This album was released on August 24th this year. Bas’ last album was Too High to Riot, which came out in 2016. It was a solid album. I’m pretty much expecting the same level of quality from this project. It’ll most likely be far from greatness, but above average. I don’t really have much else to say about it. Hopefully he’s improved a little since that last album.
1. Icarus featuring Ari Lennox produced by Meez, Ron Gilmore & J. Cole
2. Front Desk produced by Jay Kurzweil, J. Cole & Ron Gilmore
3. Tribe featuring J. Cole produced by Childish Major & J. Cole
4. Boca Raton featuring A$AP Ferg produced by J. Cole, Sango & Cedric Brown
5. Barack Obama Special produced by Ron Gilmore & ClickNPress
6. Purge produced by Christo, Ron Gilmore & J. Cole
7. Fragrance featuring Correy C produced by Cedric Brown, J. Cole, Ron Gilmore, Tec Beatz & Meez
9. Infinity 2 featuring Correy C produced by Jay Kurzweil
10. Sanufa produced by J. Cole & Ron Gilmore
11. Great Ones
12. PDA produced by Ogee, K-Quick, Tec Beatz, Ron Gilmore & Jay Kurzweil
13. Designer produced by J. Cole, Ron Gilmore, Cedric Brown, Christo & K-Quick
14. Spaceships & Rockets featuring LION BABE, Moe Moks & mOma+Guy produced by Astro Raw & mOma+Guy
The album has a pretty promising start. The first song has a light, slightly jazzy instrumental, and the two verses from Bas are nice. Ari Lennox’s vocals sound great over the wavy beat too. I’m not sure who provided the vocals at the beginning of the track about flying too close to the sun, but they sounded decent. That might actually be Bas himself. It’s a good opener. Not great, but good. The beat on Front Desk is kinda cool. I’m not really impressed by Bas’ singing, but it’s not really bad. It’s just sufficient. It gets the job done. He sings throughout the whole song without rapping at all. It’s okay. Nothing about the song stands out in an especially bad way, but it wasn’t that enjoyable for me either.
The song with J. Cole was pretty nice, but I wasn’t blown away like I usually am when Cole features on a Bas song. Cole definitely had the superior verse on the song though. He stole the show, which is the norm whenever these two get on a track together. The production was cool. It was just a little repetitive. The music video is boring as hell. It’s more “good” music from Bas. Again, it’s far from great in my opinion. I fuck with it though.
Boca Raton is the best single from the album in my opinion. With that said, it’s still not that great. I like the beat more than that of Tribe. The feature from A$AP Ferg was pretty solid. Bas just didn’t really impress me that much on this track. He wasn’t bad though. Just like with the song it follows, the production is a bit repetitive. The music video is far more entertaining than that of Tribe. I like the song. The more I listen to it the less I like it though. Uhhh… Forget that shit I said about it being the best single. I think Tribe is a little better. Not by much. Neither of them are all that though. The production on Barack Obama Special is really cool. Bas has a cool flow on the first verse. The hook’s kinda weird. I think those uncredited vocals are from K-Quick. The way they come in honestly sounds really awkward. The second and third verses are pretty cool. Honestly, the best aspect of the song is definitely the production. The hook’s kinda weird. Bas’ flow was nice too though. It’s an entertaining song. It’s not super memorable, but it’s enjoyable enough. I fuck with it. Purge is definitely a standout track. Bas’ flow on the first verse is really nice, and I like the bouncy, lighthearted production a lot. The hook’s pretty cool too. It’s the best song on the album so far in my opinion. I still wouldn’t use the word “great” to describe it, but I think it’s really dope. His flow is fantastic on this track.
I’m really not crazy about Correy C’s vocals on the hook of Fragrance. I’ve never really been a big fan of him. His singing is painfully average to me. It’s not really bad enough to ruin the song though. The first verse from Bas was nothing special. He raps about some girl who likes him too much. He can’t seem to get rid of her. Nothing about this song really stands out to me in a good way. It’s definitely not bad. I can’t really say I’m enjoying it though. It’s one of the most underwhelming songs on the album to be honest. It’s a tolerable track, but I’m never gonna listen to it again. Infinity is an audio clip taken from the movie White Men Can’t Jump. It’s a sample of a really stupid conversation. The guy calls infinity “the biggest number.” Is infinity even an official number? It doesn’t matter I guess. I’m not gonna judge it like a normal song since it’s just a short interlude. Correy C’s vocals sound so flat to me on Infinity+2. The production is really chill. It’s kinda nice. There’s only one verse from Bas, and it’s pretty short. The song’s less than two minutes long. I don’t really like it. I think it’s a little better than Fragrance just because it doesn’t overstay its welcome like that song does. It’s still not really that enjoyable to me though. The best aspect of the song is the production, which isn’t even really that impressive to be honest. It’s an okay song I guess. I’m not really feelin’ the hook on Sanufa. It’s not bad, but I don’t really think it’s that good. The production isn’t that great either. Again, it’s not bad. It’s not impressive though. There are two short verses from Bas, and they’re both really underwhelming. This is definitely the most lackluster song on the album so far in my opinion. There’s not a single aspect of the song that really stands out in a positive way. It’s just a really bland track to me. It’s not even bad though. It’s just mediocre. Great Ones is another audio clip from a movie. It comes from A Bronx Tale. It’s basically about girls who are special to people. In other words, there are some girls who stand out to certain people and end up developing special relationships with guys. Every guy has a handful of “great ones” in their lives. It’s a pretty good introduction to the following track, PDA. It’s a good song. The hook is simplistic, but I like it a lot. The first verse is cool, but the second one definitely has more substance. It’s just a song about the excitement that comes with meeting a girl you really like.
Might be too early for talkin’ about marriage
I got some business I gotta attend
You got some dreams to achieve on your end
I know that we the busiest of bees
But I hope we get to be at the end
I know that feeling all too well, and it always ends with disappointment lol. Anyway, I don’t really have any problems with the song. I don’t think it’s great, but it’s definitely pretty good. I fuck with it. The production on Designer is really nice. I actually really like Bas’ vocals on the hook too. The first verse was cool. It’s another good song. Once again, it doesn’t quite reach “greatness,” but I enjoyed it enough to keep it in my iTunes library. I don’t really have any problems with it. It’s a dope song. Spaceships + Rockets is the Poppiest song on the album. It’s not for me, but I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s a remix of Rockets by LION BABE. The production sounds really familiar, so I think I might’ve heard the original song before. Bas’ flow on the first verse is really dope, but I’m just not really a fan of the beat, and the hook didn’t do anything for me either. I won’t be listening to it ever again, but I don’t think it’s bad. I just don’t really like it personally.
This album is kinda good. It’s far from great, but I think it’s a solid project. There’s not a single moment on this album that really captivates me that much, but most of the material is enjoyable enough. This isn’t gonna be anyone’s album of the year. It’s not very memorable at all. Bas released a promotional single prior to this albums release called Pinball II, which is honestly better than every song that made it onto the final product. He has a pretty great flow on most of these songs, and the production is nice. There just aren’t any moments that really blow me away. I think it’s worth skimming if you’re interested. It’s definitely not a must-listen album though. You won’t be missing out on that much if you decide to skip this project. It’s good though.
Favorite Song: Purge
Least Favorite Song: Sanufa
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