Ali Vegas comes back with a new album that plays through extremely well. This is a very cohesive and smooth project. Ali Vegas just has a knack for making good songs and that is exactly what he did throughout this one. Effortlessly, he crafts his rhymes and they flow wonderfully track after track. It’s almost as if he wasn’t trying to shoot for the radio single, but somehow ended up with a bunch of songs that would make the radio cut. Just about every song gives you that feeling; that unexplainable feeling that the song just feels right and you can feel the song totally. The best example is the song “Superstar” featuring Kobe Honeycutt. In this one, Ali Vegas tells a story paying homage to his college girlfriend and her accomplishments and the beat is just fantastic. Ali Vegas does a tremendous job with this project and we definitely look forward to hearing more from him.
Ali Vegas hits us with the third installment of his Paid Time Off series. This one is a bit of a mixed bag. It starts out absolutely slamming. The first 3 tracks on here go so hard. The rhymes are great. The beats are so dope. They have hard drums with clever samples and almost sounds like late 90’s boom bap. The best song on here is definitely the third one “I Feel Like A King.” The vocal sample just sets the hook off and the beat makes the listener feel good. While there are some songs that are dope like this, there are others that are just sort of average. There are songs that sound like every other random mixtape song you’ve heard before and have been lost in time. It’s not to say they are bad, they just don’t stand out as much as others. All in all, this was another pretty decent project by Ali Vegas. I feel like he is really reinventing himself for this new era. He is almost getting a second shot at this whole rap thing and he seems to really be capitalizing off of it.
Ali Vegas delivers a project here that is sort of a mixed bag of things here. I can almost see both sides of the coin on all aspects of this project. Lyrically, Ali Vegas is nice and can spit bars. But at the same time, it can get kind of boring as you listen to track after track. The beats on here are different as well. You have some that are bangers and others that sound kind of hollow and miss the mark. Some of the beats have that 90’s vibe to it and while that sounds cool on one hand, on the other hand, it makes some of it sound dated. I’m not really mad at any of the tracks on here. I think it is just that this is one of those records that can get lost in the mix with so many mixtapes out there nowadays. If you are in the mood for a 90s throwback type sound, give this one a listen. If not, I’d find something else.
This was a decent release, nothing spectacular. Ali Vegas is showcasing his skills pretty well on here. Lyrically he is pretty decent and I am not sure why he never caught on bigger than he did. Everyone remembers “The Specialist.” So lyrically he is able to spit some pretty good stuff out there. I think where he may suffer a little bit is on the production on this project. There are a few new tracks which are decent but he spits over old classic beats. While it’s always good to hear some of the old stuff, it becomes apparent on this tape that there is a focus on latter 90s beats which were done by the greats. It’s almost as if Ali Vegas is trying to show us that he would have been great over these beats in the late 90’s and not now. Don’t show me what you could have done. Show me what you can do now. It’s perfectly acceptable to bring out some old beats now and then but to bombard us with them one after another, it’s almost as if he is trying to prove something here. That’s a pretty harsh critique given his skills though. Overall, I was happy with this release. Just might need some fine-tuning in the future.
This is a relatively decent release from an old school New York artist. The feel of this album is more geared towards a Valentine’s Day feel obviously being titled 214. I’ve always been checking for Ali Vegas ever since he dropped the classic “The Specialist” track back in the day. He’s an artist that never really seemed to catch on with the masses though. Despite that, he still has some skill at this rapping thing. He raps over a few R&B tracks on this album taking on old classics like Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” and also newer hits like Chris Brown’s “Back To Sleep.” He also has a few original tracks which aren’t bad at all. “I Need You” is probably one of the more stand out original tracks. Definitely a good listen while you are rollin around the city with wifey in the car. I’d like to see more from Ali Vegas but at the same time, I just don’t know if he can keep up with a lot of the lyricists out there today. I definitely hope that he can though. We will hopefully see more to come from Ali Vegas.