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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Album Review- Richgang - Rich Gang

So another day, same group of artists, and a new name for a 'group' as Birdman and Wayne, as the two main characters in this case, team up with more Young Money/Cash Money members to record a new album called 'Rich Gang'. I'm not sure what makes this different from the We Are Young Money album but it's their world I guess. If you're looking for in depth content and a variety of different sounds, you are not in luck. Anyway, with much trepidation, I offer you my review of this new album, Rich Gang.

The album starts with the Birdman himself talking about coming up from the streets, before the beat builds and Mystikal takes over, over a minute into the start. Now you know he has a unique style that is based more on the rhythm of the words more than what they actually are but it's straight. "Million Dollar" is the precursor, an interlude of sorts to the first single of the album "Tapout" and this has Detail and Future leading in talking about what the woman the 'million dollar pussy' gets. You've heard the single, which features Wayne, Nicki and Birdman again talking about their sexual prowess mixed in with bars about how much money they have. "We Been On" features R. Kelly in all of his pied piper glory singing about how long they have had money and been stunting with Lil Wayne and Baby.



Rick Ross gets his own song "50 Plates" which has the normal Rozay beat and average Rozay lyrics. I mean if it comes on no one will change but he is getting exceptionally redundant at this point. Yo Gotti handles the chorus on "Dreams Come True" along with Ace Hood, Mack Maine and Birdman.  They get on a very simple beat and say the same thing they always say, they have money and fuck every girl. Chris Brown shows up on "Bigger Than Life" with frequent collaborator Tyga, Birdman, and Lil Wayne as they rap about their celebrity which of course includes examples of their flyness and decadence.



Birdman and Detail are outshined by Kendrick Lamar on "100 Favors" where the former drop simple verses about how they owe a woman for her sexual prowess. Kendrick manages to tell an actual story as always and I hate to see him waste bars on awful Cash Money records. Cory Gunz, who recently dropped an awful mixtape pops up along with Mystikal and Busta Rhymes on "Everyday" where they describe what happens every day with them like thugging out, banging broads, and spending money. it wouldn't be bad without Birdman, or maybe if it weren't three of the more unconventional rappers you know at once. Busta also sounds extra bored. "Detail" gets his own awful auto-tuned song "Burn The House".

Bow wow shows he is still signed on "Panties to the Side" with Tyga and Gudda Gudda while French Montana actually manages to make an infectious hook over a beat that is sounding more average since the sound is so prevalent, however French makes sure you will hear this in strip clubs all over. The 'B' team gets a chance to star as Jae Millz, Mystikal, Gudda Gudda, Ace Hood, Mack Maine and Birdman all get to rap on "Angel" talking about describing a woman. Then the album turns to the left with a feature from someone named Caskey along with Limp Bizkit, Flo-Rida, and Birdman in an attempt to get into Flo's MTV/college market. The song sucks because they pretty much seem to have focus-grouped the song to death. The King of the South, TI joins Baby and Weezy on "Have it Your Way" another decidedly average song with what sounds like one of DJ Toomp's old throw away tracks. Think 'Big Thangs Poppin' with weaker drums. Then The Game shows up to proclaim his Blood affiliated love on "Paint The Town" with Birdman and Wayne proclaiming their colors. The album ends thankfully with "Fly Rich" and Tyga, Future, Mystikal, Meek Mill, and Stevie J.

Look, i am no fan of the Young Money stable's content and Birdman in particular has little to talk about and Wayne ran out of good raps years ago. Along with the ridiculous overuse of auto tune on more than half the tracks it turns into one long lame track. I did enjoy Mystikal's energy pretty much everything else is trite run of the mill 'rap' if you can even call it that. There is no subject matter, it's all a bunch of noise about popping bottles, spending money, and how good they are at sex. It's so mindless and simple it's an insult to hip-hop and even Drake and Nicki Minaj who at least manage to try when they record a song. In a summer that has at least had some hip-hop that either pushed boundaries or had some type of content, this is a severe step down even when you don't expect much.

Rating: 1.5/5

1 comments:

I love that Mystikal & TI are featured on this album. The others, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Birdman, need to be shut up. Isaac @ www.digitalmindsmusic.com

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