This album is the album fans have been waiting for. Joe Budden does some of his finest work on this project with something for all Hip Hop fans and none of which disappoints.
The production is clean but brutal which works well with Joe Budden pouring his emotions into the tracks. There is a range of styles and influences on the beats that help reflect the topics discussed throughout the release. Budden has chosen beats that not only he raps well over, but that also help emphasise the point of the track.
The lyricism is fantastic as expected from one quarter of one of the most lyrical rap groups of the modern age. The imagery is more than impressive with detail in his metaphors and similes helping to paint a vivid picture for the listener. There is no doubt on each song how Budden feels unless he himself doesn’t know which would be reflected in the rhymes.
The features are good and don’t stop the project feeling cohesive. Each does a great job showing their own skills while also pushing the main artist to do more in their own work. Where a guest is featured however, these songs have a tendency to run long, like Joe doesn’t want to give up any of his own time, and while this isn’t true in all cases, he may want to look at keeping the songs consistent and balanced.
Overall, this level of project has been a long time coming from Joe Budden and fans have finally got the album from him that they feel he deserves to make. Hopefully he will continue on this path with any future releases.
This album is full of great personnal stories that are fantastic if you have been following or are looking to follow Joe Budden as an artist. If that is not the case, then this is not the album for you as it does not contain a lot of universal songs.
The production is interesting as it is deep with a lot of space for Budden to tell his story. While they would hold thier own weight, the story telling that Budden does over the top rteally makes the tracks, even if he sounds uncomfortable over some of them. Maybe some more energetic tracks could show that he can still appeal to the mainstream, but otherwise this is a very small audiance to be aiming at.
The lyricism is obviously fantastic while combining in the story telling element. Being one quarter of the greatest groups Hip Hop has seen, he shows he knows his way around a rhyme and litters this project with not only emotional content, but creative ways of getting it across. He may want to look at how he comes across over a beat, but as he grew up freestyling this is somewhat explained. maybe somthing to look at in the future however.
The features all help take care of the hooks as Joe knows he is not the best at this part of song making. Each puts in a lot of passion to help build the cohesiveness of the project, as Budden puts so much of himself in his music. Maybve some features from other genres would help with the chorus and add another edge to the songs.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you understand where Joe Budden has come from and how his songs work. If not, then you may want to familiarise youself with his previous work to prepare for this.
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.