Album Review: E-Dubb - Legends Of The Fall
The last time that I wrote an album review [on J. Cole's Sideline Story], @StreetkodeCEO put a "this article does not reflect the thoughts and/or views of Streetkode.com" disclaimer on it. LOL - Oh well, atleast you know that when it comes to music, I don't bite my tongue. This is my review of Atlanta trio - EDubb [of #Whooty fame] and their Legends of the Fall album.
Atlanta Trio - Edubb
Legends Of The Fall
B+Edubb... The name sounds familiar, right? Yea me too... Wait for it - wait for it... THAT'S RIGHT!! This is the Atlanta-based group that made an ode to white girls with booty called "Whooty". The video did crazy numbers and probably would have did more if the ass-less hadn't threatened their boyfriends with harm if they ever caught them watching it. But, so what... ANY ass-themed song is going to thrive. Now, 8 million Youtube views later, can they produce a SOLID studio album?!
The answer is: YES.
I know what you're thinking, "How much did this bitch get paid to say that?" - LMAO!! But, NO - I'm being for real. With the success of "Whooty", I was thinking that the Edubb would stick to the party music format. You know, like how 50 Cent did when "In Da Club" did well. Not the case with Legends of the Fall. The album is multifaceted with songs that you can pick out for a number of moods - not just when you want to party.
Overall... The album SUBS like a muthafucka!! The mix is quality. [Oh my God that's soo important - especially, when you listen to Twitter rappers for a living]. The beat selection was ill. One advantage of being a trio is that the songs never tire out. Each member of Edubb has their own distinguished style to look forward to. Songs had messages and meaning [It's Almost Over]. But, not too preachy because there's songs for the ratchets too [Diamond]...
For those of you that need a bit more convincing, let me break down the album in detail. Not sure if this is thee proper "album review" format, but at the end of the day, I hope that you'd appreciate my honest opinion on music matters.
Edubb defines their style and purpose on the first track "Highest High". They tell the story of normal individuals who hurt, love, strive to succeed and trust God. These themes are consistant throughout the project and that is such a breath of fresh air from the super rich, balling outta control, self-made rappers. Edubb don't come off as "do it just to do it" rappers. Their production contains breakdowns and Kanye-like transitions that trump looped 8-bar beats. Sounds like they took this album seriously and not just to be trendy.
No Manda review is complete without some constructive criticism. Being that I gave the album a B+, you know there are some things that I felt could have been better.
When it comes to singing, Edubb can carry their own. So on songs like "Rings of Saturn", "Physical" and "Love Sick", I felt as though the features brought otherwise good songs down a notch. Not that they were bad singers. Just that it seemed forced or didn't quite match the caliber that Edubb set early on in the album [I LOVED the singing on "Legends of the Fall -title track]. Also, I felt as though the standout tracks were sequenced too far along in the album [Money Is A Bitch is track #4 and High Lullaby is #5]. Maybe too far in for a first time listener... My 3 favorites are damn near at the end.
At the end of the day, I appreciate the fact that Edubb did NOT let the success of "Whooty" go to their head and create a 98% party music album. Legends of the Fall paints Edubb as everyday people with everyday problems, goals and dreams. Some days you feel like partying, some days you feel like saving the world, some days it's fuck the world. Hell, some days you want to bust down a ratchet or two. Wrong or right, these are situations that REAL people deal with. I can attach myself to this album in real life. I don't have to dream-on or rob a bank to relate to the lyrics contained within this project. Legends of the Fall effectively embodies a variety of moods and can easily provide a soundtrack to the many emotions of life. It's not jaded or over-saturated with any one particular theme.
Cop Edubb's Legends of the Fall album for Free99 over at edubbtv.com.
With that - I leave you with 3 of my favorites from the project...