November 23rd, 2011 | By Wesey
Yelawolf – Radioactive (Album Review)
As I woke up on Monday morning, one thing was on my mind and that was to go to HMV and purchase a copy of ‘Radioactive’. As I walked into the store, I asked if the album was in stock, this stocky teen was shocked that I had asked and said I was the first to ever ask for the album, but he rated it highly. So I brought the CD and it’s been with me everyday since, in my car, in my MacBook, iPhone (you get the picture). So here’s my thoughts on the album to share with you. And if your that guy who worked in HMV, Kingston that day then “holla at cha man!”.
A country boy rap artist with the lyrical mentality of a Detroit superstar (Eminem) and double-time flow pattern of a New York legend (Busta Rhymes), Yelawolf’s debut album ‘Radioactive’ does not disappoint when it comes to the true elements of Hip-Hop and it’s promising future as we leave the year 2011.
The construction of the album is very solid and each song contains its own special narrative from a rowdy ‘No Hands’ to a story about a young girl’s struggle at the hands of a violent and sadistic father figure. The album’s production is on point and helps make this album a stand out in the impressive Shady Records catalogue. The Eminem and Gangsta Boo assisted ‘Throw It Up’ shows Yela’s aggression and passion on the microphone yet I think they could of found someone a bit more suited to Yela and Em’s flow and presence than Gangsta Boo.
None the less, the album is a must have for Hip-Hop fans, Yela’s speedy flow and cut throat rhymes are a treat for fans of Eminem, Tech N9ne and those alike. But when Yela breaks it down on tracks like ‘Radio’ a fitting tribute to the music industry reflecting on the days before the Internet and YouTube became the main gateway for artists and the Justice League produced ‘Write Your Name’, it’s a breath of fresh air and shows another of the many sides of Yelawolf.
One of the highlighted tracks on the album is the personal and biographical tribute to his absent biological father titled ‘The Last Song’, it provides the listener an insight into the rapper’s past life and has you anticipating more material like this to find out more about this interesting tale of events.
In all, the album is solid, there is very few bones to pick except a few mismatched collaborations but in whole this is one of favourite albums of the year and I think being dropped from Columbia and signing that deal with Shady was the best thing that happened to this Alabama boy.
NikSquared.com rating: 4 and a half N’s out of a possible 5. (Go get this album, you will not be disappointed).