This album is fantastic as it shows that every member of Strange Music is not only talented, but works extremely well with the other members. Tech N9ne has built a strong house and will only continue to be a powerhouse in the rap game.
The production is incredible with a huge range of different beats to allow for an extremely diverse set of tracks. The backings each create the perfect atmosphere for the type of song that they are as well as blending together with a top level of cohesion. There are no problems with the production here and Strange Music should continue with this mentality.
The lyricism is amazing with every artist showing that they are as talented as their leader. Tech leads the way with plenty of examples of top quality wordplay and the rest of his troops fall in line with their own stunning displays. Each artist here does a really magnificent job here and proves that Strange music makes strong decisions about who they sign.
Overall, with every artist here being a guest and doing a great job, this release may be a bit of a long slog to the end, but the end result stays fresh with the switching artists making things interesting. The house that Tech N9ne built is a strong one and only continues to get stronger.
This album is full of the moments that make this series a hit. Tech N9ne keeps the momentum of his team going throughout with a range of atmospheres to fulfill every listeners mood.
The production is energetic and powerful with some more laid back moments to allow the showing of the softer side of the team. Each beat is individual which helps the project become cohesive and stop the listen through become a big one track mess. There are no issues with beat selection except maybe trying to extend thier comfort zone slightly.
The lyricism is great as all the artists putting in the effort to extend thier skills. Tech N9ne does especially well in his attempts to show that his label is the strongest independant powerhouse out there and he puts forward a very strong case. Again, there are no real issues here.
The features all bring thier top game to show what they can do as well as show the strength of the team. Each only makes the tracks stronger and the guests all do a great job of showcasing thier own skills. There is a good balance of singing to rap which all really makes for a great listen through.
Overall, this is a great showing for Strange music as well as for the individual artists. Tech N9ne has shown that once again he has one of the strongest rosters out there.
This is a deep delve into Rittz emotions and feelings. It consists of songs about how he came into the rap game and established his name. This is all done through much struggle, as the song says. It actually comes across very well as a collection of songs, as each time it he brings up a struggle, it comes across differently or from a different view.
Rittz double time flow works well to cram in the information he wants to get across, while fitting it in around the multis. The only down side is that it can stay a bit mono-tone when it turns into a long verse and you really have ot focus to pick the words out by the end.
The production has a wide range from gothic to deep and emotional to light and airy. The production actually complements Rittz when he raps about his difficulties as in each case it switches up his approach and helps to showcase the imaginative way to approach similar track content.
Overall, This is a good project to listen to if your going through hard times as it is full of emotional energy to help you get through whatever your going through. It is definitely worthy of a full listen but then may not be appropriate or applicable for everyday listening.
This is a strong showing for Tech but not a great showcase for the rest of the Strange label. Tech N9ne showcases everything that has made him a major label size player in an independent game. The only problem is that, with the exception of Murs, the rest of the people on his team seem to want to copy his style and flow to make a bigger name for themselves. They all seem to rap double time to keep pace with Tech and it doesn’t show the talents they have that got them their place on the roster in the first place.
The fact you have a bunch of similar sounding rappers to Tech N9ne on the album does detract from the album as a whole, but if you only listen to a one or a couple of tracks at a time, they come across as engaging and enjoyable, sometimes experimental, gems. Tracks like “Red Rags” come across as fantastic and energetic while having a lot of replay ability and other tracks such as “American Horror Story” are haunting and should be locked in a cage with guards watching it all day, every day.
The lyricism is still a heavy feature in this team’s album and it is clear that Tech N9ne is still razor sharp when it comes his own verses. The rest of his team are also lyrically able and some shine like Tech does, but with the copycat nature that was going on, then it makes it tricky to appreciate it for the whole album length.
The production is quality on this album and each tracks production helps lend to the atmosphere that the track wants to create. All of it is very tactfully done so that every track blends beautifully into each other so that unless you’re looking or already know, you can’t tell when one track ends and another begins.
In conclusion, get this album but don’t expect long listening sessions. Listen to this album and if you didn’t already, get to love Strange Music record label. They might not be a major label, but they are looking to be one of the more powerful independent labels in the Hip Hop scene and with one of the most influential independent musicians of the last couple of years as their head honcho, Strange music is shaping up to have a good year.