It’s been a while since we have heard from Ricky, he released an EP on FOOLS GOLD! Since then we have been waiting for something new and it finally arrived in the form of this new mixtape and it’s an interesting ride.
I have found issues with Ricky before and his use of autotune, i tended to find him extremely harsh at times, on this tape that isn’t a problem. Ricky sings each song in a similar pattern which can get a bit grating after a while but he is an artist that is improving. This mixtape sees him use nuance in a way that reflects a change in hip hop and r and b and also his best work (Production on Hold Yuh).
If you can overlook Jim Jones’ very odd use of Basqiuat and some very obvious musical cues (we need a dubstep song, we need 1 for the ladies) this is a good mixtape from an artist that is experimenting in a very organic way. Unlike his peers who seem to be comfortable living in whatever trend is now, Ricky expands on what he feels is right.
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