Warm Brew
The Ride


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (109 Reviews)
July 20th, 2013 | 36 replies | 4,476 views


Release Date: 07/17/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: tortaz

11 of 12 thought this review was well written

I feel a need for this to be a cliché summertime review, one replete with references to joyous outdoor adventure-lites and other stymieing heat-inspired activities. But fuck that, I’m a parent- I don’t get to enjoy these things. My sole purpose now is to provide these things to my daughter and make sure she learns to appreciate the good things in life. But I hate the heat, I hate the water, I hate the sand, I hate the bugs, the heat, everything.

One thing I can enjoy though is the seemingly yearly summertime Warm Brew album. 2013’s The Ride is the LA crew’s attempt at breaking into mainstream hip-hop charts…in 1995. Aside from the obviously necessary timejump/temporal displacement gear- depending on your time travel rules, they have some serious help on this record with the pair of DJ Dahi- major credits include “Money Trees” and “K.O.N.Y.”- constructed tracks. The excellent duo of “Lightbulb Effect” and “We Don’t Know,” (the latter of which features worldly Brainfeeder MC Azizi Gibson) follow in the style of Warm Brew’s aesthetic while maintaining their sonic presence as beats crafted with an impressive amount of savvy. Other producer credits include holdovers from last year’s great Kottabos and disappointing Sippin’ All Day Last Night. Lord Quest contributes several instrumentals as well, including the beat for lead single “Word,” a hotboxed-whip smoky track with a chorus led by Serk Spliff in his pseudo-1993 Snoop Dogg drawl.

While the assemblage of producers on this album may be the best of any Warm Brew release yet, the real star of this tape is the viciously vivacious Ray Wright. You can tell just from The Ride’s cover- he sits in the back of the convertible, stoically stone-faced with a “Ima kill a nigga” look in his eyes, in stark contrast to the laidback Serk and goofy Manu Li. His bars are easily the most advanced of the three, particularly on the hater diss “This and That,” where he addresses any issues anyone might have had with Warm Brew with lines like “I could flip me a rack/Cop me a dungeon with some chambers that’s fat/And torture weak hustlers that think they can rap/Soundin’ like Bill Cosby off some freebase crack.”

There's the one/two punch of “When I Get High” and “Muncheez,” which are songs both owing as much to Warm Brew’s ideology in Too $hort and Tupac as they do to modern day club bangers, the hook of the former declaring “When I wanna get high/Nigga I hit up my folk/Buy blunts in bulk/Submerge in that smoke.” Azizi Gibson’s appearance on “We Don’t Know” is vastly superior to The Ride’s only other featured rapper, frequent Warm Brew collaborator Hugh Augustine. There are a few questionable songwriting choices, such as the horn melodies on “The Man With The Horn” and the title track’s entire hook. Still this little but of clumsiness doesn’t stop The Ride from being a great album for BBQs, bonfires, and beach trips.

The Ride is Warm Brew’s first release to be featured prominently on livemixtapes, which should garner some positive exposure for them. Either way they’ve found their niche. They may never write another “Go To School” but after a minor setback in the form of last year’s bland Sippin’ All Day Last Night they continue to produce a quantity of quality music. Where all my bitches?



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Hep Kat
July 20th 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

nacho feature this

http://warmbrew.bandcamp.com/

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FourthReich
July 20th 2013



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this album is sooo good, bless you for reviewing it.

Hep Kat
July 20th 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

i want sum tortaz

oltnabrick
July 20th 2013



29282 Comments


word


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FourthReich
July 20th 2013



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

we trying to eat out here

oltnabrick
July 20th 2013



29282 Comments


AYO FUCK THIS

Hep Kat
July 20th 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

why couldnt yeezus be warm breezus which would prolly make more sense as dreezus

oltnabrick
July 20th 2013



29282 Comments


warm butts

FourthReich
July 20th 2013



15303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I FEEL A NEED

Hep Kat
July 20th 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

jus orduh'd sum general tso's 2 put on mi tortaz

Cygnatti
July 20th 2013



19970 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

recommended by reviewer
tortas r delish
pos'd.

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someguest
July 21st 2013



18874 Comments


lovin' the opener

I'll jam this

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Blackbelt54
July 21st 2013



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review congrats on the feature

Hep Kat
July 21st 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

munchin out jamz

Blackbelt54
July 21st 2013



4266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

finally jammed this today hep its good stuff

I feel like these guys improve every release. however, they're notorious for having some throwaway songs, none on here seem as atrocious as "Get It" though

Hep Kat
July 21st 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yea this shit just has some questionable songwriting choices splintered into a few songs. but ray wright just fuckin kills it

joesmoe4000
July 21st 2013



314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

chill album really enjoy this!

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Hep Kat
July 21st 2013



14005 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good job smorgasbord!

someguest
July 21st 2013



18874 Comments


I listened to this before I left for work, and I had to listen to The Chronic on the way to work because of it.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2013



9468 Comments


Nice feature, Hep!

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