Emay
Adam


3.5
great

Review

by BroFro USER (3 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2012 | 29 replies | 2,121 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "sure I'll smoke a few blizzys to this" -- chambered69, sputnikmusic.com user

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

I wonder if Emay ever initially intended Adam to be an instrumental album. I ponder this because of two aspects about the album: one, the beats and samples are astonishingly polished and well utilized and two, Emay’s rapping is for the most part entirely forgettable. It’s not that he can’t string together a nice flow here and there, or that his lyrics slur together or sound clunky, it’s simply that as a rapper Emay is little more than average.

One needs to look no further than unfortunate album centerpiece “Negro” to witness all that is poor about the album. With the beat and background music uncharacteristically turned down to a level of radio hip-hop deficiency, Emay’s spotlighted flow fails to entice the listener. And coupled with a repulsive hook of “n*****!” repeated over and over again, the song suffers by being easily the worst in the track list. But other than this one unsightly blemish, elsewhere Emay luckily never again manages to draw negative attention to himself and detract from the brilliance of the production of Adam.

The beats and music create enveloping atmospheres for the listener that range from airy and ethereal to grimy and industrialized, oftentimes within the same track. Take for example album highlight “Luminescence”; a dark trip-hop beat ventures in and out while bouncy, xylophone-reminiscent synth tones and organ sustains swirl together with catchy vocal samples to create something truly remarkable. In its best moments, found most notably in the terrific duo of “She Calls” and “Takes Me Back”, Adam emulates this engrossing marriage of seemingly dichotomous atmospheres.

Lyrically, Emay doesn’t ever step out of his clearly perfected sweet spot. There is no ambitious storytelling or fancy wordplay to be found here. Emay spends most of his time on the mic boasting about typical topics like making it big from humble beginnings and activities akin to the “thug life” persona many rappers tend to embrace. On occasion he provides witty and amusing one-liners, but for the most part the lyrical content can be either tuned in or out at the discretion of the listener, which, given the extraordinary nature of the music behind the words, may be what Emay intended in the first place.

Releasing Adam sans Emay’s voice altogether would have perhaps given rise to a widely popular gem of instrumental hip-hop. As it is, Adam proves to be a great hip-hop release featuring stunning production and a competent but unimpressive MC that, with a little time to hone his skills, could leave us with something phenomenal soon enough.


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BroFro
July 22nd 2012



376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This took a lot longer to write than I anticipated. I hate to start it off with what's bad about the album but... it just turned out that way.

I reviewed this for WeepingBanana's review a random album game (which we should do again by the way)

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



30297 Comments


Worst summary ever

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BroFro
July 22nd 2012



376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought it described the album well enough

Funeralopolis
July 22nd 2012



10486 Comments


dutch passion

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Havey
July 22nd 2012



9313 Comments


Relatively likeable

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chambered49
July 22nd 2012



1727 Comments


hahaha wtf

WashboardSuds
July 22nd 2012



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

decent album and review

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



23642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nice work (I was the one who suggested this album)

too bad you think that about his rapping though, i completely disagree. i do think the production and beats are insane though and are the album's main draws.

and yeah that summary is dumb

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



23642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Negro is like top 3 songs on this, youre crazy

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



30297 Comments


i thought it described the album well enough


Pretty sure Chambered would smoke a few "blizzys" to the sound of a car being started

chambered49
July 22nd 2012



1727 Comments


that is not true

WeepingBanana
July 22nd 2012



9897 Comments


i would smoke a few blizzys to the sound of chambered smoking a few blizzys

solid review. i'm really surprised on how successful my game is turning out to be. i should have mine up in a day or two

BroFro
July 22nd 2012



376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

he's not a bad rapper by any means, i just found myself tuning him out during just about every song due to the rest of it being so good. and then when i did listen exclusively for the raps, they just didn't hold my attention very much

Recspecs
July 22nd 2012



9811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Worst summary ever [2]

Jash
July 22nd 2012



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The best guy, he'll be stoked you wrote this i'll link it to him. Im with Aids about the rapping, and the beats are too much.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2012



30297 Comments


Im with Aids


I went to Africa and all I got was this t-shirt....

BroFro
July 22nd 2012



376 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jash you know this guy?

EDIT: just read your comment on his EP you reviewed. cool stuff.

WashboardSuds
July 22nd 2012



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Im with Aids



I went to Africa and all I got was this t-shirt....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yl3UMO-TkE

Jash
July 23rd 2012



4243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might be going to Toronto or flying him out to Vancouver to work on a music video with him for a track of my bands he rapped on, which in my opinion is his best lyrical work. I can't wait to release the EP with the track on it

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2012



23642 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

haha



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