THE INDESTRUCTIBLE CHOC BOI NATION ALBUM REVIEW

 

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By Ladi

 

This collage made by the infamous choc boi nation features  artistes including Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, M.I,

Nosa, Ruby Gyang, Victoria Kimani, Pryse, DJ Lambo, DJ Caise, Loose Kaynon, Koker, Milli, Moti Cakes and Dice Ailes amongst others. The compilation has everybody including the new artists.  The album has 15 songs in total so let’s get reviewing.

 

Summertime (Jesse jagz & Ice prince &M.I)

 This laid back flow has you remembering the song “test me” which was where we last saw this collaboration.  M.I had killed this song; he went all out with superb punchlines and very good delivery. Ice prince also appeard alongside Jesse jagz who was on the chorus. “… Pulling strings yo bxtch I’m Carlos Santana… “–M.I.

 

Do something (Koker)

Once you hear this song you can’t help but think of a more recent Sir Shina Peters and afro-juju music.  Mr koker had this tune on lock with the instrumentals. Thanks for taking us back Mr koker. The song talks about the pros of money, better still, things money can do.

 

  Drank (Dj Lambo, Milli & Dice ailes)

This is first class trap music right here.  It is good to see Nigerians experiment with more recent genres of music. The song is about that lavish life, the two artistes on this song had wonderful delivery with DJ Lambo showing that she is the only Nigerian dj who should be allowed to do that DJ Khaled talking on wax shtick, basic rhymes but it wasn’t that really relatable. “… a Suya man with some kiliishi cos we about to kill this shit.. “

I cried. It is okay if you did too.

 

   Bass (Ice prince & Koker)

This particular track has elements of pop and reggae/ska.  It is a very interesting style of music and both Ice prince and koker delivered perfectly.  It is a pretty danceable tune. Plus ice prince has been showing his versatility of recent as he can deliver on almost any kind of song. Good song.

 

   Oh no no (Dice Ailes)

We see some more elements of trap music here again. Dice displays basic rhyme scheme, good enough delivery.  The song reiterates the fact that he’s here to run things and here to stay. “Just got back from Toronto all of my homies heard I’m backup in this bit*h, riding on  slo-mo, rolling through Agege,  they love me  they feeling  my shit all the way from igando.. “

 

   Go hard (Loose Kaynon, Ice prince & Milli)

  “… I’m playing in a different league, no be all dogs go see heaven, God dey look breed“- loose kaynon. We see a great deal of wordplay.  Delivery was also on “fleek” here.

Disclaimer: we here at ThaReportCard do not recommend the use of the word “fleek” in real life situations as it may lead to you being isolated till you’re cured of your ailment.

 

   Ricochet (Pryse)

“.. You can’t be in the V. I. P, cos me and my people we no scanty… “We see wonderful mastery on the beat to this song but not so much in content.  Not so coherent and also really basic attempts at wordplay or something. Ladi feels this will do well as a twerk song though.

 

   Calling you (Victoria kimani & Ice prince)

On this track, we see the choc boy artistes trying out dancehall rhythm again.  Ice prince came through as usual and Miss Kimani did her part with her melodious voice. The song speaks of physical attraction and errr…  that’s it.

 

   Love is calling (Nosa)

Nosa calms us all with his ever soothing voice on what seems to sound like rhythm and blues.  The song talks about attraction too, and wanting to be around someone.  The hook features our very own nokia tune.  It blew my mind three times over.  Good jam!

 

   Loose soul (Ruby & Dj Caise)

This up-tempo house music from Jesse jagz’ baby mama will keep you dancing and wanting more.  Its eccentric beat is one to look out for. The song talks about love and all its perks.

 

   No more (Ruby & Jesse jagz)

The beautiful Ruby teams up with her past lover on this one to produce what seems like reggae/rocksteady music. It came out really good as ruby’s voice is able to adapt to such genre.  Jagz comes in with his regular flow and fits in properly. The song talks about hurt lovers ready to go their separate ways.

 

   Heartfelt (Milli & Koker)

Basically bragging of all the females stand to gain with them.  Good delivery, good beat and blurry imagery.  The music sounds very much like afro-pop.

 

   3rd Mainland Bridge (M.I & Moti cakes)

This Moti Cakes guy should be crowned king of trap music in Nigeria. He did well in the hook and M.I wasn’t sleeping too, he had awesome delivery to his bars, wordplay and rhymes. The song is mainly about being no 1 over all these other artistes and also the lavish life.  “… These rappers need a ruler like a mathset, clear way make i compass.. “– M.I.  5mins on the third mainland bridge tho.   I bet Lagosians want such magic.

 

   Suite 99 (Jesse jagz & Ice prince)

The Jamaican accent here killled it for me.  I for one don’t know why the year ‘1999’ is important, but it is important here.  The beat and accent is peculiar to Jagz so you’d expect he’ll do justice to the song, which he did. Ice prince showed his ability to switch up his flow once again on this track.  “… Periodic flow I’m in all of my elements… “- Ice prince.

 

   Restoration (Jesse jagz & M.I & Milli)

The last track on the album sees Jesse Jagz telling the story as to why he left chocolate city in the first place and how he reunited.  It is only right that he explains to his fans why he keeps making these decisions.

 

CONCLUSION

Overall view of this album is beautiful because choc bois nation has shown the world that they are a versatile group capable of taking on any artiste.  They had songs from dancehall to trap music, which is pretty impressive. Ladi gives it a B

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BABA HAFUSA : ALBUM REVIEW

 

By Ladi

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The third album from Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru aka Reminisce aka Alaga Ibile who is one of the best indigenous rap artistes in the west.  The album shows promise. It features several good enough collaborations and also some of Nigeria’s best producers.  The album also sees reminisce give himself another alias as seen in his previous album (Alaga ibile). The album has 16 tracks in all, so let’s get cracking

 

Grind ft. Sojay

The first song talks about the struggle,   how far he has come and all.  The melodious hook taken by Sojay is one I’d look out for. This is a perfect blend of rap and some sort of blues.  The song is quite accessible with a befitting beat.

 

  Baba Hafusa

This track has Alaga claiming king over all other indigenous rappers “this ibile shxt will be nothing without me”. We also see some punchlines here “aa dey ma rira later my nigga. O ti di post-paid”. Basically he’s saying he’s a force to reckon with in this game.

 

  Saida

This track sees reminisce talking about Saida.  He tells her what she’ll benefit from being with him, majorly courting in this song which is nothing mega. The traditional /indigenous instruments used to make the song sound more Nigerian are also very commendable.

 

  Skilashii

This track has Sarz’s trademark on it and it’s a good enough rave song. Good enough to be referred to as a club banger.

 

  Gbamilago ft. Sean tizzle

This song features a fusion of highlife and afro-pop thanks to D’tunes. Plus Sean Tizzle usually shines on songs tinged with the highlife feel, so he made the hook something to look forward to every time you listen to the song. He maintains his stand as a rapper and drops a few punchlines “mo fe plug ee; auxiliary jack”.

 

  I need a girl

The song has a very mellow beat to it.  It talks about deceit basically. How some women are just here for the money and not genuine interest. Melancholic song but still good.  He shows some basic rhymes in the song “on my show money, 7months later o fe ma go funny…”

 

  Olomoge

Stop fronting! Yup. That’s what reminisce was telling the girl.  He was clearly interested in this particular female specimen and her attributes.   “elo lo powo ka discuss,  accountant mi ti fe disburse….  se idi bombo bi ti race horse… “. Funny guy.

 

  Local rappers ft. Olamide & Phyno

Firstly, the combination of these three rappers was just awesome.  They had a message to pass across, and it was that indigenous rap is here to stay and that its very lucrative so indigenous rappers shouldn’t be taken for granted. This song had a lot of rappers in their feelings and it’s a pity that the best that could come out of this was an AQ diss track. Ladi feels no other persons could have done enough justice to this song.

 

  Tesojue

This song was a very big single as at last year and still is by the way.  The beat alongside the thick Yoruba accent portrayed here made this song more of comedy which is reminiscent of the Alfa Sule sketches that inspired the song.  It sees reminisce boasting of his sexual prowess and a whole lot more.

 

  Alagbara ft. Sossick

Reminisce prays here that he becomes as great as he should be by God’s grace. The chorus has Sossick praying to God to give him grace to produce hits upon hits to “kill ’em in the club”…  Really?  Sossick? Really?  Basically, the song is a prayer to keep excelling no matter the odds.

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 Otiya

Up tempo jam right here which means; TURN UP!  The jam features this ‘owambe’ tune to it that’s sure to make you groove, especially that gifted guitarist we hear towards the end of the song.  God bless you whoever you are.

 

  Kososhi

Beat by Chopstix.  Kososhi means no problem and this is what reminisce has to say to those that think he’s too “RAZZ” for them and wont groove with/to him.

 

  Busayo ft Ice prince

Mr. Young john didn’t slack on this beat but what really hit me was the collaboration on this song. We saw similar collaboration on “too much” but both rappers weren’t that much in sync as seen in this song. Basic rhyme scheme seen here too, badass beat and awesome delivery considering they were speaking two different languages.

 

  Nothing ft. Sojay & Vector

This jam talks about minding your business basically and doing things “low-key” so keep hustling and don’t make noise cos empty drums…   Vector also showed up here with his flows and bars.  Not so accessible but Sarz did well on the beat.  Punchlines were seen scattered about here and there too.  ” mo mule duro bi kpe mo gba 4” – Reminisce  “too many yellow shawties on the street, na minion rush? “ – Vector.

 

  Outro

Basically a tribute to all his fans and he tells us that Sojay’s album will soon be out so watch out!

 

  Let it be known

This is a Bonus track on the album.  It shows how Mr Alaga is still able to contend with others when it comes to freestyle.  He did his bit and gave us a very good album.

 

CONCLUSION    

In the very end, Reminisce has carved out a niche for himself in the League of indigenous rappers and he’s doing well.  The collaborations were impressive but he went on about females on 3 or four songs, Ladi feels there are many more issues he could have touched rather than females.  Generally it is a good album.  Ladi will give it a B-.

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MR WONDERFUL: A REVIEW

By Jon P

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This album is from the chef himself (not Raekwon) but a chef in his own right repping that new school era hip-hop from New York. He is Action Bronson (“The fat chef”). This happens to be his third studio album, so you should know he has been around for a while now. He named this one Mr Wonderful because that according to him is the way he feels about himself right now. Let us see if he delivers.

Brand New Car

It’s the first time ever
Yo fuck this jacket, I turn this shit to 85 napkins
Since Jeter’s done I’m now the captain
Trust you me, Gotham’s safer now
But there’s always a new joker in town
Ready to smoke you with that pound
But when he shoots it, the flag says “BANG!” and everybody laughs

This is just one of those really good intros though it’s short, it gives an idea of what to expect on this album. It’s not about anything in particular, he was just showing off a bit of who he is on this.

The Rising (ft. Big Body Des)

But I’m gorgeous, got money in the pouch just like a tourist
Swerve in a Skylark, big piece of the pie chart
Bitch this is fine art, I gets my shine on
You lyin’, dog, you never even put the iron on

Now this is a good example of who Bronson is, the food references were good, I must say. The beat is very instrumental, it’s on some Jazz/Blues kinda vibe and he just flows so well on this. I didn’t particularly like the mix, I thought the beat kinda overshadowed his voice, still a good jam regardless.

Terry

I’m in a hurry, dumb jewelry
The verdict read from a hung jury
The doctor said that I was hung early
Skull curly, Larry, and Moe, I’ll marry a ho
Only if the bitch look like Mari’ Monroe

This is one of those relationship songs or songs relating to the heart, you can sort of tell from the tone of his voice. There is some really nice word play on this one and the beat was done by Alchemist. This happens to be his favorite off the album. It’s a good one but definitely not my favorite.

Actin’ Crazy

All my life I was a fuck-up, now I pull the truck up
Same bitch stuck up, now she wanna suck us
See me hangin’ out the window, screamin’, “What, what?!”
No more tough luck, a different cloth is what I’m cut from

Drake’s producer produced this track and when is started out, it almost felt like a drake moment about to happen (the horror mhen!).

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But that didn’t happen (thank goodness). The beat does actually sound like something Drake would rap to but Bronson seized this one and made it his. From the first few lines of this track, you just knew he had it.

Falconry (ft. Meyhem Lauren & Big Body Des)

Dog, I was born with Allah’s vision
I learned quick I couldn’t follow suit
Cause the Devil put the pork inside the dollar soup

This right here feels like a really dope freestyle, almost like he just jumped on a beat that he liked and just went for it. I wouldn’t say he went H.A.M on this but he murked the beat and this track has a really nice feature on it as well.

 

Thug Love Story 2017 the Musical (Interlude)

She can never be yours, a housewife. you see
She belongs to the ghetto, my friend
She doesn’t belong to you or me”

Yeah it says “interlude” so I’ll skip this and plus he didn’t rap on this, it was just some homeless dude singing basically.

City Boy Blues (ft. Chauncy Sherod)

I’ve given my life to a stranger, that sleeps by my side at night
Look in her eyes, I see danger, and man is this shinning bright

The first time I heard this track, I would have forgiven him if he didn’t say a single word on this. The music on this is just pure bliss. It has this whole upbeat blues thing going on. This track is solely about the music to me because the music clearly overshadows his voice on this. He sang on this one because this kinda track is not something that you would rap to.

A Light in the Addict (ft. Party Supplies & Black Atlass)

Have a fuckin’ sleepover with my weapons
My Rambo knife is eatin’ nuggets with my Smith and Wesson
Shit, I made this out of nothin’
Damn, these ladies love me out in London
Laurenivici served the granulated onion
My mind is locked in a contaminated dungeon

This track right here was almost a snooze, it took over a minute for it to kick off. But then I think that was the plan because it’s a sort of drastic transition from the previous track. This one is a more slow laid back track. This has a more slow downbeat blues vibe to it. It’s still about the music here as well but he might not quite get away with it as with the previous track.

Baby Blue (ft. Chance the Rapper)

Girl, we grown, stop playing on my phone, baby
All your childish attempts to make me angry fall short
Which only fuels the rage you have, because you have nothing
Understandable, I’m shining brilliant with 5 Brazilians
There were times I used to hide my feelings
Now I’m butt naked in the Lamborghini
And motherfuckers can’t see me

Matters of the heart once again. I do have to say that his approach to the issues is epic. The best part of this is Chance the rapper’s verse on this. It was blunt as hell and so comedic.

Only in America (ft. Party Supplies)

Anywhere I go, you know you’re goin’ with me
Bobby and Whitney without the sniffin’
Dog your bitch look like Eddie Griffin
I’m three wheelin’, keep the Chevy tippin’
Big bearded Buddha bangin’ bitches in Bermuda

The sound on this seems like some reference to a time when I wasn’t born or some TV show that I missed out on (probably the former). Another one where I didn’t enjoy the mix. But it still is a good addition on the album. I feel it would have been a good outro instead.

 

Galactic Love

Roy Rogers bathroom, sniffin’ coke with a model
Told her to Google me, shit I might paint the Cougar green
All this lechuga in my jeans
I still see Freddy Kruger in my dreams
Ain’t nothin’ moving but the cream
Shit, know I do it for team

I’m just gonna quote Action Bronson on this he almost took the words out of my mouth. ” This is a cool down. I’ve sent you through this crazy trip and we’re cooling down now. We’re cooling down for a magnificent ending. So I hit you with the [Action pantomimes a bass guitar]. You know, the crazy, beautiful, jazz bass line with the very light drums in the background and just hit you with the bars. I got my mother on the hook.”

 

The Passage (Live from Prague)

Oh Mr. Wonderful

This right here shouldn’t even be a track. It’s basically a live performance recording that has the crowd really chanting and anticipated for him to get on stage or after he just finished performing. “Oh Mr Wonderful”

Easy Rider

Live from the Expo, it’s me
I wear the wolf in the winter, steer the coupe from the center
Who gives a fuck, I’m a sinner
I had dreams of fuckin’ Keri Hilson in my Duncans
Woke up naked at the Hilton with a bitch that look like Seal’s cousin

Okay, I’ll admit, I was wrong. This deserves to be the outro easily. This sounds like the end of a western movie (by western I mean like a cow-boy movie). It’s just bars on bars on a really great sound. It’s a glorious end to a good album.

CONCLUSION

@OluwaJonpee: I’m going to be brief, this is one of those really good albums that you just know a lot of people will miss out on and not even bother to listen to it. If you’re reading this, don’t be one of them. This is a really good album. A- from me.

SlkLouis: i’m going to have to agree with Jon P on this one cos this is one of the few albums we’ve reviewed recently that i actually enjoyed after the first listen and one that i still enjoy till now. Bronsolino doesn’t even bother trying to change his formula at all as he uses the flow that made him famous along with the lines that are there just for you to laugh. The album feels like a live performance and while jamming it, i was just waiting for Bronson to throw a TV at me (if you have no idea what i’m talking about then look for a video of an Action Bronson performance).

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THE ALBUM ABOUT NOTHING: A REVIEW

By Ladi

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Mr. Wale Folarin has dropped another beautiful album. This is the fourth album from this artist. click here for a review of his previous album.  It features a few good artists.  The album about nothing should not be confused with his breakout mixtape about nothing which dropped in 2008.  The title of this album is in homage to Seinfeld which was referred to as the show about nothing because there was no end goal for the characters and stories were sometimes unconnected. The major difference between the mixtape and this is that while he had to use clips from the show on the mixtape, the album has Jerry Seinfeld live in the studio dropping words of wisdom (sometimes) to introduce the tracks.

  The intro about nothing

This here track has the usual wale instrumental on it. The fingers snapping, tambourine and the keyboard mainly reminiscent of the DMV go-go sound which he used when he first started. Also, the flow he uses here is that churchy flow.  The song talks about him being stressed about so many things.  The churchy flow like we mentioned before with the rhyming of consonant sounds.  The song didn’t have a very vivid imagery neither was it accessible.

The helium balloon

Here wale uses the balloon to describe artists in general and the listeners as the strings tied to dem balloons.   The rapper talks about how the string can be a fan and a proverbial hater at the same time. “They like you stuck with us, don’t let him fly…”  “..  Cos the same hand held you might cut you… “. He should know that the fans are a necessary evil tho. Without fans he’s not a musician, he can as well be a bathroom musician like every other Jon.

  The white shoes

This track talks about flossing at whatever cost; wearing the best, sneakers in this case.  “Say we can’t always be fly but we gon be good as long as we sneaker wise. “ the right flow with reasonable content.  We see him rhyming consonant sounds here again.

  The pessimist ft. J.Cole  

The word hopeless kept on coming up and here’s why.  The talks about a context where one is molded to build sturdy hope on a day to day meanwhile this hope can’t pay the bills so it’s rather useless. So why be so hopeful.  Hopefully, this is what Wale meant to share.  J. Cole did well on the hook and the song carries weight content wise.  Mature content.  Quite accessible with reasonably vivid imagery.

  The middle finger  

This track centers on all the unnecessary publicity stunts being pulled in the music industry and how he’s usually not interested in all that.  Fuck you, leave me alone… His words not mine.  Sincere lyrics.

  The one time in Houston    

This is a supposed love song.  Love these days is all shades of fucked up btw.  We hear wale here talking about how he loves and isn’t loved right back.

  The girls on drugs  

Almost self-explanatory.  It talks about our generation now really. Drugs and alcohol.  The ‘turn up’ generation. With specific fingers been pointed to the females “girls on drugs they still need love“.  “Let me tell you about the women I’ve been chilling with…  she ain’t shy when the liquor spill.. “ he describes the lot of them as void until filled with drugs.  Real content and is quite accessible. Wonderful imagery portrayed here too

The God smile

Briefly talks about how the hustle gon pay one day and Wale and his “niggas” will be are the top of the game.  We see the same creative play with consonants here “girls kissing me all out, Christian dior’d out“. . More importantly he’s saying hard work pays.  “Cos this game aint based on sympathy.”

  The need to know Ft SZA

Cool track right here. Sza did me proud here. She managed the hook properly.  Wale comes in to show us that rapping aint bout anger and mic wetting sessions.  Smooth flow, wonderful delivery and lovely concept for a song.  The song takes its concept from the way most long lasting relationships stay that way,  keep on the low as much as possible. I’m no Dr Phil but Ladi knows it works

  The success

This song talks about the hustle and how it distinguishes him from the rest. The song talks about how people are pushed to do wrong all to survive yo! Nothing more.

The glass egg

My newest of hobbies, collecting calls…. “. We’ve been seeing the consonant rhyme kinda rap since the beginning of this album and this song isn’t lacking.   This song majorly talks about friends keeping friends and staying true cos real friends are quite valuable.  “Although beautiful matrimony is a rap of balancing your women, your riches and at least half your hommies.”

The next three songs all talk about women and they are all beautiful songs.  If arranged right they kinda tell a story

The body ft. Jeremih

This is the courtship stage. Awesome track that appreciates the woman’s body by comparing to cars and stuff.  Jeremih probably entered the studio with a machete that day like I’m gonna murda this track with his rendition of R.Kelly’s you remind me of something“..You can tell I’m outta line like DUI.”

  The bloom (Ambitious Girls 3)

This song describes the “meet my parents phase”.

   The matrimony ft. Usher

The matrimony is the marriage stage.  Engagement in sight and stuff.  So he describes how he feels about weddings and promises a “happily ever after”.

CONCLUSION

Ladi:   The album about nothing features Jerry Seinfeld in these skits that were pretty fun to listen to.  Plus we see the usual Wale on here as the smooth and suave nigga. Compared to the last album this album is less playful with a lot of precise and mature content.  The collaborations were bomb too. Wonderful stuff.

Ladi gives it b-

Slklouis: This album sees Wale scrapping the formula of his recent albums and going back to the beginning to reconnect with his core fan base. He does this by cutting down on the club anthems, dialing back the thug talk, bringing back the go0go sound, getting more introspective and cutting out the unnecessary features. The Seinfeld intros became annoying to me at some point and it started to look like Wale was trying to force the song to fit the skit even where they had no business been with one another.

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The inconsistency in tone of this album can be forgiven cos this is the album about nothing. Also, Wale is famous for his need for acceptance from others and this album is peppered with instances of him trying to find out why he isn’t as accepted as he thinks he should be. Even when he seems to say that he doesn’t seem to care what people think about him (e.g. The Middle Finger), he forgets that stance by the time the next track comes around. While this distracted me from really enjoying the album at times, I have gotten so used to it by now that it didn’t really matter in the end, I’ll have to agree with Ladi’s rating of B-.

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TRASHCAN EP : A REVIEW

by Ladi

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At first, I wanted to review the album as he does  rap albums (as its ice prince and he’s known as a rapper) but neh. Ice prince (Panshak Zamani),  has two albums out ; EVERYBODY LOVES ICE PRINCE –  2011 and FIRE OF ZAMANI – 2013, and on the 30th of January 2015 he decided  to grace us with this EP. Lets get deep…

CONFESS (04:15):

This here song has a wonderful beat no doubt. The song has Panshak ‘confessing’ how he feels about someone (a woman hopefully), and how she makes him feel too. No major punchlines really, and imagery was quite clear.

Delivery was smooth and alright with wonderful flow. the song is quite accessible.

ELEGUSHI FT JOULES THE KID (03:53):

Turn-up tune right here. This pop song majorly talks about the lounging lifestyle in relation to Elegushi beach. Nothing more, nothing less.

MARRY YOU (03:41):

The third track on the EP talks about his affections for someone and his intentions to get married, preparations and all.

MUTUNMINA (03:54):

The beat to this jam had this northern flow to it; the producer did a good job no doubt. Content wise, I could hear iceprince shouting out to his crew and tells us subtly that they are a force to reckon with. I don’t understand hausa much, neither do I know what ‘MUTUNMINA’ means, but the the song is good nevertheless.

NOBODY GIVES A… (03:42):

You have to give ice credit when it comes to flossing, and on this track he comes out to tell us that he’s still king in that zone. “I go harder than you… nobody gives a fuck about your whip.. your Balenciaga suit”

ONE DAY (03:35):

This song has a peculiar lively beat to it. The tracks centres round the idea of hustling in the ghettos. The general idea that one just has to keep working and one day he will find his breakthrough (can I get an AMEN?). He also made shout outs to several people Chopstix, Grip boys, AND MANY OTHERS. “See the gal dem ah eye my nigga till ah drop like a fucking visine ” – ICE PRINCE.

 Overall,  I believes ice prince could have done better. The EP didn’t really have any vivid scenarios painted; neither did it have content and punchlines one would expect from an ‘a-list’ musician. Nice one tho, if staying relevant is the game here,then he aced it. Asides that, ladi will give the EP – 40.

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2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE: A REVIEW

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Welcome back.
We’re going to review this with the convo style that we used for NWTS but first of all we have to introduce the dude who will be writing this with us.
L (@Slklouis): so I’d like to introduce the beast from the west, the high priest of Dol Gudor, the one afro that rules them all, the weirdest person that isn’t me. Ladies and gentlemen, Ladi
THL (@the_Ladi): dude. What is all this nonsense? Anyway, we’re going to break this album and the 13 parts it bears to bits
S: you’re going to breaking it alone mahn. We grade over here
THL: sorry sir
S: I’ll also like to introduce the man who has been chosen to play the Black Panther, the man with the iron fists, this country’s greatest hidden weapon and an accomplished black belt in 76 of the 74 martial arts disciplines. Ladies and gentlemen, Jon P
J (@oluwajonpee): you talk too much. Let’s start this
Intro
J: A lot of people would overlook this track because it’s the “Intro” but if after you’ve listened to the album, you go back to listen to this intro, it makes a whole lot of sense.
THL: this song has Cole singing about freedom and the right to happiness
L: but that is just it. He is singing not rapping.
THL: but everyone can still relate to it tho cos he is talking about happiness
January 28th

J: this right here is dopeness.
L: I swear! Dude even compared himself to Rakim and Big Daddy Kane
THL: yeah, Cole is his own hype man. There is even a bar where he proclaims that he is Cole the god
J: Just the first verse alone killed it. And the ease with which he murdered it was just too good.
THL: his opening bar was the highlight for me as it set the tone for the rest of the track: “ FLOW BANANAS HERE, PEEL THIS BACK AND WHAT YOU’LL FIND IS YOUR HIGHNESS CAN PAINT A PICTURE THAT IS VIVID ENOUGH TO CURE BLINDNESS” .

Wet Dreamz

J: this is a side of Cole we’re getting used to now. It’s an honest painted picture of life growing up for him.
L: too honest tho. I really didn’t need to hear about his first time and how he was awesome
THL: Cos it brought back memories of how terrible your own first time was, right?
J:

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L:

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Anyway, the frank, honest and self-depreciating nature of this track is one of the major reasons why I’m a Cole fan. His ability to take hush-hush topics and make magic with them is impressive.
THL: this is prolly one of the funniest tracks on this album as it talks about crushes, teenage years and everything (preparation and all) that goes into making the first time perfect
J: If you have a vivid imagination this track could you remind you of something Slick Rick or Biz Markie would do.
L: more Slick Rick than Biz markie tho
J: definitely

03’ Adolescence
J: this is real!
THL: everyone knows Cole is a softie at heart
L: and in action too
THL: exactly. This track goes to show that as he raps about his shortcomings as a shy black kid, marijuana and trying to stay alive
L: Only problem is that unlike the previous track that sounds honest. This one sounds needy like he is pleading to be believed
J: nah. He actually sounds more honest here tho. It was only the flow that was different

A Tale of Two Citiez

THL: before anything, the hook here is just it and we just have him talking about the Hollywood dream and the lengths rapper go to to look fly.
J: I think it was easy for Cole to go in on this track because he didn’t produce it.
L: how does that help?
J: he had more time to focus on the lyrics (as opposed to both the beat and the lyrics as he normally would) So there’s just this almost sublime transition from verse to hook.
L: I actually don’t even know what he was talking about her but I know I enjoyed it and the major reason why I replay this is cos of the hook.
THL: RUN IT!

Fire Squad
J: lol this track is just a way of saying “Fuck It” pardon my Aramaic.
L:
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Aramaic tho. This song was just his way of taking shots at…well…everyone. Although he didn’t directly name anyone, we know part of this was for Kendrick
J: Kendrick actually called him by his government name
THL: are we still on about that control verse
J: his government name
L: dude even called out white rappers just two tracks after sampling Eminem.
THL: this is some revolutionary shxt. Dude used the first verse, hook and part of the second verse to proclaim that he is king and then he just turned on all white rappers in the third verse by emphasizing that rap has black roots.

St.Tropez
J: Let me stay out of this one, all the singing is just not it
L: I’m going to stay away too.
THL: this track has Cole rapping about his career and rising to fame in Hollywood. He even uses St. Tropez as a metaphor for fame and fortune.
L: isn’t he a rapper? Why is he rising in Hollywood?

G.O.M.D
J: the hook in this is pretty much all this track offers really.
L: I actually like this one o. it offers more than the hook cos there are some nasty bars scattered around here
J: speaking of NASty
L: don’t!
THL: the first verse is about Hollywood Cole’s lifestyle and the second verse is about love. That is all there is to it tho. The Hook is the highlight
L: but the song itself isn’t that bad
J: it isn’t bad at all. It is just that the main attraction is the hook.
L: I love how he says “this is the part that the thugs skip” just before he starts the second verse
THL: well, real nxggas don’t want to hear about love
L: how would you know?
J:
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L: now we’re even

No Role Modelz
J: the beat on this just gets you trapped in the song and you just have to listen to everything Cole has to say. And he delivers the “gospel truth” on this “Don’t save her…”
L: I didn’t hear all that one abeg. If any hoes out there need saving, I’m outchea
THL: we don’t want no reality show ho. This is another funny track as he talks about Hollywood hoes (the unfaithful lot). I’m pretty sure there are subs to be caught here
L: lest we forget, the song started with Cole referring to the lack of a male role model in his life growing up. He then digresses and that is when the advert for the Don’t-Save-Hoes Party started.

Hello
J: yeah, moving on
THL: the beat is up tempo for some strange reason
L: forget the beat. He is singing again. I’ll be on the next song, let me know when you get there
THL: this track is about regret. That is the best I can do with this track. It is prolly about some girl he liked in the past.

Apparently
J: can someone please make the singing stop.
L: this one is actually better cos he is doing the sing-song-rap thing and it works here.
THL: this song has him talking about his mum and he won’t mind having more time to spend with her

Love Yourz

THL: this one is just too real yo.
J: the thought and message behind this is golden and the beat is just right for it.
L: this sounds like Cole from his Friday Night Lights days. He knows how to rap about other people’s problems like they’re actually is and he does this exceptionally well here
THL: this one is about happiness and contentment and how happiness is actually just contentment with what you have

Note to Self

J: this has to be the longest outro ever *Cole’s voice*
L: was that a reference to an old Cole song? I can sort of remember the line but can’t remember the song. All I can remember is that he says “I’m on one” after that line
J: POWER TRIP
L: oooh. Anyway, this really is the longest outro ever. 14 bloody minutes.
THL: yeah, it is just the credits

CONCLUSION
J: I pretty much eased out of the mood of the album. Like for the first six tracks were Cole was telling stories with nice wordplay and thoughts it felt like listening to some really old school type rap style and it was just plain dopeness. From then on I eased in and out of the album like I enjoyed No role modelz and love yourz and of course the hook on G.O.M.D but as good as they are, it just didn’t feel like those first six tracks. I do have to mention this though, Cole should really leave some of the beats and production to his producers. But regardless, this album is the shit.

THL: TO CONCLUDE, THE ALBUM HAD A LOT OF ‘BLACK POWER’ VIBE GOING, IT ALSO HAS A LOT OF VIVID PICTURES PAINTED BY Mr. COLE. IT IS A CLASSIC ALBUM , SIMPLE RHYMES , QUITE AUDIBLE WITH GREAT OVERALL CONTENT.THOUGH, THE STORIES `IN IT WERENT AS MUCH AS THE USUAL YOU’D EXPECT FROM J.COLE.HOPEFULLY YOU THE NEXT ONE WILL BE FILLED WITH THESE JUICY STORIES HIS FANS LOVE. OVERALL THE ALBUM IS JUST RIGHT (BY JUST RIGHT, I MEAN FUCKING AWESOOOOOME!!!). THANK YOU.
LADI OUT.

L: first off, why is your shxt in all caps? Is it ————–. Sorry, the second half of that sentence was removed for bearing too much of a semblance to shxt Ice Prince would say.
Anyway. This album. I actually love this one and while it blew my mind on some levels, it disappointed me in other areas. The singing, to start with, has to stop. The singing on his last album made more sense as he used it sparingly. Saving it for the creation of awesome hooks. The lack of features means that we got to hear Cole’s pure sound as it is now. He has matured in sound and style and has let go of some of the things that held him back before like trying to create radio-ready tracks although he still forces the feeling of nostalgia at times. While there are no truly atrocious tracks as even the ones with him singing have their own advantages, the overall feel of the album is that of a series of compelling and honest tales. Only problem being that if he keeps releasing stuff like this then he will keep creating new standards and I feel like you can only go so far before imploding.
So we’re going to give this an A-