Tardy Album Review | Tree & Parallel Thought – The Wild End

This album was released on May 31st this year. Hopefully you may remember the album, We Grown Now., which I covered earlier in 2019. That was my first time listening to a full project from Tree, and I really enjoyed it quite a bit, so I was jazzed to find out that he was releasing yet another project less than three months later. I wasn’t familiar with the production duo behind this record, Parallel Thought, but I looked into them and found out that they were the original producers for the song Vomitspit by MF DOOM. He ended up putting his vocals over a different beat for the final song though. The two members go by the stagenames Drum & Knowledge if I’m not mistaken. So yeah, that was pretty much all I needed to know before listening to this. One thing that annoyed me about We Grown Now. was the lack of production credits, so I was glad I knew who handled all the beats on this record.

I uh… I liked it. I liked the album. I can’t really say that the production stood out much, but at the same time, I don’t think Tree really outshined it at all. It’s just a really good pairing. He fits really well over this style of production. There’s actually not a single track that I don’t like on this project. It starts off with God Like, which is a pretty dope song. It probably has the most uninteresting beat on the whole project though. The instrumental really just doesn’t stand out that much. The first verse from Tree was solid, but it’s the hook and second verse that really make the song enjoyable for me. Tree has a really unique voice, and it sounds really goddamn good whenever he sings. The second track, Double Ds, is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion. The production is far superior to that of the preceding track; I really like how uptempo it is compared to that song, and Tree sounds fantastic over it in my opinion. His rapping is really great, and once again he delivers a very strong hook. The song is dope af. Some Kinda Love flips the same sample as Joey Bada$$’s FromdaTomb$. It took me like half an hour to remember where I had heard that sample before, but I’m glad I was able to figure it out. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like the song at first because of the sexual content, but it actually ended up being pretty good. The lyrics weren’t too vulgar, and I think the sung hook sounds really nice. I also loved how his delivery and flow sounded on the second verse. It’s a dope track. Not as good as the next track though. On My Own is one of the hardest tracks on the album in my opinion. I really love the production—particularly the hard-hitting percussion. The song has some of Tree’s best rapping on the whole project too. His flow is really great, and I love his aggressive delivery on the second verse, even though you can tell he punches in the second half of it. It’s not really much of an issue for me personally, but it may annoy some listeners. Overall, I think the song is awesome. I love it. Hooters is another familiar sounding track. This track uses the same sample that 2thirty5 flipped for J.I.D’s single Workin’ Out from DiCaprio 2. The song itself doesn’t really stand out much from the other tracks, but I did enjoy it. The verses are very good. The hook is nothing special, but it works. On n’ On is probably my favorite track on the whole album. The production is great, and the opening verse is really dope too. The song is really fantastic in general. It’s a complete package. I think all the verses are great, as is the hook, as well as the production. I really liked Tree’s delivery on the verses. Aside from $200, none of the other songs really come close to On n’ On’s quality in my opinion. $200 has another one of the best beats on the album. The production sounds really pretty and very polished. I could definitely see Rick Ross using that beat. There’s really nothing I dislike about the song. The verses are great, and the hook is really good too. The song’s dope af. This Money is a pretty good track. Nothing about it really stood out that much to me at first, but after listening to it multiple times I actually think it has one of the best beats on the album. I think the sequencing is well done too. This Money comes right before $200. No Love didn’t really stand out much to me either, but I did enjoy it. It’s one of the weaker tracks on the album for sure, but it’s still pretty good. I liked Tree’s melodic delivery, and he sounds really great over that beat. The beat itself is pretty simplistic, but it’s not bad. Who I Am is another one of the weaker tracks to me. It’s probably my least favorite song on the whole album. Unlike the track it follows, I actually didn’t like the melodic delivery he used at the beginning of the song, but it got better once he switched it up. My main issue with the song is really just the hook. It’s not really bad, but the melody is just a little repetitive to me. I still enjoyed the song overall though. In terms of the content alone, the closing track is probably the most interesting song on the whole album. I don’t think the production itself is that memorable, but Tree sounds good over it. The hook also doesn’t stand out much to me, but, again, the content is very interesting. It’s basically a message to everyone at his funeral, hence the title, and the hook in which he sings “play this at my funeral.” One part that was kinda strange to me was when he dissed the “pussy niggas in the back” of his funeral. I guess maybe he thinks they’re being disrespectful by not sitting closer to the front…? But… I mean… It’s not like every single person that attends the funeral can sit at the front. Somebody is gonna end up in the back, and it’s not like he knows who it’s gonna be, so it just seemed kinda strange to me. It had me scratching my head, I’m not gonna lie. That’s just a minor nitpick though. Overall I think the song is pretty awesome. It’s dope af.


I actually think this album is even better than We Grown Now. personally. It’s a bit more consistent in my opinion. My favorite Tree song is probably still All I’ll Ever Be, but it’s not like it’s an easy decision. I may feel differently after listening to this project even more in the future. There are definitely some songs on this album that come close. I really don’t have any major issues with this project. The production from Parallel Thought wasn’t mind-blowing or anything, but I think they fit Tree very well. He sounds really good over these beats. This thing is a really good length too. It’s only 34 minutes long, so it really breezes by.  I think this album is great, and I’m looking forward to future releases from Tree. This shit is dope.

Favorite Song: On n’ On
Least Favorite Track: Who I Am

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Grade: B+

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