Thaiboy Digital
Legendary Member


4.5
superb

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (125 Reviews)
October 9th, 2019 | 35 replies


Release Date: 09/26/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: dream rap

Despite the fact that Legendary Member is Thaiboy Digital’s first solo album, it’s hardly his first exhibition. His work in Drain Gang and with other artists on the YEAR001 imprint has shown that this Khon Kaen native has a knack for adaptive flows and sweet vocal melodies. Be it his collaborative work on D&G and Trash Island or his solo mixtapes, including the fantastic ส (Tiger), Khazitin Bonleuge has become a fan favorite in Drain Gang, even before the release of his debut record. Hyped up with catchy singles like “IDGAF” and “Nervous,” Legendary Member was set to be a landmark release for YEAR001; a record to live up to projects like Icedancer, Stranger, and the other modern classics from the imprint.

To say that Thaiboy lived up to the 2+ years of hype is to severely underestimate this sleeper hit. The man asserts a dominance that’s unique for such dreamy hip hop. Even with features, guest writing credits, guest producers, and a (notably superb) beat work from Yung Gud and woesome, Thaiboy isn’t lost among his collaborators - not something many rappers can say when releasing a record with this much outside influence. Instead of using his peers as a crutch, he plays off their work with a vibed out charisma that flows gracefully. His performances on “Kit Kat” and “Kiss Me Through The Scope,” for example, are reliant on the energy play between Thaiboy and the steady, sugary beats. There’s a subtle power in how Thaiboy is able to use momentum from the backing tracks to control the feel of the song as a whole.

Thaiboy Digital’s control is what really allows him to shine here, he’s able to steer and contort the songs of Legendary Member in a way that suits his vision. Much like a sunshower, his work here is bright and refreshing in a way that lets him go toe to toe with his contemporaries. At the same time, much of Legendary Member resides in the clouds - airy, yet hazy and mysterious. This isn’t to say that Thaiboy sounds soft or timid, “Nervous” is proof against that, but it’s to say that there’s a tangible atmosphere here that’s similar to the album cover. Rainbows, unicorns, money machines - all residing in his palace of white mist. It’s a bit of a goofy cover, all things considered, but it makes sense for the record; an equally sky-blue affair that flows like a lucid dream.

That ethereal vibe is essential to the success of Thaiboy’s. He’s one of the most confident rappers on YEAR001 and his connections/collaborators let him flourish this dreamy vision. It’s much less of a sad dream and far from a dark nightmare; the more I think about it, the more I like that sunshower analogy. It’s the cleansing downfall of rain with the hope and power of the sun - featuring clouds that are where Thaiboy Digital resides. He flies through the lucid dream that is his life, flexing his ability to do anything. In that respect, Legendary Member is a powerful dream, the kind of which us normal folk wish we could live in.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2019


2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/7dnGhtPF3xZVGZHyg8xvKw

thanks to bbgames, requested by oltnabrick :3

StarlessCore
October 9th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Ty for reviewing.

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AnimalsAsSummit
October 9th 2019


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its aight as far as drain im not digging it as much as i did bladee's LPs, Eversince and Red Light. underwhelming.

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StarlessCore
October 9th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I usually dont go nuts for this dood but this is way above his normal level of quality

Archelirion
October 9th 2019


5869 Comments


Bloonboi for staff 2020


Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2019


2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh you, archy

you hear tiger, starless? its almost as good as this

808muzik
October 9th 2019


1136 Comments


cant stay around me and my gang


boy you a bum

StarlessCore
October 9th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Tiger ok

StarlessCore
October 9th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Spinnin goes crazyyyy

oltnabrick
October 10th 2019


37502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

classic

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bbgames
October 10th 2019


569 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THAIBOY PULL UP AND THEY LOOKIN REAL NERVOUS

StarlessCore
October 10th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ITS JUST ME ECCO2K AND BLADEE

Ryus
October 10th 2019


17821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ecco kills every feature here

StarlessCore
October 10th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

He ight tbh some of the features felt forced sometimes dg members ruin eachothers songs



Bladee is hit or miss on here but thaiboy also ruined everlasting flame which is one of the best dg songs otherwise

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 10th 2019


8127 Comments


This sounds interesting

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2019


3582 Comments


Lovely write-up Bloon. You're so much more confident in your use of metaphor now.

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oltnabrick
October 12th 2019


37502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"thaiboy also ruined everlasting flame"



sir

StarlessCore
October 12th 2019


6631 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

That verse ruins the song srry

oltnabrick
October 12th 2019


37502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Holy water rrrrrrrrrrrrr in my cup, I ain't had enough



Holy power rrrrrrrrrrr, keep me glowing when I'm in the dark



oltnabrick
October 12th 2019


37502 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

classic verse



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