Music REVIEW by B.I.N.A.C.T.
This is Kevin1100's 'Language Arts & Verbal Abuse' as reviewed by B.I.N.A.C.T.'s very own Candice Johnson [www.butimnotacriticthough.com]
The mixing and mastering are great. It sounds best in my over-ear headphones.
Your flows bring attention to your skill. Your lyrical content is interesting throughout the album.
Your songs reference coming of age themes that most young black men experience at your age (love, temptations, working, spending money, combating stereotypes) in an accessible and palatable way.
Lyrical skill-wise, the stand out songs are Runaways (Non-Anonymous) and Gateway2000
The production choices on this album are on point.
The beats don't fit in with the typical trap beats of mainstream Hip-Hop but they are compelling and contribute to the album's storytelling.
Standouts: Itsubishi, Gateway2000, Sex & Drugs
The features are interesting and well placed.
The verses fit perfectly within the context of the album and they bring life to the project.
They don't feel forced or juxtaposed for the sake of a feature.
They don't distract from your verses, they compliment them.
Things I Noticed:
Your tone comes off monotone on some songs.
Higher is a good example. I know it's a song about being high but your verses translate a low energy. It's evident when Bennie Sav spits his verse right after yours. His verse brings a completely different energy to the song.
The hooks on a few songs could use more substance.
Some are repetitive and slow down the momentum of the song.
For people who don't appreciate verses, hooks and choruses can make or break a song. They can either bring the listener in or turn the listener off. The hooks on the followings songs could've used some more effort in writing and/or delivery: Itsubishi, Jungles & Woods, Forever
The longer songs should be shorter. RIP Simba has a lot of empty space which is an easy way for a listener to lose focus.
Pacing is important. After track 6 the album drags a little bit. That could be avoided by placing an upbeat song in between slower songs OR making adjustments to supplement the energy of the album.
Overall this is a solid project. The intro and outro are very strong with standout tracks in the middle. The album themes are relatable. Production, mixing, and mastering are assets to the listening experience. I think the album structure and energy could use some work but overall this debut is substantial. Let me know if there's anything I missed that you would like more feedback on.