Solid guest features
If you haven’t heard of Jersey emcee RAW 1, take the time now to get familiar with this guy. His latest release, Od3: New Me is an amalgamation of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era and the current sounds that have the streets buzzing. OD3 is 27 songs deep which is a lot to take in, especially when the average LP has about 10-12 selections. But despite the lengthy composition, amidst those 27 songs there is definitely a song for you.
The best component of this album is undoubtedly RAW’s lyrics. His brazen flow is fueled by his life experience which easily translates to the illustrative progressive lyrics that you hear. Stand out tracks like the slow-flow melodic “Spaced Out,” the heart-pounding kick drum laden “Murder”, and the break beat driven ode to Wifey “My Dreamz” are amongst RAW’s best cuts and could all be potential singles. RAW’s lyrical creativity shines on the aptly titled “In My Zone” where he goes off, taking jabs at smartphone rappers, forcing them to step their bars up.
The production was tight for the most part. The beats bang hard, the recording quality was nice and the special features (Stress, Botch, Don Mugga, Rich Hennessy, Ammo, Soop, Protoolz, and Smoov) were on point. Where this album falls short is its length and sequencing. Releasing a 27 track album is adventurous and aggressive; however it isn’t advantageous to the listener. That’s a huge commitment to listen to that many records at once. Then there are moments when it’s hard to figure out when one song ended and one began (like the segue between “Due Time” and “How I’m Living” or “Your Fault” and “You Mad”). Had these songs been separated by one of a different tempo or different content it would have made the transition to and from songs easier.
RAW 1 has an unrefined classic on his hands. He could have easily taken those 27 tracks and made almost 3 bona fide hit releases out of them. But Od3 was a bit much for me to consume all at once. My advice to RAW is simple; less is more! I understand how important it is to take advantage of your creative juices being on overdrive, but if you want to reach and keep listeners tuning in keep the album cuts around 10-12 records. The extra tracks will serve their purpose on another project.
This is an album definitely worth checking out. Get RAW 1’s latest Od3: New Me and other releases here