Welcome to the first ever ‘Paying Respects’, a series in which we revisit some form of media, and see how that holds up in today’s crazy world.

Back in early 2017 the state hip-hop had felt kinda stale for me. Sure, you had your mainstays Kendrick Lamar and J Cole pumping out some quality tunes, but truthfully, I found it hard to enjoy anything new from the scene. I understand rap and hip-hop gotta do new things to stay fresh – and that’s fine. I get it. But nothing was grabbing me. I had a run of disappointment followed by disappointment. I had been hurt before, and I didn’t know if I could love again…