This album was released on October 1st this year. Aushoj Rekcut is an artist whom I’ve become familiar with through his work with his cousin, Cloud Envy. I’ve enjoyed all of the verses I’ve heard from him in the past, but this will be my first time listening to original music from him since I’ve only ever heard him on features. I have a feeling that I’m gonna enjoy this project to some extent, but I’m gonna try to go into it with no expectations.
The project begins with Subtitles, which has a pretty nice acoustic guitar-driven beat. I think the melodic hook is really catchy too. It grows on me more and more each time I listen to it.
Is it real? Tell me, was it real?
Aimin' like you Cupid, but you always shoot to kill
Ease the pain with the pills, 'caine on the bill
They 'gon always judge me, I display how I feel
I ain't playin' I just deal
We don't want no problem, we just live how we live
I just kicked addiction, I ain't fuckin' with the drugs no more
Only speakin' money, it's bilingual, we don't sub no more
Ain't no subtitles
I feel like Lil Baby would be a really good feature for this song. I don’t even listen to Lil Baby, but I just think he would fit really well here. Young Thug would work too. There’s only one verse from Aushoj on this track, but it’s pretty good. I liked this song on my first listen, but it grew on me even more after repeat listens. I think it’s dope. Track 2 is entitled 1st Stage, and it has a pretty cool Electronic-sounding beat. It kinda sounds like something that Clear Soul Forces would rhyme over. Honestly, I think this track is even better than the opening song. It’s got one of the catchiest hooks on the whole project, and both of the verses from Aushoj are pretty dope. I liked that Cheech & Chong reference on the second verse. The way the background vocals come in for the second recital of the hook is really nice too. Overall, I think it’s a really dope track. The following song is called Warning, and it’s got another pretty nice acoustic guitar-driven beat. Once again, this song has another very catchy melodic hook. I feel like that’s probably Aushoj Rekcut’s greatest strength; there are a lot of really good hooks on this album. I also appreciate how he switched up his delivery throughout the song. His flow on the second verse is pretty nice. It’s a good song overall. It’s followed by Oh Boi, which has a relatively jazzy instrumental.
I like Aushoj’s melodic delivery on this track, and the hook is pretty smooth. The song is pretty short, so there’s not that much to dig into, but it’s enjoyable while it’s on. I think it’s a good track. The following track is entitled Mary Jane, and it’s got one of my favorite instrumentals on the album. The hook is smooth as hell too. As the title kind of hints, this would be a great song to shmoke weed to. I love Aushoj’s melodic delivery on the verses. This is another one of the jazzier songs on the album. It’s a really dope track. The following song is the title track, and, once again, it has a super catchy hook.
I like the floaty, melodic production a lot too. This is another track that I could see CSF spitting over. I really like Aushoj’s melodic delivery on the verses, and his flow is pretty nice, particularly on the second verse. It’s a dope song. The following track is called Love Calls, and it sounds like it’s got some influence from 50s Doo Wop music. It reminds me of Seeking a Friend for the End by PSYPIRITUAL. It’s actually a genuinely romantic song. Aushoj is singing throughout this song, and I don’t think he’s gonna really impress anyone with his vocals, but they’re definitely not bad. They get the job done. The song is pretty short, but it doesn’t sound incomplete to me, although it does end slightly abruptly. I still think it’s really dope. Track 8 is called A Presentation, and it’s got another really smooth, floaty, kind of Electronic-sounding beat. It sounds like something that Elaquent would produce in my opinion. The hook on this song is pretty solid, but I was mainly impressed by Aushoj’s flow on this track. I think he sounds really good here. He had a pretty nice three-syllable rhyme scheme going.
You know procedure orderly
I don't want no pussy, darling, suck that shit up orally
Reportedly, Aushoj Rekcut whippin' on reporters, b
He did that shit so cordially
If they not eatin', more for me
Fuck you, pardon me
It's hard for me to keep it clean, so fuck you
I think this track has one of Aushoj’s best verses on the album. Again, his flow was really catchy. It’s a dope song. It’s followed by Breathe, which has another nice acoustic guitar-driven beat.
This song has one of my favorite hooks on the album too. I think his vocals actually sound really good here. There’s only one verse on this song, and I’m honestly pretty indifferent towards it. The main appeal of this song for me is just the hook. I think it’s really dope overall. The following track, Easy, has one of my favorite beats on the project. The hook is pretty solid, and the verse here is dope. I think his flow is pretty nice. He sounds really good over this beat. Overall, the song does sound a little less fleshed out than a lot of the other tracks, but I wouldn’t say it sounds incomplete or anything. It probably could’ve used a second verse, but as a whole I still enjoyed it. I think it’s a dope song. The following track is called Night Nd Day, and it has another really good beat. It features the same sample that was used in Kevin’s Heart by J. Cole. Aushoj even shouts out Cole at one point during the first verse. The verse itself is really nice. The song features an artist named Ruboi Olaaa, who sounds pretty nice on the second verse. I honestly don’t know whose performance I prefer. They both sound really good over this beat. It’s a pretty good track overall. It’s followed by a highlight entitled Granny Told Me, which features Cloud Envy. I think the beat here is pretty good, and the first verse from Aushoj is great. The song features one of his most energetic vocal performances on the album. I think Cloud Envy‘s performance here is really fucking good too. His voice sounds great over this beat. This is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion, even though it lacks a memorable hook. It has some of the best rapping on the project. It’s a dope track. The following song is entitled Daily (A Space Interlude). It’s only a minute and a half long, but it’s pretty good. The production is cool, and the sung hook is pretty good. I really like Aushoj’s flow on the short verse too. I think it’s a cool interlude. I fuck with it. It’s followed by another highlight called W.O.M. This track has another one of the best instrumentals on the album in my opinion, and I really like the hook as well. Aushoj’s flow on the verse is really nice too. That’s the main reason I like the song to be honest. I just think he did a really good job on the verse. It’s a dope track. The following track is called Trust, and it’s got one of the smoother instrumentals on the album. I think it’s also got one of Aushoj’s smoothest flows on the project. The hook didn’t really leave much of an impression on me, but it’s not bad at all. The song as a whole isn’t one of my favorites, but I definitely enjoyed it to some extent. I think it’s pretty good. It’s followed by a highlight entitled Kingdom. This song has another one of the best instrumentals on the album, along with some of the album’s best rapping. I feel like Aushoj kinda steps things up whenever he’s on a track with Cloud Envy. They really compliment each other well. The background vocals that come in during Cloud Envy’s verse were a really nice touch. I feel like he delivered the best guest verse on the whole album here. He really went in. I really like how his delivery got more and more energetic as the verse progressed. Again, this is one of the best songs on the album. It’s really dope. The following track is entitled Miami, and I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it at first. I’m not crazy about the beat, but I think Aushoj made it work. I think his flow is nice, and the melody of the song isn’t bad. With that said, it’s not really entertaining enough for me to want to return to it in the future. The song certainly isn’t bad at all, but it’s just not that memorable to me. I think it’s okay. The following track is better in my opinion. It’s called Explore, and it’s got a pretty dope beat. It’s also got one of the better hooks on the album. I really like the melody of the verse too.
Really silly though
Took my heart and broke that shit to pieces, I forgive you, ho
Carry out my vengeance like a sequence
First ambition to the riches now like everybody listen
You got potential potentially, can it be
The way the beat kinda slows down during the outro is nice as well. I feel like the verse ends a bit earlier than it should have, but that’s really just a nitpick. The song is pretty good overall. It’s followed by October, which is another song that I was kind of torn on at first. It kinda grew on me after a few listens though. I think the beat is pretty good. The melodic hook honestly didn’t leave much of an impression on me, but I think Aushoj sounds nice on the verse. The lyrics are pretty romantic too. It’s still far from my favorite track on the album, but I definitely like it to some extent. I think it’s pretty good. The penultimate track is entitled Pinnoccio Girl, and it’s got a pretty nice acoustic guitar-driven beat. Aushoj also spits one of his most impressive flows on the album here.
Let me tell you, I play her like a cello
Pullin' strings like Geppetto
While you rock a long face
Girl, you said you'd never lie again
I'm higher than where Zion is
I had to change the tire 'cause it burned the way I'm flyin' in
I fire-bend, call the fire squad, niggas riotin'
Never find a quiet place in life, where you hidin' in?
The hook is pretty simplistic, but it serves its purpose well enough. I really like the melody of the outro. I think the song is pretty good overall. The closing track is called Jolly, and, as the title indicates, it’s one of the most upbeat songs on the album. I like the bright production, and the hook is pretty good too. The best aspect of the song is the actual verse in my opinion.
Don't do waitin'
Don't do people that be bitin' on my cadence
Don't do hoes, don't do meth
Don't do coke, don't do nothin' up my nose
Don't do this, don't do that
Well, occasionally maybe so
His flow sounded pretty nice in my opinion. I kinda wish the verse was a bit longer, but that’s just a nitpick. The song is pretty good overall.
This is a good album. There’s not a single track here that I would say is bad. There was one track that I won’t be returning to in the future, but even that song was pretty solid. Like I said in the body of this review, I think Aushoj Rekcut’s greatest strength is his knack for catchy hooks. Songs like Subtitles, Space Appointment, and 1st Stage get stuck in my head every time I listen to them. None of the instrumentals really blew me away, but I appreciate how the production is pretty varied throughout this project. I think Aushoj makes them work really well. Before I listened, part of me was kind of worried that Aushoj would just sound like a Cloud Envy clone, but I think he’s done a pretty great job at carving out his own style. They really don’t sound that similar to be honest. Even though this album is just under an hour in length, it kinda left me wanting more to be honest. I’m looking forward to seeing how Aushoj develops his craft in the future because there’s definitely room for growth. This shit is dope though. Check it out.