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  1. Boras is still in Div 3 if it’s any consolation / perspective.
  2. I’m still in 5. Although I haven’t played since Saturday night. I think I’m two wins off Div 4. Custom tactics depends on formation, tbh. A lot of it depends on how you use your full backs, whether you have them stay back or not (and for me a lot of that depends on the formation). Most of my formations do have roughly similar tactics: defensive style: balanced or press on possession loss chance creation: direct passing full backs: stay back while attacking & overlap (although I’m aggressive with my FBs, when I do that it’s manually)
  3. Yeah that’s for sure. I was low Div 1 last year and the current Div 5 is pretty sweaty. i like 433, it’s better this year than last year, width and wingers are pretty useful this year. I do often switch to 4222 (with two CAMs and two strikers) which works as a good half-way between a plain 442 and something a bit more attacking. Might be worth a try if you have the players for it, 4222 is nice. it’s good to have a few formations you’re comfortable with so you can adapt to your opponents formation. Last year I used a lot of 41212 narrow but I don’t like it so much this year.
  4. Team looks decent! id say (for me) that Ruben Dias might be a good step for the next upgrade. As you’ve found, pace is still meta, and no way is he catching Mbappe etc. I’d maybe look at Joe Gomez. Are you playing 433? Im unconvinced about Ziyech also. I’d probably run Mahrez or even good old Adama Traore for some pace abuse.
  5. That’s decent. div 5 is way harder at the moment than it will be in a few weeks. And yes I agree - I packed Grealish untradeable and he’s dog shit. How’s your team looking at the moment?
  6. It’s still really early in the game cycle. Lots of really good players still grinding through the divisions and working their way up. What division are you at now?
  7. It’s fair to say I’ve had some fan-mail about my team, lol. My luck has been insane. After packing Mbappe, sold him about bought Marquinhos, Messi and Kante. Pogba, Alaba, Dembele, Mendy and Hakimi, Wijnaldum all untradeable.
  8. Rashford sucks this year. Especially with skill moves not being quite OP. I’m surprised he’s 130k~ and don’t expect him to hold his price.
  9. i use this one a lot every year for that reason. I haven’t this year so far, but last year it was awesome, especially last year actually for practicing skills as they were so meta.
  10. Decided to log onto my second account and do the foundation SBCs. Mbappe and KDB in the same pack. Guess my second account is now my main account!
  11. Barella is a beast and cheap too.
  12. Nice team. Maybe try Foden instead of Mount, if you want short and agile players similar to Sterling.
  13. Pulisic is really good for his price (about 2.5k lol). He’s no god tier but he’s more than useable for now,
  14. Due to everyone starting in div 10 and it still being early access, Div 9 is currently full of players who definitely are not Div 9 level! I expect Rivals to be a little easier next week and onwards because the full game will be out and the player base will be bigger, and by then a lot of the sweats will have worked up the divisions.
  15. Opened 4600 FP worth of packs of packs and didn’t get anything over an 83. Was pretty gutted with that. On the other hand, I’ve grinded for some of the decent untradeable milestone packs and have pulled some decent stuff. So here I am with this team, worth around 600k, and 80% of it is untradeable.
  16. It’s a tough one. He’s obviously gonna be out of packs on Wednesday and before the full games public release. I guess he will climb over the opening week/weekend, but how much? A lot of other meta cards will too, and they are already rising. In situations where you have one card to sell and potentially a handful to buy, I usually would take the coins and buy what you want before the big price jumps.
  17. New Releases, Friday 24th - Westside Gunn- Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B - Solemn Brigham - South Sinner Street - The Grouch & Eligh - What Would Love Do - Dark Lo & Havoc - Extreme Measures - Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels Deluxe Edition (this includes no new tracks beyond instrumentals from the 2020 releaese) - Lukah - Why Look Up, God's In the Mirror - Tommy Evans - False Conscious Liberation - El Da Sensei & Jake Palumbo - Solving Cases - Larry June & Cardo - Into the Late Night - DJ Muggs & CRIMEAPPLE - Cartagena - Blu - The Color Blu(e) - Illa Ghee - Vocabulary Hercules I will follow these up with summary reviews on Thursday, 30th, along with any projects that drop between now and then.
  18. This comment will be where I keep summary lists of the best projects I have checked out this year. I will follow a structure and the entries will be updated on a weekly basis. - Top 50 LP projects - Top 15 EP projects (less than 30 minutes or less than 10 tracks) - Top 10 Compilation/Producer Albums Initially, they will not be in any particular order. At the end of the year I will put them in order and give them a score/10. Excludes are re-releases, such as Aquemini (Deluxe) and RTJ4 deluxe. Any significant re-releases which include new tracks that are not instrumentals, I will make a special mention for at the bottom. Top 50 LPs Beneficence & Confidence - Stellar Mind Your Old Droog - TIME Asun Eastwood & Finn - The S.O.U.L. The Good People - The Greater Good 101 - Whatever Happens Happens Propo'88 & Wildelux - Certified Craftsmen D2x - The Color Blue Asun Eastwood & MAV - 98 Miles Armand Hammer & The Alchemist – Haram Big O & P-Rawb - The Complexity Philmore Green - Knowledge and Power [UK]Ramson Badbonez - Lead by Example Shadow the Great - More Life MAV & Swab - A Luxury You Can’t Afford Rashid Hadee- Prime Diesel Lukah - When the Black Hand Touches You Rita J - The High Priestess God Hates Gucci - Let the Dirt Say Amen RAP Ferreira - Bob’s Son Tanya Morgan - Don & Von [UK] Inglorious Poet - Fine Art (The American Project) [UK] Truemendous- Misdiagnosis of Chyvonne Johnson [UK] Sonnyjim & Buckwild- Coke Le Roc Nas - Kings Disease 2 Gotham (Talib Kweli & Diamond D) - Gotham [UK] Illiterate & Loop Faction - Ordinary Kids Evidence - Unlearning Vol 1 Awon & Phoniks - Nothing Less [UK] Giallo Point & Juga-Naut - Smoke Filled Room K.A.A.N. - KAIZEN Damu the Fudgemonk - Conversation Peace Ka - A Martyr’s Reward General Steele - Amerikkka’s Nightmare III Cornerstore Connoisseurs – No Stunt Doubles [UK] Red Master - Unsung King The Palmer Squares - out with the old Vic Spencer - Brainstem Factory Vic Spencer - Legend Laws of Power [UK] Rick Fury - Return of the king Sankofa - The Most Delicious Gold Amari Mar - Grand Rising Lord Juco – Raised Right Apathy - Where the River Meets the Sea WateRR - For the Streets and Scholars Napoleon D Lagend & Nejma Nefertiti - Alter Ego Outlawz - One Nation ANKHLEJOHN - As a Man Thinketh Oswin Benjamin - Joy Comes in the Mourning [UK] Blue City CDF - Into the Void El Da Sensei - Solving Cases Top 15 EPs (< 30 mins / 10 tracks) Boom Bap Project - Return Flight EP [UK] Heavy Links- NWC EP Jayy Grams - GRAMS EP [UK] Chester P - Love the World EP LocalBlac & ToneSpliff - Masked Assailants EP Shadow the Great - The Cure EP Substance 810 & Hobgoblin - the Hanging Gardens EP Nejma Nefertiti - The Harvest EP Ill Conscious - Import Export EP Jay-Ef - Believe it or Not EP Medhane - Amethyst of Morning EP [UK] Blue City CDF & Mr Substance - Mind Map EP Benny the Butcher - Pyrex Picasso EP Nejma Nefertiti - Valley of the Queens EP Shadow the Great - How it Goes EP Compilations / Producer Projects Wounded Buffalo Beats - Black Magic & Horns Nef - Tabula Rasa Mello Music Group - Bushido Peter Rosenberg - Real Late Khrysis - The Hour Of Khrysis [UK] Pitch 92 - Intervals DJ Cosm - Natural Within
  19. Background I drifted away from hip-hop due to an utter apathy towards mainstream trends like trap beats and Autotune. Yeah, I'm getting old. But before I really gave up and sat in the corner listening to Mecca and the Soul Brother for eternity, I challenged myself, and by extension, hip-hop, to really prove one way or another whether hip-hop was dead. My Mission To check out as many fresh hip-hop projects from 2021, especially focussing on newer artists, artists I didn't know, and just generally challenging my own ideas and preconceptions about what hip-hop has become. My focus was this, but, I did also ensure I checked out any notable high-profile releases, including projects that might not usually fit my taste. In an effort to be thorough, I have so far checked out over 270+ fresh projects this year. Brief Summary of My Findings So Far This year has been fantastic. I have meticulously worked through an extensive catalogue of releases which has reached over 270+ projects already with 3/4 of the year passed. I'd say there is somewhere close to 70-80 projects that I could recommend, but will attempt to narrow it down as much as possible. I intend to use this thread to do my very best to show that, there is an abundance of tremendous hip-hop that has been released this year. Not everything has been good, but there's been an amazing number of projects that I'm convinced most people won't find without hard-work and digging. Well, in order to share my efforts with as many people as possible, I'm going to try and catalogue my results and findings in the hope that some other people here can also enjoy some of the great music. If you can learn to trust my judgement, I can show you some great stuff and help you avoid the all the poor stuff I worked through, in order to find the gems. So, a little about me, first... My main introduction to hip-hop was mainstream stuff, late 90s mostly. Tupac, Big, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem, and then into the early 2000s i followed the whole Shady/Aftermath hypetrain through 50 Cent, G-Unit etc. Around about 2005 I popped into the monthly hip-hop threads and was introduced to some amazing stuff, including, but not limited to, MF Doom, Little Brother, Wu-Tang, Non-Phixion, Arsonists, Sean P, Boot Camp Clik, Edan and many others. I was also introduced to UK artists such as Jehst, Braintax, Task Force and Klashnekoff. Rllmuk was largely responsible for my introduction into underground and alternative hip-hop that defined my hip-hop tastes for almost the decade that followed. So, hopefully you can see where I'm coming from, and also why I'd like to give something back, where possible. My Plan for Content in this Thread 1) Collect a and frequently update my lists of the best projects this year, I will do this in a comment directly below the main post. 2) Post a once-weekly summary of new releases (Friday) 3) Post a once-weekly short review round-up of the previous weeks releases (Thursday) 4) Occasionally I'll add a more detailed review for any noteworthy or significant releases Anyway, if you've made it this far - thank you, and hopefully I can repay your patience with some high quality music recommendation! Footnote, I decided to create this new thread mostly for two reasons: 1) I know I'm not alone in my discontent and disconnect with modern hip-hop, and hoped a fresh thread might help this scope of my project reach those outside the usual hip-hop thread 2) I felt like I have kinda taken over the regular hip-hop thread with some of my attempts to share fresh music, while still not really scratching the surface of some of the great stuff I've found. Thanks again!
  20. Looks good! I’d probably play Carrasco over Hazard, and Aguero or Joao Felix over Suarez.
  21. You can still do this. But, you won’t get any welcome/loyalty packs to start you off. Just create a fresh profile on your PS4. It will require a new email address (one that’s not already linked to an EA account). Also you won’t be able to play the ten hours early access on this new account without paying for EA Access on that account also.
  22. Yep. I haven’t pre-ordered and I’m using the trial. They aren’t linked. What are you not enjoying about the gameplay? I left my thoughts on the beta earlier in the thread, but I also fully expect 2-3 patches within the first few weeks, just like the last few years, the game we play in November won’t resemble this too much tbh.
  23. I’ve seen some weird stuff tagged to artists that it clearly doesn’t belong to. I am guessing this is also a recent project you’ve been “recommended.” My gut feeling is that there’s little verification process for collaborative projects being uploaded to Spotify and they rely on retrospective reports before they look into it. Essentially, the Turkish guys have tagged Chuck D as a collaborative artist and Spotify takes their word for it.
  24. So I opened my loyalty / welcome packs and got nothing of mention. Best pull 83 Kjaer, twice. Sold the lot for just under 20k. I then worked on the foundation SBCs on the web app. After each one, I sold everything. Now I’ve completed those besides the two squads that need a lot of loyalty. ive invested around 50k into fodder and built this team as well. edit: Dembele I got from a gold upgrade! I recommend to to keep discard value common golds and once you know you won’t need them for the foundation SBCs, run them through the gold upgrade instead of selling them.
  25. Fifa, like most competitive online games, has seen the competitive aspect ramped up considerably in the last generation. Don’t take this the wrong way, but you can’t expect to pick up a game that you haven’t played for 10 years and expect a) the game to be similar and b) for you to be competitive. if you were good at Fifa 11, I’m sure there are plenty transferable skills, but you’re still gonna need to put effort into learning the quirks of the new game, and committing to improving your own gameplay, i came back to FIFA 20 Having not played since FIFA 14 and having barely played online. In Fifa 20 I was Division 5 after the entire year. In Fifa 21 I got placed in Division 7 but kept working hard and eventually worked my way up to Division 1. It still wasn’t a natural progress. I still had to consciously work at it. That’s part of what I do like about FIFA, working on improving myself and my gameplay. The grind of UT alone isn’t enough. Also, as an aside, you’ve dipped your toe into the water here during the 10 hour early access, which is when the most committed players get stuck in, that’s definitely the “deep end” to re-introduce yourself. Happy to give some tips / advice and starting points if you decide to persevere!
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