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Lil Wayne, Felly, and Kodak Black Drop New Music

Sam expresses his opinions on the recent rap releases this past Friday.

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Cover art for Felly's album Surf Trap.

Cover art for Felly's album Surf Trap.

Cover art for Felly's album Surf Trap.

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This past Friday, September 28th, was one to remember for the rap enthusiasts. Lil Wayne released his Carter V album after 5 years of wait; up-and-coming Felly released Surf Trap, and Kodak Black released his first song since his seemingly endless prison sentence. Personally, these new releases were a welcome sight, and I enjoyed listening to all of them.

At the end of his career, rap fans have been waiting a long time for the last hurrah from Lil Wayne, who delivered perfectly with Carter V. This album has 23 tracks and includes features from XXXTENTACION, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg, among others. With big name features and great rhymes from Lil Wayne, I feel like he has gone out with a bang. Personally, I like “Let It Fly” (feat. Travis Scott) and “Mona Lisa” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) the best. In “Let It Fly”, you get the spacey autotune and lyrics from Travis, but as Lil Wayne comes in he brings you back down to earth with his aggressive word choice. My favorite song in the album, “Mona Lisa”, perfectly combines two of the best in the rap game with Kendrick Lamar and Wayne. It’s a very hype and up beat song, and it is an instant classic. Overall, I give this album a 8/10.

Second, Felly released his 7th studio album, Surf Trap. In my opinion, this is his best work by far. The album has 10 tracks, and there is only 1 that I didn’t particularly care for. The album has no features, which further highlights the talent of Felly. He is also the least well known out of all the artists I am reviewing on this article. However, I believe he deserves more respect and attention especially after this release. He has really perfected his beachy-rap style which is truly unique and fun to listen to. In a lot of his songs, he will go from flowy/soft/calm singing to curt/hard/angry rhymes. The songs I most enjoy are “Dying To Tell You”, “Pretty Girl”, “Maple”, and “Fallin”. I’m going to his concert at the Music Farm in November so the release of Surf Trap will make the concert even more exciting. Go give give this album a listen, you won’t regret it. 10/10.

Finally, one of my favorite rappers of all time released his first track since his 6 month prison sentence, If I’m Lyin, I’m Flyin. This song symbolizes a new beginning for Kodak, as he has had legal issues since the onset of his career. It seems like he is getting back in his groove, as this song reminds me of his older music. In addition, it seems like he spent much more time on this song and really tried to make it good before he released it. Sadly, it will most likely be overlooked because Carter V was released on the same day. However, this is great start for Kodak and it seems like good things are coming from this Florida artist. I give this song an 8/10.

Friday was a great day for rap music, and October overall is looking to be a fantastic month for rap enthusiasts.

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