So just watch this here video if you want to see my video review, which is of course set to me playing Star Wars: Battlefront.
A written review though? Well, let me do that right now. What do I think of the debut album from hip-hop’s latest supergroup? I liked it, I really liked it. Is it a classic though? Maybe. That all depends on where these artists go from here. However, who are these artists? TI, Young Thug, Shad da God, London Jae and MPA Duke. If you know nothing about rap, you still probably know those first two names, and let’s face it, those are the names that make this a “supergroup”.
You probably don’t know who Shad da God is and this album probably won’t change that. As a member of Grand Hustle Records, Shad da God is no Travis Scott but he tries his best to make an impact here. You probably will be wanting more of London Jae, and the truth is, you probably will be getting much more of him in the future. Why? Well, I’m guessing B.o.B. will be releasing an album soon, probably late this year or early next year and London Jae will feature on that given that he’s part of Label No Genre – a subsidiary of Grand Hustle, I believe.
Young Thug does as Young Thug does, delivers best in a limited capacity. Songs where he and MPA Duke are prevalent, well, let me just say I don’t really enjoy them. Especially Neg 4 Degrees, that’s just not my kind of song and is my candidate for worst song of the album. Here’s the thing, though, why is MPA Duke on this album, he’s honestly the guy you call in to finish Young Thug’s lines when Thugger can’t (see T.I.’s Peanut Butter Jelly). If Young Thug is bad, then this guy is worse because at least Young Thug excels at what he does and makes for a good feature artist. This guy, not so much. Does T.I. owe him money or something?
The best track on this album has got to be No Color. Hands down, this is the best song. All the verses are delivered excellently, delivery is top notch and damn, that chorus. That chorus is what seals the deal. Sometimes a song can be good just from the verses but the chorus ends up being shit and just ruins it (see most of the songs off of the recent Eminem albums). Everything about this song just works.
Where does this album succeed though? Well, artists and songs both delivered middling performances. The production quality though is amazing. Whoever mixed and mastered the tracks off of these albums deserve an incredible amount of credit. Once I figure out who they are, I’m going to look to see what they’re doing next. Even the songs I did not like had an amazing beat. That is hard for an album to do, deliver a mediocre song that features amazing beats. Even if everything on this album was shit, if it had this production quality, it would still have one redeeming aspect. If this album was shit, it would be Benicio del Toro’s Wolfman – where despite being middling it still get’s an Oscar. It’s not shit though, it’s fairly good.
You get the best out of TIP and London Jae in this album, Young Thug does as Young Thug does while Shad da God and MPA Duke flop. While there are songs like No Color, there are also songs like Neg 4 Degrees. What could have, and really should have, been an average album is saved by an incredible production quality that trumps everything we have seen thus far in 2016.