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Patrick Smith

I am a staff writer with focuses in rap, hip-hop, folk, and music as a multifaceted discipline that grew up with a fascination and love for all things musical. I am currently studying English and Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati and I am also a creative writer (viewable on my website), a musician/aspiring SoundCloud rapper, and a video game enthusiast.

Playboi Carti Drops Impressive Surprise Album, “Die Lit”

Playboi Carti, the Atlanta based 21-year-old that came up with the newest Soundcloud generation, dropped his first full length studio album out of the blue a week ago today. He works with an impressive crew, boasting features from Lil Uzi Vert, Bryson Tiller, Chief Keef, Nicki, and Young Thug. Playboi rose to prominence through the […]

Bunbury Music Festival 2018 Lineup: A Strong Step Forward

Since its inception in 2012, Bunbury Music Festival, a relatively smaller festival located in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, has seen substantial growth each year: Ticket sales have increased, the venue’s size and staging layout have matured, and publicity has increased from that of a small, local fest to one of a respectable mid-major. All […]

Scale and the Art of Reviewing Art (The Neutral-5)

When I reviewed Bryson Tiller’s True to Self, I received a good amount of backlash from friends and commentators alike saying that the album was good and my score failed to reflect this. Album reviews, although scarce, have very much been my primary interest in the past and will continue to be so moving forward as […]

Young Thug’s “Beautiful Thugger Girls” is both Innovative and Versatile

[7/10] (read about my scale and process here: http://thesightsandsounds.com/scale-art-reviewing-art-neutral-5/ That is a review score that will most likely catch many readers off guard, and understandably so; I, myself, was quite surprised at just how much I enjoyed this project. For quite some time, I had been a Young Thug denier, dismissively categorizing his music within the […]

Russ: Unapologetically Brash and Undeniably Talented

Consider, for a moment, the curious and enigmatic case of Russ Diemon.  I first encountered Russ some time back on Soundcloud on a smooth track called “Take It All In“. I was incredibly impressed with a variety of things: rhythmic bars, undeniable vocal range, and an uncanny attention to detail in the production stages made […]