This release is a smooth and thought provoking journey that has a lot of replay value. J Cole is a master at making cohesive albums and this one does not disappoint.
The production is simpler then most other releases out there, with less background noise to help show off the actual artist. Each beat still has good impact with the listener and is one of the reason a full listen through is no work at all.
The lyricism is strong, with J Cole using his flow and clever wordplay to tell the stories and educate in these songs. There is vivid imagery all the way through this project and the delivery is getting the words across to the listener rather than shouted at them, as the trends in rap might suggest.
Overall, with no features to cloud Cole’s performance. This will be another great release from another visionary artist that will reverberate with audiences for a long time.
This album is great for people who have been following Verb T’s career but it does not do a great deal to entice new listeners. The content is personnal to Verb a lot of the time so unless you know a bit about him already, you could be at a slight loss.
The production is handled by Illinformed and he skillfully keeps up his signiture sound while giving Verb T plenty of oppertunity to showcase his skills. There is a slight haunting atmosphere in the tracks as well as a sort of dark energy. For this project it works well, but More variety could lead to a more interesting listen through.
The lyricism is good and makes some really great moments. However some of Verb T’s delivery can become stale, despite his passion backing it. If he varied his tone a bit more, his rhymes may sink harder into the listener. On the other hand, he does use some intricate wordplay as well as some other devices that show he is still effective at his craft.
The features work well with Verb T and efficiently with Illinformed beats. Each puts in good effort and compliments Verb T’s style well. A few guests outside of his comfort zone could make some more interesting tracks, however the ones here do a fantastic job.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album that shows Verb T can stand alone as with his group members, The Four Owls. This is a good step for both him and for Illinformed, to get thier names out there to the people.