This release is a great showing of skills for JL and helps put his name into the public eye. Each track shows a lot of talent from the artist and how he is developing in his music.
The production is energetic and dark in a lot of places. There are a lot of songs with deep atmospheres to delve into and helps to connect with the listener. Maybe some more lighter beats could help give a more balanced experience but this is still a great backdrop for the stylings of JL.
The lyricism is amazing with a lot of clever wordplay and fast paced rhymes to keep things interesting and exciting. JL does a great job of displaying a variety of abilities through out the songs, but his hooks can be a little repetitive. However, that is the only real issue with his performance on here.
The features do great of expanding upon JL’s performance to increase the entertainment value of each song. All the guests did a great job of showing how well they can rap and/or sing, and help build this project up to an even higher level. The guest selection on here fill the criteria but maybe something further from his comfort zone could add another dimension.
Overall, this is a very deep project that connects with the listener while giving them an energy boost to their day. JL is a fantastic member of Strange Music and proves it with this album.
This album is a great testament to how much Joell Ortiz has grown musically. This is all crafted to work out brilliantly as a personnal story and as a musical project.
The production works well with the messages of each track and !llmind masterfully puts it together to work almost like a play, in different acts. Each beat does not take over the track and works well through the album to allow the emotions to feel natural. More of a balance of energy to emotional could make this even more cohesive, however it is very cohesive already and does not need it.
The lyricism is great and shows why Joell Ortiz is considered an elite lyricist. He weaves through great imagery and description to make rhymes that really speak to the listener. Maybe some more songs just to energise would be good to break up the emotions, however the tracks are still enjoyable and make great listening.
The features do a great job complimenting Joell Ortiz’s style. Each put in a great effort and make fantastic verses that blend well to make great songs. Some more singing may show that Ortiz can work with all kinds or artists, however he works well with who is on here to make songs that poeple enjoy hearing.
Overall, this is a very personal and intimate album that shows how Joell should not be considered an underdog in any sense. With !llmind handling the production, this project is a highlight of the year.