Remember Kyle Hubbard's Tomorrow in Retrospect?
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Kyle Hubbard, a 23-year-old MC with his feet firmly planted in the firmament of the New Houston rapper movement, has released two proper tapes in the past: Debut album Tea Time With Alice, and The Neon Summer EP. Both of them were fun and neat, but rated somewhere between average and a smidgen better than average.
Most people assumed his career would follow that trajectory without deviation. However, his recently released EP Tomorrow in Retrospect sparkles with wit, potential and sincerity.
Hubbard's voice, steered by that front-of-the-throat push sound, is a sound your ears need to get used to hearing, but other than that, the tape is immediately appealing. There are little to no weak points on here.
Sirs and ma'ams, it is officially time to start taking Kyle Hubbard seriously.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 97 percent
Guest features include K-Rino and Big Pooh of Little Brother acclaim, each of whom has as ravenous a fan base as anyone, so they'll gobble this up. But beyond that? Chances are not going to be very high that you'll stumble across someone who can name two songs off here without Googling it.
Best Song Title on the Album: "New School Slang"
The appeal of "New School Slang" has been previously dissected. There are little to no weak points on there, either.
Best Song on the Album: This one should go to either "New School Slang" or the bleeding "I Don't Care," which features a guest verse from The Unexpected Juggernaut*, but Hubbard's ethos shoves "I Got Love" into this spot.
He's honest and uncompromising and tragic, and has never sounded better.