Summer In The Winter
Label: Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records
Despite some halting attempts to spit lines on “Real Recognize,” Kid Ink remains a rapper focused on the bottom line of getting his songs played on the radio. Summer in the Winter doesn’t rely on starry guests as much as Kid Ink’s first album of 2015, Full Speed, but when Fetty Wap upstages him on “Promise,” his choice to share the spotlight proves to be a disadvantage. Instead, he and DJ Mustard continue to mine the formula they struck with his 2013 breakthrough “Show Me”: ‘90s house beats slowed to a post-millennial club crawl, and singsong choruses that glide easily on the ears. “Blowin’ Swishas” and “Same Day” are among the highlights.