Royce da 5’9″ has been on a roll as of late and all without constantly being associated with Eminem or the lyrical super group, Slaughterhouse – things that I feel have been holding him back from being a more highly regarded artist. He promised that Book of Ryan would be his definitive album and I’d have to agree; we learn so much more about him other than that he can rap really really well. It’s a surprisingly thoughtful and introspective journey that gives us a deeper look into his mind and story. And it’s not just him narrating it to us. As he gains revelations about his father, addiction, and his role as a father, so do we. We are like passive observers on this journey of self discovery and breakthroughs. Oh, and he still lets you know that he can rap really really well and doesn’t lose his signature tongue-in-cheek charisma. Top tier lyricism, strong production, great use of features, and revelatory storytelling make Book of Ryan THE definitive Royce da 5’9″ album and a must listen.
I'm a fan but I've been as critical of his music as any one out there, but Cole absolutely knocked it out of the park with KOD. Easily his most relatable project yet that has something for everyone. If you're still in the 'hate J. Cole' camp after this then you're just not listening enough or you haven't experienced life enough. Simple as that.
Bobby Tarantino II feels like a 'I can do that too, but better' type of situation and while lyrically and rapping wise he may be better than a lot of the 'pop' rappers out there, the songs don't carry that same sort of swag or impact as theirs. These are more watered down versions of what's already out there and popular, and when you're whole premise of a tape is jacking styles, then this becomes a major problem.
If you're looking for some insane wordplay from one of the best lyricists out there and love Premier's classic scratches and essential hip-hop beat making then you're in for something special. If however, you're looking for that more contemporary style of rap that's full of breakdowns, beat switch ups, conceptual stories, and experimentation with other genres, then this is definitely not for you.
“I’m a product of Parker Lewis and Kubiak If I didn’t do this, where in the fuck would you be at? See there’s a difference between us, what I spit hit arenas You a drip from my penis, I eat lions and sip hyenas You number one when it come to slaughtered mics I’m tryna be number one in my son and daughter life”
Have you heard Book of Ryan? What’ d you think of it? Where would you rank this among his discography? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
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Top tier lyricism, strong production, great use of features, and revelatory storytelling make Book of Ryan THE definitive Royce da 5'9" album and a must listen.