XV is an exceptionally talented artist so it comes as no surprise that Overture is a gleaming gem of an album that stands out like a sore thumb. XV dazzles fans with his exceptional production, infinite energy, everlasting flow, and powerful lyrics.
Overture contains seventeen (17) tracks packing pure heat that’s sure to scorch fans on impact. There is no filler material on the album; everything is as good as its gets. Overture sets off with Royalty, a three minute, fifty two second song that is well put together, but it’s not the best opening track for any album, and the chorus becomes annoying and dis-interesting after a few seconds. It’s a redundant “Cliquish” type of song cranking up Royalty Recordz. Royalty Recordz are the fine people who put out this fine release. It’s not long before fans get into the real heat of the album that comes in the form of track number two (2), titled “Where I’m From”. This track is bumping to say the least. The production, and beat is sure to nod heads, and XV’s flow & lyrics are refreshing. The bounce kicks up a notch with track three, titled “Gangsta”. Gangsta is one of the albums hottest tracks, and it’s destining to be a fan favorite. Gangsta is explosive, and should be released on a vinyl 12” release. The “B” side to that vinyl release should be “Give It 2 Me” which is track number four on Overture, as well as a hard hitting, ear pounding piece of perfection. The album follows with a number of jaw dropping gems. The most notable to follow on the album are “Allow”, “Enemy”, “I’m Hood”, and “Blaze Back”. All of the tracks are high quality, and well deserving of countless hours of listening enjoyment; however, there are always a few tracks at the very least that stand out among the pack. “Allow” is track number six. It’s a refreshing, head nodding tune that reaches deep into fans to turn on their emotions, and make them move. “Enemy” is track number ten, and a nasty little track at that. The beat is cinematic, epic, and explosive. It commands fans to listen clearly. This track is hotter than “a hundred degree weather wearing turtle neck sweaters”. This is the call out from wherever you at type of track. “Blaze Back” is track number twelve. It’s a purely scorching, hard hitting, continuously battering your ear drums to dust type of track. Fans are allured by the sexiest female voice ever heard in a chorus, and XV dazzles minds weaving some of the hottest lyrics fans have never heard. The production and beat are explosive, capturing every ounce of attention, and never letting go for nothing.
XV’s lyrics are refreshing full of witty punch-lines, and realism. Bold, powerful, high energy flows continuously draw fans deeper into the music. XV is a rising star that fans need to tune into. He is one of the best & most talented hip hop artists a fan can hope to hear. His live shows must be ear popping and explosive if it’s anything like the music featured on Overture.
Royalty Recordz deserves their props for making this release happen. A lot of work has gone into this album and it’s easy to tell. The cover art is well put together, giving fans a little more of a connection with XV. Some additional information on XV, and his music in the album jacket would be nice. Most people think fans don’t read the panels inside the jackets, but record labels should never cut costs by cutting extra panels of information because fans do read inside the jackets, and fans want to read about the artist and their music. It certainly adds to the fans experience with the album. XV does most of his own production on the album alongside other producers on the album which include Mista Royce, Nashid, Nkredible, M-1, Wyshmaster, and Rockwise. Everyone does an amazing job as all of the production is heat and nothing less. There are no interludes on the release which is indeed a bright spot as interludes always take away from the flow of an album, and most times, no matter how creative they are, they rarely add anything positive to an album. There are seventeen tracks featured on the album giving fans more hot music for their hard earned money.
Overall XV is highly talented, and proof of that can be found in Overture, and his music. Overture is an exceptional album that fans will regret not checking out if they choose to sleep on the release. If you want to feel music in addition to listening then this album is a necessity that is mandatory listening.