The Panther Knows Best: Michael’s Favorite Music From October


Michael Angee, Design Editor

As we roll into the fall, the diversity of new releases ranges from Hip Hop to RnB to Pop. Luckily, the variety in my music taste allowed me to enjoy most of the music this month. 

The highly anticipated follow up album to 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s “Savage Mode” came out on Oct. 1, boasting 15 tracks (a 44 minute total run time). Morgan Freeman perfectly narrates the album, which gives it the feeling of a movie or video game soundtrack. 

Metro Boomin delivers his immense production presence in every track. On the other hand, 21 Savage presents repetitive lyrics, yet the album’s energy makes up for it. The countless highs on the album outnumber the small number of flaws in the project. 

The same night as the 21 Savage and Metro Boomin dropped their project, RnB artist Bryson Tiller came out with his third studio album entitled “A N N I V E R S A R Y.” 

Tiller delivers a very heartfelt follow up to his 2017 project “T R A P S O U L.”

Tiller sings about love and moving on throughout the album. Most notably, the hopeful track “Things Change,” shows Tiller moving forward from an ex while still hung up on them. 

The feature from Drake on the track “Outta Time,” shows the complication of love because though someone may hurt you, you may end up back in their arms. “Been twisted on you for so long,” Drake expresses to someone that hurt him in the past, but he still feels as though things may end up alright in the end. 

A N N I V E R S A R Y’s high points contained within the vibrant production contrast with the melancholy lyrics which Tiller sings about memories and those that have hurt him in relationships in the past. 

One of my favorite up and coming artists, Luh Kel, delivers beautiful melodies and soulful lyrics through his new project “L.O.V.E.” 

The young singer and songwriter’s previous project, “Mixed Emotions,” feels like an introduction to his latest work, as he shows his growth as an artist while maintaining his same emotional appeal as in his debut project. 

After the announcement of her album on Oct. 14, Ariana Grande released her project, “Positions” on Oct. 30th. This project contains notable features from artists such as The Weeknd and Ty Dolla $ign. 

“Beautiful Havoc” by $not and “Pegasus” by Trippie Redd are two other noteworthy albums by rappers released in October. 

$not’s album features artists such as Iann Dior and Denzel Curry. The style of these two artists create a very enjoyable mixture with $not’s grainy delivery. 

“Pegasus” by Trippie Redd, the latest project by the rapper, follows his project “A Love Letter To You 4.” Although Trippie Redd shines at certain moments in this album, I found the production and lyrical ability nothing particularly special or new. 

With that being said, Trippie shines the most when he delivers songs in a speedy fashion. His ninth track, “Weeeeee,” does exactly this.

Indie pop artist Boy Pablo released his newest project “Wachito Rico.” The Chilean- Norwegean singer and songwriter delivers a sweet and somber project through his latest release. His notion of longing for love, clearly projected throughout the album, compels the listener, especially if they can relate to the message.

Personally, I highly enjoy when my favorite producers release solo albums. The Alchemist released a 16 track solo album named “The Food Villian,” showing off his abilities when producing a track. 

The Alchemist has produced for notable artists prior to this and even has a collaboration project with rapper, Freddie Gibbs, named “Alfredo.”

Kanye West released his single “Nah Nah Nah,” which stood out to me because of the circumstances of West running for president and postponing his studio album “Donda.” 

Although repetitive lyrics are observed, I do enjoy the production on West’s news track.

An honorable mention to the track by “Coffin” by Lil Yachty consists of the rapper’s style on his signature hard hitting beats and speedy delivery. 

Despite all of these releases, nothing can beat Halloween classics like “Thriller” by Michael Jackson or “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell in the month of October.