First they gave us Ride With Us , then they gave us Bang . A couple of weeks ago they dropped the documentary on us. Finally, here ...
First they gave us Ride With Us, then they gave us Bang. A couple of weeks ago they dropped the documentary on us. Finally, here it is, the publicized While You Were Sleeping album has finally been dropped upon us.
The big question is did people wake up to realize what had happened “while you were sleeping”?
If you are a fan of the hardcore rap popularized by G-Unit and the like, this will easily fit in your collection. Sorry vernac rap fans, unless your ears are accustomed to listening to a whole English project, you won’t find anything here for you.
The delivery here is mostly flawless, making it easier to listen to. My point of concern though, was the limited scope of the project. In its 11 track entirety only a few topics are covered, which may make this sound redundant for much (sorry, rap nerds). This serves as an introduction of Art Department to the world outside Bulawayo. The first track to catch my interest was Like This, which has a lot of potential as a radio hit with its sing-along type of hook.
If the track Bring It Back sounds familiar, it is. It was originally on Navy Seal’s Word On The Street EP that was exclusively circulated on WhatsApp (that also included other tracks like Elevated, The Way and Diplomatic).
The only feature was the beautiful Kingsville songstress Alaina, a few more features would’ve added value to this project.
Producers that worked on this project include: PHD (credited on 5 songs), Veiltorn (credited on 3 songs), First Klass (credited on 2 songs) and TR-Hitz with a single credit.
Tracks to look out for here include Ride With Us, All Night, Dreams of A Man, Cooling Off and Like This (which all ironically are PHD productions).
This is far from a wack album but I wouldn’t call it a classic either. It’s an above average project that would’ve been boosted by key features, wider content and a wider beat selection. They gotta be complimented for their effort. This is one of the albums off 2015 Hip-Hop projects to lookout for
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