Album Review | Dizzy Wright – The Growing Process

The first project I ever listened to by Dizzy Wright was The Golden Age. I remember thinking that it was a really good mixtape when I listened to it, but now every time I go back to it I get really bored. I think that his EP, State Of Mind, is a much better project. He’s signed to Hopsin’s label, Funk Volume. Thankfully he’s nowhere near as corny as Hopsin. He really just raps about the typical rapper shit. Weed. Hoes. Turnin’ up. He just does it well. Damn. There are a lot of features on here. They all look pretty great tho. Tech N9ne, Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Big K.R.I.T., Jarren Benton… This should be good. Hopefully. I think I’ll enjoy it, but I doubt I’ll be blown away by it. I do expect it to be better than The Golden Age and State Of Mind. It’ll probably be dope.

Track 1: Higher Learning (Prod. King Vay)

Wow. I started this review 12 days ago and I haven’t listened to any of this project. For some reason I’m just not very excited to listen to this shit. I’m finna start now tho. This beat is nice. He’s just rappin’ about how his fans don’t show him enough love and how his critics should suck his fucking dick. Well fuck you too, Dizzy. Just kidding. This is cool. It doesn’t really stand out that much. It’s just a good song. Not great. Not bad. There’s some chick singin’ on the outro. Not sure who that is. Dizzy doesn’t seem to respond well to criticism. I remember back when I used to use FaceBook, he posted Anthony Fantano’s review of The Golden Age and was like, “This guy didn’t even listen to it!” Then all of his dick riders went to the review and commented shit like, “FUCK THIS GUY WHITE PEOPLE CAN’T LISTEN TO RAP MUZIK!!!!!” I just don’t get dick riders. Anyway, this song is dope. I fuck with it. 4/5

Track 2: God Bless America Feat. Chel’le, Big K.R.I.T. & Tech N9ne (Prod. SnizzyOnTheBeat)

What the hell? This beat has the same sample as The Followers by Wale. Fuckin’ love that song… This is a good ass beat. I like the way it’s sampled with this song more than I do on The Followers. It just sounds a lot cleaner. Dizzy’s verse was great. Chel’le is on the hook. How the fuck do you pronounce that shit? Thank God I only do written reviews… Why is there an apostrophe in her name? Why couldn’t she have just chosen an easy to pronounce name like Kelly? The hook isn’t that bad, but I honestly like Wale’s hook better. He can’t sing for shit, but I think the actual melody was more entertaining. I don’t really mind that his singing was bad because you could hear the passion in his voice. This just feels a lot less powerful. Big K.R.I.T. is goin’ in now. Wow. He fuckin’ killed that shit. “Tell a son to slang dope and daughter twerk when they get old / Damn shame, how we find time to sit around / Smoking and dranking, while they corporate banging / Don’t be content with the hood, nigga, what is you thinking? / I got a small violin if you don’t vote for complaining / About the government, stand up on some brother shit / And stop being on some other shit.” He said the words, “ass backwards” at one point. It would’ve been cool if he said “bassackwards” since Tech N9ne is on this track too, but it doesn’t really matter. Speaking of Tech N9ne, he has a little interlude and he’s about to start rhymin’ I think. What if he only had a spoken word interlude? That would fucking suck ass. He’s goin’ in now. Of course his fucking flow is on point. “I’m a U.S. citizen escaping the penitentiary they hid us in / The kid has been fitted to quit and then spit it and shit again.” He fuckin’ killed it. This is a great song. I really liked Big K.R.I.T. & Tech N9ne’s verses, but the hook was just a little underwhelming. Dizzy did his thing too, but I just feel like The Followers is a much more exciting and powerful song. People might get mad at me for comparing the songs, but I don’t really give a shit tbh… This song is still dope af. I fuck with it. 5/5

Track 3: Can I Feel This Way (Prod. Roc N Mayne)

OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH! THIS FUCKIN’ BEAT! THIS BEAT STARTED OFF SO SMOOTH AND LAID BACK AND WHEN DIZZY CAME IN IT JUST FLIPPED AND THE BASS CAME IN AND THE SHIT IS FUCKIN’ CRAZY MAN!

DAT BEAT THOOOOOO

Seriously, this beat is fuckin’ crazy. Dizzy’s just goin’ in about real shit. “I used to complain about not having shoes, until I seen a man with no feet / Now I feel rich / Money don’t make me who I am I never looked down on someone that need a lift / Kindness is a gift.” There doesn’t seem to be a specific topic. He’s just sayin’ real shit. Oh God. This hook isn’t good. What is that? Is he supposed to be singing? Is that what that is? Singing? It’s so bad. This hook is fucking horrible. Fuck. I really like the beat and his verses, but the fucking hook is just so terrible. FUCK. I don’t know. Nah. I can’t do this. This is okay. This might’ve been dope (maybe even dope af) without that hook, but it’s just so bad. The song isn’t terrible tho. It’s okay. 3/5

Track 4: No Time Is Better Feat. Irv Da Phenom (Prod. DJ Hoppa)

I’m freezing right now. Why am I so cold? I’m gonna put my snuggie on. That’s right. I own a snuggie. It was a gift. It was a gift that I highly recommend. There’s some chick singin’ the hook. It kinda sucks. It’s not really that bad, but it could be better. Oh shit is that Irv Da Phenom? Is that who that is on the hook? I don’t know why I assumed Irv Da Phenom was a rapper. Dizzy’s verse is dope. His flow was so smooth. This is a very happy, positive song. The hook sounds kinda corny. It sounds like one of them songs that would play in the background of a commercial that says some shit like, “Dedication; pass it on. A message from The Foundation for a Better Life.” In the second verse, Dizzy mentions two very serious events. One about domestic abuse and the other about suicide. He mentions both of them very quickly and then moves on. I’m not sure if he’s referencing specific events or just randomly bringing up these topics. “Would you have acted a little different if you known / She was already being abused at home.” “Do or die now watching another friend commit suicide / Cause even at her bravest she was feeling afraid to leave.” It would’ve been nice if he kinda explained what he was talkin’ about. You can’t just mention something so serious like that and then immediately move on. It wasn’t as bad with the suicide part, but I have no idea what he was talkin’ about with the domestic abuse stuff. This isn’t a bad song. It is a little corny, but his flow is dope and I like the positive vibe that it has. The beat didn’t really stand out in any way. This is dope. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 5: Train Your Mind (Prod. Smokie Morrison)

This beat is fucking great. It kinda reminds me of some shit that Joey Bada$$ would rhyme over. Dizzy did his thing on the first verse. I ain’t really feelin’ this hook tho. He kinda has this sing-songy delivery and a very choppy flow. It don’t sound good. The only problem I have with this song is the hook. It’s just… so bad. The verses were all great tho. If he just rapped throughout the whole song without a hook this would definitely be dope af. The hook is just a little jarring. It ruins the flow of the song. Lyrically, this isn’t very different from any of the other songs. He’s just promoting hippy shit. Peace. Positivity. Love. That kinda stuff. It kinda reminds me of Kendrick Lamar. I don’t think he’s as good as Kendrick, but the topics are pretty similar. I fuck with this song. This song is dope. 4/5

Track 6: Regardless Feat. Layzie Bone (Prod. FreezeOnTheBeat)

Yes. Yes. This… Yes. If this isn’t good I will be so disappointed. The hook is there. It ain’t good or bad. This beat is dope af. Dizzy’s verse was good. That’s it. His verse was just good. I wasn’t blown away by anything he said, but I can’t deny the fact that he’s a good rapper. He can definitely rap, but I feel like he just never pushes his shit to the next level. Layzie Bone’s verse was dope. His flow was absolutely great. His vocal delivery may take a little getting used to, but his verse was still dope either way. I’m so tired right now. I fuck with this song. It still doesn’t really stand out, but they flows was cool and everything. There really isn’t anything that I don’t like about this song. It’s just that nothing really stands out. I fuck with it tho. This is dope. 4/5

Track 7: Don’t Ever Forget Feat. Krayzie Bone (Prod. Money Montage)

Y’all don’t understand how fuckin’ tired I am right now. I got 3 hours of sleep last night. I woke up at 9:00AM. It’s 5:30PM right now. I’m so fuckin’ tired. You know what? I think I’m finna take a nap. I’ll listen to this song when I wake up. I slept soooooo hard. This beat is absolutely insane. It kinda reminds me of the beat to Gang Related by Logic. It’s a lot less dark tho. Dizzy Wright is singin’ his verse like the Bone Thugs and it’s pretty bad. This is just a song about weed. The lyrics are pretty uninteresting. “I’m tryna get stoned / I’m tryna get stoned / Who will I be gettin’ high with today? / Who will I be gettin’ high with today?” The hook is pretty much the same as his verse. It’s just more repetitive. Krayzie Bone’s about to go in. His verse was honestly pretty terrible. “But you need Bob Marley lungs / I hope you got some Bob Marley lungs.” It was definitely better than Dizzy’s verse, but it’s still bad. This song is boring af and sonically it just sounds ridiculous. The singing is awful. Maybe if I was high I would like this, but if someone has to have an altered state of consciousness just to like a song then it must be pretty bad. I’m not feelin’ this. The beat was hot tho. I liked the beat. Everything else about this song is wack to me tho. Even the Krayzie Bone verse. 2/5

Track 8: Floyd “Money” Mayweather (Prod. Roc N Mayne & Louie Haze)

Floyd Mayweather
I couldn’t find a version of this pic with better quality…

This beat is dope af. This hook is dope too. This song definitely has the most mainstream appeal out of everything on the album so far. It’s just a typical Hip Hop song about stuntin’ and gettin’ money. I guess I could see how some people think this song is generic, but I think he did a good job of making an ignorant and stereotypical song. His flow was cool. The actual lyrics on his verses weren’t anything special. I can’t front tho; this is definitely an entertaining song. It’s not one of them songs that I can just throw on at any time, but if I was with my friends and we was just actin’ like idiots and havin’ fun this would definitely be AUX cord worthy. I’m hesitant to call this a “good” song, but I do like it. He was clearly focused on making entertainment rather than art with this one. It’s cool tho. I fuck with it. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 9: Smoke You Out Feat. Mod Sun (Prod. SDot Fire)

Okay, so far I’ve only heard the hook, but I have no idea what the hell he’s talkin’ about. When he starts rappin’ I’ll probably understand, but I don’t know what it means to smoke someone out. Is he gonna rap from the perspective of a blunt? The hook isn’t very good. It kinda… It kinda sucks. He’s singin’ and it’s bad, but even if he was a good singer this wouldn’t be good. The melody just doesn’t sound very good. The beat’s kinda shitty too. Okay he’s rappin’ now. His flow ain’t bad, but it doesn’t really stand out that much. Okay, now I’m really confused. He barely mentioned anything about weed at all in that first verse. The only time he mentions it is when he says, “We secured by jobs smoking J’s all day,” but after that he just goes back to talkin’ about living life and not being an asshole. That’s pretty much what this whole album has been about so far. Just living life and being grateful for what you have. Maybe the phrase, “I’m gonna smoke you out” actually has nothing to do with marijuana, but I wouldn’t know. I’ve never heard anyone say any thing like that before. Of course none of the students at my school smoke weed tho. They’re all addicted to E-cigs. That’s so fucking lame. I can’t tell if they’re serious tho. About 75% of the students at my school have E-cigs. Some of them sarcastically say shit like, “VAPE IS LIFE,” but just because you have a sarcastic tone when you do it doesn’t mean it isn’t lame anymore. I could have a sarcastic tone and say some shit like, “I’m gonna kill myself.” It’s not sarcasm if I actually do it. God. It’s hard to accept how stupid people are sometimes. Jeez. Anyway, I’m not exactly sure who Mod Sun is, but his verse was actually decent. I don’t really give a shit about marijuana, but at least he stayed on topic. I like the positive messages that Dizzy’s tryin’ to share, but I don’t understand why he dressed this track up as a weed song. Maybe he expects his listeners to be too high to realize that his verse has almost nothing to do with weed. I’m not really feelin’ this shit. 2/5

Track 10: Good Vibes (Prod. 21 The Producer)

This beat is dope af. It sounds like he recorded this song with an actual band. His flow is dope. The hook is nothing special. You can probably guess what this song is about. Dizzy Wright just seems like a guy who is always happy because he’s always high. Really the only difference between this song and the others is the beat. This beat is a lot better. It sounds like it was recorded with live instrumentation. I’m not sure if it was tho. I like this song. The definitely could’ve been better, but this song is still dope. I fuck with it. 4/5

Track 11: I Can Tell You Needed It Feat. Berner (Prod. Darryl “Waynebeats” Overdiep)

I Can Tell You Needed It

I’m probably not gonna like this. Berner is just such a bad rapper to me. He never has anything interesting to say and he usually has difficulty staying on beat. Maybe he’ll surprise me and spit a dope verse here. I doubt it tho. This beat is alright I guess. It’s really smooth. Kinda boring. It sounds like the same sample from Don’t Ever Forget is in the background. It’s pitch is just a lot lower and it’s kind of difficult to hear. Dizzy’s flow is cool. This hook is terrible. Dizzy’s singin’ right now and he’s completely off key. I’m not feelin’ this Berner verse. I’m not feelin’ his flow or his delivery. “Three girlfriends, they all hate each other (come on now) / Can’t we all, get along, and hang together?” His lyrics are just stupid to me. I don’t care about anything he’s saying. He mentioned the police brutality shit that’s been goin’ on recently. It was very brief. He basically just said, “cops should burn in Hell.” Dizzy’s flow on the third verse is dope. Yeah that third verse was pretty dope, but not dope enough to save this song. He referenced that song Buried Alive by Logic. I didn’t like the way he sorta sang the line… He should just quit tryin’ to sing because it really ain’t workin’. I’m not feelin’ this song. This hook is terrible. The first verse was average. Berner’s verse was mediocre at best. The beat is incredibly average. The third verse was pretty good. This song is wack. 2/5

Track 12: Smoke Box (Interlude) [Prod. 6ix]

This beat is dope af. I actually fuck with this hook. I don’t really give a shit about what he’s sayin’ until I hear “SMOKE BOWKZ!” I like that part right there. This verse is actually really dope. He actually has energy. He’s still just rappin’ about weed, but he sounds a lot more aggressive. There’s just one quick verse, but I kinda like how concise it is. I don’t need to hear more than one verse about weed. I fuck with this song. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 13: Explain Myself Feat. Hopsin, Jarren Benton & SwizZz (Prod. Hopsin)

This should be dope af. I don’t really fuck with Hopsin like that because he tends to be kinda corny, but ‘Bout That Life (A song by Dizzy Wright featuring Hopsin) was probably my favorite track from The Golden Age. I fuck with Jarren Benton. I’ve never listened to a full project from him, but that Black October series he did was dope and his verse on Step Ya Game Up (another song from The Golden Age) was great. I know SwizZz has been with Funk Volume for a long ass time, but I don’t think he’s even put out a full album yet. He may have put out a mixtape, but I’m not sure. From the features I’ve heard he’s pretty dope tho. His voice just takes a little getting used to. Uh oh. Nope. This hook is BAD. Hopsin is singin’. It’s not good. “All I hear is ladi dadi, dadi dadi, dadi dadi, dadi dada.” NOPE. I don’t get why the dopest rappers always have the wackest hooks. If they verses is good enough they might be able to save this track tho. This beat is dope. Dizzy’s verse great. “Come and witness lives you see me savin’ / DDT, you break your neck before I break my concentration.” SwizZz is goin’ in right now and his flow is dope af. Man. This hook… DAMN. Jarren is goin’ the fuck in. YOOO! Jarren Benton is so fuckin’ dope! “I outta be mentioned with the Greek mythology gods / I beat and body the odds, his feet is by the garage / His head inside a duffel bag that’s in back of my Dodge.” Hopsin’s goin’ in now. His verse was dope, but I wasn’t really feelin’ the way he did that half assed Drake singin’ shit. It wasn’t bad tho. Jarren Benton definitely had the best verse. He stole the show. I think he actually had the longest verse too. It felt like Dizzy had a really short verse. This is definitely the most exciting song on the album so far and it’s because of the features. Dizzy’s verse wasn’t bad, but it was really forgettable compared to the other ones. The hook kinda got to me at first, but the verses came through dope af. I can’t even front. The hook wasn’t that bad once I got used to it. It still wasn’t good tho. Just not bad. I fuck with this song. This song is dope af. 5/5

Track 14: False Reality (Prod. Rikio)

This beat is dope af. It’s real smooth. “So I watch out for these bitches / ‘Cause it’ll take them thirty years for them / To try to tarnish your name like Bill Cosby.” Wow. I’m not sure how I feel about that line. It’s kinda like he’s saying, “I gotta be careful and make sure I don’t rape anyone because they might tell people about it.” That’s just what it made me think. It’s pretty fucked up of him to say that the rape victims (or in his words, “bitches”) are just trying to “tarnish” Bill Cosby’s name. He probably just didn’t put enough thought into that line. “But we can’t keep screaming racism if we killing our own race / Not only are we against them /We against us / We been fucked up ’cause this rap life is a fucking false reality.” Ah fuck. Okay, I get that he’s just tryin’ to speak out against gang violence, but there being a lot of black on black crime doesn’t justify racism. You can’t just tell people not to point out blatant racism. Instead of telling us not speak out against racism because there’s so much gang violence (“we can’t keep screaming racism if we killing our own race”), Dizzy should be telling us to speak up about racism AND black on black crime. He’s trying real hard to say some real shit, but it’s already kinda backfired twice with the Bill Cosby and gang violence shit. I’m not really feelin’ this shit. I liked the beat, but that’s pretty much it. Not feelin’ the rest of it. 2/5

Track 15: Daddy Daughter Relationship (Prod. Alex Lustig)

This beat is cool. I guess Dizzy Wright has a daughter. The song opens up with him talkin’ to her. He’s givin’ her a tour of his recording studio I guess and then he’s like, “The booth is where we reCORD OUR voCALS!” It sounds like he’s about to throw up or start coughing when he says that for some reason. I think it’s because he was trying to say it loud enough so that the beat wouldn’t overpower his voice. The whole song is dedicated to his daughter I guess. He’s just tellin’ her important shit about life. The topic isn’t that bad I guess, but I don’t really like the way he’s delivering his bars. He’s sorta doin’ that half assed singin’ shit and it doesn’t sound good at all, especially when he says, “But don’t forget you can call on your OLD MAAYUN! Don’t forget you can call on your OLD MAAAAAN.” Oh my God. This hook is really really really bad. The shit he’s saying just makes the topic seem lame af. The singing is fucking horrible. Did he even hear the beat before he started singin’ this shit? Did he not listen to this song after he recorded it? This isn’t good at all. There aren’t any more verses after the hook comes on the first time. It’s just him talkin’ to his daughter. I get that he really loves his daughter and everything, but this really doesn’t make for a good song. I’m not feelin’ this shit. The beat was cool, but everything else was just kinda wack to me. 2/5

Track 16: Will It Last Feat. Njomza (Prod. MLB)

This beat is dope af. I feel like I’m drivin’ through New York City at night. Dizzy Wright is just sayin’ a bunch of random shit about where he wants to be in life. The first verse is pretty good. Damn. The beat gets really jazzy when the hook comes on. I think that’s a saxophone that just came in. Speaking of the hook, it’s not very good. It’s not horrible, but it just ruins the momentum of the song for me. Dizzy’s verses and the beat were dope tho. I fuck with this song. This song is dope. 4/5

Final Thoughts:

This album was pretty inconsistent for me. The beats weren’t bad and Dizzy’s verses was pretty good in most cases, but the fucking singing just didn’t work. Dizzy isn’t a bad rapper at all, but he is a bad singer. He needs to leave that singin’ shit alone. Even Hopsin is a better singer than Dizzy. I liked how Dizzy kept everything very positive throughout the album. Sometimes the topics weren’t always very interesting (weed & daughters), but he always seemed pretty passionate about what he was saying. I really liked God Bless America and Explain Myself. Explain Myself was better for me because it was a completely original beat that I’d never heard before and it was one of the few spots on the album where the energy picked up. This is a very mellow album. I don’t smoke, so this shit didn’t really hit me like that, but if you’re a pothead this album might end up in your top 5 for 2015. This was a good album, but it was nowhere near great for me. Dizzy just needs to make things more exciting by rapping about less boring topics and adjusting his energy level. It sounds like I’m talkin’ about Dragon Ball Z or something… I liked the album tho. There were a few songs that I didn’t really like, but I can’t call any song on here horrible. I think some of them are bad. Not horrible tho. I definitely think that State of Mind is a better project than this. It had more varied production and I think that it’s short length kept me from getting bored. This album is dope tho. I fuck with this album.

Favorite Song: Explain Myself

Least Favorite Song: I Can Tell You Needed It

Verdict:

70%

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