I did not expect to do an album review on this one. Truth be told, I did not even know about Boogie before this album. I thought, “oh dear, yet another one of these ‘new rappers'”, but boy was I wrong. This album should not be slept on.
It is pretty much a solid listen from start to end. You can hear the West Coast Hip Hop inspiration mixed with some jazzy R&B elements throughout. Boogie mixes his singing with rapping and it fits the songs very well in general.
J.I.D.’s bridge before his verse on Soho reminds me so much of Kendrick Lamar for some reason, I do not know if that was intentional, paying homage or what it was – but it was great. I really like 6lack’s singing on Skydive, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s trumpet – really all of them. Boogie did very well with his features on this album, they do not outshine him, but they compliment the tracks and there is not too many features where you think this is more of a compilation with various artists.
Boogie’s storytelling is great and the production is even greater. I can not stress this enough: give this album a shot, I do not want to go indepth with the tracks and potentially ruin the first-listen experience for you.
2. Silent Ride
3. Swap Meet
4. Lolsmh – Interlude
5. Soho (ft. J.I.D.)
7. Live 95
8. Rainy Days (ft. Eminem)
9. Skydive II (ft. 6lack)
10. Whose Fault (ft. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
11. No Warning
12. Self Destruction
13. Time (ft. Snoh Aalegra)
This is album of the year contender for me, there is still a long way to go – but this has caught my ear more than any other album so far, even Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR. I recommend that you give it a solid listen or two from start to end.
Tired / Reflections
Soho (ft. J.I.D)
Skydive II (ft. 6LACK)
Whose Fault (ft. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
Time (ft. Snoh Aalegra)
I could list all tracks except for one
I Give This Album A