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MIKE WILL MADE-IT Ran­som 2 ★★★ Eardruma/In­ter­scope

Drake may favour the playlist, but At­lanta mas­ter-blaster Michael Wil­liams is still down with the idea of the mix­tape. The sec­ond in the

Ran­som se­ries – and a re­lease billed as his debut stu­dio al­bum - is chock-a-block with rea­sons why the pro­ducer is a very big deal. Aside from the as­tute and dis­tinc­tive tracks which show­case Wil­liams’s trade­mark trap, snap and crackle, there are cameos from such es­tab­lished big­wigs as Ken­drick La­mar, Ri­hanna, Lil Wayne, Fu­ture and Phar­rell Wil­liams to show the power of his reach. The mu­si­cal grit and glory largely comes from the con­tri­bu­tions of an in­creas­ingly in­flu­en­tial cadre of bold-print names such as Mi­gos, Lil Yachty, YG and Young Thug. Wil­liams has been in­stru­men­tal in the rise of Rae Srem­murd and the duo fea­ture on al­bum stand­out Per­fect

Pint along­side La­mar and Gucci Mane. mikewil­l­made.it JIM CAR­ROLL

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