Hip Hop Album Reviews (08/2016)

Drink at Rich’s

DRINK AT RICH’S

An album by King Kold

Review presented by Issac Sandoval

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THE INTRO

King Kold is an artist from Evansville, Indiana who recently released his Drink at Rich’s album. Featuring more than a handful of artists well-known in the underground, Drink at Rich’s appears to have plenty of great elements for creating a heavy hitting collection of tracks. The Write Reviews’ Issac Sandoval gets called upon for this review, and should be very interested in this album based on the featured artists alone. Will King Kold be able to match the heavy hitting underground artists he has featured on his album, or will the talent of known underground artists go to waste?


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THE ALBUM

1. No Couch ft. Haystack, J-Fill, & Cleezyana Jones-

We start off with a very interesting raspy delivery with a ear-catching cadence, sadly it’s quickly lost and the rest of the first verse and the second verse are off beat. The hook is a little confusing, but entertaining. The melody the hook is sung with is very enjoyable and is almost enough to salvage the track. All in all, not the worst start to a project.

2- Old Man ft. Intrizik

This track begins with a hook that delivers a concept that should have been a dope addition to the album. The singing, however, leaves something to be desired. King Kold is once again off beat and both verses are overly-simple and lack organization.

3- My Brothers ft. Lil Wyte

My Brothers, a gritty walk down the streets, begins with a signature Memphis sound in the first verse. Then we arrive at the hook and what should be a banger comes across as a bit sophomoric. In the second verse King Kold is back off the beat, and he raps up the track with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote that is related to a topic that was touched on, but wasn’t the overarching theme.

4- No Sleep

The beat begins with a synth heavy, thought-provoking melody. As soon as the hook kicks in there is no escape from the overstatement of King Kold’s inability to sleep. The redundancy of No Sleep removes any chance it had to get the message across. That coupled with the forced multisyllable rhymes creates a song that is truly difficult to enjot

5- Don’t Stop ft. E The Rapper & Playboy the Beast

We have an instrumental that is interesting, but could grow annoying after a few listens. The first and second verses are off beat just enough to make your ears uneasy. The hook is one of the best on the album, performed by E The Rapper. The last verse is far too short and a tragic underuse of PTB.

6- Drink At Rich’s ft. Snap & E The Rapper

The hook blindsided you out of the gate and while it should be fun and catchy, a more accurate description would be obnoxious. Kold is overly simplistic and off beat yet again. Snap has an interesting voice and delivery that adds a nice variety to the song.

7- Drinkin Good ft. Jelly Roll & J-Fill

The first verse from Jelly Roll is one of the best on the album to this point, immediately followed up by one of the stand out hooks. The 2nd verse is a return to form for the track, bringing it back to the off beat flow of King Kold. The Terminator reference to end the verse is a nice conclusion to a rough verse to listen to. J-Fill has a smooth flow and voice, his verse starts off grossly generic, but he’s able to change course quickly and redeem his verse. I feel Drinkin Good should’ve completely replaced Drink At Rich’s. The songs are far too similar in theme and vibe to both appear on the same project, especially back-to-back

8- Keep Yo Head Up ft. Grewsum, B-Boy, & Ravenhunter

Another quality hook on Keep Yo Head Up. As soon as the verse kicks in however, we are subjected to things like “in this game you gotta be tough as alligator skin.” And all of it is off beat. The second verse is fairly decent and more technically sound than most of the verses on the album. Unfortunately his voice is far too similar to SwizZz of Funk Volume. On the third verse we get served a full helping of rapping with no concern for a time setter for the first few bars. He quickly rights the ship, but it almost feels too late

9- Long Way Down ft. Sleep Lyrical & DurtE

The first thing you’re going to hear is an instrumental with many elements of a horror movie score, then the hook comes and it sounds either metal or stage play and I’m unable to pinpoint it. Sleep delivers a solid first verse that blends perfectly with the tone that was set. The track quickly takes a step back with the second verse from King Kold.

10- Love Me ft. Summer Dale

The hook has a brilliant melody that is sure to grab you by the ear, if there is a negative side to it, it would be that it can be difficult to understand. Kold’s flow is improved on this track, but he strays from topic to topic throughout the first verse. The second verse is much more focused, but not as aesthetically pleasing as the first.

11- Ruthless ft. Insane Loc & Chucc Dizzle

A gangsta rap record? Yup, I’m honestly a little confused about how Ruthless snuck it’s way into Drink At Rich’s since none of the other tracks on the album remotely resemble this one. All of a sudden we are bass heavy and hard. King Kold brings what is undoubtedly his best verse of the album, maybe this is what he should be doing? I am not in the business of giving career advise, but I would certainly rather hear King Kold do what we hear on Ruthless.


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FEATURED TRACKS

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THE WRITE UP

Drink At Rich’s is probably a fun album for exactly that: drinking. It is an album that has flashes of promise, but they are too few, and too evenly spread to save it. It is an album that I had hopes for when looking at the tracklist and seeing all the quality artists who would be featured, but it sadly disappointed in nearly all areas. Each time I listened I was certain it just needed to grow on me and that I would enjoy it more the next time around. Not the case.

The project was doomed from the start mainly due to the fact that it is a jumbled mess without much organization. Whether that be the sequencing of the track list or within the sixteens themselves. The features were full of talent but for the most part were not utilized well. the production didn’t stand out at all. Lastly, the star of our show; King Kold, did not shine. I am not going to sugar-coat it, this album was hard to listen to.


STAR STATUS

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