This release is a great showing for lyricists everywhere, but lacks a certain star power to help bring it back to the forefront as a skill. Your Old Droog clearly has some talent, but may want to expand his repertoire to attract more listeners.
The production is good but with a lot of unusual instrument placement. The way some of the instruments are incorporated make the beats more unique,, however do not make them more mainstream so are unlikely to make Droog a household name. A few more mainstream backings could help bring more listeners to the audience, but Droog does great on the selection here.
The lyricism is obviously incredible with Droog showcasing his abilities with amazing wordplay. Each of the verses is packed with an assortment of techniques that make the bars so entertaining for the real hip hop listener.Maybe Droog could try varying his delivery and performance, but the actual lyrics are truly amazing.
The features are good and help to flesh out this release, but they do not add a huge amount to the finish. Each does an alright job, but their main contribution is breaking up the monotony of one tone and voice. Some more variation in the guests could add another dimension to this project.
Overall, this is an enjoyable release for every listener who loves true lyricism. If you are looking for pop beats and autotune, you are definitely in the wrong place.
This is an homage to ODB, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but doesn’t quite make it to his level of greatness. While YDB, Young Dirty Bastard, does well to emulate his father, it does come across as an impression rather than YDB trying to come across as his own being.
The production is good and works well with YDB’s style. The beats excel at showcasing the range of pitches and voices that are used and it makes it even more entertaining. With a lot of retro sounds that are a bit of a throwback to the time of ODB, the production really helps to show that the particular style can still be effective.
The lyricism is good but there could be more diverse techniques used to make it even more appealing. However, the performance of the lyrics is incredible with the pitch and tone changes along with the signature voice create a great set of tracks from a lyrical perspective.
The features are good and help add a comparison to YDB. It is good to see an original Wu-Tang Clan member on a track in the form of Ghostface Killah, supporting the child of an old colleague and friend. All the features are good and bring additional diversity to each track to help keep it grounded and not flying away with YDB’s quirkiness.
Overall, this is a good project that helps to bring YDB more to peoples attention. It is unfortunate that YDB seems to be trying to be ODB but he still differentiates himself enough so that he can be considered his own artist and not an impression of his father.
This is the best current album for lovers of lyricism and rap styles of the old days. Droog controls everything about this album from flow to tone to how much you should enjoy each track and he hits every note perfectly. This is a truly great work of retro art.
The production is clearly new but has a very throwback feel to them. They each have the feeling of not being overpowering while accenting what Droog is doing on each one. Especially on the track “The 70’s”, the production fits in beautifully as he raps about new rappers who rap like the old days so he shows his age and goes further back than them to rap better than them.
The lyricism is beautiful and is present on every track, and pretty much every bar. Droog works the words wonderfully into imagery, similies, metaphors and any other lyrical device you can think of into easy flowing and extremely enjoyable raps. His flow is reminiscent of Nas and should propel Droog toward mainstream success.
The whole project is crafted so that it flows together easily and makes listening to it very easy going while you can listen to it with more intent to pick up all the complex wordplay that Droog throws in there. It is a very good album that all Hip Hop enthusiasts can enjoy.
Overall, this album is good for all listeners of Hip Hop and will help to bring lyricism back to the forefront of mainstream Hip Hop. Your Old Droog should be very happy with this project and should be ready to hit great success very soon.