Here I was thinking I was gonna have to wait until August 21 to cop the new Bad Seed joint…. Now, good music is always worth the wait of course, but having heard ‘Blue Nose‘ and ‘Ka$h‘ on top of an already epic EP with Reckonize Real – ‘The Smoke EP‘ I was really gearing up for the new release radar. Then, low and behold, the New York emcee hit me up with an epic early release copy and here I am, writing a preview / review to get yo asses HYPE for this one.
UPDATE: The Bad Seed has just dropped this on Bandcamp ahead of schedule, so while it will still hit all DSPs on the 21st, get your ass over to THE BAD SEED bandcamp page and invest the coin to secure a wicked album before all the lames!
Let’s start with the album structure. We’ve got an intro and outro, an ‘interlude’ style offering in ‘123’, 7 dope tracks and all up, one quality release that checks in around 24 minutes. As with anything The Bad Seed puts his name too though, there is not one wasted word, verse, beat etc. You get a fulfilling experience of quality, grown man hip hop. Seed has an uncanny ability to rhyme smooth and talk hard – when this is done over a concrete splitting track like it is on ‘Blue Nose‘, ‘Bullets In The Pulpit‘ and ‘Ka$h‘ it’s hip hop perfection. You can feel the energy and ‘animal instinct’ in his voice.
Even when the pace and energy slow it down, it doesn’t get any less grimy or real. ‘Whitty Hutton‘ is a more ‘laid back’ flow, but Seed commands a microphone like few others, and you’re immersed in the track. It’s a personal favourite of mine. The verse by ‘Honey Dinero’ is epic as she shines just as bright as Seed himself on this joint.
‘456‘ is FLAMES. There is no other way to say it. It’s a grime-funk style track where Bad Seed, Kil Ripkin, Agallah Da Don & NapsnDreds go HARD over a track that has a distinct Nas ‘N.Y State of Mind’ vibe – and it’s arguably one of the hardest tracks on this jawn but also from ANY album or track dropped in 2020.
The up-vibe, street funk ‘Will & Jada‘ is a little more lighthearted and airy, but it just takes me back to watching Seed on Facebook live talking about his experiences with big exec parties and the like. ‘Lies‘ gets more serious, with The Bad Seed delivering some social commentary over a hard and haunting beat, spitting with venom and honesty.
Overall, this is a wicked album and I can’t wait for it to be released on all platforms on August 21, 2020. Make sure you do yourself a favour and cop this joint, bump it a few times and then let me know your thoughts. Mad props to The Bad Seed for flipping me this joint ahead of schedule. Much love!