Friday, July 1, 2011

Review: D-Risha – Big Trouble in Houston Texas

1. Introduction:
- The introduction sets a nice little feel… a good opening, and it jumps into a good anecdote to open into the first track.

2. Smoke in the City (So Cold):
- Risha opens the album up with a couple nice punchlines as an attention grabber. The beat is nice, especially with the bass turned up. The hook is catchy too, so you can ride with it. But deeper in the lyrical content on this track, Risha makes it known what he’s rapping for… himself, his people, his city… but he’s “So Cold” he’s not attached to shit enough to let it be his downfall.
Track Rating: ****1/2

3. Set Me Free:
- Risha opens this track with an, as he says himself, illy flow. It’s really one of the cleanest flows you’re going to hear. If the first track was the attention grabber… unsheathing his sword… this track is Risha drawing the line in the sand, challenging the world to doubt his talents. Excellent use of multis in this track as well… very good rhyme scheme.
Track Rating: *****

4. Night Ryder (feat. George Young):
- I had the privilege to listen to this track a while ago… Risha gave us this track on WECU Radio and EVERYONE took to it. He and George dropped some amazing content on this track. Great flow, excellent lyrics, the beat is insane… the hook? Everyone will chant “Cuz I’m a Night Ryder” after they listen to this song. Still cool after this month+ of listening to this track.
Track Rating: *****

5. The Essence:
- This track takes on… the essence… a little more old-school feel on the bass and drums… but the style is definitely Houston influenced. I think I’ma stop commenting on Risha’s flow in this review for each track… because it really doesn’t need to be said. The hook is nice too. Loved the way he compared tryna teach these kids 90’s rap to tryna explain color to a blind man.
Track Rating: ****

6. Save The Day:
- Yet another sick beat that captures you immediately. Risha tells a story about how he got interested in Hip Hop… a monster… yet a hero... Batman hears you, Risha. Some awesome references to comics as well. The hook? Same as the others. Catchy, solid… “I’m next to Rule like Irv Gotti”… Risha’s surgical placement of his punchlines really needs to be noted though. He uses them effectively to keep your attention. The guy knows how to form his verses.
Track Rating: ****1/2

7. Shake The Heavens (feat. HashBrown and Bishop Black):
- Risha drops this shit with more insane multis… the rhyme scheme is crazy… and nevermind what I said earlier, his flow is insane… so the way he rides the beat really enhances the rhymes. The hook is nice, yet again. HashBrown carried his verse with a smooth flow, relaxed but assertive. Bishop Black has a nice old-school flow, a lot of energy. This is my kinda verse. Another solid track all the way through.
Track Rating: ***

8. Ebonics (H-Town):
- Risha lets you in on what Houston slang is all about… Another sick beat… and yet another insane flow to ride this beat. Not much more needs to be said other than that Risha exhibits a leadership in every technical aspect on this track, much like the first 6 tracks on the album.
Track Rating: ***1/2

9. We Holding (feat. Herney the Great):
- This beat is smooth, absorbs your attention and draws you in. Then Risha jumps on the track and locks you in on the lyrical content. The hook is… again… catchy. Herney is another artist I’m familiar with from WECU with a nice flow and presence. Great combination… nice track.
Track Rating: ***

10. Pick Up Kids:
- Risha starts this track off talking about where he came from with rap, advancing his story and his journey with us. There’s an assertiveness on this track… Risha is proud of every step of the way… it shows…
Track Rating: ***1/2

11. On A Rampage:
- A callout… this beat is violent as Hell too… not much a “hook” but the chant is cool… the way the beat picks up… crazy! Shit makes you wanna go on a Rampage. The energy picks up more in the final verse.
Track Rating: ***1/2

12. In The Music:
- Yet another tough beat, not quite extreme on the switchup from Rampage, but the transfer is light, bringing you down like those shakes when the adrenaline fades… but the energy is there in Risha, talking about music like you talk about your life… with a passion. You can hear the hunger and desire to make it happen in his voice. He’s banked his life on music… the 9-5’s ain’t shit with what he wants. When the beat is on, all he cares about is displaying his dominance.
Track Rating: ****

13. Redemption:
- Hearing the bass kicking at the beginning gets you pumped up, and there’s a snare similar to a drumline… no Nick Cannon. Once again professing his love for music. There’s a couple personal lines that stick out on this track… but the focus on music overshadows those lines… so you can see his focus and escape has always been writing verses, much the same as those who turn to prayer to escape their pains… Risha’s music is his religion.
Track Rating: ****

14. Choices:
- This is the beat I wanted on this album… of course Risha’s going to put it on the album… he knows how to put one together based on everything he gave us so far. Very personal track, the hook isn’t catchier than it has to be… it’s touching. There’s a sting of bitterness… but Risha isn’t allergic to the venom. Powerful track.
Track Rating: ****1/2

15. Fast Forward:
- A subtly tough beat… a bit relaxed… but that toughness is there. Same as Risha’s flow. Good way to change over from Choices. Can’t focus too much on the past and what’s now out of control… fast forward a bit and focus on what’s ahead… as he said, “eyes on the prize”. The hook… yet again catchy.
Track Rating: ****1/2


Thoughts: Risha took a great assortment of beats, an insane flow, great lyrical content, catchy hooks, a couple features, and dropped undoubtedly one of the most solid albums I’ve heard in a while, especially not from a mainstream artist. I respect the energy and passion he puts into each track… individually, he’s got a lot of gems on this one, but the way this album was put together, the way each track transferred to the next/from the last… the album is a gem. Definite replay value, on each track if I’m honest. This is my third listen to the album so far in a week since I’ve had it, and it’s every bit as enjoyable this time as it was the first two. You appreciate the work he put in on it a little better after listening a few times because you understand where he was going a little more on the earlier tracks. Nothing on this album slacked.

Album Rating: ****1/2





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5 comments:

  1. Nice review. Honest. Gotta appreciate that. #WECU

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