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What is meant by "rage" in the context of Travis Scott? An expression of extreme anger?
That's Eminem or Hopsin

Rage is just a fancy expression to mean he pumps people up into a frenzy or fever. More evident live where he almost throws the kitchen sink and all into his performances which isn't always there in other hip hop acts. His live version of Stargazing (should be in one of the posts above) is much more fueled than the single. Songs like Goosebumps, Antidote, No Bystanders also fit. It's a bit crass sometimes on delivery and I've learned to appreciate it for the energy and mood more so than the actual rapping which doesn't always translate well live. This is why I have trouble stomaching live hip hop sometimes because it often sounds very forced. Travis might not always bring strong vocals here does makes do with good sets and hyper energy and uses the crowd; you couldn't fault him for not trying.

I concur with @Adam he feels as a mainstream artist he must prove a point and does feel underappreciated by the media and hip hop and broader music community. In 90210 he flips a line about the Grammys (smiling being there as the youngest rapper outta Houston while they laugh at him).

Nevertheless the format is ill suited to really highlighting artists of merit but he has the charts and pretty heavy sales and a good tour lined up. As far as he's concerned it's all good. He won't stop just for the Grammys even if they snub him. The last lines of 90210 work here.

"Hardcore, I swear they counting on me
Gold chains, gold rings, I got an island on me
Houses on me, he got them ounces on him
Holy father, come save these niggas, I'm styling on 'em
Good lord, I see my good fortune in all these horses
I'm driving too fast to stop, so all these signs, I ignore them
Just everything is in order
My mind's big as a boulder so now niggas support a nigga
"

He's got everything now, no Grammy will stop him.
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The Grammys are entirely meaningless nowadays. I don't think many people care about them for anything.

But it's more for Travis Scott because for some reason, he really wanted Grammy recognition. He said he was irritated his last two albums were not recognised and one of the main focuses of ASTROWORLD was to have it appeal to Grammy voters so that it could be nominated. It's a waste of time and effort because the voters are/were always gonna reward the whitest most commercial rapper every time.
Cardi B won rap album of the year.

I almost thought it was a 'feminist' thing and her being a fresh face on the scene. Not to say her album wasn't great but RAOY? How much writing credit did she have? Good for her I guess.

Childish Gambino winning Record of the year was a surprise too.

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Game 249 - Generation X

The Servant - Cells

This was really a send going back to the early 00s (of which most Gen X artists are covered). I was disappointed by how it fared (t didn't make finals) and certain comments about it being an emo song (it's not). Anyhow what dragged me into the song was the dark and clammy vibes perfect for storytelling. It is a bit indulgent in some areas sonically, especially the chorus (but also quite an earworm) but the tension builds up well with the thumping bass, distortions from the guitar, and strings almost presenting an environment in which something is not quite right. Dan Black does a great job with his vocal acrobatics to match. It's almost like he is trying to release some nervous tension while having manic episodes. The lyrical content of the song was also a highlight, as I said - storytelling, and quite poetic at that. Trapped in the mundane-ness of life eating away at you, being part of the same crowd every day, under the same boss, but one has to go through that to survive. The song instrumental was used in the move Sin City, and it fits well with the feel of that film. I will probably send more from them in the future as that particular album has great pop value with quite a mix of themes and vibe, but I hope they will do better. Thanks to Silent Bird, Leif and Tennisfan102 for double digits.




On the city's skin they move on mass
Like a rash on the back of a manky cat
Now in I go like a fool
I can't resist dipping in the pool
I watch them watch me, I watch them too
Across the street, across the room
I dress myself like a charcoal sketch
My eyes are brown and my hair's a mess
They annoy me those who employ me
They could destroy me, they should enjoy me
We eat Chinese off our knees
And look for each other in the TV screen
The sun goes up and the sun goes down
I drag myself into the town
All I do I wanna to do with you
Everyday I'm at my desk
At my desk I'm like the rest
All I do I wanna to do with you



Game 250 - Open

Planet Funk - Chase the Sun

I needed something a bit lighter. This one's from the early 00s again and reminds me of some better days of electronic pop. It does feel quite refreshing for sure to sway gently to and they picked an excellent, almost ethereal vocal to match the airy 'sunshine' setting. I placed 11 in the 24 song final so quite happy the result though I knew it wouldn't be to everyone's tastes. When I first heard it, I immediately took to the progression, the song has a very solid way of building up without feeling too repetitive.



I'm flying away
Running like the wind
As I chase the sun
Up spinning around
Circles in my mind
Sailing over ground
I'm flying away
Running like the wind
As I chase the sun
Up spinning around
Circles in my mind
Sailing over ground



Game 251 - Previously Nominated

Sweet Trip - Air Supply

Resident_bizarre previously sent a song by them ages ago. Sweet Trip do indie electronica. I like the way this song builds up with a memorable combination of bass and synth, definitely rich melodically. I found it weird though that so many commented the female vocal was annoying. This is literally the kind of thing BSG players are into, or so I thought. They can take Sufjan Stevens and Björk of course. Sure there's a bit of augmentation but really, I find it hard to see it being that offensive . I finished up 14th (forgot to vote), with 4th in the first semi so wasn't too bad but could have fared better.



Don't you make me smile if you don't intend to
Only make me try if you can pretend to
Well here is my mission, my reason, my statement
My complaint
Hardly pushed your luck, focused on intention
Don't you think I lied when you said you meant it
Open up the blinds more and go to the window
Run Away
You and I (keep with me life, pretend to)
You and I (keep with me love, I'll recover)
You and I (we have seduced each other)
You-ah-da-da-da-da
You and I (and many lives sought to fought us)
You and I (except for it'd never recover)
You and I (and then we're clawing at each other's air supply)

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Cardi B won rap album of the year.

I almost thought it was a 'feminist' thing and her being a fresh face on the scene. Not to say her album wasn't great but RAOY? How much writing credit did she have? Good for her I guess.

Childish Gambino winning Record of the year was a surprise too.
Cardi and Travis both deserved it from the mainstream artists nominated so I'm not disappointed by the choice. I marginally preferred Cardi B's album and it still holds up so I don't feel like it was an act of tokenism. Travis was always gonna be a long shot given how he was shut out everywhere else and how critically acclaimed Cardi B's album was on Year End lists.

Even though the Grammys have zero meaning, it's telling how many artists refused to show up or refused to perform.
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Game 252 - Remixes

Nightmares on Wax - Riders on the Storm (remix of The Doors)

Nightmares on Wax did a lot of nice downtempo music in the 90s and early 00s, and this remix of Riders on the Storm is rather trance-inducing and ambient. You hear whispers of "Riders on the Storm" in the background with rain as this heats up. The synth aspects were fun. Sadly, I really think this song fell over people's heads who didn't really appreciate the atmosphere of this remix and enjoy the near 9 minute trip.




Game 254 - Secret Santa

Thundercat - Friendzone

I got friendzoned in this game We had to pick a song for someone else to receive as a Christmas gift. I had to choose something for Artur, and thought he might enjoy this very quirky, maniacal delivery and production of Thundercat. It does sound like every kid's dream, throwing in pop culture references (and Diablo ) and has some moments of comedy as well. I came 9th in the SF and 11th in final even though I forgot to vote. I had 12s from Leif, Adam and Random Run, and Artur gave me 4 pts so I didn't fail too badly.




Game 255 - All That Jazz


Mammal Hands - Hourglass

This was a jazz theme and I went for some mystical/ambient jazz. There is a repetitive gentle running piano and a nice saxophone solo, and some African tribal drums. The pace really does pick up as the song progresses, and it's just electrifyingly spiritual. I was a bit disappointed in falling to 13th place in the finals (it was 4th in SF) but there were a few players who really enjoyed it (The Crow, Mauriac, SilverPersian and Leif gave double digit pts). Perhaps it would have fared better in a standalone edition.

The Crow likes this.

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I haven't updated in a while, have to catch up

Game 256 - 2018

Travis Scott - SICKO MODE

This song finally managed to claim for Travis a debut no.1 Billboard single (along with a no.1 album for Astroworld), but incidentally this occurred 4 months after the release in August, thus it was a concerted selling effort (and I imagine they got some help out from Skrillex doing an edit). SICKO MODE is a good demonstration of Travis Scott's love of beats. Everything seems quite accentuated here and you really do feel like ramping up the volume and bopping your head along to, especially towards the end. The song is unusual in that in runs in three distinct parts, with a short but blaring intro grabbing the senses like a loudhailer (Drake), which transitions then into a slower rhythmic phase (Scott) with bassy drum kicking in every second beat, before action picks up pace once again in the third phase (Drake followed by Scott) with staccato rap delivery. A good rollercoaster ride to go to when you need energy. Thanks to Adam and Proudserb in particular for support.




Sun is down, freezin' cold
That's how we already know winter's here
My dawg would prolly do it for a Louis belt
That's just all he know, he don't know nothin' else
I tried to show 'em, yeah
I tried to show 'em, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Gone on you with the pick and roll
Young LaFlame, he in sicko mode



Game 257 - Names of Places

10cc - Wall Street Shuffle

I won't say much but got a bit lazy. Nevertheless disappointed I couldn't make the final. I had sent 10cc twice before but using more strung out songs (6-7 minutes). This time I went with something more straight pop-rock, with a very bouncy bassline and an impassioned Eric Stewart on lead, but still clever but the result was the same - failed to make the final, which is a shame because the band is really good. It seems like 70s stuff is too old school for BSG and this game had a lot of familiar acts which didn't help. But really, this track is an example of good music you can make with a slightly off wing topic. In this case, a song about Wall Street in America.



You've gotta be cool on Wall Street
When your index is low
Dow Jones ain't got time for the bums
They wind up on skid row with holes in their pockets
They plead with you, buddy can you spare the dime
But you ain't got the time
Doin' the
Doin' the



Game 258 - Songs on Ice

S. Umebayashi – Seimei

I wasn't really intending to play but I found an interesting oriental orchestral song (starting with that luscious piercing flute) that has some nice segments within, danced to by Japanese Olympic medallist Yuzuru Hanyu. The tone of the song changes thoughout the 5 minutes and there is a section midway which is so tranquil it made me a little teary. The song then ramps up for a sweet finish with nothing holding back. This was a direct final and I can comfortably say the song really didn't get the love it should have deserved with only 5 voters contributing. This is a kind of song you'd feature in movie cinematics with clear action. The song is supposed to be set relating to a sorceror casting a spell. More disappointingly, the classical crew did not give me anything. TF102 gave me a 12 for solace.


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Game 260 - Open

Cool Company - Habit (Blood Cultures Remix)

This was one of the nicer songs I have sent in a while. It is smoothly sentimental (has that retro record feel), and I really enjoyed the way Blood Cultures spun this into a cool remix (vocally also impressive, almost sounding shrill and desperate from a young teenage girl pondering about love). The melodic framework around the song is also catchy and pretty, especially the flowery and punchy synths. A good mix of electronic, elements of shoegaze with rnb. A song to enjoy the lighter moments in life and reflect. As expected it was underappreciated, finishing 18th in the final. Thanks Leif and aerosmash for double digits.




Now you on my mind like all the time my god I cannot catch a break
Got me hooked and then you booked
I doubt I even got to read a page

Honestly I'd probably go repeat
The same the same mistake
Worth the loss the hurt you cause is better off fresh up on my brain



Game 261 - WTA Singapore 2014

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Kiss the Sky

The theme was WTA Singapore 2014, and the idea was to find a song that reminded of the 2014 Singapore finals, where the players were seated together but not really interacting, just eyeing their phones. Incidentally I had considered sending the Cool Company song for this one but opted for this instead. I thought this would be perfect as the song takes about disharmony and trying to recreate it again. The throwback feel is probably my favourite part about the song. It really feels like something from a 60s motion picture. But only put together in 2009. Nino Moschella was invited to contributed the deep 'preachy' vocals of this song. It was featured in Tales of the Borderlands. My only disappointment was this epic song somehow failed to make the podium.



I hold my head up just enough to see the sky
And when we go we won't go slow, we'll put up such a fight
When they fade into the dust and into ash
But all the children know for sure this pain will surely pass
Strong and wise and you are love
And when the tide it comes you will float above
And you will be one day exactly what you are
Just keep your head held high, kiss your fist and touch the sky

Too late to keep the world from dying
It's not too late to spread the love you have
One day when we are ready for crying
One day I know that we'll be there, little girl



Game 262 - F***, Marry, Kill

Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho (Travis Scott and Quavo) - Huncho Jack

Play play play again?...Not that I cared much of the result.

This was one of the collab tracks they did before Scott released Astroworld. While it wasn't the greatest album (compared to their individual original contributions prior), there were some interesting moments where you kind of see the best of both players, though not necessarily at the same time. This song caught my eye largely because of the atmosphere, interplay between the two (smart 4 line by 4 line switches between the two), and the regular well placed interjecting ad-libs, particularly the autotune yelped "yeah" and "it's lit". The song itself is a very simple rhythmic structure but that kinda helps the flow. The song has an interesting aura of feeling subdued yet wanting to take off, a common factor in many of Travis Scott's productions (the hazy yet vibrant night hour). It does on a few occasions, such as midway through (5am looking like noon, took her right out of saloon...), but the second half that pushes to the climax of the end (those oscillating synths) is particularly very satisfying. The autotune may annoy some but I tend to think Scott makes it work well. This didn't really pick off among players but I got 12 points from N.M. so I did something right. Also thanks to bud887!



Huncho, flood my AP
Make these hoes wanna take me (take me)
The gun off safety (safety)
Shoot a fuck nigga like KD, yeah (bow)
She hit brazy, yeah (brazy)
Made my left eye lazy, yeah
Goin' up lately, yeah
Dock in the back Old Navy, yeah (alright!)
We gonna get it in (get it)
My trap house look innocent (innocent)
Private residence (private)
Leavin' no evidence (evidence, yeah, yeah)
Codeine, it's medicine, yeah
Somethin' is evident, yeah
They tease the hell with it, yeah
What's next, ain't no tellin' it (ye)
Closet filled in designer (designer)
Take a knee like the 'Niners (Kaepernick)
Join the team, don't divide us (join them)
Then watch your money go higher
Yeah, lil' help, lil' guidance (yah)
Run it back, do the title (yah)
Get the sack, move in silence (yeah!)
Bring that trophy back to my place

Well done to Simona Halep on finally achieving her GS dream at RG. Never say die!

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