Andy Mineo/Never Land/Reach Records
A good mix of fast, medium and slow tempo cuts along with some dope guest spots make this album one that true hip hop heads will appreciate. This Christian hip-hop artist uses lightning fast delivery, hard hitting, blunt rap lyrics over techno flavored beats throughout. Join that with the high quality production found on this album and you have a winning combination! No FCC violations. Favorite tracks are: 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5. Reviewed by Dan Reese of “Lift Jesus Higher!”
*1) 4:00 - Med/Fast tempo. High energy. Muted synths, almost 80s style e-piano sounds, heavy on the effects and drums.
*2) 4:11 - Med/Slow. Love the female vocalist. Emotional beat with muted snares, almost clapping sounds, rolling hi hats which all fade out into a muted rhythm for the verse where the 808s and regular hi hats are emphasized.
*3) 5:10 - Slow/Med. Acoustic guitars, and folksy picked electric guitar on top of that. Heavy bass guitar sound with a nice piano sound underneath to help with melody. Smooth jazz feel. The break into the chorus is pretty dope, too. Nice male vocalist on hook.
*4) 3:34 - Med tempo. Dope flow on this track. Heavy on the synths with a nice e guitar riff, intertwined sparsely, and a muted e guitar riff carrying the melody.
*5) 4:36 - Slow tempo. Horns on intro set the mood, and crazy drum sets are peppered with a synth that sounds more like a scream at times. Heavily truncated hi hat hits and snares. Kick drums make this track slap- great production.
6) 4:51 - Med/fast tempo. Heavy on synths and bass line (which is almost consistently played thru the verses). Canon (featured artist) destroys this beat, too. Club beat. Even throws in a little old school beat boxing in the groove, too.
7) 4:12 - Slow/med tempo. This is Andy just having fun on a song. This beat goes hard. The way the beat switches up into more of a muted latin feel is pretty tight tho. Just has a crazy musical feel to it, which perfectly fits this type of a song.