Album Review: Blaqbonez – Bad Boy Blaq

Album: Bad Boy Blaq

Artist: Blaqbonez

Label: 100 Crowns

Tracks: 10

Guest Names: Terry Apala, Loose Kaynon,  A-Q and Oxlade

Producers:  Alpha, M.I Abaga, and Tempoe

 

Blaqbonez closed in on his rap beast mode and ”Bad Boy Blaq” is his blueprint to taking the lead position in the trending class of modern rappers getting increasingly difficult to categorize.

If you are one of those who just heard of Blaq Bonez based on his affiliation with MI and 100 Crowns, then ”Bad Boy Blaq” is a wrong place to start.

His evolution from the boy who raps into the all-around artist comes full circle on this tape, presenting him with a chance to impress at a high level for the first time in his over seven years journey.

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Accommodate

Blaqbonez starts easy with this track as he talks about not “Accommodating” with plans for him from outsiders, the song eases you brilliantly into the breezy journey.

 

Denied

Blaqbonez goes hard on this one as he talks about not getting the attention he needs and he says he’s taking over the rap game now. The song that settles you into insane tendencies, the bouncy feel alone is mesmerizing and his flow on this comes so confidently devastating, as he gets major co-signs from older cats.

 

Play

Blaq goes soft on this but murders it “softly” and it remains a symbolic standout and stands superior to almost every other track on the project. Here he talks about a girl who’s player and he’s also a player so someone is definitely going to play the other,as he coherently brings together his newly found direction in terms of melody, hook and flow, and is one that should easily fit into playlists across radio stations.

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Mamiwota (Ft. Oxlade)

Definitely the best track on the album, the track offers the first guest appearance of Oxlade on the track and he brings his unique reggae feel on the opening moments, Blaqbonez then matches on with full energy on the track as they both talk about a girl too “blessed” with physical characteristics to be called a ‘Mamiwota’.

Consent

This is as important a song, as it is a discussion that more rappers need to touch on, ”All I need is your consent”, he sings, I would have preferred fewer effects and more intentional lyrics on this very essential song, but it takes quite little away, the message stays clear, especially with the words at the end.

Lowkey (Ft. Loose Kaynon & A-Q)

Blaqbonez goes cool and hard on this one as he lets Loose Kaynon and A-Q in on this one, production here is smooth, Blaq is (T)rapping, Loose and A-Q manage to soften up on this without sounding out of place.

 

Tosin’s Song

This is actually an interesting song as it ladens heavy with hypnotic sound effects but however lack replay value.

 

5am

Here Blaq talks about he stays up to 5am working and try to set somethings right and hopefully wants everyone to feel how good he is.

 

Woke

Another exceptional track as Blaq traps and flows well here and effortlessly delivered to offer a turn up anthem, as he rhymes, ”I gat a lot of fucks, that I never get to use”.

 

I Told You (Ft. Terry Apala)

Terry Apala digs in with his usual Apala influenced Trap sound as they bring the project to a fairly euphoric end.

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REVIEW; The albums’ strongest highlights come with the opening tracks. Blaqbonez deploys different flows for a number of the songs, while his delivery is playful and lends each song a groovy vibe, but as it progresses, the experiment begins to lack punchlines and sounds over-deployed. Bad Boy Blaq offers a handful of songs that point to something brewing, yet falling short of making a definitive statement to sway the conversation in its favor. Overall we rate it 7/10

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