There’s a reason why the crown refuses to shift from his head. It follows him around like a freaking halo. From his first album to this one through a career spanning over a decade. Challengers have come and gone. They’ve tried to take the crown. Good efforts here and there. There’s only one king and he has effortlessly reminded everyone why he doesn’t struggle for attention.
For the first time in over 3 years I have listened to a local album of a genre that’s not my favourite but could not skip a track. Except Track 8 with Phyno (not sure what that was supposed to achieve but let’s focus). C’mon M.I. Slip up just once let these up-comers find a chance. Rap doesn’t have to be unnecessarily complex and lacking flow. There’s something about the mix of melody in the spoken word and this is a classic example that it is possible. Even globally only a few core rappers have mastered the art and this is in the same league as a Jay-Z or Kanye attempt.
How do you complete 12 tracks without running out of sensible themes? The lyrical range reflects a life fully lived. Nothing felt forced. Granted some of the lyrics were cheesy in the attempt to rhyme but everyone does it. Especially for songs that are fun and not passing a message. The Front Door featuring Duncan Mighty clearly falls in this category. We were not supposed to take it seriously.
In an era where I have come to expect 3 good songs from a 10 or so track effort, even from industry staples with huge budgets and excellent marketing, this is a very pleasant surprise. And the fact that he makes it seem so effortless is what is remarkable. This album gets a 5 out of 5 star from me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ From tempo to production to lyrics to melodic flow… M.I has shown every doubter that he was, is and remains THE GUY. That’s the name of the album by the way. Apt.