It makes perfect “Sense” to mix smooth, well played lyrics, with intense, head nodding beats, as this album proves. Sence quickly captures attention, and commands listening to be directed towards his views, concepts, and rhymes, which are presented clear, and direct.
The best track featured on this album is entitled “Gangsta Shit”. This track features an intense, head nodding, highly vibed beat that surely gets any head feeling the content of the hard hitting, impacting, smoothly played rhymes. Sence is surely making the type of noise that even a deaf person would easily notice.
Other exceptionally notable tracks include, but are not limited to, “Get Up”, “I Don’t Feel Them”, “Be Prepared”, and “Undisputed”.
Get Up: This track has a club, bounce type aura which is mainly created due to the bounce in the beat, which commands a bounce in Sence’s lyrical delivery. Sense performs well, riding the beat like a rodeo cowboy rides bull.
I Don’t Fell Them: The beat backing this track is exceptional, and distinguishably the best beat featured on the album. A smooth underlaying sense of tranquility is served up with a whimsically delightful array of sounds, baselines, and drums, not to mention Sence’s lyrical performance on this track, which is a bright point on the album.
Be Prepared: This track features an exceptional tight vocal performance by Sence, which is Sence’s best on the album. Delivery, intensity, content, wordplay, flow is peaked. The beat backing these solid lyrics is definitely appreciated as well.
Undisputed: This track features a banging beat, and deadly lyrics which deem it one of the brightest points on the album. The message this track delivers is clear, and best left for fans to discover on their own.
With the help of samples from “Gladiator – Russel Crowe”, and “Brooklyn Hard Rock – Thirstin Howl III”, Sense makes magic happen on his debut album. The samples from “Gladiator” are used in the albums introduction entitled “Unleash Hell” ( clue? ), and the way in which they are used makes for an outstanding album introduction ( best heard in a while ). The real props are handed out when you hear the hook from “Brooklyn Hard Rock” in Sence’s track entitled “The Basics ( NYC )”. It’s not always best to sample another artists material, even only 1 second, but sometimes that’s how great music is made, and the way in which “Juice Productions” uses the hook is flawless, creating a hype beat that compliments Sence’s tight, sharply unleashed flow. “Thirstin Howl III” himself couldn’t ask for a better track to be created through use of about 1 second of his material.
Note: the hook used might not be a direct sample from “Thirstin Howl III”, but if its not, it would be very surprising because its very similar.
These are big shoes to fill, but if Sence had to be compared to any other artist, before “it was written”, one could easily draw similarities to Nasty Naz. The production team, Johnny “Juice” Rosado from Juice Productions, and Al Cora & Elix Brown from Chaos Eternal Entertainment deserve a high degree of credit for their outstanding production work on this album.
Although this album features solid tracks, beats, and lyrical performances through-out, the least appreciated track featured on this album is entitled “Don’t Slip”; however, this track is also the most creative; therefore, it could easily become a favorite once fans get used to Sence’s flow change up which he displays on this track. Sence changes up his flow on a few other tracks through-out this album, and the reason he does this is obvious, he’s keeping pace with the beats which command the lyrics, and he’s doing it like a professional.
If a critic had to be handed down to this album, it would be that there is only 36 minutes, and 58 seconds of material featured. True, in this day, and age most albums are shorter, as oppose to longer, but when it comes to an album like this, that features overly satisfying hip hop music, point blank, fans want more. Some critics will also make claim that Sence doesn’t exhibit a distinct sense of confidence in his rhyme execution on certain tracks, which is true, but highly baffling, raising a simple question. How can such a talented lyricist not have the greatest level of confidence in his abilities? Sence has proven he’s got a high degree of skills, far above the crowd, but listening to tracks like “Unsigned Hype” make it clear that there is room for more confidence to be displayed. These are the only critics associated with this album; therefore, fans have nothing to worry about.
This album is an assortment of tight vocal performances, and easily appreciated beats. Sence quickly establishes himself as a heavy contender that should be taken seriously. Any fan looking for good hip hop music that will appease their deepest cravings, should get a fix on this album.
Additional Notes: This album topped sales of 900 copies in it’s first month of release, and that might not seam like a lot, but for an independent album, released on an indie label who has only promoted this album online, its something to be proud of, definitely.
This album is 36 minutes, and 58 seconds long.
1. Intro (Unleash Hell)
2. Gangster Shit
3. The Basics (NYC)
4. Don’t Slip
5. Queen Of Mine
6. In My Lifetime
7. Get Up
8. I Don’t Feel Them
9. Be Prepared
10. Unsigned Hype