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Raz Simone-“Drive Theory” (2018) CD Review

Album: Drive Theory

Artist: Raz Simone

Genre: #HipHop

Sub-Genres: #Rap

Label: Black Umbrella Music

Non-Airable Tracks:  Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12  

Description: Raz Simone’s recent release: “Drive Theory”, is a concept album that is about self-stratification which is ironically told by a rich performer that names where she/she is from and how they started making moves. To my assumption the titles: “White Collar” “I Sell Drugs” and “Streets All Day” are themes of social stratification of those who are raised in hoods/ghettos. Simone’s lyrics I do find however are genuine. Given I listened to “Just Begun” and “White Collar”, I do find novelty in the words that are truly deep. What I appreciate more other than these poetic lyrics is that the beat themselves vary and are quite rhythmic. Simone has a moderate use of bass throughout the album which to me felt nearly exaggerated throughout the album.  What I appreciated was a string accompaniment through some of his tracks which balances acoustics with hip-hop beats. Raz Simone’s: “Drive Theory”, is a Sociological concept that Simone presents from self-perspective with monologue and poetic verses.  

Sounds Like: Mick Jenkins, Joey Bada$$, Isiah Rashad

Recommended Tracks:

  1. Bodies

  2. Streets All Day

Reviewer’s Name: Matt Ingargiola

Date of Review: 2/28/19

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