Honestly it took me longer than expected to get to this tape, but Ricky Parker made it convenient for me when he gave me a physical hard copy so I put it in the car and rode out to it 5 times I give this tape a 7.5 out of a 10. Xo def came with some dope lyrics and even sung on a few records which shows he's progressing as an artist. Ab the producer def came with some mean beats for this project and he's stamping his sound slowly but surely (mind you known this youngin since he was 17 years old).
Some dope records to me were
Some not so dope records were
She just wanna go
Man in my city
I feel this project was somewhat quietly over showed by the sudden partnership between XO and Studio 43. The high level of curiosity was to be expected and I'm glad it somewhat lived up to that curiosity/anticipation. Both entities had buzz and following so the partnership wasn't bad at all at the end of the day.
I do think many people can agree with me on this point but the one thing that this project is missing is the soundscape (production) that help make XO one of our favorite artist. Some records just don't sound organic. And if u don't know what I'm talking revisit xo's past work (Timeless, The Takeover and Diamond District)..
The repetitious chord progression production sound on the records just kinda made it feel more like a pseudo r&b/cross over type tape. And we all know that XO kills chopped samples with ease but with passion.
Def one of the better tapes release in 09 by a DMV artist.