Hip Hop Album Reviews (06/2017)

The Fuel To My Flow

THE FUEL TO MY FLOW

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An album by Twane Tweeze

Review presented by Authentik Rhymez

Listen to “The Fuel To My Flow” by Twane Tweeze

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THE INTRO

I’m not exactly sure how Twane Tweeze came across The Write Reviews’ website, but once he began speaking with me about getting an album review, I could tell he is serious about his craft. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Twane’s review has taken longer than it should have to be posted, and the person who was originally assigned the review had to step down from doing so because of these circumstances. Authentik Rhymez quickly stepped up to take the reigns and deliver a review on <em>Fuel To My Flow</em>, in which I am thankful because of the workload I have had on my shoulders as of late. Will Twane Tweeze’s first featured review on the website prove to be an eye-opening album for Authentik Rhymez? I’m sure he will not hesitate to let us know.

-Warren Peace


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THE ALBUM

1- Live On The Scene

Upon receiving this project, I honestly did not know what to expect from this artist. To my surprise the lyrical content in this track is actually pretty nice. The bars and flow weren’t too extravagant, but the delivery and conviction kept me listening. I enjoyed the fresh take on this style beat. It’s real unique as well. Ahams put together a real nice, laid back style track here with some nice rim-shots and snares to give the track a more open world, almost tribal lands type of atmosphere. The only thing I’d like is a little bit more bang in the percussions/drums, and for a more solid closing. We do hear some off-timed dubs behind the main vocals, but overall it was a nice opener to the album.

2- Make A Play

This song here has a more universal feel to it. More listeners could enjoy this one from top to bottom. The beat has a simple piano melody throughout, but it’s got a bit of a darker feel with some modern percussion, allowing Twane to dive into more cynical, violent lyrics and still keep his smooth cadence throughout. The bars are still prevalent, and the chorus fits in real well. I was impressed with some of the wordplay and metaphors. The vocals sound clear and the lyrical content itself doesn’t sound confusing or forced so many listeners can feel this no matter their personal preference.

3- Flex feat. Doc

Coming 3rd on the project is a collaboration featuring Doc and both artists went in on the Comiskey Production. The beat bangs and has some dope orchestra style hits and string melody that adds to the aggressive ambiance. The metaphors, bars and overall chemistry between these two artists makes this track a hot one. Twane & Doc are not playing with these cats on this one, this is one of my favorites off the album. Real solid all around. The mix could use a little bit of work here and there, but overall blend of styles makes this track an enjoyable listen.

4- Late Night Hour feat. Al-B Tha Jester and Johnny Blizz

I really enjoyed this one. Nothing better than a laid back track with smooth, harmonious vocals. The rhymes are like water, and the switch-up in styles during the 1st verse was executed nicely. I just wish the track was touched up a bit more, but I still consider this one of my favorite tracks on the album. Al-B & Johnny Bizz both brought their A game on this and it’s the perfect song to vibe to at a kickback or low-key function.

5- My Purpose feat. Y.O.

Twane returns to the Hip Hop on this one with Y.O. Both come in and kill this piano melody. There’s no doubting their dedication and drive you hear in their vocals. The bars are back, and flows are top notch. Hip Hop heads are going to enjoy this one. Y.O adds a rugged tone to the track, keeping the theme consistent. Some featured artists tend to stray off the track’s original message, but not here. The purpose of this track is made clear and stated flawlessly. I enjoy getting some back-story from artists I listen to. It makes them feel more like normal people and becomes easier for listeners to relate to them. I just pity those who dare stand in the way of these two.

6- Man In The Mirror

This here is my favorite track of this album. Straight up. The production choice was a great one. Dyelow can really put a beat together. Aggression and conviction are on point. The flow is so well put together. The style Twane uses allows for seamless transitions from the hook and verse. Tweeze reflects on his different inspirations and pays homage to the old school era. His influences he grew up on were artists like Wu Tang and 2Pac. Twane’s lyricism and overall execution was perfect, catering to his style of quick-punches and slick metaphors. This was Tweeze’s way of reminding us of his capabilities. I love this one. I can vibe with this track from top to bottom.

7- I’m Losing It Interlude feat. AshesIIsehsA & 8- Monster In My Head feat. Al-B Tha Jester

The Interlude ‘I’m Losing It’ was a real interesting piece to listen to. We’re introduced to AshesIIsehsA in this one, and she wastes no time showing us her abstract mind frame over a dark melody. The style was laid back in delivery, but its substance was nothing you wanted to chill with. The hook Twane comes in with is a unique one. He then switches things up to a more aggressive beat and ‘In My Head’ begins with Al-B. I liked the mixtape vibe I got from the change up in this tack. The backing vocals were a little bit off timing at first, but they turned out to be more interactive with the main vocals in this one, giving a more live feel to this track. Al-B returns and he brings the seasoned vocals to give this track some more swag. His flow complimented the beat just as well.

9- Top Spot

Twane keeps the energy levels high with his assertive flows opening this next piece. His beat selections have been on point throughout this project so far. The switch up in melodies on this beat was a nice surprise. Of course, The Prophet flows effortlessly through the transitions. Twane’s openness on this one is a great way for fans to get a peek into what drives him to be the best in the game. Another dope track here, don’t sleep on this one.

10- Keep Going feat. Chubby

Chubby joins Twane Tweeze on this track. Though his vocals don’t sound as clean, he provides a catchy hook for the song and keeps pace with the track. The two artists keep the vibes going from the previous piece, diving deeper into their hustle and grind mentality. This track sounds like it needs better work on the vocals overall, but it’s still a dope piece to nod to. Bars are still evident in the flows, but that’s what I come to expect from Twane after hearing the last eight tracks.

11- The Breakdown feat. Bout Cash

Twane brings us another collaboration with artist Bout Cash on this old school sampled beat. Bout Cash has some bars, but needs to mix his vocals better in the opening bars. It was uncomfortable hearing the mix and his overall tone wasn’t as strong as it could’ve been. The Prophet takes over the verse next and his vocals are much easier to listen to and the bars are just about as good as any on this project so far. Smart of Twane to go second on this one. It’s not long, so some listeners may honestly not feel it as much, but given the chance, listeners could still appreciate the track for what it is. Independent Hip Hop is always fun to listen to. You get different perspectives, different styles and different art. Always exciting expecting the unexpected.

12- Only Way Out feat. Joey Tre, Nate Gramz, and Y.O.

“Only Way Out” is a banger. From the different flows, to the bars, everybody involved killed it. Ahams has been seen a few times on this project now and it’s easy to see why. These beats are ill and Twane Tweeze and the crew know how to ride a flow nicely. Here we get another track emphasizing Twane and company’s will to accomplish their goals and aspirations. I just wish the beat knocked a bit harder but it’s still a dope listen.

13- The Fuel To My Flow feat. Al-B Tha Jester

Al-B Tha Jester makes his final appearance on the project on the title track of the album ‘The Fuel To My Flow’. Ahams comes with the heat on this beat, which reminded me of Crime Mob’s ‘Knuck If Ya Buck’ at first. I like the idea of adding a wobble style bass in this track. It really combines the dubstep sound with some trap style production. The flows compliment the beat well and both Al-B and Twane remind us one more time why they deserve recognition. Tha Jester’s vocals are always interesting to listen to. Even his ad libs have their own personality. Some of the dubbing vocals do seem to be slightly off timing here and there, but it’s still a good listen

14- Save Your Goodbyes

On the final track of the album, Twane Tweeze The Prophet takes it down a notch to spit some real life Hip Hop over a softer sampled beat. Here he discusses his journey and those around him who doubted his ascension in the game. Though it isn’t a long track, this is a nice close to an incredibly versatile project. You can really hear the sincerity in Twane’s lines here, and you can tell that by this point in his career, he’s done listening to critics and naysayers. His legacy won’t be written by anybody but himself, and if you aren’t about supporting him, don’t even bother explaining why. Save your goodbyes.


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FEATURED TRACKS

Live on the Scene, Flex, My Purpose, Man in the Mirror, I’m Losing It/In My Head, Top Spot, and Only Way Out


THE WRITE UP

Overall, I really enjoyed the talent Twane Tweeze was able to showcase. His versatility allows for him to dab into any style of Hip Hop and excel with ease. The bars, metaphors and flows sounded as if they came from experience and deep knowledge of the Hip Hop culture. Many rappers can write some random lines, but it takes an artist to truly envelop themselves into a culture and be able to evolve within it. I would give this project a 4.5 out of 5, and the only real damage came from things like simple mixing slip ups. The choice in featured artists on this album wasn’t bad, but some of the tracks could have gone better.


STAR STATUS

🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 .5

(4.5 out of 5 stars)


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