Album Review- DJ Drama- Quality Street Music

DJ Drama had good reason to dip out on the Rick Ross and Jeezy scuffle at the BET Hip-Hop awards. He had to get back to the radio and be ready to promote his latest compilation release, Quality Street Music. The title of the album plays on the trend right now of trying to keep things real and 'hood' to a certain extent. He has dropped quite a few albums over the years but none of them have been as heavily promoted or hyped as much as say DJ Clue or Khaled. His have been more along the lines of the compilation efforts of Kay-Slay.

The album has no intro, just straight into the music with "Goin' Down" with Fabolous, Yo gotti, and T-Pain. The beat is a solid street, yet radio friendly one, and Fab isn't terrible but the hook is what carries this. This is followed by "Never die" with Jadakiss, Nipsey Hussle, Cee-Lo, and Young Jeezy as they sing about the bad guys who live because 'the good die young'. Southern flavor of the month 2 Chainz teams up with Jeremih and Meek Mill on "My Moment". The two mc's talk about how they have come up to get their shot to shine. A song that sounds like it has made radio is "We In This Bitch" with Jeezy again, T.I., Ludacris, and Future.

"So Many Girls" includes Wale, Tyga, and Roscoe Dash and is pretty boring and generic, including the only song where Drama yells his name as the overdub a la Khaled. Rick Ross shows up on "Clouds" with Miguel handling the hook duties, and Pusha T and Curren$y contributing bars on the normal Rozay style luxury lifestyle shit. In a change of pace slightly, Drama brings the energy with "I'm a Hater" featuring Wacka Flocka, Debo, and Tyler the Creator. This is pretty different of a combination. He goes back to the expected with "Real Niggas in The Building" with Kirko Bangz and Travis Porter.

Common makes an appearance on "My Way" with Lloyd handling the chorus and Kendrick Lamarr dropping a verse. The combo of artists isn't a stretch and the beat and feel manage to fit in on the album. Then we have B.O.B. , Planet VI, and Wiz Khalifa on "Pledge of Allegiance". Wiz does his normal thing if you're into that but he makes this track ultra skippable. "Same Ol' Story" might as well be called depressing hipster music with Kid Ink, Schoolboy Q, Cory Gunz, and Childish Gambino and I've heard better from all of them. Drake shows up on "We In This Bitch 1.5" where it is just him and Future annoying my ear drums. Meek Mill pops up again on "My Audemars" with Gucci Mane and Birdman, so only one verse is worth listening to. The last song is a play on Marvin's Room with Fred The Godson on "Monique's Room" where Fred goes off on a cheating ex-lover.

This album actually isn't that bad in its totality, but when the album gets to track ten it starts winding down and the energy and creativity drop along with it. Now this isn't to say the first 2/3rds of the album is original, it's not, it's just regular and compared to the end it shines. As a compilation, it's ok, but I ouldn't say you have to own it by any means.

Rating: 2/5


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