Diplomatic Ties, Boosie Blues Cafe, DiCaprio 2

Hey guys, long time no read. Apologies for the lack of content over the last week, I’ve been hella busy but as always still bumping the freshest new hip-hop releases on the daily. To make up for it, I’m going to give you guys a condensed 3-in-1 album review for the albums listed in the title of the post. It’s time to see what’s really REALLY good with these rap albums. As always, here is a reference to interpret the scores.

Diplomats – Diplomatic Ties

When I found out that the Diplomats were dropping a new album I was nothing short of ecstatic. This group and all of the members were key figures in rap during my developmental adolescent years; years that I probably shouldn’t have been allowed to listen to their brand of music. I digress. I turned out alright, and so have the group (collectively that is, Juelz hasn’t had the best year), standing the test of time and gracefully aging into the most legendary rap group of the decade despite G Unit having the most success at each of their peaks. As far as rap goes, Cam’Ron and Jim Jones have both put out stellar albums recently, and coupling that with each of the group members upper-echelon rapping ability showcased in their prime, this album has the makings of their past greatness. Let’s see what the group that inspired the name of my blog cooked up for us. 

  1. Intro: Stay Down (feat. Trav): 4.5/5
  2. Dipset Forever: 4/5
  3. On God (feat. Belly): 3.5/5
  4. Sauce Boyz: 4/5
  5. Dipset / Lox (feat. The Lox): 4.5/5
  6. Uptown: 4/5
  7. No Sleep (feat. Tory Lanez): 3/5
  8. By Any Means: 4/5
  9. Outro: Un Casa: 4.5/5

This short and sweet album did not disappoint from the rap icons. Showing their ability to get with the times, the album is short and lacking fat, giving us only their best material recorded in the sessions for the album. Only one poor track with a surprisingly disappointing performance from Tory Lanez; sang the hook without any effects and kinda got exposed a little bit. Big fan of his music but this was a clear miss from him and the Dipset crew. All in all, the raps are just as good as they’ve ever been, disproving the myth for the umpteenth time that rappers don’t lose their actual skill set with age, just their style. As far as their style goes, they gave us exactly what we wanted and expected as fans. Dispet is back, even though they’ve never left.

Final Score: 83/100

Boosie Badazz – Boosie Blues Cafe

Now this was definitely unexpected on the surface. The gangsta rapper formerly known as Lil Boosie, who literally was facing Death Row at a point in his life, released a blues album in 2018. As outlandish as that sounds, I’m actually optimistic about this album. Blues is the essence of African-American art, and it’s origins come straight from the Deep South. It is inspired by racial oppression in black America and the depression and hopelessness that comes from it. If there is any rapper that could make a blues album, based on the essence, this Baton Rouge native checks all boxes. So with that said, let’s see what this album is all about.

  1. Too Much For You: 3.5/5
  2. I’m On My Way: 4/5
  3. Confused: 4.5/5
  4. Love Yo Family: 4/5
  5. Devil in my Bedroom (feat. Big Pokey Bear): 4/5
  6. Soul Snatcher: 3.5/5
  7. Miss Money: 4/5
  8. That’s Mama: 4.5/5
  9. I Know How to Have a Good Time: 4.5/5
  10. Where I’m From: 4/5
  11. Problem: 3.5/5
  12. Trouble: 4/5
  13. Clean Up Man: 4/5
  14. Worth It: 3.5/5
  15. Let’s Talk About It: 3.5/5
  16. Rap Star Heaven: 4/5
  17. Boosie Blues Cafe: 3/5

I hate to say I told you so, but this shit kinda fire. As outlandish as the blues album claim was for Boosie, at the root of it, he is the essence of blues music albeit many generations removed. He is still new to the genre, and his lack of a real singing voice hinders him from having a plethora of standout material on this lengthy release. However, when he is all the way in his blues bag, he proves he can deliver some very heartfelt and soulful music, the highlights of this album are some of Boosies best songs he’s ever made, regardless of genre. There aren’t any songs that are total fails because of the unique instrumentals he uses and the depth of Boosie’s content. Even though he may be a novice blues musician and a sub-par singer, his life experience and his ability to convey his emotions in his music makes this a solid listening experience all the way thru.

Final Score: 79/100

JID – DiCaprio 2

I’ll be totally honest, I’ve been sleeping on this guy for a minute. I’ve heard very good things about JID for a long time, but I never got around to checking out any of his projects for whatever reason. I heard a couple of his loose singles prior to this project release, and I wasn’t as impressed as the critics were. However, because of his buzz and the almost universal acclaim he gets from the hip-hop media, I decided it would be a disservice not to give him a chance. As far as a rapper goes, he is in a more traditional rap mold than many artists that have made a name for themselves in the past year or two. He is definitely more of a rapper’s rapper, is not afraid to bring the bars and is very confident in his lyrical ability, which is refreshing to hear in 2018 especially coming from a guy from East Atlanta. Despite notable stylistic differences he may have with his rapper peers from his generation and/or neighborhood, I look forward to hearing this offering from a newer rapper that’s cut from an older cloth. Let’s get into it.

  1. Frequency Change: n/a (skit)
  2. Slick Talk: 4/5
  3. Westbrook (feat. A$AP Ferg): 3.5/5
  4. Off Deez (feat. J. Cole): 3.5/5
  5. 151 Rum: 4/5
  6. Off da Zoinkys: 4.5/5
  7. Workin’ Out: 4.5/5
  8. Tiiied (feat. 6lack & Ella Mai): 4.5/5
  9. Skrawberries (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid): 4/5
  10. Hot Box (feat. Method Man & Joey Bada$$): 4/5
  11. Mounted Up: 3.5/5
  12. Just da other Day: 4.5/5
  13. Despacito Too: 4/5
  14. Hasta Luego (Bonus): 4/5
Despite my initial reservations regarding JID, he most definitely delivered here. He has all of the makings of a great rapper: excellent flow, great lyricism and a very unique delivery. The songs with A$AP Ferg and J. Cole both felt like he was doing the most, but there is nothing on this project that is average, wack or mediocre. However, there’s also nothing on this project that blows me away or has me thinking that he’s gonna be a GOAT when it’s all said and done. He doesn’t have a song where the beat, lyrics and songwriting connect in perfect harmony and create a masterpiece, but he has the potential to create one of those because he has all of these elements scattered all over the album. All in all, very good project from a new artist with refreshing old school take on bars and lyricism. Looking forward to hearing more from this guy. Final Score: 82/100

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