An album by B. (of Dakota South Records)
Review presented by Omnis
Listen to “B” by B. (of Dakota South Records)
B. of Dakota South Records is an award-winning artist who enjoys making his music with other artists and trying out different styles. Another artist on the Dakota South label, JuQ, recently had a review on his Tempo album at The Write Reviews. Since our staff member Omnis was the one to review JuQ’s album, I thought it would be interesting to see what Omnis thought about a different album from the same label. It’s time to check out the breakdown of B’s self-titled album.
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1- Head In The Clouds (Intro) feat.J-Luis
The Intro to B of Dakota South Records’ self-titled album starts with an intro from B, explaining that the song is about what keeps him driven in the industry. The instrumental is slow paced and groovy, with a decent, catchy hook that fits well with the beat. B has a slow, basic flow, but uses similes and metaphors to make up in lyrical content what he lacks in flow. J-Luis has a choppy flow, but uses it well with the beat. Overall this is a decent, pleasant, and soothing intro to the album.
2- Married 2 the Game feat. Rico Da Drama Kid, G-Dot, and Avenue Da Streetz
The heavy, intense instrumental for the second track on this album starts as soon as you hit play, quickly leading you to a repetitive and barely catchy hook. B’s flow sounds a little too slow for the beat, and uses few similes and metaphors apart from the overarching metaphor to “the rap game” throughout his verse. The 1st featured rapper flows better with the beat, but also uses few clever lyrical techniques. G-Dot announces himself at the beginning of his verse, flowing well with the beat and using more similes and metaphors than the previous emcees on the track. The last featured rapper has a mediocre flow, but uses a variety of similes and metaphors to make for a decent closing verse.
3- Ohhh feat. Trey Demi, Accident, and Avenue Da Streetz
The instrumental for this one is instantly catchy, as is the hook, using several of the artist’s voices and female vocals that make for a pleasing variety. The 1st featured rapper begins his verse a little repetitively, but uses a little more variety as he continues, throwing in a few metaphors to make for decent lyrical content overall. The 2nd rapper featured has a slightly choppy flow and uses a basic rhyme scheme with few similes and metaphors, making for a mediocre verse at best. B takes the final verse on this track with a flow that sounds more like he is simply talking than rapping. He uses few similes and metaphors, and overall the verse is a disappointing close to the third song on the album.
4- Breakin The Rules feat. G-Dot, Spice-1, and No-Name
The instrumental for “Breakin The Rules” is upbeat and catchy, but the hook is repetitive and obviously auto-tuned. B’s flow on the 1st verse sounds a little out of place on the faster beat, but his lyrical content is much more satisfying than it has been on some of the previous tracks. The 2nd rapper’s flow sounds much more in place on the instrumental, with decent lyrical content but a fairly basic rhyme scheme, though his verse is the high point on this rather disappointing club song.
5- How 2 Party feat. Accident and Rico Da Drama City Kid
The instrumental for the 5th song on the album is heavy and upbeat, with a catchy, but poorly delivered hook. The 1st rapper’s verse almost sounds like more than one person is speaking at once, and is a little hard to understand, with only basic rhymes but a decent flow. The 2nd rapper’s verse is more satisfying, utilizing a better flow and a wide use of similes and metaphors, showing off his lyrical creativity and vocal ability. B closes this one out as well, his voice noticeably deeper than anything else on the track. He is slightly difficult to understand, but brings a decent flow and lyrical content for a mediocre end to the song.
6- Lay The Pipe feat. Hopsin
The instrumental for “Lay The Pipe” is a banger, and the hook is catchy and well delivered. B’s flow fits in well with this beat much better than it has on some of the previous tracks, with decent lyrical content even though it lacks in creativity. The 2nd verse features Hopsin with a great flow, and his use of similes and metaphors delivers a punchline packed, satisfying verse. B’s final verse uses more lyrical creativity, and is a much better verse than his first, decently closing the 6th track on the album.
7- Don’t Act Like feat. Prolifik and Trey Demi
The instrumental for this one is a little funky but upbeat and catchy, and the 1st verse has a good flow and uses a good selection of similes/metaphors, a great intro to the track. The hook is catchy and well delivered, opening for B to take the 2nd verse with a decent flow and use of lyrical creativity. The final verse uses basic rhymes, but has a decent flow, closing one of the better tracks on the album a little softer than it opened.
8- What We Gon’ Do feat. Accident
The instrumental for “What We Gon’ Do” is instantly groovy, and the hook is catchy and well delivered. B starts the song with one of his faster flows on the album and a decent verse, although the sex-themed songs are beginning to grow a little old. His second verse, disappointing compared to the first, has a slower flow, basic rhyme schemes, and is a little repetitive in places. Accident sings the last verse, but it sounds too soft and slow paced for the beat, an unsatisfying end to one of the bangers on this album.
9- First Born feat. Accident
This song starts slowly with an intro from B addressed to his “first born”, then kicks into a slower, basic instrumental with a melodic, catchy hook from Accident. B’s first verse is the most emotional and thought provoking this far in the album, and is addressed to his first born son. It is a nice change from the previous theme of tracks. The 2nd verse has a decent flow, with great lyrical content that makes up for his basic rhyme schemes. The song ends with the fading beat and B and his son sharing “I love you”s, a fitting end to one of the better songs on the album.
10- I Like
The instrumental for the first song on the album with no features has a long, slowly progressing intro that develops into a softer, upbeat track with a barely catchy hook that sounds too quiet for the beat. B’s first verse has a good flow and lyrical content, the high point of this song. The second verse has a slower flow that sounds like B is speaking rather than rapping again, but uses some decent similes and metaphors.
11- Money Ova Here feat. Trey Demi, Rico Da Drama City Kid, and Avenue Da Streetz
“Money Ova Here”s instrumental starts slowly, then drops all at once into a heavy, intense beat with a repetitive and slightly catchy hook. The first rapper has a decent verse and lyrical content that make for a satisfying verse. The second rapper’s flow isn’t as smooth, but his verse mixes with the third rapper’s on a shared second verse that is as satisfying as the first. B’s flow doesn’t seem on beat with the third verse, and is again to slow for the faster beat, though his lyrical content helps salvage what is left of his disappointing close to the 11th song on the album.
12- Make It Drip
The only other song on the album without a feature starts with a decent instrumental and mediocre but catchy hook, albeit a little repetitive. B’s first verse starts with his signature slow flow and basic rhyme scheme. This one brings back the sex themes often heard in earlier tracks on the album. The second verse is the same as the first when it comes to flow and rhyme scheme, and reminds me of his verse on track 8. Overall this is a decent solo track, but the content is very repetitive and lacks creativity.
13- On My Grind feat. Accident, Avenue Da Streetz, and Rico Da Drama City Kid
The 13th track on the album has a softer, upbeat instrumental and a simple vocal melody for a hook. B opens this one, combining a few clever similes and metaphors with a flow that feels much more in place on the slower beat than it does on much of the album. The second rapper has a decent flow, and again the second verse is shared with the third featured rapper, who’s flow doesn’t start on par with the second rapper’s but quickly develops into a satisfying end to the verse. The fourth rapper on the song brings a good flow and some clever similes and metaphors to close out “On My Grind”.
14- Be The One feat. Nae Nae
“Be The One”s instrumental starts out a little funky, but really kicks in with a catchy, pleasant hook from Nae Nae. B’s first verse is soft and flows well with the beat. The second verse is a little louder, but once again his flow leans toward plain speech as compared to rap. “Be The One” is a love song with a great hook and two mediocre verses that could have been delivered much better by B.
15- Five Star Hustla feat. G Baby Prince, M.A.R.C.O., and Accident
The beat for track 15 starts out slow, but you can already tell that it’s going to be a banger. The hook is catchy with mediocre delivery. The first featured rapper’s verse has a great flow and catchy lyrics, although he uses few similes/metaphors. The second rapper’s flow isn’t as satisfying, but he uses a lot more punchlines to make up for it. The final verse showcases B who brings satisfying lyrics, delivery, and flow, and he even ends with a great punchline, one of the only times on the album that he closes a verse better than any other emcee on the beat.
16- True Bliss feat. Accident
Accident opens with a soft, soothing hook on a slower, emotional instrumental in “True Bliss”. B’s flow fits in well with the slower beat, showing that he is dominant when it comes to love songs in Hip-Hop. The second verse has a choppy flow, but B does it in a way that does justice and makes for a great close to this love song with Accident.
17- It’s All About B feat. Nae Nae
This instrumental starts slowly, but picks up nicely with a catchy hook from Nae Nae, as you would expect from her earlier performances on the album. B’s flow again fits well with the beat, and he uses some good similes and metaphors combined with lyrical creativity that really help you to understand why “It’s All About B”. His second verse speeds up the flow a little, but other than that small change the lyrics and creativity stay the same, showing that B can stay consistent throughout a song when he wants to. The final verse has the slowest flow, but doesn’t disappoint, making for great variety throughout one of the better songs on the album.
18- Fairy Tale feat. Jeremy Waddell
“Fairy Tale” has a slight rock influence, B brings a good flow for all of the verses on the beat packed with thought provoking lyrics, clever similes and metaphors, and creative lyrics. Jeremy Waddell brings a well delivered, catchy hook that ranks among the best on the album. Overall, this track is great in all aspects, and B really shows his ability in every verse of the 18th track on the album.
19- On Top feat. Julius Francis
Track 19 starts quickly with a heavy instrumental and a catchy hook delivered by Julius Francis. B brings his fastest flow yet, packing in creative similes and metaphors making for an entertaining banger that is enjoyable to listen to and lacks the disappointing qualities found in the first half of the album.
20- I Miss You feat. Nae Nae
“I Miss You” is the final track on the album, and the instrumental starts slow with an intro from B about a dead friend. Nae Nae comes with a decent, soft hook that fits well on the beat, though it is a little repetitive. B has a slow flow that fits perfectly with the beat, and brings emotional, nostalgic verses that anyone who has lost a loved one can easily connect with. This is a great close to the album as a whole and is one of the most thought provoking tracks on the album.
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Ohhh, Lay The Pipe, First Born, Fairy Tale, On Top, and I Miss You
THE WRITE UP
B Of Dakota South Records’ self titled album packs a lot of features onto 20 well chosen instrumentals that give the perfect feel to every song, and when combined with some of the awesome hooks that aren’t repetitive or lack delivery it is the perfect formula for a banger every time. B has a difficult time finding a flow to some of the faster beats, but he connects well and on time with every slower instrumental on the album. Often times the lyrical content is creative and packed with punchlines in the form of similes and metaphors, but just as often those lyrics fall short of expectations.
Not every feature sounds as good as the next on this album, and perhaps a few less wouldn’t hurt. However, B made some great decisions when he chose features for the CD and even though he isn’t the spotlight performer on every track, there are some songs that will get listeners involved as well as any other. With a little work on his delivery, flow, and hooks, B could make every future track a banger, especially if he brings back some of the great features on this album.
(3 out of 5 stars)
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