Album Review | Suga Free – The Resurrection

This album was released on May 7th this year. Much like Kokane & Spice 1, I think Suga Free is a really under-appreciated OG West Coast MC. I don’t think people really give him enough credit. It’s probably do to the fact that he’s so inconsistent, and he doesn’t really have a classic album. Some people might try to argue that his first album is a classic record, but I think that’d be a reach. I’ll post my rating of his discography tomorrow. Today I’ll just be focusing on this new project. I’m sure its title, The Resurrection, comes from the fact that this is Suga Free’s first official project in about a decade. I honestly don’t think it’s gonna be that good. The last Suga Free project that I actually enjoyed overall came out in 2007. I’ll be shocked if this ends up being his worst album, but I’ll also be really surprised if it’s anywhere near as good as his best work. I’m sure there’ll be a few songs on here that I really like, so that’s why I’m giving this a chance. Hopefully I end up being pleasantly surprised. Every song is produced by L-Finguz, except where noted.

1. Intro featuring Westcoast Stone

I’m gonna be honest… This intro was stupid as hell. I mean, I don’t think it’s supposed to be taken seriously. I really didn’t pay much attention to it. All I noticed is that Westcoast Stone mispronounced the word “apostle” which pissed me off. I guess he doesn’t know that the T is silent. That’s embarrassing. Anyway, this is a dramatic spoken word intro that kinda sets up the whole “resurrection” theme. I didn’t enjoy it, and I’m never gonna listen to it again. I’m not gonna pretend to have too much of an issue with it though.

2. Premium Game

Damn. This is actually a pretty good way to start the album. The production is solid, and Suga Free’s flow is on point as always. He thankfully has more of the charisma and funny shit talking that permeated his earlier work.

I’m in your face
Somewhere out there is a tree whose single purpose on Earth is to replace the oxygen you waste
Out my mouth bitch
It was 22 perms ago, I realized givin’ a fuck doesn’t really go with my outfit

The first verse is great. This is hilarious. He killed that shit. There are so many quotable lines in the first verse alone.

Why that basket deserve all your eggs?
Oh, you spreadin’ rumors about me? At least you found a hobby spreadin’ something other than your legs
Probably passed
You the kinda girl that a guy should show and tell in a psychology class

That war between niggas with toxic masculinity and Megan thee Stallion’s fanbase that’s taking place on Twitter right now is stupid as fuck, but Suga Free should really be on the frontlines against the City Girls. The hook is very simplistic, but it serves its purpose. The second verse was pretty nice. I really enjoyed this song quite a bit overall. I don’t have any major gripes with it. The verses were awesome, and the production was solid too. This one is dope af.

3. Don’t Be Thinking wit Cho Dick Boy featuring Snoop Dogg

The Discogs page for this album has Snoop Dogg listed as a feature on this song for some reason. I didn’t see any other sources listing him as a feature, so I’m assuming that was a mistake on Discogs’ end. Anyway, the beat on this track is actually really great. It’s very smooth. For some reason, this song is mixed way lower than the previous track. It’s quiet as hell for no apparent reason. I had to go into the “song info” options in iTunes and manually adjust the volume. The hook on this track is pretty cool. Suga Free’s delivery is almost a little James Brown-ish. The way he’s rapping on this first verse is awesome. His vocal delivery is so cool. Damn. This album is way better than I was expecting it to be so far. The first verse was great, and I really fuck with this beat. The way he says shit is just so unique and funny. That second verse was awesome. To my surprise, Snoop Dogg actually is featured on this song. I don’t know why he isn’t listed on streaming services. Well, I know he’s not listed in the Apple Music stream of the album. Maybe he is listed on other services. Anyway, I honestly think I like this track even more than the previous one. This shit is dope af.

4. Hole in My Heart featuring Kokane

I think this was the only single Suga Free dropped before the album actually came out. I may be wrong about that. I hadn’t listened to it before checking out the album. This shit is awesome though. Once again, Suga Free’s delivery is really charismatic and entertaining. The production is great, and Kokane’s vocals sound fantastic. This shit is West Coast as hell. The second verse from Kokane was great. Man, I’m super surprised by how much I’m loving this album. I think this is the best song I’ve heard so far. There’s nothing I don’t like about it. The production is dope, the feature from Kokane is awesome, and Suga Free sounds great. Even the music video was funny. Suga Free’s perm looks hilarious. This shit is dope af.

5. Can’t Lie to Yourself featuring Deuce Mack, Dae One & Bigg Joe West produced by Big Baby Jelly Roll

I’m not familiar with any of the features on this track, so I’m not really sure exactly who this is on the first verse. If I had to guess I’d say it’s Deuce Mack. It might not be though. This production from Jelly Roll is pretty solid. The first verse was cool. It wasn’t amazing or anything, but I enjoyed it. I don’t know who that was on the hook, but they sounded fine. The second verse is solid. Whoever that is sounds a lot like The Game. I think it’s Bigg Joe West. The melody of the hook is a little too repetitive. It gets old quickly. It lasts way too long too. Suga Free definitely had the best verse on this song. His flow was great. The lyrics were really fucked up though. Like, they were scarily misogynistic. That’s to be expected from Suga Free I guess. It was still a little extreme though, even for him.

Hey, Bill Cosby, man, start knocking these bitches out the old fashioned way

Jaw Drop

That line… Well… I’m not even gonna speak on that. Anyway, this is easily my least favorite track so far, but I still enjoyed it to some extent. Hmm… I’m trying to decide if I enjoyed it enough to wanna hear it again in the future. It honestly doesn’t have much replay value for me. I think the production was solid, and the featured verses were fine, but the hook kinda sucks. It’s an alright song. Definitely not bad.

6. Useless featuring Armani

The production on this track is a little flat. It’s not really bad though. It’s certainly listenable. It sounds like something DāM-FunK would make. If you’re into misogynistic lyrics you’d probably like this song a lot. Misogynists in general would probably really love Suga Free. The first verse on this track contains a line about kicking a woman in the pussy. Also I didn’t really get where this line came from, but according to Suga Free “engaging in any sexual position other than missionary is illegal in Washington, D.C.” I don’t really get that line. Someone’s gonna have to explain that one to me because it’s going over my head. I actually like the hook. Armani’s vocals sound pretty good. The second verse contains yet another line about Bill Cosby.

Talkin’ on the beat
How the fuck Bill Cosby locked up, and Harvey Weinstein still walking the streets?

I get what he’s trying to say, but uhh… I mean, they should both be locked up. It is very fucked up that Harvey Weinstein isn’t in prison right now though. Honestly, Suga Free is the last person I wanna hear rap about the Me Too movement, so I wasn’t crazy about that second verse. At least his flow sounded good. My favorite aspect of this song is definitely the vocals from Armani. Overall, it’s a decent track, but it’s not something I’d listen to again. It’s fine though.

7. Hearts featuring DJ Quik & E.D.I. Mean

I wasn’t able to find the production credits for this track, so I’m just gonna assume that it’s produced by DJ Quik. The production is awesome. It’s definitely my favorite beat on the album so far. It reminds me a lot of Why U Bullshittin’? The hook from E.D.I. Mean is pretty dope too. Jesus. This song has yet ANOTHER mention of Bill Cosby from Suga Free. What the fuck is that about?

He like fuckin’ drowsy bitches
I like mine to try to fight back and get away

Oh boy… I don’t uh… Okay, here’s the thing. There are certain rappers who I’d expect to say something like this, and I’d be cool with it. If someone like Kodak Black said it, obviously I’d be concerned and uncomfortable considering his past. However, if Tyler the Creator said it, I’d probably think it was kinda cool because that’s what I expect from him. Well, it’d be weird coming from current day Tyler, but the old Tyler definitely would’ve said something like that. Tyler’s whole gimmick was saying offensive and outlandish shit, and I was cool with it since he was just a dumb teenager. However, Suga Free isn’t really that type of rapper. I mean… Well, he definitely says a lot of misogynistic shit, but it never felt tongue in cheek or ironic. It always seemed like he was deadass serious about the fucked up shit he was saying, and I believed it because he was a literal pimp before he started rapping. However, even if he is just joking about this… He’s 49 years old. I wouldn’t have even made a joke like that before I was a legal adult, and I know for a goddamn fact I wouldn’t be caught dead hanging around someone saying shit like that at my age. Ugh… I don’t know man. I can’t really say I enjoyed that verse. It’s unfortunate because I really love this beat. E.D.I. Mean’s verse was cool too, and DJ Quik did his thing. I wasn’t crazy about the way the song ended though. It was very abrupt and uneventful. I’m not gonna be coming back to this song. Again, I love the beat, and the features did their thing. Suga Free’s verse kinda ruined it for me though. This song is just okay to me.

8. TMZ produced by Jay P Bangz

Well, this album has come to a screeching halt. It’s a damn shame because it started out really great. Hopefully things pick back up soon. Hmm… The mixing on this track is a little low, just like the Snoop track. This one isn’t nearly as quiet though. It’s very subtle. The beat is alright. It’s a pretty generic DJ Quik rip off. That’s nothing new for post-New Testament Suga Free albums though. The first verse from Suga Free was actually pretty dope. The content was a little disturbing, but the way he was referencing other rappers was cool. The hook kinda sucks, but it’s not too bad. The namedropping continues throughout the rest of the song. The second verse was cool. I enjoyed this track. It’s not as great as the first few songs, but I definitely like it. It’s pretty good.

9. Aye Toonz

The beat on this track is pretty good. I’m not really crazy about Suga Free’s delivery on the first verse. It gets better after the first few lines. Lyrically, Suga Free’s pretty much just making it clear that he has no respect for women in general. He’s complaining about having to pay child support and women not wanting to have sex because they’re on their period. Yeah, this one’s not for me at all. It’s thankfully one of the shortest songs on the album. It’s also probably my least favorite track so far though. It’s not unlistenable sonically, but I can’t fuck with this shit lyrically. It’s mediocre to me.

10. Can’t Teach the Square

The production on this track is more of the same. It’s cool though. Same goes for the first verse from Suga Free. There were a few lines that stood out to me. Apparently there are “facts about women misleading men in every Holy Bible.” I can neither confirm nor deny this. He also said that he doesn’t rap, he just uplifts. I feel like he does the exact opposite of that to women, but okay. This is probably my favorite line though.

I’m a pee on these niggas ’til I’m an old ass man with a hip replacement in a coma

His flow and delivery are really dope. I’m enjoying this track. I know I said the production is more of the same, and that’s true for the most part, but the way L-Finguz sampled the County Jail Song from Street Gospel was pretty cool. The hook is nothing special, but it gets the job done. The second verse was cool. This is another short song, but I fuck with it. This one is dope.

11. Down for You featuring Bre the 1st Lady

The production on this track is fine. The first verse from Suga Free was alright I guess. He’s rapping about guys who let women wear the pants in the relationship, and basically saying they’re fucking up. He had a line where he said something like “you can only kiss ass for so long before you choke on shit.” He’s got an interesting way with words. I’m not crazy about the sung hook from Bre the 1st Lady. She’s not a bad singer. I just don’t really think the melody itself is that great. Nothing about this song is really pulling me in. I didn’t enjoy it that much. It’s a decent song, but it’s not something I’d listen to again. It’s okay.

12. Kiss Yo Bitch Goodbye

This album has been pretty inconsistent so far, but I gotta say, it’s still far better than I was expecting it to be. I’m glad I came into this project with low expectations. Anyway, the beat on this track is pretty good. Hmm… I’ve listened to this whole song, and I don’t really have much to say about it. I like it, but nothing really stood out that much. Suga Free’s aggressive delivery and flow was great, and the beat was nice too. The hook is simplistic, but it serves its purpose. I fuck with this one. It’s dope.

13. Buckle Up featuring Drezel Washington & Westcoast Stone produced by Westcoast Stone

This beat is actually really awesome. You can tell that it’s a different producer from L-Finguz, who has done almost every track so far. The first verse from Suga Free was pretty fantastic. This nigga told a girl to eat makeup to make her more beautiful on the inside. I don’t care what anyone says, that’s fucking hilarious. The dude is clearly a misogynist, but you have to admit that he’s super creative when it comes to finding unique ways to disparage women. The hook is pretty solid. The second verse was cool too. Honestly, this might actually be my favorite track so far. I love the production, and the verses from Suga Free were hilarious. The hook was good too. This shit is dope af.

14. For My Niggaz featuring Blacktovan, Deuce Mack & Pomona M Drey

I’m not really familiar with any of the features on this track at all, so you’ll have to forgive me for not knowing who exactly performs each part of the song. Well, I guess you don’t have to forgive me. That’d be a weird reason to hold a grudge against me though. I really don’t understand why the mixing on this album is so inconsistent. Just like with the Snoop track, this track is way quieter than the other songs. Anyway, the beat on this track is great. It reminds me of the instrumental for Closer by Goapele. I’m assuming that’s Blacktovan on the first verse. He sounds a lot like Nipsey Hussle. If Nipsey Hussle used a voice synthesizer to make his vocals higher pitched, this is what it’d sound like. I feel like I’m listening to a prepubescent Nipsey Hussle. Blacktovan’s flow is thankfully less lazy than that of Nipsey. I think that’s Pomona M Drey on the hook. He sounds pretty good. Or maybe that was Deuce Mack. I don’t know. It was good though. Uhhh… I could’ve done without that F bomb in the second verse. The rest of the verse was solid though. The song ends with a surprisingly personal verse from Suga Free in which he raps about his children. It was kinda weird hearing that kind of subject matter from him, but I appreciated it. Overall, I think this is a pretty good song. My biggest issue with it is the fact that it was mixed so much lower than almost every other track, but that might just be an Apple Music thing. I doubt the physical CD would have that problem. The song itself is dope.

15. Here’s to You co-produced by Jay P Bangz

The production on this track is cool. The hook is nothing special, but it gets the job done. The first verse from Suga Free was actually really dope. I have no idea who the fuck that is on the second verse. There aren’t any features listed. If I had to guess I’d say it’s either Jay P Bangz or L-Finguz. I really have no idea though. If anyone knows, please leave it below in the comments. Anyway, the verse itself was pretty solid. I liked it. Overall, I enjoyed this song quite a bit. I don’t really have any major gripes with it. The production was nice, both of the verses were good, and the hook was fine too. This shit is dope.

16. She Ain’t Giving It Up

Once again, this track is mixed way lower than most of the other songs. That’s fucking annoying. It’s fine though because this is easily the worst song on the album so far anyway. The beat has a slight Trap influence, and this autotuned hook is indubitably atrocious. The fact that this is the longest song on the whole album is a source of great anguish for me. Suga Free’s flow on the first verse was pretty awesome, but nothing can make up for that disgusting hook. I don’t know who performed it, but I’m guessing it was L-Finguz. The only aspect of this song I like is Suga Free’s flow. That line about Tray Deee was kinda funny too, but as a whole I can’t fuck with this one at all. This shit is wack.

17. Fuck You Bitch featuring Pomona Dirt

What the fuck? The way this song starts is really strange. There’s just a lot going on. The beat is alright I guess. It kinda just sounds like another one of those generic Bay Area instrumentals that someone like DJ Mustard or a member of League of Starz would produce for someone like Iamsu! or Problem. I’m not feelin’ this first verse from Suga Free.

Man, don’t you hate when a bitch get in front her mama, get to talkin’ that shit, and you slap her, and she actin’ like you killed her ass?
Bitch, I barely touched you

Even if the lyrics weren’t normalizing domestic abuse, his flow just sounds awkward during these lines. The hook does absolutely nothing for me. The second verse is really bad. I have no idea what the fuck was happening there. His delivery was fucking absurd. It’s one of those things that you’re either gonna love or hate. I like how unique it was since he was switching to a different vocal delivery for almost every bar. It just didn’t sound very good to me though. I didn’t care for that final verse from Pomona Dirt at all either. This album seems to have taken a dark turn. Hopefully things get better before it ends. This track isn’t good. I’m not feelin’ it at all. It’s wack to me.

18. Pimpin’ in Me co-produced by Jay P Bangz

This sung hook from Suga Free is pretty awful. Oh God… This song has more lyrics about beating prostitutes, and he literally incorporated the sound effect of him hitting a woman. Jesus fucking Christ. I’m sorry, I can’t do that. I cannot listen to something like that. This track is just everything I hate about pimps in the form of a song. There’s only one verse, but for some reason they decided to leave space for a second verse, so there’s just an awkward silence instead of someone rapping before the hook comes back in. This is definitely the worst song so far in my opinion. I fucking hate this shit. It’s absolutely wack af.

19. This Game Not for You

Holy fuck this album is long. Okay, three more tracks. Here we go. The beat on this track is pretty fantastic. Hmm… This content is kind of unexpected. He’s basically just rapping to who I assume is his child and telling them that reading is cool. I mean, that’s kind of a simplified way of putting it. He’s saying that intelligence is a good thing, and you shouldn’t be discouraged from studying and trying to succeed in school. I mean, I guess it’s a good enough message, but I doubt any kids are gonna hear this in the first place because parents seriously should not let their children listen to Suga Free—especially boys. The song is fine though. I kinda like it. The production is great, as I said before. The hook isn’t that good, but it’s not too bad. The verses are cool. This is a pretty good song. I fuck with it.

20. Not with Your Hands featuring Blacktovan

I guess that’s Blacktovan singing in the background of this song. He must’ve been who sang the hook on For My Niggaz. The beat’s not really that good to me. Suga Free has a cool flow on the first verse though. I liked that line where he said he’s what you get when you mix perm and pepper. That was funny. The song is about how you’re supposed to pimp with your mind, and not with your hands. I guess he’s saying you’re supposed to abuse prostitutes mentally rather than physically. I’m not completely sure though. Either way, this song isn’t really that good to me. I don’t think that it’s nearly as bad as some of the other songs, but it’s not really something I’d care to hear again. It’s a decent track though.

21. Full of Fire

I really like the production on this track. It has kind of a throwback sound. I feel like this song is mixed louder than the other tracks. I could be trippin’ though. The first verse was solid. I just finished listening to the whole song. I’m really not sure how I feel about it. I think the production is really good, but nothing else about the song really stands out much to me. It’s definitely not a bad song, but it feels like a weird way to wrap up the album. I don’t see myself coming back to this one. It’s decent though.

This album is okay. Honestly, it’s better than I was expecting it to be, but that really isn’t saying much. My biggest issue with this project is definitely the length. This album is way too long. However, I kinda understand why he made it that way. It’s been a decade since the last Suga Free album came out, so he probably just wanted to give his fans as much music as possible since they waited so long. The other issue I had was Suga Free himself. He’s a former sex trafficker, so obviously I’m not really into him as a person. The main reason I was ever able to get into Suga Free in the first place was because of his charismatic delivery and flow, and that thankfully returns with this project. That doesn’t mean that I’m completely fine with all of the content from him either though. I think pimps are some of the most despicable people in the world, and Suga Free isn’t exactly an exception to that rule. This project is a goldmine of toxicity that misogynists will undoubtedly love. I’m glad I listened to this album because there’s a lot of good stuff here. It’s far from perfect, and as a whole I wouldn’t say that it’s a good album. It’s definitely not bad though. It’s decent.

Favorite Song: Buckle Up
Least Favorite Song: Pimpin’ in Me


Grade: C+

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