“The problem with these DJ albums; besides the fact that they don’t do any of the actual production or rapping, is that they usually consist of a handful of decent tracks surrounded by too many album-fillers.”
DJ Drama takes a break from running the mixtape game to release his fourth studio album, titled “Quality Street Music”. This is the follow-up to last year’s “Third Power”, which didn’t quite make the impact Drama hoped it would. With “Quality Street Music”, Drama returns with a bigger supporting cast and a stronger focus on making quality music.
From the outset, the quality aspect of the album can be heard with tracks like “Never Die”, “My Moment” and “We In This Bitch” all benefiting from great production. The concepts however are slightly predictable. There’s paying homage to deceased homies on “Never Die”, the hustler’s motivational anthem “My Moment”, the club banger “We In This Bitch”, and there’s something for the ladies on “Clouds”.
The problem with these DJ albums; besides the fact that they don’t do any of the actual production or rapping, is that they usually consist of a handful of decent tracks surrounded by too many album-fillers. Rest assured, “Quality Street Music” is no different. There’s a couple of gems on the album like the Common and Kendrick Lamar-assisted “My Way” – one the album’s stand-out tracks, as is “Clouds” which features Rick Ross, Miguel, Pusha T and Curren$y. But for every good track, there seems to be two that should never have left the recording booth. “I’m A Hata” which features Waka Flocka Flame, Tyler The Creator, and Debo feels out-of-place on this album, largely due to Waka Flocka’s increscent shouting throughout the track. “So Many Girls” sees Tyga and Wale teaming up with Roscoe Dash, but the trio fail to do any justice to the Boi-1da beat.
Tracks like these detract from what DJ Drama was trying to achieve with this album. Quality tracks like “My Way”, “Never Die”, “My Moment”, “Clouds”, “Same Old Story” and “Clouds” are drowned out by poor ones like “I’m A Hata”, “Real Niggas In The Building”, “My Audermars” and “Pledge Of Allegiance”.
Featured artists include Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Jadakiss, Nipsey Hu$$le, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Future, Wale, Tyga, Common, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Pusha T and Rick Ross amongst others. Drama also decided to feature a lot of new-generation artists with Tyler The Creator, Childish Gambino, Miguel, Future and Cory Gunz all given an opportunity to impress.
Despite the obvious flaws present on “Quality Street Music”, it’s clear to see that DJ Drama is busy perfecting his craft. While the album won’t be making anybody’s Top 10 lists for 2012, it’s an improvement on what DJ Khaled has been releasing, and could see DJ Drama running the DJ-album-lane which Khaled has been occupying up until now.
Written By: Ashraf Stakala (@ASHownsCHEKA)