Detroit rapper ZotheJerk and NY State producer Frost Gamble, come together for Hip-Hop and release their new album "Black Beach" through 22 Entertainment. Zo provides commentary on the current state of Black America, while Frost showcases he can diversify when he throws in flavors of soul, and that feel good Hip-Hop.
(I do not cover every track on this album)
Tracks like the intro track 'Welcome to Black Beach' and 'My Negus' exemplify that feel good Hip-Hop. On the intro track, Zo welcomes you to black beach in a uplifting and lavish way.
On 'My Negus' ft. Guilty Simpson, the MC's talk to black people of course, speaking on black poverty, unity, the downfall of black culture, the judgment of black vernacular, and the empowerment/return of strong black men.
On 'America Made Me' Zo lets out frustration and explains that the actions of America that he has witnessed has made him who he is, and he's not apologizing for it.
'Risk Vs. Reward' ft. Sadat X of Brand Nubian, is where both MC's speak on how you have to give something to get something, you get out what you put in.
'Drunk Roses' ft. CoKo Buttaflie is a track that reminds people who say they want to change, how they do the same they did yesterday and are making no progress. It makes you want to grow and get better while it also tells you what you probably aren't trying to hear.
Zo goes in with KXNG Crooked (Crooked I) on 'Whispers in the Wind' with conscious lyrics on the pain they can feel from our ancestors and hear in the wind, and black civil war.
My favorite track on the album is the outro track 'Keep Me Safe' because Zo speaks to his sons and all young black men. He touches on the trials a black man has to go through trying to raise his black son(s) especially where he's from in Detroit. He expresses how much his youngest son inspires him, and how Zo will always be there for him and his other son. I love how Zo let's his sons speak, have fun and be themselves on the track. Very admirable.
It was great to hear and cover a Frost Gamble project again, while being introduced to Zo for the first time. Quality project, good for Hip-Hop.
Rhymes = 3.25/5
Content = 3.75/5
Beats = 3.5/5
Overall = 3.5 to a 3.75 out of 5