R.A. drops his extremely long-awaited and highly anticipated album and it was definitely worth the wait. One thing that is very apparent about this record is that a lot of time and effort went into it. A lot of artists today could learn a lot from this as it pays off to take time and care with your projects instead of dropping something every 2 weeks. For 1, I can’t keep up with all the shit. For 2, it makes the quality of the project go up as is evidenced here with this project. R.A.’s rhymes are insane. He is definitely the shock jock of hip-hop but he is also highly skilled in the art of rhyme. He can pretty much do it all. If you want fast-rapping, he has you covered on “Gotta Be Dope” alongside AFRO and DJ Jazzy Jeff. If you want shocking bars, then peep “Hate Speech” or “The Big Snatch.” If you want insanely good posse cuts, peep “Dragon Fire” or “Slayers Club” which features all of the fire MCs you can think of. If you want deep and thoughtful tracks, then check “Wondering (How To Believe)” or “The After Life.” If you want some conspiracy type tracks, peep “Who Do We Trust?” with Immortal Technique or “Malice Of Mammon” with Chuck D. R.A. has truly covered all the bases lyrically. You can’t coach greatness. On the production side, I was hoping for more, but that is not to say I didn’t like the production. His previous album Legends Never Die was all but perfection. I think it might have actually been extremely close. Overall, this new one didn’t quite live up to the last one, but it still packs an enormous punch that is worth all the songs on here. Fantastic job R.A. The Rugged Man.
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 Cheesesteaks
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