Eddie Kaine A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

It’s been almost a year since we got the incredibly wavy album ‘Twelve 24‘ from Eddie Kaine x Wavy Da Ghawd and just as the allure is finally wearing off that dope AF project, Eddie Kaine returns with this killer new album ‘A Tree Grows In Brooklyn’ entirely produced by Big Ghost LTD. The pairing is a really natural and organic collaboration as Big Ghost once again hand picks only the most talented and epic artists to work with.

The overall beauty of this album is the inherent jazzy / soulful sound. It’s a few lanes across from the dusty, grimey boom bap that a lot of artists are delivering in this ‘post-Griselda blow up’ age, but it really stands out sonically from the jump. Eddie Kaine also has that truthful delivery and flow – nothing forced, just a natural born emcee who carefully cultivates and creates dope hip hop music. The beats match the bars, the cohesion and creativity is there and it’s a quality listen with good replay value.

Another element of the album that resonates well, is the lack of features. They’re used sporadically and only in a manner that enhances the offering. Each track is better off when it has the additional voice and nothing feels forced. Plus, the quality of featured artist is crazy – Ty Farris slaughters his sixteen on ‘Suicide Squad‘ as do UFO Fev, Ea$y Money and Vic Spencer in one of the best posse cuts of the year. RIM appears on ‘All Wrong+Bucktown Salute‘ as he and Eddie trade bars in a street anthem while ‘Free Lunch‘ is home to the storytelling spit from Skyzoo.

Clocking in at nearly 40 minutes, this is a robust record. 12 tracks means it is meaty enough to command your attention and reward your investment of time and focus, but it’s also agile enough to be spun back to back a few times as I’ve done for over a week now. The music and production is varied, but when you rock with one producer throughout, you get that consistency of theme and soundtrack that doesn’t need any massaging. Even the Notorious B.I.G soundbytes and Jay-Z themed bars work really well when Eddie delivers them.

Bangers: Suicide Squad, If You Know Me, Hustler’s On, Can’t Look Back

Score: 9.5 / 10. It’s a brilliant album and certainly one of the best releases this year. It’s soulful undertone sets it apart from a lot of other boom bap releases, but it keeps the gritty, street vibe without sounding played out. Eddie Kaine is fast becoming one of the better story tellers and emcees in the game too. With a sharp pen and such a malleable flow, it’s naturally engaging and entertaining. You’ve gotta bump this ASAP.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!