This release shows that while Rap may be a younger mans game, some titans work ethic will prevail. Tech N9ne has put the work in for a lot of years and with his twentieth release, returns to some of the best rhyming of his life.
The production is great with a lot of energy and perfect atmosphere where needed. Each song has a beat that responds well to the overall message being sent by the artists and helps build a cohesive listen. This selection of backings lends itself to a variety of content that stops the release becoming stale.
The lyricism is, unsurprisingly, sharp as ever. Tech N9ne doesn’t miss a trick and fills this project with clever lines and punches that show he has worked hard on his craft which has made him the number one independent rapper in the world. It is great to see him living up to that title.
The features all do a great job of helping to flesh this out and make it stand tall. Every one of them shows their particular skill sets and does the job that helps build the track they are on as well as keeping a high level of chemistry. A few more singers could have brought that dimension more to the foreground but there is still a good balance of guests overall.
In conclusion, this is a great album. Sure there are a few missteps, but no artist is perfect and Tech N9ne is as close as any other rapper when it comes to technical ability as well as core followings.
This project is a bit of a rehash of previous work, but MGK approaches in enough new ways with fresh energy to make new tracks. There are some that seem very similar but there are just enough differences to make it passable.
The production is heavily rock based with HipHop elements thrown in. This causes a lot of great backing moments and a fresh influence for rap to come back to. Rock has always had a part in Hip Hop, but has always been hit and miss. MGK does make a good job with the beats, but may want to look for other influences in the future.
The lyricism is fast paced and hard hitting with a lot of emotional content. MGK really packs the rhymes with passion and meaning while using a variety of techniques to add impact. He may want to look at exploring new areas however as he tends to lean on the same things to rap about.
The features are good as they break up the verbel punching from MGK while allowing others to show thier skill. Each puts in a lot of effort and helps to increase the cohesiveness of the project. However some more rappers to push MGK to new hieghts would be welcome.
Overall, this is an enjoyable album if you enjoy emotional and sometimes painful journeys through another mans mind. MGK has explored his deeper self and may want to start looking elsewhere.