Hip Hop Album Reviews (10/2016)

Renaissance Man

RENAISSANCE MAN

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An album by Noah Yount

Review presented by Warren Peace

Listen to “Renaissance Man” by Noah Yount

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THE INTRO

A little while back I received an email from an artist by the name of Noah Yount. I’m not usually contacted through email, so this let me know Noah had came across The Write Reviews’ website. In the email, Noah explained he wanted to have an album review done. I replied to him immediately then took it upon myself to find him on Facebook.

I had no idea I was about to find out that this artist was currently residing in Japan. Japan! It felt really good to know the website was actually being reached by artists outside of North America. After a couple messages back and forth, Noah Yount had sent Renaissance Man to be to be reviewed. Here’s the breakdown…


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THE ALBUM

1- Like A Payday/Intro

The opening instrumental has an intense, quick pace to set things off, and adjusts nicely to create a dance vibe when the hook comes through the speakers. The first verse quickly establishes Noah Yount’s confidence in his delivery and ability to flow fluidly with the music. The hook is contagious and will have most of the audience singing along with it before the song is over. The content of the verses stays on its intended course, and Noah has a way of getting listeners hype with him. This is a great opening track as it’s appealing to men and women of all ages, and is likely to even pull some fans who wouldn’t normally listen to hip hop. To conclude the track, everyone is given the definition of ‘Renaissance Man’ to make sure the album’s concept is understood.

2- Get Yo’ Money

I’m feeling this instrumental immediately. The transition from the previous beat is practically flawless. While there is still some intensity, it is turned down to allow the dance vibe of the beat to take the lead. I have no doubt everyone will be able to move with the music. The track kicks in with the hook, which is just as catchy as the last hook. The verses stray from the lyrical side of things, but it isn’t missed as everything else falls in line as it should. Noah even keeps things interesting by switching up the speed in his delivery while maintaining focus on the subject matter. Renaissance Man is starting off right with two potential hits.

3- So High feat. C Piepz

Another great transition between instrumentals as “So High” continues to make people want to dance and tapers off the intensity felt from “Like A Payday/Intro”. C Piepz has a smooth flow that will likely appeal to the ladies. The hook is catchy and autotune is actually used without being annoying. Noah directs his lines at the ladies as well, going hard on his verse. “So High” is a well rounded track from beginning to end.

4- Tears of Joy feat. Jae Mazor

The music slows everything down, but continues the great transitions of this album by continuing to speak to the ladies. Jae Mazor is amazing on the hook. Noah nails the verses with vivid imagery and a delivery that matches perfectly with the beat.

5- Heartbreak

Another slow style beat but with a slightly quicker pace is used for “Heartbreak”. Noah paints two separate pictures with great detail, and does it in a way that makes both verses coincide very well with the perspective of the hook. Speaking of the hook, this track has another addicting one for the audience. Everything comes together as perfect as possible on this track.

6- Got It

Intensity and the hype feeling return with the instrumental for “Got It”. The audience is given another catchy hook here, although it’s a little on the repetitive side of things. This track is driven by confidence, and Noah stays on point with his flow and charisma for both verses. A solid addition to Renaissance Man.

7- MF’n Beast

The instrumental takes a few seconds to build up and a catchy hook gives the track lift off. Noah Yount incorporates similies, metaphors, and a few punchlines while delivering a fluid flow throughout both of the verses he spits in the song. Lyrically, Noah’s bars might not connect as hard as he would like, but this track will be felt regardless.

8- Whiplash

The transitions from song to song on this album are as smooth as they can be. Keeping the faster pace, we move to another instrumental with a club feel to it. The hook leads the track here as well, and is just as catchy as “Got It” without being as repetitive. Noah drops a couple of fantastic verses, speeding up the flow here and there to keep things interesting while breezing through content that builds the feeling of the instrumental just as much as the hook does. At this point of the album I haven’t heard a song that wasn’t a solid addition to this album.

9- Take What’s Mine/A.A.R. (Stupid Ditty Interlude)

The interlude goes as hard as any of the tracks when it comes to Noah’s delivery and the emotion behind his verses. I know I can definitely relate to this track and I wont be the only one. The hook puts everything into perspective exactly as it should. I really enjoy Noah’s imagery and metaphors as well. This one goes hard.

10- Brick By Brick feat. Horseshoe Gang

There shouldn’t be a need for me to say “Brick By Brick” is on the lyrical tip when you see Horseshoe Gang is featured on the track. There are many great songs on this album, but this one definitely fights for my favorite track on Renaissance Man. Horseshoe Gang takes the first two verses and detonates a lyrical bomb while blending their verses in cypher style. The hook is catchy as hell. Punchlines, metaphors, and wordplay are loaded in this one. Noah Yount has the last verse. Coming on the track after Horseshoe Gang says a lot about Noah’s confidence because matching or exceeding the lyricism of Horseshoe Gang is no easy task. While Noah Yount may not be able to do exactly that, he definitely doesn’t slack off during his verse, delivering one of his hardest verses of the entire album. This one will be on repeat for many hip hop fans.

11- The Coolest

Following “Brick By Brick” is another testament to Noah’s confidence as he delivers “The Coolest”, a track loaded with bragging bars. Another solid hook gives everyone the concept of the song, and gives the album another well written, and well delivered, chorus for listeners. Noah’s verses are on point when it comes to content, flow, and delivery. While this type of track is very common among hip hop artists, Noah Yount is able to do it better than the average rhyme spitter and then some.

12- Clark Kent

Everything slows down when “Clark Kent” comes through the speakers. The hook, which is able to capture the feeling of the music really well, will likely capture plenty of ears to begin the song. Noah uses this to build his bars, driving home his down to Earth lines with a flow that’s fitting for the melody. While the audience may not be able to relate to his words, people will definitely relate to the emotion behind those words. Another very solid song for Renaissance Man.

13- Gimme That Milli

Turning the tables from “Clark Kent”, Noah Yount brings “Gimme That Milli”, which is pretty much a combination of “Get Yo’ Money” and “Got It”. The hook is hella catchy. Nearly everyone will be able to relate to the desire to succeed that is expressed in this track. His flow is on time with the music, and he has definitely proved to be consistent in that area. In some ways I can see this being played at a strip club, and I don’t think Noah had that in mind at all when he made the track.

14- Swiss Cheese

“Swiss Cheese” is a hell of an addition to Renaissance Man. The grade A hook game doesn’t stop here. Noah comes with more of a lyrical approach, aiming at other rappers in general and letting them know he isn’t a pushover on the mic. Step to Noah on a track and you’re likely to get hit with a hundred round drum and turned into swiss cheese.

15- Right Back On Up feat. C. Piepz

After the track that tears down rappers in general, Noah Yount brings everyone a song that works to build everyone up. The instrumental is easy to clap or nod along with as it plays. Noah uses the first and last verses to give the audience a mental vision of a girl’s struggle as a single parent (first verse) and a boy falling in love with the wrong girl (third verse). The hook is sung with a pleasantly smooth sound and words that are easy to remember for anyone wanting to follow along. C Piepz has the middle verse and uses his bars to speak about his personal determination to get back up any time he is knocked down. This is a solid addition to Renaissance Man because of the additional layer and direction it brings to the album.

16- Bravado

The hook kicks off “Bravado”, which is Noah Yount’s preferred term over ‘swag’, and hits the audience with another set of lines that can find their way stuck in your head long after the song ends. Noah’s verses elaborate on the chorus and have a similar flavor to the bars he dropped in “The Coolest”. There’s a slightly different sound here though, and the track involves the audience more than it does in “The Coolest”, but overall it’s just another version of its predecessor.

17- Feel Like This

Noah Yount finds a way to swing another topic through the album with “Feel Like This”. In his verses, Noah walks the audience through the cycle of waking up hung over from partying too hard the night before to returning back to the club under the influence of illegal substances and partying hard once again. The hook rolls well with the instrumental and aids in painting the entire picture for the audience.

18- Maybe Life

Just at the right time, Noah Yount brings a round of energy and aggression in his flow with “Maybe Life”. Speaking about struggling to make it as a hip hop artist and reaching his dreams, but in a more positive light than in a negative manner. He also finds a way to incorporate some motivation for the audience, adding another element to the song by getting the crowd more involved. “Maybe Life” is one of the strongest tracks when it comes to Noah’s verses, although I have to admit I’m not as big of a fan of the chorus here as I have been with the majority of the hooks previous to this song. Regardless, “Maybe Life” is a force toward the end of Renaissance Man.

19- Grind To The Bone

The final track of Renaissance Man may be the most straightforward song of the bunch, but it’s also one of the more uneventful tracks in the troop. Not that “Grind To The Bone” is a bad song by any means, but with so many strong performances before it, the last track on this album would have to go absolutely HAM to stick out amongst the pack. Noah does his best to bring a high energy to his delivery, but I almost feel like the instrumental is what makes the difference on this one. “Grind To The Bone” is definitely not ending Renaissance Man on a negative note, but this isn’t going to be one of the tracks that stays with the listeners after the album comes to an end.


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FEATURED TRACKS

Like A Payday, Get Yo’ Money, Tears of Joy, Heartbreak, Whiplash, Take What’s Mine/A.A.R., Brick By Brick, Gimme That Milli, Swiss Cheese, Right Back On Top, and Maybe Life


THE WRITE UP

From beginning to end, Noah Yount does exactly what he sets out to do- prove that he’s a Renaissance Man. He showcases different styles while maintaining a top notch flow, great vocabulary, a charismatic delivery, and crisp content. There really is not a boring song to be found on this album, and to be quite honest, Renaissance Man is really just a groundbreaking song away from being a classic album. There is something for everyone, it doesn’t matter your age or where you are from. An audience would be hard pressed to have a single person in its crowd dislike every song on this album. I don’t think it would happen. Not only has Noah Yount impressed the hell out of me, but he’s made a new fan that is eagerly awaiting his next release!


STAR STATUS

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

(4.5 out of 5 stars)

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