By Luis Gomez
In between his continued career as rap’s most milquetoast glass of water and writing some well-meaning-but-cringey lyrics, Macklemore apparently…stopped by a recording studio and kept doing exactly that. Gemini, Macklemore’s newest album, is also the first record he’s created without Ryan Lewis in almost a decade. And, the amusing thing about Gemini, essentially, is that there’s really not a lot to say about it. The beats are all mostly good (except for in “How To Play The Flute”), the lyrics are also all mostly good (except for in “How To Play The Flute”), and Macklemore’s flow is mostly good. Plus, Macklemore manages to avoid the well-meaning-but-cringey lyrics he’s famous for, as they only make a brief appearance on “Intentions,” a song that I actually liked quite a lot. His guest spots are also fine, from Ke$ha on “Good Old Days” to an interesting performance by Offset on “Willy Wonka.” So, all told, it’s fine. It’s perfectly fine. If you like Macklemore, then congrats— here’s more.
fav track: Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight