Album Review | Kill Bill & Rav – NEW MOON

This album was released on January 20th this year. The only other projects I’ve ever heard from these guys are Kill Bill’s RAMONA album from 2014, and Rav’s Beneath the Toxic Jungle from 2015. I think I said that I liked both of those albums when I reviewed them, but I honestly never really go back to them. I actually ended up interviewing Kill Bill last year, which was cool. That was the first interview I’ve ever done, so shoutout to him for letting me talk to him. Anyway, I think it’s pretty smart of them to release this project earlier in the year when there’s not a lot of other music coming out right now. It’s also cool that they did a whole joint album together. From what I’ve heard they work pretty well together. Their voices are a nice contrast from each other. I haven’t been blown away by the other music I’ve heard from them in the past, but I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this. It’s just over half an hour, so if it ends up being trash I won’t have to suffer for too long.

1. now you don’t featuring Rekcahdam produced by j^p^n

Alright, here we go. Rav’s on the first verse. The production from j^p^n is really nice. The first verse from Rav was pretty cool. I wouldn’t exactly call this “emo” rap, but it does seem a tad bit angsty. It’s not your typical braggadocios rap song. The melodic hook from Rav is dope. This is actually a really interesting song. The beat pretty much disappears after the hook. Rekcahdam comes in to spit a verse about his depression, suicidality, and first world problems over the sound of static mixed with street ambience. It kinda reminded me of Earl to be honest. His voice even sounds like Earl a little bit. Kill Bill is nowhere to be found on this track. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be returning to this song. I liked the first half, but once the beat disappeared I pretty much stopped enjoying the song. I mean, the verse from Rekcahdam certainly wasn’t bad. It was pretty solid. It’s just not good enough for me to want to hear it a cappella. This isn’t a bad song though. It’s definitely okay.

2. passionfruit featuring Scuare produced by MAITRO

This track has a pretty lighthearted, upbeat instrumental. Rav is on the first verse again. Okay, this is pretty good. Rav’s verse about his struggles with being emotionally stable was cool. The second verse from Kill Bill was good too. I’m not really sure what Scuare’s contribution to this song was. I guess that was him scatting on the hook. I’m honestly kinda disappointed that he didn’t get a verse. I like him, so I was looking forward to hearing from him again. Anyway, this is definitely a better song than the first one. I’m not completely in love with it, but I definitely enjoyed it to some extent. This is dope.

3. when i am successful i’mma buy a neo geo produced by mndsgn.

This song easily has the best beat on the album so far. It almost sounds like it could be from an old school video game, so I guess the title is appropriate. The way Kill Bill and Rav flow on this track is interesting. They have a layer of background vocals synchronized with their bars, and it sounds pretty smooth. It kinda gets old after a while though, so I’m glad Rav ditched them for the second half of his verse. I’m surprisingly enjoying Rav’s contributions to this album a bit more than Kill Bill’s so far. I wasn’t expecting that because I’ve preferred Kill Bill in the past. Rav seems to have improved a lot though. Anyway, this is definitely the best song so far. The production is great, and Rav & Bill sounded really good over it. This is dope.

4. lovedrug (off that) produced by City Girl

The acoustic guitar driven production on this track is really nice, and Rav’s soft, boyish voice sounds perfect over it. I wasn’t crazy about the melodic hook from Kill Bill when I first heard it, but it’s starting to grow on me. I’m actually having trouble deciding whose verse I like more. Rav’s voice is just so perfect over this beat, and his flow was nice as hell, especially on the first few bars of his verse. Kill Bill’s verse was pretty good too. I guess if I had to choose one over the other I’d go with Rav, but they both did a really good job. This is another dope track. It’s just as good, if not better than the previous one. I fuck with this.

5. sleeptalking produced by lando!

One thing that I haven’t mentioned yet is that all the tracks on this album transition into one another really smoothly. Speaking of the word “smooth,” this beat is slick as hell. This is a solo track from Kill Bill. The entire song is just one verse, but it’s dope. That reference to Cartoons & Cereal was dope, and I love the line where he mentions Hopsin. That was funny. This is the shortest song on the album. It’s pretty good. I don’t really have any issues with it. It’s not the most exciting track on the album, but I enjoyed it. It’s dope.

6. saffron produced by MAITRO

The beat from MAITRO on this track isn’t as smooth as the previous few cuts. It’s dope though. It sounds kinda familiar. He—or she—might’ve sampled something I’ve heard in the past. Or maybe not. I don’t fuckin’ know. Fuck you. Anyway, the first verse from Kill Bill on this track is pretty dope. I liked that line where he said he only writes rhymes when he’s pissed at life, and then you hear him say “…I’ve been writing a lot of rhymes lately.” They also sampled the sound effect of a Kamehameha from Dragon Ball Z. Or Dragon Ball Super. Or Dragon Ball GT. Or just Dragon Ball. I don’t know. Go fuck yourself. Rav’s flow on the second verse is really dope too. I gotta admit though… When he said “our songs make your girl pop her booty like it’s Advil” I cringed a little bit. It just doesn’t sound right coming from Rav. Anyway, I definitely enjoyed this song, but I don’t like it quite as much as the previous few tracks. I still like it though. It’s dope.

7. dirge produced by j^p^n

Hmm… This beat sounds really familiar… Did they release this song before the album came out? Yeah, according to SoundCloud it came out six months ago. I remember listening to this song and feeling pretty indifferent towards it. The production isn’t that interesting to me, and I wasn’t really that impressed by Bill’s verse. It definitely wasn’t bad, but it just doesn’t stand out that much to me. Rav’s flow was kinda cool at the beginning of his verse, but overall it doesn’t do enough to make the song interesting enough for me to want to return to it. The B.I.G. sample that comes in after the hook was a nice touch though. However, I probably won’t be listening to this song again. It’s definitely not bad. I just didn’t enjoy it that much. It’s decent though.

8. put it down featuring Mega Ran produced by ??????

The production on this track is jazzy, but kind of repetitive. The first verse from Bill is one of his best on the whole album in my opinion. I’m not familiar with that Mega Ran guy, but he seems to have a bigger following than anybody else involved with this album. His verse was actually fantastic. He killed it. Rav’s verse wasn’t bad, but I wish his delivery wasn’t so languid. He sounds like he’s muttering his words in his sleep. Despite the repetitive production and lifeless delivery from Rav I think this is one of the best songs on the album so far. Bill & Mega Ran killed this shit. It’s dope.

9. cult produced by Menta

Huh. This beat sounds like it’s meant for an R&B song. It’s really good though. Oh shit. Wow. I remember Kill Bill tweeting something that basically said “I’m gonna start a cult,” so it’s cool that he actually ended up making a song about it. The hook on this song is dope. I like how he refers to his fans as “weirdos on the internet who fuck with my verses.” The whole song is about how those weirdos wanna join his cult. From what I’ve seen on Twitter, I agree that “weirdo” is the appropriate label for a lot of Kill Bill’s fanbase. Is that fucked up for me to say? I don’t mean anything bad by that. Being weird is cool. Normal people are boring. I guess everyone thinks they’re weirder than they actually are. 90% of the white girls I’ve met in life think they’re super quirky and interesting, but that really isn’t the case. I don’t know why I felt the need to say that. Sorry, I’m rambling now. Anyway, I know I didn’t really talk much about this song, but I like it. It’s another solo track from Bill. I think it’s better than the first solo track he had on this album. It’s really dope. I fuck with it.

10. fair one featuring Airøspace produced by desired

The beat on this song is really great. Rav’s voice kind of annoyed me on this track though. I usually really like his voice, but for some reason it just sounded kind of irritating on this song. It’s definitely not bad enough to hurt my overall enjoyment of the track. It’s just something I thought I should mention. His verse wasn’t bad at all. I really like the hook on this track. I think it’s one of the best hooks on the album so far. Bill killed that second verse too. I feel like I enjoyed Rav more on the first half of this album, but so far Bill has been impressing me more on the second half. Huh… Airøspace didn’t have a verse. He just helped with the hook I think. That’s kind of disappointing. I’m not as familiar with him as I am with the rest of the members of Exociety, so I was looking forward to hearing from him. I guess it’s not that big of a deal though. I still think this is one of the best songs on the album. It’s dope.

11. lil empathy featuring Ashido Brown produced by îota & kudasai

The beat on this song is dope. It reminds me of video games. I like the way Rav plays with the word “icy” and its homophones at the beginning of the first verse. His flow is really nice. The beat disappears after Rav pops a pill at the end of his verse, and then Ashido Brown goes in a cappella similar to how Rekcahdam did on the first song. It thankfully doesn’t last too long before a second beat comes on. I’m not really feelin’ the singing from Rav though. It’s not terrible, but at the same time it’s not really that good. He doesn’t rap over the second beat. He just sings the same line until the song ends. Kill Bill is nowhere to be found on this track. This is an alright song. It’s not something that I can see myself returning to though. I liked the first beat and the first verse from Rav. The rest of the song isn’t really that good to me though. It’s not particularly bad. It just doesn’t really stand out to me in a good way. I won’t be returning to this, but it’s a decent track.

This album is pretty good. There aren’t any bad songs. There were tracks that I didn’t like that much, but they weren’t actually wack. I actually see myself coming back to the songs that I liked, which wasn’t really the case for the other projects I heard from Rav & Bill. The production was a lot more interesting on this project, and I think these are some of the best songs I’ve ever heard from them. I almost liked every song. I only ran into issues with the featured artists who spit a cappella verses, and I honestly probably would’ve liked those verses over beats. I’m glad Bill & Rav chose to do a joint album because I think they sound good together. This is a dope project. I fuck with it.

Favorite Song: Fair One
Least Favorite Song: Dirge


Grade: B-

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