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3bubble & J. Gray – Live From The Pentagon – Album Review

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On Live From The Pentagon by 3bubble & J.Gray, the two giants of the genre clash and corroborate to make a record that is musically monolithic. Produced by Dope Boyz, Mantra and AllArounda, the sound is just as much Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as it is Chance The Rapper. Slated for a May 30 release, this record has a lot of good music and a rollercoaster of vibes for you to get into your brain.

“The Life” begins the album with some beautiful brass, quickly veering into fast, cutthroat rhymes, which continue for another 13 tracks I’d like to add. “Betrayal ft. Tyler Raspberry and Seano Smith” has the groove of a classic RnB tune, with a sensual hook at start, the featured rappers adding another two dimensions to the lyrical verses.

“Don’t Lie” is my favourite track. It has a killer beat that characterizes the record’s unique production. And the raps are literal fire, quick and smart, calling out cowards who make excuses instead of working hard: “don’t lie to yourself.” A hard track to follow, “This One” does what it can with an average west coast vibe but the whole crew keeps the rhymes, and beats, regulated.

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“Get Up ft. Young B.E.” takes an EDM joint and turns it into an awesome track. Continuing the conceptual material theme of contemporary and socially conscious with an exploration of the role of a black person in America today, shouting out to Dr. King and Black Lives Matter. “Turn It Down” is a suave and refreshing change of pace, rolling with a jazzy piano track and sultry bass line. “Hands Up ft. DJ Baby Roo” is a heavily dub influenced party song, testing the limits of the record’s genre infusing.

The final track “What If I Told You ft. Lil Keke” concludes the sound like any good artist, leaving the audience wanting more. A solid summary of the Live From The Pentagon tone with lyrical content contrasting rapid staccato to minimalistic beat noises, and vice versa at the song’s key buildups, making for a sonically pleasing aural experience.

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