'Alaska is A Drag' may be a unique film in it’s premise, but it’s familiar in a feel-good kind of way; it’s a clever take on the sports film genre. It’s also just a feel-good movie in general: it’s lovable, sometimes dark sense of humor is very enjoyable and the leads are an absolute joy to watch. And at the core of 'Alaska' is an inspiring story for all those people who don’t fit in and have dreams bigger than their small town.
Much like the first album of their first trilogy, "iridescence" sounds like a solid blueprint that will polished with the following albums. The blemishes are visible, but the bigger picture is so wonderful that those blemishes are (mostly) excused because the possibility for improvement is pretty much guaranteed. How could a group that shows as much talent as Brockhampton not have the ability to improve? But as it is, without thinking of the follow-ups, "iridescence" still captures the magic of the original "Saturation" trilogy and stands as one of 2018’s most inventive hip hop records in a year that has brought us a lot of amazing hip hop.
'Room 25' sees Noname and Co. successfully transitioning from mixtape to album with flying colors. The root of what makes Noname such a captivating figure in the rap scene right now is still intact; it’s just been polished and elevated to the point where it’s worthy of being the debut album from an artist as promising and intriguing as Noname. There are still some aspects that could be improved upon, but 'Room 25' sounds like a big step towards even greater things.