DJ Drama- Gangsta Grillz the Album

I've never been a fan of DJ's releasing albums. I mean really what do they do? Are they making all of the tracks or just A&R'ing a compilation album, getting tracks from artists, producers, and labels? Why is Khaled all over "albums" when Cool and Dre and The Runners are making most of the tracks? DJ Clue back in the day was at least an event because there weren't many DJ's with clout to attempt this. But back to the latest offering from DJ Drama fresh off his arrest which is the first intro to the album...yes there are two intro's.

Overall the album is a collective piece of averageness. The beats all begin to meld into one after a while although 5000 One's, the first single is catchy and is followed by a surprise in the album's highlight by Outkast in "Da Art of Storytelling 4". Andre 3000's verse is easily the best of the entire effort in creativity and depth. and that lies the problem of the album, sure, it has some generally decent lines throughout but overall it's more of the same thing over and over. The collaborations aren't special, or different enough from any other Southern album to justify the time and expense of this project.

Not to say the whole thing is bad, "No More" with Willie Da Kid, Lloyd, and TI, is an exceptional song where Willie delivers his strongest verse that showed the potential to be more than another southern rapper, Freeway's appearance on the "Cannon remix". Jeezy also shows continued attempts to step his rap game up on his appearances.

Young Joc shows is lack of ability when he blares " they call me big nuts" on "Throw ya sets up" which features jadakiss and La the Darkamn (where has he been?). "Aye" features Young Dro doing his normal thing, but it comes right before the low point of the set, "Grillz Gleamin" which features Bohagon, Lil Scrappy, and Princess and Diamond from Crime Mob. The hook is the most annoying thing ever, being scratched and off key and off tempo if that is possible. Then the verses are terrible with the ladies only being listenable because you want to give the females some shine.

By the time you come to the end of this it is tiring. The album is a complete let down with too little variety and nothing that sonically makes this from being one long song. The moments worth overlooking are too many and even the Katt Williams interlude disappoints. You have to wonder if the arrest didn't derail the best laid plans for this album.

Rating: 2/5


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