Verbal and The Kickdrums – Idiot Savant

Verbal and The Kickdrums Idiot Savant:

Hey did you like Atmosphere when he wasn’t lame(Lucy Ford EP and God Loves Ugly)? Yeah? Then you’ll dig on this album. Verbal is like Atmosphere topically, but is more charismatic and has less grating voice. His rhymes, while not mind-bending, are clever and equal parts bragging and blunt honesty. But Verbal alone doesn’t carry the album, rather The Kickdrums do their jobs extremely well, giving Verbal some great beats to flow over. I suspect that if the beats weren’t as interesting, this album would have a high burn out factor. But everyone brings their A games and we end up with an unusually awesome mixtape that proves that the Kickdrums are one of the better production teams in the game and Verbal is an MC to watch in the future.

Rating: 13/15 alcoholic, burnt out rappers

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Drake – So Far Gone

Drake So Far Gone:

First, dude is an actor on Degrassi High and wants to be an R&B star. With that said, this isn’t a bad mixtape just generic. Some pretty sweat beats are found on this, but everything else is your run of the mill R&B. Most of the songs are about sex and women sung in the usual R&B way. Even Lil Wayne showing up four times can’t make this any more than a ho-hum affair.

Rating: 7/15 Canadian Teen Dramas

KiD CuDi-A KiD named CuDi

KiD CuDi A KiD named CuDi:

A laid back album with good beats, and great lyrics. CuDi’s track Down and Out, is one of the best songs about substance use I’ve heard in awhile. The album only falters when CuDi tries to sing. A solid first release.

Rating: 12/15 Maui Wowies