IceBurghSociety.com Album Review:
Dre Specz "No Refunds"
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The newest review will be on Toronto street rapper Dre Specz's album, "No Refunds". Read the review below:
What is good party people!?
You know what it is (RONIN Reviews!!), you know who I am, and you know what it is we like to do 'round here (Review the best in Canada's independent music scene). So let's just skip all the introductions for this time time and jump right to highlighting our second half of the one-two GTA punch for today's selection.
In this case, we're hopping on the TTC and making out way out to Scarborough, Ontario to listen in on the GSC (Gully Side Camp)'s soldier-in-arms Dre Specz. Today's selection comes from Specz' latest released mixtape titled, "No Refunds" , and is hosted by the one and only, DJ Flipcyde. As always, the social media links will be posted below for you to purchase Dre Specz music, merch, and support the GSC movements.
Now, REVIEW TIME!!
Specz himself, a vet of over a decade moving independent, displays the finesse and skill with the title track "No Refunds" setting the proper tone for rest of the mixtape, while also knowing when to turn the introspective light onto himself. This is displayed not only by Specz himself, but also the high caliber of the guest appearances that feature on the project such as Mic Gutz, Mark Jordan, and even one time Roc-a-Fella artist Freeway among many
others. Specz also executes a true staple (and one of my favorites) of the hip hop album , that so many do wrong, to perfection: The Interlude. None of them are disruptive or are out of place, allowing the mixtape to breathe when it's needed.
On the sound/production side of the things, the mix tape is broken up very well, allowing certain tracks to get a good shine. "Wrong Direction", and "Mind Games" benefit greatly from this, and offer a sharp contrast to the rest of "No Refunds". The minor gripes are that there isn't an anthem like "Quiet Storm" to have people chanting the GSC name everywhere, as well as staying in one lane (golden era), never really taking any chances. Also "No Refunds" surprisingly clocks in under an hour considering the track listing, which can be attributed to the interludes. All of this of course, can be something that's being remedied or in the stash for when album time rolls around, as well as something that wont necessarily ruin the listening experience for listeners. A good addition to the catalogue, setting the stage for a killer album. Can't wait.
Get a copy of the album "No Refunds" HERE
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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