Though this year has seen a rise in more lyrical hip-hop, and a slight decline in last year's ubiquitous trap sound, the Southern-led subgenre has remained a dominant force. Now, Memphis rapper Key Glock has come through to throw his hat in the race, dropping off his new fourteen-track effort Glockoma. Off the bat, the project is blessed with a notable lack of features, which reveals Glock's willingness to carry the load on his own merits. Of course, there are a few prominent young producers in the fold, specifically Memphis' own Tay Keith.
Standout tracks like "Yea," "Life Is Great," and more "Prime" showcase Key's ear for production, as he carefully selects beats well-suited for his flow. While not a technician, Glock is solid behind the mic; while some trap albums lose those of a more lyrical inclination, Glockoma covers enough to merit enjoyment from all walks of life. Should you be looking for something to bump in the absence of both 6ix9ine and Kanye West's once-promised album, Key Glock's recent drop is certainly worth exploring.