This album was released on June 26th this year. Before I review this album, I should disclose that Cloud Envy and I actually have kind of a history together. We went to the same elementary school, and I attended the release party for this album, so him and I are pretty much homies at this point. However, I’m not gonna ride this album’s nuts just because we’re friends. It may seem like I’m riding this album’s nuts at points, but that’s just because I genuinely think it’s that good. I’ve already covered Cloud Envy on this blog before, and I’ve liked pretty much everything I’ve heard from him at this point, so I kinda knew going into this project that I would like it.
Semi-automatic, a bodybag, and a hatchetThe middle one's for you when I flow through and cast itLike Carole Baskin, but no tears was ever activeYou should've stayed neutral, it would've suited you best
Flashback on my demons 'cause even they don't judgeI'm learnin' after the chaos, they only needed loveThe lack of nourishment encourages some bad decisionsToo deep reminiscin', let me jet from out the past
Since the song has such a straightforward structure, I don’t have too much to critique. The verse that Cloud Envy performed here is really dope to me. I love his flow and aggressive delivery. The song is dope as hell. It’s followed by yet another highlight entitled Me & My Mama. I love how warm and comforting the production here sounds, so it matches the content pretty well. I feel like Elevator Jay would fit over this beat really well. Cloud Envy killed it though; in fact, I’d actually say this is one of the most well-written songs on the album.
The world is very scary, but I'm prepped for it
All the lessons, all the signs, man, I can't ignore it
The gas, I floored, and my feet still stuck
So we in it to win it, and we gon' get it and cut
The song kinda reminds me of Chance the Rapper or Cordae. I like this more than most of the stuff those guys are putting out these days though. Anyway, I think this track is a really heartfelt tribute to Cloud Envy’s mother, and, as a mama’s boy myself, I can always get down with shit like this. The song is dope as hell. Golden Boy has a really nice beat from P. Soul, and I think Cloud Envy spits one of his catchiest flows on the album here. I love how his delivery kinda crescendos over the course of the verse. The hook in which he harmonizes with Keturah Davis is pretty nice, and I like how the beat kinda gets heavier at this point. The song is relatively short, and it feels more like an interlude than some of the other tracks, but I dig it a lot. The production is tight, and Cloud Envy’s flow had me hooked. The song is dope. It’s followed by To You, Pt. II, which is another really dope track. It has one of the catchiest hooks on the project, and I love the opening verse from Auhsoj Rekcut. I really like how melodic his delivery is at the beginning of the verse, and how he eventually switches up to a more traditional flow. His verse is really nice. The low-pitched synths that come in during the hook are really dope too by the way. The highlight of the song for me is of course the actual verse that Cloud Envy spits himself. I just think his flow and delivery sound really good over this beat. The outro of this song is incredibly chill too. It’s a dope track. It’s followed by another highlight for me entitled Streams of Thought. This track has one of the most somber-sounding instrumentals on the project. I think it features some of the album’s best lyricism too.
Look me in my eyes, call me on my lies
Cloud Envy 'bout to blow, the haters not surprised
They knew I had the will, they been knew I had the drive
I took my mind to a place not everyone can find
Invite only, real access to the ones that know me
Caution my surroundings, be careful when you approach me
I wasn't always lonely, happy to push the world away
Nobody said it'd be like this, I guess you was just led astray
Won't let it burn me, your silly verses do not concern me
You study all you want, I promise you will never learn me
I'm onto something new every time that I tap in
Y'all steady bluffin', carryin' straps y'all shoot for captions
Y'all keep that cap in, y'all don't shoot, y'all stick to cappin'
I just love how hungry he sounds on this track. His rhymes, flow, and lyrics are all on point here. This line right here really stood out to me.
Something like It Was Written, but you new to this
If I was an animal I'd mess around and be a fish
Probably 'cause of solitude, and 'cause it's clear and blue
Sharks try and come my way, and they can come and get it too
It’s just a really cute line to me for some reason. I imagined a little animated guppy fish spitting that line. It made me think of Finding Nemo. I love it. That line about how he sees sounds and hears colors was really cool too. The sung hook from Keturah Davis was a nice way to wrap the song up. The track is dope as hell to more overall. It has some of the best writing on the album in my opinion. The penultimate track is entitled Maybe I…, and it’s yet another highlight for me. I love the bouncy production on this track, and Cloud Envy’s flow over it is great. This track also has another really catchy hook that gets stuck in my head every time I listen. The song features an artist named BFK Brizzy, who had a really cool verse. I definitely preferred Cloud Envy’s verse on my first listen, but Brizzy’s verse grew on me exponentially after repeat listens. The song feels like a nice breath of fresh air since it’s way more lighthearted than the preceding track. I think it’s dope as hell. The final track is called Because of Nas & Q-Tip, and it’s a pretty cool outro. I definitely enjoyed this outro more than the intro. Cloud Envy just spits one really dope verse a cappella, and then the track is closed out by what sounds like a clip from a movie. It’s a pretty straightforward track, but I think it works well as an outro. I fuck with it.