DRUG SPUN FUNK
An album from Skribbal
Review presented by Warren Peace
Listen to “Drug Spun Funk” by Skribbal
The Write Reviews and Skribbal have become familiar with one another since his first album review on the website. Vol. 4: Certified Fire was given a track by track breakdown back in March, and nearly earned Skribbal a couple of nominations for The Write Awards 2016. Since then, Skribbal has been an active supporter of The Write Reviews, following along as the website has continued to develop and grow. In the meantime, I have kept an eye on Skribbal as well, waiting for him to drop a new album. That new album is finally here in the form of Drug Spun Funk. I’m ready to find out what Skribbal has brought to the table, so let’s get started.
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1- Resurrection (Intro)
Skribbal starts everyone off with a snippet from a movie most listeners should be familiar with before dropping a round of heavy bars over an instrumental that pushes hard hitting bass and chanting children through the speakers for the audience. There’s no hook here, just bar after bar of self-hype and horrorcore lyrics loaded with multiple syllable rhyme schemes. The track closes out with a snippet from the comedy Step Brothers. Being an introduction to the album, “Resurrection” gives the audience a good idea of what the rest of Drug Spun Funk has in store, which is probably the very thing Skribbal wanted the track to do.
2- The Gift
The instrumental has a sense of urgency that rolls out with a thumping bass line. Skribbal aims to rip into this track lyrically, and does just that with punches, multiple syllable rhyme schemes, and shock value. His delivery never lacks confidence and his flow is always on point, even when switching speeds and the rhyme patterns. The hook is pretty catchy and doesnt rely heavily on repetition too much. The second verse sticks to the formula of the first verse before the track is concluded with another round of the chorus. The first full length song of Drug Spun Funk hits hard enough to make the Featured Tracks list.
3- Sick World
The title is more than fitting for this track. A heartbeat begins the song, which is a small addition but one that I really enjoy. The instrumental has a quick rhythm with the highs while a deliberate bass line hits more sparingly. Skribbal grabs the mic and leads off with a first verse that includes some self-hype and generalized disses aimed toward rappers and females. The hook isn’t quite as catchy as the one heard for “The Gift”, yet it still has a way of sticking with listeners. Wordplay accompanies the punches pulled on “Sick World”, and I always enjoy it when emcees throw wordplay into the mix. The second and third verses are a little sporadic, not following the lead of the first verse outside of a few more bragging bars. “Sick World” isn’t as likely to be enjoyed by the audience as much as “The Gift” but is a solid addition to the album regardless.
Skribbal declares this one is “for the ladies” after a comedy snippet opens, but it seems like the focus on this track being “for the ladies” gets lost a few times during the course of the track. In the lead off verse Skribbal makes references to impregnating the chick of a someone is having beef with and kicking her to the curb without care. Some graphic imagery is included, of course, for your listening pleasure. The hook would lead you to believe the track is about an ex-girlfriend of Skribbal’s, although nothing of the sort is discussed in any of the verses. The second verse describes Skribbal’s need to fulfill his sexual needs. He feels no need to shy away from being descriptive and detail-orientated in this verse either. The final round of bars is Skribbal’s elaboration of women being unable to handle him mentally or the way he carries himself. There’s more imagery included here, with a touch of horrorcore tied in, but this last verse doesn’t seem to allign with the first two verses, and feels more detached from the hook than the previous verses. There are some solid lines on this track, but overall it just feels like Skribbal lost focus with this one.
5- Whole New Level feat. The Jokerr
It only takes a few moments to know “Whole New Level” is a banger that raises the bar of Drug Spun Funk to a whole new level. The beat immediately leads with an intensity everyone listening will feel. Skribbal feeds off of that energy, incorporating it into three lyrical verses that flow like water. The Jokerr, in my opinion, is one of the best to be found on any given hook, and he does not disappoint here. Somehow The Jokerr is able to slightly curb the intensity out of the song and lean hard on the bounce provided by the beat, which could go unnoticed otherwise. Once it’s time for another verse from Skribbal, though, the intensity slides back onto the track with ease. This is one of the best, if not the best, all around tracks on Drug Spun Funk. There’s no question- “Whole New Level” lands safely among the Featured Tracks of the album.
6- Drug Spun Funk
The title track of the album begins with a female waking Skribbal up at four in the afternoon to finish off the last of the weed. Skribbal obliges and takes a huge rip off a bong. Then the instrumental comes through the speakers with a rhythm that should have no problem getting people to bounce. Skribbal carries the level of lyricism found on “Whole New Level” over onto “Drug Spun Funk”, delivering smooth multiple syllable rhymes and punchlines that are bound to leave a few jaws slack. The hook has a touch of comedy laced into a catchy chant. The second and third verse fit in with the first verse the way they should, with the audience hearing Skribbal spit double time throughout the entire third verse without missing a step in the slightest. “Drug Spun Funk” adds another Featured Track to Drug Spun Funk.
7- Gorgeous Insanity
“Gorgeous Insanity” is a great track to follow up the previous two songs. Another intense instrumental with a horror movie touch tied into the music, “Gorgeous Insanity” sports my favorite beat of the album so far. Skribbal obviously love it too, as he is able to feed off of it like he was able to on “Whole New Level”. This one isn’t a traditional track though; instead it’s a barrage of bars barreling down the beat without a hook to break them up. Skribbal shreds through several different rhyme schemes while providing a diverse vocabulary, incredible energy, and shock value punchlines. “Gorgeous Insanity” might not be a traditional track, but it’s a Featured Track nonetheless.
8- Fiends of the World feat. Kenisha Green
This song will hit the ears of the audiences at the right time, switching things up with relatable verses and down to Earth verses from Skribbal and the sweet sound of Kenisha Green on the hook. People from all walks of the world will find a way to connect with Skribbal’s words on “Fiends Of The World”. From growing up in a hard world to battling drug addiction, Skribbal delivers one of the realest songs to be heard on Drug Spun Funk. Kenisha Green sings sweetly on the hook, showcasing an incredible range to her voice. While Skribbal and Kenisha’s sounds differ widely, the two come together wonderfully on “Fiends Of The World”, and secure another Featured Track for the album.
9- All My Dayz
“All My Dayz” features one of the simpler style instrumentals on the album, not really packing a punch or flare. Skribbal attacks the track on a lyrical tip with an aggressive approach, which doesn’t seem to fit the music as well as some of the earlier tracks. As usual, Skribbal’s flow and multiple syllable rhyme schemes are on point. The content is back on the braggadico tip, which feels to be the case with roughly half of the songs so far. The hook relies on repetition to stick with listeners, but I feel that it’s slightly overdone on this track. “All Of My Dayz” isn’t a bad track, but it might be the low point of Drug Spun Funk, which actually says a lot about how good the other songs on the album are.
10- Essobees feat. Copywrite and Big Fats
Horns and a deliberate rhythm make up the music for “Essobees”. Copywrite is the first emcee on the mic. He shoots for the lyrical approach, which is what he is known for in the underground, but his punchlines don’t connect as hard as he would like, there’s not any real wordplay to speak of, and he chooses to use similes over metaphors. Copywrite’s flow and rhyme schemes are on time, though. Big Fats delivers a catchy as hell hook, one of my favorites on the album. Big Fats continues through with the second verse, spitting bars with a heavy voice that brings a nice additional sound to the album. Bringing wordplay and some fresh angles with his punchlines that will be appreciated by hip hop heads as well as listeners in general. Skribbal has the closing round of bars, sticking to the lyrical tip. His rhyme schemes and vocabulary shine, causing his lines to stand out on the track compared with Copywrite and Big Fats. “Essobees” makes it’s way to the Featured Tracks list, even though I would’ve liked to hear Copywrite come harder on this one.
11- On The Run feat. Big Fats
“On The Run” fits as a title for this track, which features an instrumental that seems to be on the move the moment it began playing. Skribbal dives into the lyrical side of spitting again, aiming for rappers in general while boasting self-hype lines. Big Fats returns for “On The Run”, but is limited to the hook, which could use a little more excitement to it in my opinion. While Skribbal has some clever bars and puts forth another fantastic flow, the idea/concept of “On The Run” has been the core for most of the tracks on Drug Spun Funk so far and is likely to wear down listeners somewhat.
Thankfully, “Janis” hits the lineup just in time to provide a change of pace for the audience. The instrumental is one of the few of the album to lean on a slower tempo for support while focusing more on the highs than the bass. If I’m not mistaken, “Janis” isn’t a track about a female but it’s actually a metaphor for a drug. Several artists have used a female as a metaphor for something else in songs before, such as Tupac did with “Me And My Girlfriend” and Aaron Lewis, of the band Staind, when he sang “It’s Been Awhile”. While the concept might not be too original, it also isn’t used very often, and Skribbal executes well enough on “Janis” that the review writer at Faygoluver’s (Rosco) completely missed the mark. That alone deserves credit and proves Skribbal succeeded with what he intended to do. Not only that, but the change of pace and content comes at a great time in the album, aiding in bringing the audience’s attention back to where it belongs. “Janis” slides right into the Featured Tracks list.
13- Never Gonna Stop
As one would expect by the name of the track, the music speeds things back up as soon as “Never Gonna Stop” begins playing. A shorter track with a repetitive style hook, Skribbal aims to rip through another beat with a lyrical approach. Once again, Skribbal delivers clever lines with a smooth flow that incorporates nice multiple syllable rhyme schemes and an extended vocabulary, but isn’t able to make “Never Gonna Stop” stand out among the other tracks on the album that are built around the same idea.
14- To Die For feat. Joel Conner
Joel Connor wastes no time getting right to it, spitting rough and gritty vocals over the chimes and piano keys of a fast paced instrumental. Wordplay can be found in Joel Conner’s verse packed with punchlines. Joel Conner and Skribbal split the chorus in Red and Meth fashion, adding a fresh take on the hook that the audience should welcome. Skribbal has no problem slamming a verse with a lyrical approach, as we all know by this point of the album, but somehow he brings a burst of energy that gives this second verse of “To Die For” a lift above several rounds of bars that has already been heard on the track. Joel Conner and Skribbal divide the last verse, which is something else that hasn’t been heard on Drug Spun Funk yet. While ripping beats and bars with the “go hard lyrically” demeanor has saturated this album, “To Die For” brings a completely fresh angle that is enough to lift the song onto the Featured Tracks list.
15- Planetary Dominance
Another new angle to the redundant lyrical approach can be found on Drug Spun Funk‘s final song, “Planetary Dominance”. Using the storyline of crash-landing on Earth as an alien, Skribbal spits about taking over the hip hop planet by decimating emcees. Verses filled with vivid imagery, punches that fly through sparingly, and well written multiple syllable rhyme schemes are brought to the audience while the concept manages to remain the centered focus of Skribbal’s lines. A rapid fire hook rolls right along with the rhythm of the instrumental. I’m not sure how well this track will stay with listeners after the album reaches its end, but “Planetary Dominance” is a solid finish to Drug Spun Funk.
There’s a bonus track! Skribbal spits his own rendition of a hip hop classic! I don’t want to ruin it for everyone, but I will say two things about it- all you have to do to hear the hidden track is let the album continue playing after “Planetary Dominance” ends and I think it’s great that Skribbal threw a fresh sound that shoukd be familiar to true hip hop heads to end the album! Well played, Skribbal!
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The Gift, Whole New Level, Drug Spun Funk, Gorgeous Insanity, Fiends of the World, Essobees, Janis, and To Die For.
THE WRITE UP
Skribbal has, once again, left a lasting impression on me that will not fade any time soon. The only true down side of Drug Spun Funk is the lack of diversity when it comes to subject matter, although I feel it must be pointed out that Skribbal provides great material when he does diversify the content. The featured artists were all welcomed additions that did not bring the album down in any way, yet they did provide timely switches that changed the sound and regained the attention of anyone in the audience who may have began to be bored a bit. Even though the majority of the album’s content is Skribbal showcasing his lyrical ability, there shouldn’t be any doubt from listeners that the emcee does so very well and finds a way to keep it entertaining for the most part, which is something a lot of emcees shoot for but are not successful at doing.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- When Skribbal puts out a concept album or an album with a theme he can attack from different angles and approaches, then Skribbal will likely be delivering a classic album for hip hop fans. I have no doubt in my mind it will happen one day, so you should all be sure to keep that in mind and an eye out for when his follow up to Drug Spun Funk drops!
(4 out of 5 stars)
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