AD – Blue: 89 Review

This is a project deeply entwined in West Coast Hip Hop with many influences of the Hip Hop zone showing through, but with enough of AD doing his own thing to make it his own. However his variation in his delivery can upset the enjoyment of some songs.

The production is excellent and reflects AD’s origins and track message very well. The beats all have their own feel and the way the project is structured gives a great balance of aggression and softer stuff. Possibly some more beats from further afield may have shown AD can work with different types of producer but what he has selected for this project is really fantastic.

The lyricism is good and helps carry the project. AD does a good job to make his lyrics a bit more complex than street level, but it is not elite level by far. However, the way his wordplay flows and his varied delivery help make each track more interesting. Maybe some more complicated schemes and other rap devices could improve these songs, but with his signature style being what it is, it may not improve them by a huge amount.

The features are also good and help to show that AD can work well with a certain group of rappers, that group being from where he is from. Each writes a good verse and adds a bit of extra flavour to each track, however seem to be very much in the same lane as AD. Some features that show AD can also work with people from a different coast could have shown more of a balance, but these features are very entertaining.

Overall, this is an enjoyable listen and a great effort by AD. He does very well to keep his individuality while making tracks it is easy to bump to and should start looking to move forward with his rap career by making more projects like this.

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