This is a fantastic release with all the elements a classic album should have. Joey Bada$$ has made an album that is politically charged but with clear messages and not just blind fury.
The production is great because it is easy listening with enough room for Joey to flex his lyrical muscles. There are some jazz influences that help to make this feel more like easy listening than any effort at all. Maybe something with more of a modern feel to attract another audience in Hip Hop, but Joey hits his target audience so squarely that it wont be a huge difference.
The lyricism is incredible, with the flow and delivery only accentuating the experience. Joey Bada$$ weaves great tapestries of description as well as strong messages without losing the edge. There are no issues with the wordplay on this release and hopefully it continues on this vein.
The features are great as they help add new voices and opinions to this album. Each does a good job of their verse or hook which keeps the whole thing cohesive and flowing. Maybe some more aggressive guests could sharpen that end of this project’s spectrum but there isn’t any major room for improvement.
Overall, this is an album that a lot will listen to and many will enjoy. Joey Bada$$ has crafted a truly great release here and the entire Hip Hop community should agree.
This album has a great throwback feel with a lot of smooth notes that make it easy to listen to. Kirk Knight shows what he is good at over the whole project without any major faults.
The production is smooth with the Pro Era feel we have come to expect form its members. With plenty of old school feel and that almost jazzy feel that makes all this such easy listening. Maybe a change in the formula would show that Kirk can handle more than one type of beat, but he does a great job over what he has chosen on this project.
The lyricism is not the most complex but the delivery and changes in flow make it fairly easy going and entertaining. Kirk uses a lot of different delivery techniques to keepo his rhymes fresh with a touch cleverness and complexity to keep it enjoyable. A few more lyrical devices would not have gone amiss.
The features do a good job of enhancing Kirk’s performance while showing what they are capable of. Each puts thier passion into thier work to make the track they are on more special. Some guests who can sing may make some more interesting moments, but there is no doubt that the people on this do good work.
Overall, this is a laidback album that is a great stepping stone for Kirk Knight. It is as the title indicates and should be treated as such.
This is a great album to stick on if you don’t want to be tied down to one artists point of view and opinions. There are a lot of good points on this album that make it enjoyable listening.
The production is really stunning and is the best thing about this album, which is a big deal. Each track is individual and they all cohesively run together without the listener being confused about what song is on. There are no flaws about the beats that Selektah is using to craft a very entertaining album.
As Statik Selektah is a producer putting together this album, the features make up all the lyrics on this project. However they all come with great verses and hooks, which contain a lot of thier own lyrical acrobatics. A few more rappers with a faster flow may have kept the energy flow up a bit through the project, but that may have stopped the balance of the correct atmosphere for each song.
Overall, this is a great album for all audiances of Hip Hop. The smooth production with the quick acrobatic rhymes make for a good time and this is a great stepping stone for Statik Skeletah.