This album has a great performance from Jay Rock, but his choice of production, while the beats are enjoyable, can make the songs seem quirky and difficult to follow. Individual good components, but not great put together.
The production is good with interesting sounds that make the beats interesting. Each beat is individual with not a lot of confusion between the songs. They could stand on thier own two feet a bit more rather than relying on the artist but at least it gives Jay Rock plenty of room to show what he can do.
The lyricism is good without being overly complicated or confusing. Jay Rock keeps it relatively straight forward, packing his rhymes with delivery and messages to keep the listener interested. Some more complexity could show that Jay Rock is still evolving as an artist, but what he does here shows that he is still making good music.
The features are great and compliment Jay Rock very well. Some showcase his label mates trying different techniques, while others do just enough to enhance Jay Rock on the tracks. There is a great blend of people for the eleven tracks on this album that help build the project.
Overall, this album shows that Jay Rock can hang out with the best of them when it comes to signiture songs, but may want ot look at making some more radio friendly type songs to gain more of an audiance.
This album is a great tasting palette for how Venice California could seem, and brings a lot of potential to this album. Anderson Paak uses his talents to bring the landscape to life.
The production is really amazing as there is a smooth sound that runs throughout the all the songs while having a different atmosphere and energy level on each track. This really helps to give Anderson the platform to shine from. Maybe a few songs with a grittier feel could show that Anderson has a bigger emotional range that he is showing, but the beat selection on this works for a project.
The lyricism is not complex but is backed by passion. Anderson uses his musical tones to gently get his point across while keeping it entertaining. Possibly a few more rap style moments rather than the singing could make this appeal more to the Hip Hop audiance, however this still lands increadibly well with the listener.
The choice to have one feature is good considering projects that Anderson has featured on recently. It would be too easy to bring some of that talent over to get the project more attention, but the one feature does a great job and Anderson is left to really make people hear his skills on the project.
Overall, this album is great to listen to and is very enjoyable. Anderson .Paak should be very proud of what he has put together.