Hi, i'm back. For good, this time.
Similar to the concept and storyline of Quadeca's 5th album (5TH!! when the fuck did he make 3 others), Hip Hop itself is climbing a mountain of expansion. Like a tree, the genre spun more and more branches along the years and i can boldly say that it's the most accessible genre at the moment. You have pop rap, trap rap, emo rap, industrial rap, experimental, alternative, metal and God-knows how many other sub-genres, but today, or, last Friday, another one was pioneered, progressive rap, and the leader of this might-be trend, well, your friendly neighborhood youtube rapper, Quadeca.
Youtube rappers and the majority of other rappers are like a russian and an american trying to understand each other. They lack any sort of aspects that would make them interesting and often make me cringe to death with songs like "Death To Mumble Rap" (ft. Lil Xan). But a worthy one has finally proved themselves. I always had some kinda hope for Quad since Voice Memos, which wasn't that bsd when compared to his fellow lyrical miracles. He had more ambition to try something different then the others and he, at this moment, distanced himself in quality and creativity from everyone that was "trying" to rap. You could say he advanced much faster on the "mountain".
Since i've just covered the "YouTube Crap" side of the project (seriously,don't hate and drop bad reviews/ratings on this just because it's a former YouTube dude that made it), i have to talk about it's emo rap influence and my thoughts on that specific sub-genre. Emo rap is one of the my least favourite genres of rap, if i really have to count how many artists i remotely enjoy from iy then that number won't pass single digits. It's a genre that's shackled in a prison of one-dimensionality with unbreakable chains that can only be bent by some artists' rare ambition, talent and creativity. And since most of them actually lack all of those, then you can only expect it to be a general mess of a sub-genre. But, Quadeca pushed it to the limit, to the peak of it's quality and originality. There won't be something more unique then this in the genre.
With all of that info in mind, Quadeca's 5th album (seriously, wtf) "From Me To You", a letter to his fans, is a genre-vending project that deserves slightly more praise then it's getting. This weird mix of genres and elements create a really creative and immersive universe inside his mind that introduces us to his thoughts and letdowns that come with his, well, somewhat popular career. It's a big step in the right direction. He chose the right path to climb.
The record serves as a metaphor for various things. The climb he is doing on this mountain can be seen under a few circumstances. On one side, it's about his life and his struggles/obstacles that he needs to overcome, and on another side, it's about his rise to fame in the rap game, a common theme of the genre. The structure of the record is really tight, and it feels like a really well-connected flow is taking over your ears everytime the songs transition into each other. Every track is unique in it's own way and his delivery is actually quite masterful. The production is batshit crazy good. It reminds me of brakence for some reason, but it's maybe better, slightly better then him. My hops for Quad's music have proven themselves as worth it.
His future looks as bright as the snow in the sun. Can't wait to see uf he brings anymore treasures out is his vault next time, the 6th time. God, he got more albums then my favourite artists.
*Sorry if the review is messy/stupid, but i might need to readjust after this break lol*
Gf Score: 77/100
EMO RAP/PROGRESSIVE RAP/EXPERIMENTAL/POP RAP