Album Review: Jay Rock “90059” by Blade Brown
Since the release of Jay Rock’s last album “Follow Me Home“, the entire TDE roster has released a project. Now, after the solid releases from Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul earlier this year, Jay Rock finally puts out his sophomore album: 90059.
The album has a more straight forward approach than “To Pimp A Butterfly” or “These Days…”. Instead of the conscious efforts of those records, Jay Rock brings a more classic west coast feel with his album. Records like “Easy Bake” and “90059” have dark vibes to them, but also have a sound reminiscent of Warren G. The production is nearly flawless. Each track stands on out with its distinct sound. Which is shocking because unlike most albums, this CD is crafted by mostly up and coming producers. Not one “Super Producer”, proving that everyone is not chasing the same sound that’s on the radio.
The Black Hippy featured “Vice City” is one of my favorite tracks of the year. It makes you more hopeful that the long rumored Black Hippy Album could possibly happen. “Gumbo” is another standout track. The beat is incredible and Rock rides it like a stallion, kicking raw rhymes along the way. The album’s
album’s best cut is the sequel to Kendrick Lamar’s “Money Trees” appropriately titled “Money Trees Deuce”. While there won’t be a trend starting term like “Ya Bish” on it, the record actually manages to be a better song than its predecessor. The eerie production led by an ominous flute is the perfect vessel for Jay Rock to lace with bars.
Jay Rock may have taken a while to deliver, but it was clearly worth the wait. The album is lean at 11 tracks, and with the exception of one or maybe two songs, is an album you can put on and let play straight through. This album continues the trend of 2015 being a stellar year for fans of rap music, as the majority of albums to come out have been impressive. And this one has potential to be mentioned as one of the best.
Top 5 Songs:
Money Trees Deuce
Fly On The Wall
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