Joe Budden returns in emotional rap mode to make a thoughtful and solemn EP. This project is full of the classic Joe Budden that talks deeply about his personal life and how it impacts his music career. It is clear that he doesn’t just make music for the masses. He makes music for his fans and, it would seem, as a form of therapy.
The production is full of emotional and brooding sounds and instruments that fit perfectly with the overall tone and message that Budden is trying to get across. The atmosphere created is a combination of suspense, fear and undertones of anger and it all leads to the perfect canvas for Budden to paint his message on.
The lyricism is of course there and helps with the story telling element of the project. Although most of it is emotional messages and personal tales of problems and anecdotes, the way they are weaved together and described with wordplay and intricate rhyme schemes is masterful and makes you want to keep listening to find out the rest of the story.
The features are good and assist in building up the tracks so that it builds up into not just a Joe Budden story, but a much wider reaching tale. While it is only on two tracks, they open up the possibilities of his upcoming album by showing he can work with a wider range of people than just Slaughterhouse, although they are a fantastic hip hop group.
Overall, this EP is a glimpse into Joe Budden’s mind-set as he gears up for his next full length album and it is full of his emotional pain and suffering that he is channelling into another great album.