Rapsody – She Got Game

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most official album review for this album…any review I do will be the most official review for that album. Anyway, here we do not judge names, bank statements, or tmz appearances. We judge music. Dig that.

 

Songs are judged on a 0-5 basis (0 being cheeks, 5 being classic), and the judgement is based on the following: lyrics, production, and the cohesiveness of the two. Whether or not the song is good for what it was intended to do, and its according entertainment value.  Now, I am going to be very specific with what these numeric values mean in terms of what I am giving them. Here is the scale:

 

0-1.5 – Amongst the most terrible songs i’ve ever heard

 

2 – Bad song

 

2.5 – average song- not good/not awful

 

3 – pretty good, not mind blowing but good

 

3.5 – I could ride out to this

 

4 – Has great replay value

 

4.5 – Song/Album of the year candidate

 

5 – Classic hip-hop record

 

Albums in totality are judged by the same, but including flow of the album and consistency of attributes throughout the album. With that being said…

I ain’t gonna front- I slept on Rapsody. Thing is, I feel like I had good reason though. Peep the scene, my introduction to her was ‘Thank H.E.R. Now’…which released in the same week (maybe even to the day) as Jean Grae’s ‘Cookies or Comas’…With Jean being Jean, I wasn’t exactly checking for Rapsody at the moment. I downloaded the joint, and vaulted it. Fast forward to 2013…I finally woke up from my coma..no pun.

When I looked at the tracklist to this joint…I had to check it just out of respect for the production of 9th wonder and my justus league favorite, Khrysis. No shade to Rapsody..she dope and shit. I’m just saying, who don’t wanna listen to 9th and Khrysis…oh, and a Phonte, Jay Elect, Chance The Rapper feature and Rae of course…

1. A Song About Nothing – So… DJ Drama…after falling out of favor with all them bamas he used to do coon tapes with, he now rocks with talent and ruins the beginning of their tape saying dumb shit about ‘the game’ and how ‘its changed’ and won’t be ‘the same’ after this tape…thats cool though. This is a pretty good way to start the album though..very introduce you to the scene type rhetoric…Is it just me though, or is her cadence and voice sounding kinda jean-y?  3.5/5

2. Coconut Oil feat. Raekwon – Man…no shade, but this track was tailor made for Chef. Almost like 9th was like, ‘yo, I need a Rae joint…Rap, hit up Rae’…She did her thing too, but Rae just like gave birth on this shit. Between Rae and Nas, these niggas aging so gracefully as emcees. Its beautiful to watch. 9th Wonder you remarkable nigga. 4/5

3. Thank You Very Much – I’m not really a fan of this beat, but as she executes the concept of the written over it…it grows on me. This concept is simple, but at the same time I feel like I haven’t anyone do it lol… 3.5/5

4. Lonely Thoughts feat. Chance The Rapper – This joint was cool, before Chance..but he took it to another level. It seems as if the producers are making joints for the feature rapper and giving them to Rapsody..To put it in a more positive light, Rapsody has perfect features on this tape. I can’t wait for a Chance The Rapper album. 4/5

5. Caught Up featuring Raheeem Devaughn – The one neo soul ass nigga that I never really listened to lol…I love how they sampled this Tweet joint. Joey Badass sampled it on Summer Knights, but this is like 1,000 times better than his. This Khrysis though so… with that said…for some reason this joint seems lightweight all over the place. It’s cool, but just scatters. 3/5

6. Generation – Mac Miller and Jared Evan – I hate white rappers, and Mac Miller ain’t giving me no intervention. I kinda don’t even understand what’s going on here…that almost 80s power song hook is weird. Rapsody brings it back a little bit though. 3/5

7. Special Way – I’m a keep it real…I can’t even fairly judge this joint, because all I hear is the AZ joint from ‘9 Lives’…Rapsody is dope, but she ain’t quite AZ…so its hard for me. 3/5

8. Dark Knights feat. Wale – Wale… one of my least favorite rappers today. This beat is crazy though and Rapsody is riding this shit crazy. I’m so tired of these dudes rapping like they are forreal spitting and they not. Like, its one thing for these wack rapping niggas like Gucci who not trying to sound dope, but these Wale niggas…stop it. 3/5

9. My Song feat. Mela Machinko – Nice flip of a classic joint right here. Rapsody is kinda all over the place again on this joint, but this beat is pretty damn nice. 3.5/5

10. Complacent feat. Problem – I like this beat…vintage 9th. This is the first time I am ever hearing this cat Problem. He is decent. Gets a little meh at the end of his verse, but he does his thing aight. Raspsody is ok on here, but overall this joint is rather forgettable. 3/5

11. Lover After feat. Gwen Bunn – Wow…ok, this shit is crazy and it caught me off guard the way Gwen Bunn comes in with the smooth shit and then this crazy beat drops…This is the craziest shit on the album to this point…This that shit that makes me wanna rap. 4/5

12. Kingship – I am about to say something that I can not recall me ever saying in all of my years listening to music…all the Gangstarr, Group Home..all the 20,000 Prem joints i’ve heard… This is a wack ass Premier track. Like, wtf. 2.5/5

13. Feel Like (Love Love) feat. Common – Smooth joint…I don’t mind this at all. This Common verse is probably the best Common i’ve heard in years…This was ODIAMS Com right here…love. 3.5/5

14. Never Fail – This joint is decent but underwhelming. The beat and her rhymes blend well but to a negative vibe this time around. 3/5

15. Never Know feat. Nipsey Hussle, Ab-Soul, and Terrace Martin – Ab-Soul is dope as fuck. The rest of this joint is pretty good…he steps up and makes this very good. 3.5/5

16. Jedi Code feat. Phonte and Jay Electronica – Phonte the god. Nigga is a great emcee, nigga is a great singer. Most talented nigga in music, period. He kills this shit too of course. and this beat…c’mon man…This is a fantastic way to end the tape…Rapsody was perfect on this beat too…wow. but uhhh, it ain’t all sweet on this joint. Jay Electronica mailed it in. 4/5

Conclusion: Rapsody is a dope femcee (lmao, I hate that) and she certainly has potential. With that said, I feel like i’m judging two different things. There is her, and then there is the tape. The point that i’m making is that at times she takes a back seat to the production and to the features…not that it’s a terrible thing…the features and beats are mostly incredible on here. As a tape, its like 96% dope, however, much of it is just dope…and not DOPE…but I like to let dope shit just be dope on its own and not let my parental instincts kick in on some ‘if you got an A, you could have got an A+’ shit…Rapsody is dope, this tape is dope..will listen again. On my way home. Peace.

3.5/5

-Thelonious Funk

 

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