This album is an easy listening project that has a more refined feel. Both Paul White and Eric Biddines do thier jobs well and clearly have great chemistry together.
The production is smooth and silky to listen to without any raw, untempered moments. All the beats flow easily together and don’t make the songs difficult to listen to by jarring at all. Some higher tempo backings could show that the duo can work at more of a variety of speeds, but they do a great job at this tempo.
The lyricism is good and adds a lot to the imagery used in the project. The different techniques used really make the descriptive power very effectiveat bringing the listener into the songs. Possibly diversifying the flows used could make it a bit more enticing, however Eric Biddines uses his vocals effectively to make entertaining tracks.
The choice to only having one feature is good to showcase the duo’s skills together without outside interferance. The guest does do very well and fits well with thier style. Some more features could have resulted in some more interesting tracks, but this choice did work in thier favour this time.
Overall, this is an enjoyable project that is easy to swallow and has replay value. As a debut, this project does well with plenty of room for Golden Rules to grow.
This album has a good stab at making a lot of different songs for different listeners in Hip Hop, with a lot of diversity. However Durk does not really excell on a lot of them. They are perfectly good songs but it comes across as Durk stretching himself a bit thin, especially with all the autotune.
The production is incredible, with a lot of really good individual beats that are a great canvas for Durk to work with. There is not as much of a range of backings as there is styles over them, but there is plenty of diversity in them and they are all enjoyable. There is no issue with the production really, a good beat selection.
The lyricism is alright with a few lyrical techniques used to embelish the rhymes. However none of the lyricism is going to attract that side of Hip Hop to come and listen to this album. The other point is Durk’s delivery which seems to be autotuned on almost every track which detracts slightly from what he is saying and the impact that it has. Maybe if he left the technology behind a bit and showed his raw talent more, this would feel more like a Hip Hop album.
The features are great and add another dimension to the album. Each breaks up the monotony of hearing one voice well and they all being a great verse or chorus. It also shows good chemistry with others in the industry. A few features higher up the rap ladder could show growth, but Durk has chosen good people to assisst on this project.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album which will have at least one song on it that you enjoy. A full listen through can still be enjoyed but Durk hides behind autotune so much that it takes away from how entertaining an album this could be. One of the stronger debuts of the year so far.
Logic is a fantastic rapper. His rapid flow and multi syllable rhyme schemes help him to craft storylines that engulf the listener and ensnare them into continuing to listen and learn from him. This project shows his story telling abilities and how he can combine and intertwine that story telling into what comes across as a concept album of his life.
The production is good on the album. While not the cutting edge of current Hip Hop production, it fits together with what each track is trying to say and lends a good foundation for Logic then to build on. Some of the production was handled by Logic himself which could explain why he fits so well with the project, he built most of it by himself.
The lyricism is strong and full of imagery as he paints a picture on each track that makes it feel like you are actually experiencing what is being rapped about on the track. His particular style is very Kendrick Lamar-esque and everyone knows how good a lyricist he is. Logic may not be as well known as Kendrick at this point but with some time and more promotion, he may well rival him as the best lyricist of this generation.
With no features, this makes a change to most rap albums these days which are so packed with features that you forget who’s album it even is. This helps to keep the story telling crisp and clean, without being marred by other people getting in the way of Logic’s point of view.
Overall, this is a fantastic album for listeners and for Logic. As his Def Jam debut, it is a great introduction into the main stream music world and a fantastic introduction into a new and possibly more profitable audience. Logic should be proud of this album as it sounds crafted and not just a collection of songs.