one hour: Pallas enters Taurus, the Sun enters Aquarius, and they square each other. That’s a definite jolt of energy. The necessity of trying out new ways to develop and reach our goals, meets with some stubborn resistance to change. Or, we are just not “used” to thinking of ourselves as artisans, activists, etc. The issues can be resolved after Pallas exits her Rx zone.

Planets/Points affected lie between 00:00 and 1:00 of the fixed signs Taurus*, Leo*, Scorpio*, and Aquarius*; and between 14:00 and 16:00 of  the mutable signs Gemini*, Virgo*, Sagittarius*, and Pisces*.

Saturday, February 3, Mercury/Aquarius square Pallas/Taurus, 4:35;
Monday, February 5, Saturn/Capricorn trine Pallas/Taurus, 5:17

Mixed signals - we have support from traditional figures and attitudes, and challenges from the new and modern. A tricky balancing act between the proven wisdom of the Elder, and our intuition. Both Mercury and Saturn are strongly placed, too! It’s going to be easier to go the traditional route - let’s all hope that “traditional” recognizes the need for change and improvements.

Square:
Planets/Points affected lie between 3:35 and 5:35 of the fixed signs Taurus*, Leo*, Scorpio*, and Aquarius*; and between 18:35 and 20:35 of the mutable signs Gemini*, Virgo*, Sagittarius*, and Pisces*.

Trine:
Planets/Points affected lie between 4:17 and 6:17 of the yin signs Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.

Tuesday, February 13, Ceres Rx/Leo square Pallas/Taurus, 8:34

Parental conflicts here, with rejection of, &/or alienation from, the traditionally “feminine” roles. We can’t reconcile our “nurturing” side with our “intelligent” side; we feel it’s either-or - when what needs to be rejected are the limitations culture and society place on women. We can be good Moms and kick everybody’s ass at Scrabble.

Planets/Points affected lie between 7:34 and 9:34 of the fixed signs Taurus*, Leo*, Scorpio*, and Aquarius*; and between 22:34 and 24:34 of the mutable signs Gemini*, Virgo*, Sagittarius*, and Pisces*.

Monday, February 19, Venus/Pisces sextile Pallas/Taurus, 11:10;
Sunday, February 25, Mercury/Pisces sextile Pallas/Taurus, 13:40;
Neptune/Pisces sextile Pallas/Taurus, 13:40

This was too irresistible to not lump together - all of a sudden we’re getting all kinds of creative inspirations. This is especially propitious for Pallas as an indicator of “artisans and the arts, although with little effort we can suffuse her other associations with this dreamy idealism. We want to bring these visions down into practical, useful reality.

Planets/Points affected lie between 10:10 and 14:40 of the yin signs Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces; placements between 10:10 and 14:40 of the sign Libra receive a transiting yod, signifying adjustments; placements between 10:10 and 14:40 of the sign Aries receive a transiting double semi-sextile, introducing an element of good timing.

anonymous asked:

Hi. I would love to participate in the reading but I don't own the books in English (yet). Would it be ok to use quotes from the translations?

Of course! 

We really don’t need specific quotes or pages or anything – just points to discuss and have an eye out for. Even if you don’t have access to the books or even if you haven’t even read the books, whatever the case, you can still participate and just ask us questions. In that case, at the very least consider it like we are reading the books with you in mind. You give us a new lens through which to read and see these chapters in whole new ways for us to discuss.

For example, one question was how we feel about Draco when Harry first meets him trying on robes. It’s not necessarily a specific question or page, but still we will pay more attention to that specific scene in the books and perhaps read it more closely for a point of discussion.

- Justin (Slytherin)

anonymous asked:

Hey! I'm curious about what kind of proof there is that the occult actually exists. I'm open to the idea, but i dont like believing in things that dont really have anything to be backed up with...

As a practitioner I do have my own evidence and experiences that the practices of the occult do work, and every other practitioner will have their own experiences, and understandings that prove the occult to them. Along with many other accounts of occultism working, but if you’re looking for proof of it through only a lens of scientism. You probably won’t find enough to feel satisfied, though there is a good amount of empirical, and rational data that may be able to help out your search for proof. You will probably want to look into things such as Parapsychology, and Theosophy, because they had very grounded views on explaining occultism from a more sciency perspective. You may also want to look into chaos magick, because their default paradigm is more connected to psychology, and consciousness. Thank you for the question my friend, I appreciate it.

- Wolf Of Antimony

this one is literally dedicated to @itsallavengers bcuz all her posts are magnificent but the Tony & Peter ones always have me HOWLING

Make 2018 a year of optimism! You can’t control the events that occur, so it’s up to you to make an effort to see life through a positive lens! Sometimes this will be difficult, sometimes it will seem impossible, but with hard work and dedication, you can make 2018 the year you want it to be!

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5e Backgrounds: 8 Backgrounds For Your D&D Character...

Commoner 

You come from a humble social rank, perhaps working as a farmer, servant, or laborer. 

Although your background is not as glamorous as others, you find it easy to blend in wherever you go and have a sort of folksy wisdom that can sometimes help you out of a jam. 

When you choose this background, choose a profession that is found among the common folk, or roll a d20 and consult the following table to determine your  particular expertise. 

d20                         Result 

1–2                         Fisher 

3                             Forester 

4–7                         Laborer

8–11                       Messenger

12–16                     Serf

17–18                     Servant

19                           Shepherd

20                           Trapper

Skill Proficiencies: Investigation, Persuasion

Trait — Salt of the Earth: Since you come from the ranks of the common folk, you fit in among them with ease. 

You can find a place to hide, rest, or recuperate among commoners, unless you have shown yourself to be a danger to them. 

They will shield you from the law or anyone else searching for you, though they will not risk their lives for you.

Suggested Equipment: Common clothes, iron pot, spade, tool kit (appropriate to your profession), 14GP, 4SP.


Guide

You know the wilderness like the back of your hand. 

You have spent many days and nights in the wild, sometimes traveling on your own but more often leading others along rarely used tracks and paths.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two from Animal Handling, Athletics, History, Medicine, Nature and Survival.

Trait — Wanderer: You have an excellent memory for maps and geography and can always recall the general layout of terrain, settlements, and other features around you. 

In addition, you can find food and fresh water for yourself and up to five other people each day, provided that the land offers berries, small game, water, and so forth.

Suggested Equipment: Backpack, bedroll, hempen rope (50 ft.), tent, tinderbox, traveler’s clothes, waterskin, winter blanket, 40GP, 8SP.


Guild Thief

You made a living by stealing as a member of a thieves’ guild. 

The guild is similar to a modern organized crime syndicate. 

It exacts protection money from criminals and businesses alike, and uses its influence to keep the city watch focused on apprehending criminals who operate without the guild’s blessing. 

Necessity might have driven you to this work, having no other means to provide for yourself, or you might have been an orphan taken in by a thieves’ guild. 

Whatever your reasons, you learned how to slip into places where others would prefer you not go, neutralizing traps, locks, and sentries with uncanny skill.

Skill Proficiencies: Investigation, Stealth.

Trait — Thieves’ Cant: Among thieves, there is a secret language, a combination of jargon words and secret signs that members of the criminal underworld know and use. 

Creatures hearing you converse in Thieves’ Cant might think you say one thing when you are actually saying something else entirely. 

You have learned the secret language of thieves. 

You can correctly interpret thief signs and doublespeak, and you can communicate in this manner to others familiar with this language.

Suggested Equipment: Thieves’ tools, lampblack, oil can, breeches with secret pocket, small steel mirror, belt pouch, 18GP, 4SP.


Jester

You were employed as a jester by a noble. 

You performed acrobatic stunts, told jokes and stories, and provided entertainment for your employer and his or her guests. 

However, you also served a key role, lacing your entertainment with criticisms and observations too controversial for others to speak aloud.

Skill Proficiencies: Acrobatics, Performance

Trait — Licensed Fool: You enjoy the rare privilege of speaking your mind with little concern for repercussions. 

As a jester, it is your duty to use comedy to point out the absurdities of the world. 

You can criticize through the lens of humor without offense. 

In addition, you can gain access to nobles in order to perform. 

When traveling, you can usually find a meal and a place to stay in the local castle or manor house in return for a performance.

Suggested Equipment: Jester’s motley, tin scepter, musical instrument (your choice), book of bawdy poems and jokes, traveler’s clothes, 38GP.


Knight

You have successfully completed your training as a squire and earned the title of knight. 

Your title carries many responsibilities, and you are expected to behave in a chivalrous manner, protect the innocent, and mete justice across the land. 

You might be sworn to a noble house or be a wandering knight, questing for some prize or glory.

Skill Proficiencies: Choose two from Athletics, History, Insight, Intimidation, Perception, Religion and Survival

Trait — Knight’s Station: When you are among nobility or some other group that would recognize your station as a knight, you can expect to receive free accommodations and food for yourself and your adventuring companions for the duration of your stay. 

Certain nobles might decline, but this is a serious breach of etiquette and usually has social consequences.

Suggested Equipment: lance, token of affection, signet ring, sealing wax, light warhorse with saddle and bridle, grooming kit for horses, feed (seven days), traveler’s clothes, 32GP, and 5SP.


Minstrel

You wander the land performing music, telling tales, and entertaining audiences with your talents. 

Rarely does a community not welcome you in, as you bring news of distant lands to the common folk.

Skill Proficiencies: Performance, Persuasion

Trait — Noted Performer: You can always find a place to perform, usually in an inn or tavern. 

At such a place, you receive free lodging and food (within reason) as long as you perform each night. 

In addition, your performance makes you something of a local figure. 

When strangers recognize you in a town where you have performed, they typically take a liking to you.

Suggested Equipment: Fine clothes, ink, musical instrument (your choice), paper (five sheets), traveler’s clothes, 27GP.


Priest

You have pledged your life to serve a god, pantheon of gods, or philosophy. 

You serve as an intermediary between your chosen power and the mortal world, conducting sacred rites, offering sacrifices, and expounding the teachings of your faith to those you meet. 

When you choose this background, select a deity or power. 

Your knowledge and experience is drawn from your time as a priest in the service of that faith.

Skill Proficiencies: Religion, Insight 

Trait — Temple Services: You belong to a specific temple dedicated to your chosen power. 

You have a residence there, and you can perform religious ceremonies and offer sermons drawn from the sacred teachings of your faith. 

While near your temple, you can call upon acolytes and fellow priests for assistance, provided the assistance you ask for is not hazardous and you remain in good standing with your temple. 

Additionally, when you are in a location that has a temple, shrine, or other presence of your faith, you can expect to receive free healing, care, and religious services for yourself and your adventuring companions from others aligned with your faith.

Suggested Equipment: Holy symbol, flask of holy water, ink, ink pen, paper (ten sheets), vestments, 3GP, 9SP, 8CP.


Thug

Years of being a street tough have given you an aura of menace. 

Your look communicates a basic message to those who annoy you: You’d as soon break their knees as receive an apology. 

Threats and bullying tactics come easily to you. 

Your demeanor has landed you jobs with less-­than-­reputable organizations in the past, where you’ve provided both protection and muscle.

Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation, Athletics

Trait — Bad Reputation: No matter where you go, people are afraid of you due to your connections to the dangerous criminal underworld or your history of violence. 

When you are in a place of civilization, you can get away with minor criminal offenses, such as refusing to pay for food at a tavern or breaking down doors at a local shop, since most people will not report your activity to the authorities.

Suggested Equipment: Sap (equivalent to club), tattoo, half of a set of manacles, common clothes, 28GP, 4SP.

The thing about Sherlock Holmes TV adaptations are that they’re fundamentally different from the books in perspective. The books are told through the biased lens of John Watson, who is Holmes’ friend and thinks highly of him. So the entirety of the books, we’re seeing Holmes through the lens of Watson.

Modern TV and film adaptations can’t do that, because Watson himself is a character that we are seeing in the third person. The camera POV is typically third-person limited, but otherwise shows characters as they are. If there is bias, it typically isn’t towards Watson’s view.

In conclusion, clearly, the only proper modern visual adaptation of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes would be a documentary filmed and narrated by John Watson himself, shaky camera footage and all.

The next chapter of Through the Lens is up, my dudes.

Here’s the link to the new chapter, and here’s the link to the beginning.

Summary:

Peter was having a strange streak of good luck. He moved to a new school and he didn’t get punched on the first day. His new town was warm and sunny and the new house was perfect. He had finally made some friends and even had good teachers. Aunt May loved her new job. Things were going almost too well.

Luckily, Wade Wilson is more than happy to step in and ruin all of it with four stupid words.

“You’re in my seat.”

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Ignorant Bliss: Best of 2017 Albums

So, this year I decided to actually write about the music I really liked over the last year instead of just the playlist (I still have a favorite songs playlist). So bear with me as I ramble on a bit about my favorite 19 albums (yeah I didn’t do 20) of 2017.

1. DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar

This is kind of an easy choice and one that you’ll see on just about every 2017 year-end list. Kendrick’s new album hit hard from the release of The Heart part 4 to prepare the world for the Humble’s amazing video straight to the whole project. Now in 2015 I felt TPAB (To Pimp A Butterfly) was the best album of 2015 and that album to me was about the external mental struggles with the current state of the world on K.Dot’s psyche, DAMN is more about his world the and his success from that album on his psyche. It’s an album that isn’t the jazz and black messiah influenced soundscape of TPAB, this one was harder, more stripped down production and also catchier, clearly he chose to make songs that can work as singles to quiet the critics that questioned his ability to make songs for the club and radio. DAMN is an album that also unlike many others this year that has had staying power.


2. CTRL — SZA

SZA’s first album is one that surprised me. I thought SZA was great after having many a homegirl talk up her EPs. I didn’t expect the album being this amazing though. SZA brings in something new and old at the same time, the voice of woman figuring it all out with love and life with honesty. Everything from her music feels authentic and felt like I was learning something while listening to that.


3. At What Cost — Goldlink

No album made me happier to see succeed more than Goldlink’s At What Cost. His album as a love letter to what DC was compared to how it has rapidly changed thanks to gentrification was one of the few albums to come out so early in 2017 and grow and gain more and more buzz and play by the people. So many great tracks that hit hard yet also had songs with fantastic vibes throughout.


4. 4:44 — Jay-Z

Hov came out with an actual factual grown man album. His bars about regrets are different than the ones on early albums and now feel like those of a man 47 years of age with a wife and kids that have made mistakes. No I.D.’s excellent production on all the tracks of the album made it clear one of the best albums of the year and one of Hov’s best in his whole catalog.


5. Funk Wav Bounces vol. 1 — Calvin Harris

There was no album this to me that sounded like summer than this release. From song one until the end the album put vibes in my head of cookouts, road trips, beaches, pools, rooftops and young folks dancing and chilling. This filled a void and did it better than any other release this year for that season.


6. Scum Fuck Flower Boy — Tyler, the Creator

Another person people sleep on musically that doesn’t really stop his forward momentum in music, clothing, and entertainment as a whole. Tyler is out here killing folks on their own songs and sat down and decided to craft a dope piece of work. His last release Cherrybomb was basically his love letter to N.E.R.D. while this one his grows musically and while you can still hear the Neptunes influences it’s now a completely new, grown-up Tyler.


7. Washed Out — Mister Mellow

This is just a fire electronic album. A perfect mashup of sounds. I just enjoy listening to this on repeat.


8. Freudian — Daniel Caeser

I don’t have a lot to say about this album other than it’s fantastic. The songs are written so well and sung with such feeling that it’s an album that feels like R&B from earlier eras. Just great heart filled song making.


9. Big Fish Theory — Vince Staples

the smartest young rapper in the game. Outwitting old rappers at all times. Vince put together an album that is quite different than his previous ones with elements and sounds that skew toward electronic but also from early west coast hip hop music. He has songs that feel sparse in production while others feel dense. Vince has so much potential and just another amazing black artist from southern Cali killing it.


10. Pretty Grils Like Trap Music — 2 Chainz

See what Y’all going to stop doing is faking on 2 Chainz. Stop underestimating him and thinking his rhymes are not up there. I think now the audience just takes for granted how nonchalant and easy tityboi makes it all look. His delivery, flow, and punchlines are so good and have been for so long it seems to almost be thought of like air — it’s always there. With PGLT he takes it another level and tries to make people take notice with stronger stories and an excellent song arrangement (song arrangement is huge for me).


11. More Life –Drake

Maybe the least liked Aubrey project, that was the most streamed project on Apple Music for me hit all the right spots. London Drake, as Aubrey puts on the diaspora’s sounds like Kamen Rider forms was on the right wave. I was in as soon as I caught the premiere stream during his OVO Radio on Beats 1 as the songs sounded darker and sullen in his raps and of course still lovelorn in his singing songs. Get It Together is my jam, I recorded a whole podcast on it with David Brothers on it.


12. Fin — Syd

Man Syd’s album came out like too early. This album feels like Syd went a little out of her comfort zone of her sound that she’s known for with The Internet and made all type of songs that work well together as an album but had a tinge more popness to them than what her fans and listeners might be used to.


13. C U L T U R E — Migos

There were not many people who had a better year than the Migos. Ever since the young god Donald Glover pronounced Bad and Boujee one of the best songs ever they have been on a wave up. It’s cool to see them hit the top. Like other, I found them from Kamen Rider Drake putting on his Migos form to slide on Versace but I’ve been following them ever since as they dropped mixtape after mixtape. Their last studio album didn’t have that energy but with this one, they brought the full sound of the Migos and took it to a new place.


14. Vogue EP — Full Crate

I found this out by just seeing a song on Apple music with Trinidad James and was I surprised! Each track is fire and has a different dance vibe. Catchy melodies and knocking rhythms keeps this EP in the rotation.


15. 4eva is a Mighty Long Time — Big KRIT

Oh Big KRIT, a rapper everyone respects but yet to reach the height of popularity success. This album that is split between his two sides of his self. This feels like his most personal album and that says a lot is how much he has put himself in each previous release. Also, it has Lloyd on it and man I haven’t not liked a track with Lloyd on it.


16. 1992 Deluxe — Princess Nokia

I really rocked with this because the album like its title sounds like early 90s rap. It’s heavily influenced by those sounds and production. Her rhymes are solid and have a hint of playfulness to them. Well worth listening.


17. Sounds of Crenshaw — Terrace Martin presents The Pollyseeds

This was a nice little surprise. Terrence Martin is one of the best producers in the game right now. He can produce any type of music and has. So once I saw something came out with his name on it I jumped on it fast. What’s here is a jazzy, smooth, R&B kind of like 80s smooth R&B through a 2010s lens of sounds and lyrics.


18. Feels — Snoh Aalegra

I’ve been into each song Snoh has released for the last two years. Her voice is so soothing yet filled with hurt and vulnerability. A lot of her music has the classic soul feel and I think it’s a lane that’s constantly trying to be filled since Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones has passed. Also, her album art is always some cool sci-fi & romance comics visuals.


19. H.E.R. — H.E.R.

An album that is, in the end, the first two EPs arranged together with some other songs is like in comics when you end up copping the big omnibus after reading all the issues and trades but still want to the super collection. H.E.R.’s music is somber but confident. It’s one of the many stellar R&B albums that made 2017 a great year for R&B/Soul.