Reach Records rapper KB is among the many hip hop artists dropping a new album this year, and after last year's solid 100 EP, I have been excited for a while now to see what Tomorrow We Live will bring. So, what are rapheads getting with this fourteen-track ensemble?
Starting off the album is "Rich Forever," a decent song that speaks about the difference between earthly and eternal riches. "Sideways" follows with a banging rap joint reminiscent of fan favorites "100," "Go Off" and "Zone Out." The beats heard here are the best on the album, with Lecrae and KB spitting hard to the haters trying to bring them down, while focusing on their mission in music. KB raps "I put that on my momma, I ain't got no worries like hakuna matata." KB is known for his superior hard spitting as displayed in this song, but it's sadly absent throughout the remainder of the album. Even though there are many good tracks, I certainly miss the thumping beats and speed rapping that I know KB is capable of.
The next few tracks have unique touches in them with each coming out nicely. In "I Believe," KB interestingly collabs with Mattie of For Today, and the reggae-infused rocking track speaks about how great our God is and how He helps us overcome all kinds of hardships, such as cancer, racism and many others; it's a great message to those going through hardships. "Fall In Love" is a sweet track KB wrote for his child that carries a Hawaiian musical style, and "Always and Forever" sings to his wife, a track reminiscent of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Both are solid listens, but not what listeners may be expecting when popping in Tomorrow We Live.
One of the more interesting songs is "Ima Just Do It," where PGA superstar Bubba Watson is featured. This is certainly one of the most unique guest spots I recall hearing, and Bubba even spits it nicely with "Bubba Watts on the mic now. Can a golfer spit a rhyme? Not a gangsta rapper, but my caddie got a nine." It's a track that comes out surprisingly well, though I can imagine a few people won't be digging it. Not every track has the same success as those mentioned so far, however. The flow of "Drowning" is disjointed, making it skip-worthy, while "Cruising" and "Lights Go Out" have great messages, but each song seems to fall short of its potential.
All in all, Tomorrow We Live is solid, carries good themes, and many hip hop fans will enjoy it. It does have some flaws, and there are parts that I personally don't love, but there's enough there to like and I plan on playing this album for a while.- Review date: 4/11/15, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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