Album Review | Jay Rock – 90059

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I don’t know where to start with this one… Um… This album came out on 9/11 this year. We’ve been waiting for this shit since 2011, which is when his previous album, Follow Me Home, came out. I still gotta listen to that shit. I ain’t heard it yet. I should do that one soon… Anyway, this motherfucker’s been dropping dope ass verses left and right on features and shit. People started noticing it when he fucking ripped Money Trees by Kendrick Lamar to shreds. That verse was so dope. His verse on the Black Hippy remix of U.O.E.N.O. was crazy too. I liked that one… He used to be signed to Strange Music, which is apparently why this album took so fuckin’ long to come out. He never really seemed to fit that well with Strange Music. It’s probably a good thing that he’s done with them. Sometimes it seems like they focus on Tech N9ne a little bit more than they should… Don’t get me wrong, Tech N9ne is dope af, but I’m pretty sure the reason Kutt Calhoun and Skatterman & Snug Brim left is because they was bitter about Tech gettin’ all the shine and not giving them the light. So, yeah. Four years. Dope ass features. Strange Music. Now he’s just with Top Dawg Entertainment. God. TDE is so fucking dope. Anyway, this album had a pretty creative release strategy. I’m not exactly sure when it was, but Jay Rock announced that the more people preordered his album, the sooner it would be released. I think that’s actually a pretty good idea, but there are just a few things I would’ve done differently. I would’ve told people how many preorders I was tryin’ to get. As a consumer, I don’t want to spend my money unless I know exactly where it’s going. I’m sure there were some stingy assholes out there who were all like, “What if he’s just saying that, and the preorders won’t actually affect the release date???” I don’t know. I really don’t feel like thinking too hard right now to be honest. I had a long day. My point is just that there are little things he could’ve done to make his customers feel a little more comfortable. I love how creative musicians have been getting with their release strategies by the way. Ever since Beyoncé dropped her self titled album outta nowhere, people have been trying more shit out. It’s dope. Anyway, lemme just go ahead and start listening to this shit. Jay Rock. 90059. Here we go.

Track 1: Necessary (Prod. Black Metaphor & JRB)

This beat is fucking great. It’s so fuckin’ smooth. Oh. That was just the intro. He was just sayin’, “90059 be the zip.” If you ain’t figured it out by now, 90059 is the zip code of the area where he grew up. After the intro ends, the beat gets a lot harder, and he immediately starts goin’ in. The first verse is dope af. The hook is alright I guess. He’s kinda singin’… Kinda… I guess he’s singing. I think. It just doesn’t sound like it fits that well over this beat. It isn’t bad tho. It’s just there. It’s alright. That second verse was crazy. He killed that shit. That second verse was dope af. Yeah… This hook sounds a little off. I don’t know whether this song is dope af or dope. I think that means it’s just dope. The beat was dope. The hook was alright. The verses were great. I definitely liked the beat that played on the intro more. It really wouldn’t make sense for a gangsta like Jay Rock to start his album off with that smooth beat tho. It was a better beat, but I don’t know if it would’ve worked for the opening song of a Jay Rock album… It technically did start the album off tho… I don’t know. All I know is that I fuck with this song. This song is dope. 4/5

Track 2: Easy Bake Feat. Kendrick Lamar & SZA (Prod. Skhye Hutch, Antydote, ThankGod4Cody, Chris Calor & SmokeyGotBeatz)

Okay, this should be good. Kendrick Lamar is obviously my favorite rapper, and, as I said in my Rodeo review, SZA’s voice is fucking angelic. This beat is dope af. It sounds kinda Trap-inspired. Jay Rock’s delivery is kinda strange here. Not in a bad way tho. He’s just makin’ his voice real high. Not like Michel’le high, but higher than usual for Jay Rock. It doesn’t sound bad. The first verse was dope. The hook is cool. The second verse was dope too. Kendrick’s goin’ in now. Damn. Yes. He’s tradin’ bars with Jay Rock. That was so dope. That’s exactly how you have Kendrick on your song without him stealing the show. That was great. Yes. Yes. That beat just switched up. This beat is so motherfucking good. Yes. SZA is singing her motherfuckin’ ass off. Yes. This is so smooth. This is so West Coast. This is fantastic. Yes. SZA fucking killed it. That shit was smooth as fuck. That was great. Jay Rock’s goin’ in now. “Show you why they hate more niggas than Uncle Ruckus / Rollin’ up that boondock / some call it moon rock.” I shouldn’t even have to tell y’all how dope that fucking line is. Any song that has a reference to one of the greatest TV shows of all time is dope af. Yes. Rock fuckin’ killed this shit. This is fantastic. I definitely fuck with this. This is absolutely dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Gumbo (Prod. J. LBS)

Gumbo

This beat is fucking incredible. This is so motherfucking smooth. Jay Rock is goin’ the fuck in. This beat is so motherfucking incredible tho. There are a couple references to them old Greek motherfuckers that liked to fuck on they sisters and kill each other. You know, Greek gods. He mentioned Zeus & Medusa. The first verse was great. Who the fuck is that singin’ the hook? It’s so fuckin’ smooth. The hook is dope. What the fuck? This fuckin’ Apple Music app is fuckin’ up again. I paused the song at one point, and when I pressed play, a song from My Music started playing. It was terrible. I still like Apple Music tho. It’s convenient as SHIT. It just pisses me the fuck off sometimes. You know who would be perfect for a remix of this shit? Big K.R.I.T. Sorry. That was random. Jay Rock fuckin’ killed this shit. Especially that second verse. “Have you ever put your hand over fire just to see what you could tolerate? / And you can find no escape / Life is a Dominatrix waiting for shit to pollinate / To make you mind your mistakes.” Jay Rock was doin’ his fuckin’ thing on that last verse. That shit was dope af. This whole song is dope. The beat is fucking incredible, the hook is smooth as fuck, Jay Rock is goin’ the fuck in, and the idea behind the song is actually interesting. The skit at the end of the song reminded me of the shit on good kid, m.A.A.d. city. They just sound a lot more Southern on this one. The whole vibe is a lot less hostile & desolate. I fucking love this song. This song is dope af. It did make me really hungry tho… 5/5

Track 4: Wanna Ride Feat. Isaiah Rashad (Prod. J. LBS, Tae Beast & Antydote)

Okay, this should be good. I fuck with Isaiah Rashad. This beat is dope af. Jay Rock is goin’ in. He’s doin’ his thing. Huh. That’s weird. His verse just ended, and the beat immediately switched up. It’s kinda jarring, but it’s not really a big deal. It was just really abrupt. Jay Rock didn’t even sound like he was finished before the beat cut off. It’s cool tho. The second beat is dope af. Jay Rock’s first verse was dope. Isaiah Rashad’s on the hook. It’s alright I guess. It’s not really anything Jay Rock couldn’t have did himself. Oh no… The last verse was dope and everything, but… It was from Jay Rock. Isaiah Rashad was only on the hook. Oh no. No. NO. WHY? I’m really getting tired of this trend where really dope rappers only contribute simple hooks to songs. The beat was dope, and Rock did his thing, but I’m disappointed. The hook was nothing special. Isaiah Rashad should’ve had a verse. I like the song tho. It’s dope. I’m just a little disappointed. I still fuck with this shit tho… 4/5

Track 5: The Ways Feat. SiR (Prod. J. LBS)

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this guy named SiR. This beat is dope. Jay Rock is using the same high-voiced delivery that he had on Easy Bake. He’s doin’ his thing. This song is just about a cool ass chick that likes to smoke & fuck. It’s not that interesting of a topic, but it’s cool I guess. SiR did his fuckin’ thing on the hook. That was good. This is a cool song I guess. It really doesn’t stand out that much, but it’s cool. I guess. I’ll definitely download this one, but I don’t know if I feel comfortable calling this “dope.” It’s definitely not bad. It’s just not really anything special. It’s average to me. 3/5

Track 6: Telegram (Going Krazy) Feat. Lance SkiiiWalker [Prod. J. LBS]

Yo, it is so motherfucking hot in my room right now. This beat is dope af. Lance is singing right now, and it actually sounds really good. He sounds real smooth on this shit. His voice is really similar to Jay Rock’s. Jay Rock is rappin’ how his girl doesn’t think he’s faithful. “I ain’t out here doin’ it for the Vine, girl / We all fall in temptation / Just know you’re my girl / Even though that sound crazy, at least I’m tryin’, girl.” His verses was all pretty dope. This beat is dope af, and Lance did his thing. I fuck with this shit. This is dope. 4/5

Track 7: 90059 Feat. Lance SkiiiWalker (Prod. Tae Beast)

Lance SkiiiWalker is screaming for whatever reason at the beginning of this shit. The… OH MY FUCKING GOD. APPLE FIX YOUR FUCKING MUSIC APP. I’M TIRED OF THIS FUCKING SHIT. Every FUCKING time I try to listen to this song it stops playing at 0:14. Every time I try to do a review I run into a fucking problem like this. I already had to stop in the middle of another review just because the FUCKING app wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. FIX! THIS! SHIT! Fuck, man. Oh. It’s working now. Cool. Shoulda fucking never fucking had a fucking problem in the fucking first fucking place. Anyway, the beat sounds pretty dope so far. What… What the fuck? What the fuck is happening? Is Lance singing? Is that what the fuck that’s supposed to be? Motherfucker sounds like Scooby Doo. This reminds me of that wack ass Do Me No Favors song by Troy Ave. That shit was terrible. This one doesn’t really… I don’t know. This one doesn’t sounds as bad as the Troy Ave one, but I gotta give it some more time to figure out whether or not I hate it. Rock’s rapping now. He fucking killed that first verse. That shit was dope af. “All for the Gram, grams, and a new weave / All they got is spandex pants, and some loose knees / Niggas taking chances, tip-toeing with two P’s / No one’s exempt, weak or strong they do bleed.” He killed that first verse. He sounds so fuckin’ gangsta on this shit. I don’t know. I kinda fuck with this hook for some reason. It reminds me of ODB. It doesn’t last too long either. I feel like I should hate it, but I don’t… The second verse was dope af. He fucking ripped that last verse to shreds. That shit was dope af. Yeah. Damn. I feel like I shouldn’t like this, but… He just fucking killed this shit so hard… I definitely fuck with this. The hook takes a little getting used to, but it’s dope to me. I can definitely understand why some people would think it’s wack tho. The beat was dope, and, as I said before, Jay Rock went fuckin’ bananas on this shit. This is dope af. Lemme take a look at this music video real quick. Okay it opens up with this chick sittin’ on a swing eatin’ a lollipop. Damn. She kinda got ass… Wait… Is that SZA? Damn. I guess I didn’t realize how bad she was… Anyway, she hops off of the swing, and gets in a car. Jay Rock was sitting in the passenger seat. I’m not sure what they were doing… Why were they at the top of that hill? Was Jay Rock just sitting in the car by hisself while SZA was havin’ fun? How long were they there? Anyway, when she gets in the car and cuts the radio on, the second half of Easy Bake starts playing, and then she drives away. Damn. I forgot how fuckin’ dope this song was already. SZA fucking killed that shit. Jay Rock has one of them Hannibal Lector masks on. SZA’s singin’ her fuckin’ ass off. Jay Rock does not appear to be having a good time at all. Lmao. This motherfucker looks like he’s about to throw up everything he’s ever ate. Ok. It’s 11:00 PM in the music video now. SZA pulls up by an abandoned building with two other cars. There’s no music playing now. She exits the vehicle, and then gets Jay Rock out. Alright, NOW 90059 is starting. It’s been two minutes and thirty seconds, and the song that this video is for is just now starting. There’s some sketchy ass doctor played by Lance SkiiiWalker handing Jay Rock some “adrenaline pills.” I guess Jay Rock was just as doubtful as I was because he made Lance take them first. Okay, now it’s more like a normal music video. Damn… I guess they weren’t adrenaline pills after all because the doctor just passed the fuck out. Jay Rock’s puttin’ him in the trunk. Alright, now the police are chasin’ him. Damn. They didn’t have the last verse on here… Fuck. Well, I still enjoyed the music video. It’s dope. This song is dope af too. Jay Rock fucking murdered this shit. 5/5

Track 8: Vice City (Performed by Black Hippy) [Prod. Cardo]

Vice City

Yes. This is going to be fucking great. Yes. Black Hippy is one of my favorite Hip Hop groups right now, which is strange since they ain’t never really dropped a project or anything. They don’t even really have that many songs with each other. I fuck with Black Hippy tho. Alright, lemme go ahead and start this shit. This beat was previewed at the beginning of the 90059 music video. It’s dope af. Kendrick’s goin’ in now. He has a really unorthodox flow on this one. As the title implies, this song is about “big booty bitches.” Kendrick did his thing. It wasn’t amazing or anything. I liked it tho. It wasn’t bad. Jay Rock’s goin’ in now. “She reel me in with some chicken wings, and some collard greens; that shit was brackin’.” I don’t know why, but that line is fucking great to me. Maybe it’s because I’m hungry right now. “Just cracked me a new bitch / Bust a new nut on her nigga’s jersey / My bitch get off at 9 o’clock, so I had to shake her ’round 7:30.” It’s pretty ironic that he would say something like that since he literally had a song about being faithful to his girl two tracks ago. I liked his verse tho. He did his thing. It was better than K. Dot’s verse. My homie Soulo’s goin’ in now. He’s not actually my homie, but I really like him, so he’s my homie. Yes. He fucking killed it. Man, I’m ready for a new Ab-Soul album. I think Isaiah Rashad’s album is supposed to be dropping next, and I’m pretty sure ScHoolboy Q’s album is finished too, so it’s probably gonna be a minute before we get another Soulo album. I should review Control System… Anyway, Q is goin’ in now. Fuck. He killed it too. I don’t know. Well, Soul definitely had the best verse, but the second spot could go to Rock or Q. Fuck it, Q had the better verse. “You be talking boss / Saying big words like philosophies / Man you weird, homie / What it sounds to me that you broke as fuck, and your bitch gon’ leave, and that’s real homie.” That woulda been funny if he came in right behind Ab-Soul, and started his verse with that line. Well, it’s over. That shit was dope af. I still got the music video to watch tho. It’s starting now. Okay, it’s in black and white. What am I looking at? It’s some kind of room. Like a big ass garage or something. I don’t know. Kendrick just entered through a door in the middle of the room. It’s all taken from one single shot. He’s kinda doin’ that weird ass dance that he did in the i music video. Damn. Some strippers just slid down the poles that were in the room. Kendrick’s just rappin’ to the camera, and the bad ass bitches in the back are slowly sneaking up on him. When his verse ends they grab him and take him away. Okay, Jay Rock just entered the room, and the camera’s moving towards him. Woah. Okay, the whole back wall with the door just moved up. It’s gone now. There’s a big ass window in the back now. Oh, I guess the back wall was kinda like a garage door. This is a lot harder to describe than it should be. That must be a green screen. In the background there’s just a bunch of cuts of some bad ass chicks layin’ on beds, and watchin’ TV and shit. Okay, his verse ended. Kendrick’s spittin’ the hook now. The girls are still fightin’ over him. Okay, Rock’s singin’ the bridge, and the camera’s moving forward again. Soulo just jumped out through window. Okay, the camera’s zoomin’ back out now. There are more stripper poles. What the fuck is happening? All of the walls in the room are gone now. It’s a lot bigger. There are so many girls. The camera’s movin’ back, and Ab-Soul’s movin’ with it. Another chick with A FAT ASS OH MY GOD just handed him a bible. Lmao. He just threw it into the air, and it hit the floor so hard that it completely fell apart. Another chick handed him a baseball bat. Damn. I thought he was about to hit her with it for a second. I don’t know why. Thank God that didn’t happen. A piñata just came outta nowhere. He missed that shit so hard. He tried to hit it with the bat, and he completely missed. Alright his verse ended. The shot finally changed. Rock’s laying on what looks like a stretcher, and he’s being wheeled along the floor. The camera is zoomed in on his profile at an aerial view. There’s so many asses shakin’ over him. Lmao. He looks so fucking happy. Okay, the shot switched one more time to ScHoolboy Q. He’s in another big room with a spot light shining over him. Lmao. He’s wearing a dashiki and a fedora and sunglasses. Woah, what the fuck? His verse for the music video is extended. “A Dashiki on, with a fedora on, and my round glasses.” …Damn… Hahahahahaha. This is the greatest shot in music history.

Woah… Did this motherfucker just hint at a Black Hippy project??? “Black Hippy droppin’ / Eyebrows raised.” I normally wouldn’t think anything of this, but why did he only put this in the music video? Maybe I’m just reachin’… I’m ’bout to look this shit up right now. Damn. Couldn’t find anything. Fuck it then. All I found was an interview with Jay Rock where he basically just implies that it’s possible. Whatever. I got too much shit to review, I shouldn’t be thinkin’ about shit that don’t even exist yet. All I know is that Soulo & Q fuckin’ killed this shit, and the music video is dope. Soul had the best verse, then Q, then Rock, then Dot. They all did they thing tho. I didn’t really mind not having a mind blowing Kendrick verse. Maybe I’m just getting tired of him. I don’t know. I thought the song was dope, and that flow was fuckin’ great. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a flow like that before. It was different. It’ll definitely take some getting used to for some people, but I fuck with it. This shit is dope af to me. 5/5

Track 9: Fly On The Wall Feat. Busta Rhymes (Prod. Dae One & AAyhasis)

Wow. Didn’t expect Busta Rhymes of all people to be on this shit. I fuck with Busta Rhymes tho. I swear to God he better not fuck up Extinction Level Event 2. Wow. It’s a lot easier to write reviews when I’m not hungry. This beat is dope af. It’s real smooth and soft. This is one of the more poetic & thoughtful songs on the album. It should be interesting to see how Busta Rhymes fits on here. The beat sounds perfect for him. The hook is dope. Rock did his thing, especially on the second verse. “See, this young man hit this bitch for all them niggas she fuckin’ / Knowin’ one man’s been intimate touchin’ / ‘Til the big homie found out / Gave his ass a concussion / He don’t want nothin’ now / He walkin’ on crutches now.” Busta’s goin’ in now. His flow is on point, but he’s kinda unintentionally breaking the fourth wall… WHAT THE FUCK. APPLE. FUCKING. MUSIC. IT HAPPENED AFUCKINGGAIN. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, FIX YOUR FUCKING SHIT. Damn. Now I gotta go back and restart the fucking song. OH MY FUCKING GOD. It happened AGAIN. Fuck. Alright, it’s playing now. Yeah, Busta’s flow is dope af on here. WHYYYYYY? Why the fuck does this shit keep happening? Maybe if I disconnect from the wifi… NO. It’s not fucking working. That’s it. I’m going to wait approximately seven minutes, and if it keeps fucking up, I’m going to be REALLY fucking PISSED. Oh… It’s uh… It’s working now… As I was saying… Busta rarely actually raps about the main topic of the song. He kinda just goes on about how he fucks with Jay Rock. The parts where he actually does speak on the subject at hand are dope af tho. “We was flies on the wall too from the shit we seen in our lifetime, and through these songs there were digressions / Some stories we shared through music / Question if we in our right mind / Now I’m a new fuckin’ fly on the wall / I wanna see how many rappers really write rhymes.” Oh. I didn’t even tell y’all what the song is even about yet… Jay Rock uses being a “fly on the wall” as an analogy for observing your surroundings without being noticed. Kinda like a hidden camera. When Rock does it he talks about shit he sees in the hood. When Busta Rhymes does it he talks about shit he sees in Hip Hop, which is why he kinda touched on ghostwriting in the bars I quoted above. When he’s not doing that tho, he just needlessly compliments Jay Rock. I still liked his verse tho. He had some really dope lines in there, and his flow was great. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 10: Money Trees Deuce (Prod. Flippa & J Proof)

This is one of the few singles that I listened to before starting this review. This is the sequel to my favorite song from my favorite rapper’s major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. This shit had a lot to live up to. Lemme start off by making this clear right away; this song is dope. However, IN MY OPINION, it still does not live up to the original Money Trees. The beat is dope af. I really like the beat. I wish it was doper tho. They should’ve gotten DJ Dahi back on board for this one. The beat for Money Trees was so fucking incredible. This beat still maintains that airy & dream-like aesthetic, but the drum pattern & bass just don’t hit as hard as they should. I also think the hook is inferior to that of the original. It gets the job done, but it just isn’t as catchy. All of my problems with this song are pretty much with the way it sounds. Lyrically, this is still great. Well actually, I still don’t think any of his verses on here reach the level of his verse on the original, but they’re still dope af. His flow is nothing special. The beat is dope af. The hook gets the job done. The verses were great. It just didn’t really live up to the original. I still fuck with this shit. Lemme check this music video out real quick. Okay, Jay Rock is flyin’ through the streets. The police are after him. Now he’s sitting in his yard smoking. There’s a time lapse, but he’s not moving at an increased speed. It’s just everything around him that’s sped up. Okay, now he’s in a room where the walls are completely covered in… What the hell are those? Lottery tickets? Or calendars? I don’t know what they are… Okay, now he’s in the house… Now he’s outside some building. Now he’s rappin’ under palm trees. They’re definitely fake. If you look at the fake palm trees too closely they look kinda stupid, but most people probably won’t notice them. Now he’s walking up some invisible stairs. The music video honestly isn’t anything special, but it’s cool. I fuck with this song tho. This song is dope. 4/5

Track 11: The Message (Prod. J. LBS & Sounwave)

This beat is fucking great. Rock is goin’ the fuck in. “All that stressing / It taught me lessons / Caught blessings / Went back to stressin’, and that moment when death is present had me praying, and asking questions.” His delivery is really aggressive on this one. Oh God… Who the fuck is that singin’ the hook? He sounds really… Bad… Well, it really ain’t that bad, but his voice just sounds so whiny when he says “I hope we understand that.” I guess I can look passed it because Rock absolutely killed this shit. Maybe I can cut the hook out in GarageBand. Yeah. I’m definitely finna have to do that because I just don’t like this hook. The beat and verses are so fucking dope tho. Apparently the guy singing the hook is named Vic Smitty. Never heard of him. I fuck with the song, but the hook kinda brought it down for me. It’s still dope to me tho. This is probably just an iTunes thing, but the song ends about 20 seconds earlier than the track actually does. It’s not a big deal; it’s just kinda annoying. I fuck with this song tho. This song is dope. 4/5

Track +1: Parental Advisory (Prod. SmokeyGotBeatz)

This song was released as a the first promotional single for 90059 in October last year. I fucking love this song. This shit is so fucking gangsta and West Coast. I guess that makes sense since it heavily samples Tha Shiznit by Snoop Dogg. It also has a vocal sample from Pump Pump. The beat is almost completely unchanged. This might as well be a remix to Tha Shiznit. I still really like this beat tho. Jay Rock kills all the verses. This is gangsta as SHIT. This was the first new Jay Rock song we’d gotten in a really long time. I remember when it first dropped, and I was worried that the hook might suck ass because Strange Music tends to have some corny hooks. I was pleasantly surprised tho. Everything about this song is gangsta as fuck. This song is honestly more gangsta than anything we actually got on the album. I liked the album, but I kinda wish he was a little more like this on it at times. I fucking love this song. Lemme check out this music video. I just watched the whole thing. It’s really nothing special. It’s cool tho. I definitely fuck with this song. This song is dope af. 5/5

Track +2: Pay For It Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Chantal (Prod. Sounwave)

This song came out on my 16th birthday last year. Uh… This song came out on October 27th last year. It’s a much more popular song than Parental Advisory (obviously because of the Kendrick Lamar feature). I’m pretty sure it was performed at Saturday Night Live at one point. It was also in a Beats commercial with Serena Williams & Lebron James. I wasn’t really into the song when I heard it the first time. The hook is just… It’s cool that Chantal comes off as very passionate, but it’s just… It’s so fucking extreme. She sounds like she’s singing for her life. She sounds like she’s about to have an emotional breakdown. It’s just a little too overdramatic for me. She’s singing so fucking hard. I can’t take it. I do kinda like the song tho. The beat is fucking bananas. Sounwave really did his thing on this motherfucker. What is that… Violins? Is that what that is? Is there violins on this bitch? I don’t know… Whatever that instrument is sounds fucking great. The drums are really hard hitting too. The beat is dope af. Jay Rock’s delivery is really aggressive on this one. He murdered his verses. Kendrick really did his thing on this one too. His feature on this song was better than any of his features on the actual album. Both MCs did they thing, but the hook is just too much for me. Too much power. She put too much power into the hook. I had to cut that shit out in GarageBand. The only thing I wasn’t really feelin’ was the hook. It’s a dope song tho. I fuck with it. 4/5

Final Thoughts:

That album was pretty dope, but to be honest I’m a little disappointed. It’s really not bad, but I thought it would be a little… I don’t know… I thought it would be harder than this. There weren’t really any hardcore gangsta songs on this shit. Necessary & 90059 were the hardest tracks on this shit. I would’ve liked more songs like that. He definitely could’ve fit a few more gangsta shits on here. It was pretty short. I’m okay with him not putting the promotional singles on here since they’re pretty old at this point, but I just feel like he could’ve gave us more. We waited 4 years for 11 tracks. It’s a dope ass album, but I’m just a little let down. It was dope tho. The production is all pretty dope. There weren’t any beats that I thought were really forgettable. I just want to hear a song with a hard ass beat where Rock spits with a really aggressive delivery about how he’s killing wack MCs for like 5 minutes. That shit would be dope af. This album is dope tho. He went a little more introspective than I thought he would. I don’t know if I really want him to do that tho… Well, I actually DO want him to do that, but I also want more of that hard side of him. I do fuck with this album tho. It’s dope to me. It just could’ve been doper.

Favorite Track: Gumbo

Least Favorite Track: The Ways

Verdict:

87%

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  1. To understand this project further we gotta go back a few years.

    A lot happened to Jay Rock in between Follow Me Home and this project. His homie/hypeman Michael “EMJ” Jones (Who I had the chance to meet during the VIP meet and greet Eugene Oregon show, and man never before did I meet someone who had such an unparalleled positive energy in my life.) passed during the All 6s And 7s Tour after some Crips opened fire on the tour bus aiming at anybody from the Strange camp and they just happened to hit him [EMJ] who was on the phone with his wife at the time. EMJ would die a couple weeks later from a blood clot. And what’s even​more fucked up was that EMJ was a Crip himself. EMJ’s killers have never been apprehended.

    Then in 2013 Rock’s OG, Kevin “Flipside” White of the Death Row Records group OFTB (Operation From The Bottom) was shot in a drive-by after coming home from a series of shows with TDE in New York just the week before and was planning on doing some joint projects with the TDE camp before his passing. Flip’s killers were apprehended a couple days later.

    After that Rock, holed himself up and appeared sporadically on projects during this period. During this time Rock was supposed to have two more projects with Strange until the Interscope/TDE deal happened then Rock decided to be strictly TDE (there was no bad blood, it was just business) and so began the recording of what would become this album……

    It’s a dark album, that’s for sure, but lyrically he’s at the top of his game with tracks like Gumbo, Parental Advisory, The Message and so forth. He’s certainly come a long way since dropping 2 dollar mixtapes while touring with Game. I give this project a 9.5/10.

    Good job Nick

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