I usually applaud musicians who create outside the box, but this time I must unfortunately rescind that line of thought. Enter aspiring rapper The IZM. IZM’s latest, King for a Day, is comprised of various types of music with Hip-Hop as its dominant undertone. The New Jersey native gives it the good ol’ college try but can’t seem to produce a quality album that is worth listening to.
Allow me to be bluntly honest for a minute. I’m pretty good at picking out the bright spots in even the worst music, but in this case I found it extremely hard to do so. Conceptually, the album is all over the place, shifting from topic to topic without warning. The delivery, flow and rhymes are tremendously rudimentary. The production is fair at best. The album has one track that stood out which was “Amazing Grace”, but not for its special features (Giovonni Pratt, Lesley G), for the easy-going instrumentation which was worth a few nods of the head.
As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, and this review hasn’t placed the final nail into the coffin of The IZM’s music career. However, it will make you stronger if you adhere to a few things:
- Get the “Yes Men” out of your camp. Whoever told you to release this album as-is should definitely be cut off!
- Take more time to develop all facets of your music. Your beats, rhymes and concepts should all move in unison.
Keep challenging yourself and you’ll begin to create better, more potent music that not only you, but your potential fans will enjoy. Unfortunately I can’t recommend this album to anyone, but if you chose to listen, do so at your own risk.