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Esham: A-1 Yola

Album from Esham on Psychopathic Records

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  • Sep 2, 2012
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ESHAM
A-1 YOLA

It's been a while since I reviewed a Psychopathic Records album and I thought it was the right time to bring one back. And since I have yet to review an Esham album I decided to review his final album on the record label, "A-1 YOLA". The album is entirely produced by Esham except two songs, so lets get started.

1.SINCE DAY ONE-the album starts out on a high note with a banging track, Esham definitely comes hard on this track. Esham holds it down on this opening track lyrically and production wise. I particularly like the beat for this album, it hits real hard in the ride. Good opening track.

2.TURBULENCE-this track was also on the "Murder Dog" double disc album that came out earlier that year. This track is much like the first in that it has a thumping beat and killer lyrics from Esham. I will admit though that the song can get annoying, especially the hook.

3.BOLIVIA-the first single for the album and has a really smooth beat sampling a very recognizable song. Esham comes nice with the verses, and the beat is real cool, too bad there was not an actual video release for this. Could have been real cool if marketed right.

4.BIRD AFTER BIRD-this track is cool, it has a real west coast influenced beat to it. Also Esham kills this track with his verses, I like how he adapts the flow at points during this track. I would say that this is the best song so far, simple hook though so that may hold it back a it.

5.JUSTA HUSTLER/PAIN KILLER-this was the second single from the album, and yet the only one with an official music video for it. This track has a very bouncy beat and Esham adjusts his flow to fit the style of the song. Most people hate this song but I think it is a great throwback to the Rick James days, which it is just take a look at the video for it. Then it falls right into "Pain Killer" which has a smooth beat and a great verse, excellent song as well.

6.YOCA COLA-this is another banging song featuring a bumping instrumental from Esham. And you know Esham holds it down on the lyrical tip and straight kills it. This is another track like the first two, good bumping beat and verses. Kinda feels like another West Coast influenced track.

7.FALL INTO THE FIRE-this track is great, Esham totally kills this track with some great verses. The story telling on this track is great and the hook is cool, but the beat though is great. The beat is something you would hear the Beastie Boys on rocking something. Great track.

8.WICKET-this is like a juggalo anthem really, and that is actually a good thing since the songs above have really been more street orientated for the most part. The beat is bumping on this track and will have you nodding your head. And Esham really kills this track, he sounds right at home on this type of track. Plus who does not like the "Pulp Fiction" sample.

9.ENEMIES-next up is another great story telling track about you guessed it, your enemies. The song is definitely worth listening to, Esham does his thing on this track. The beat on this track is nice as well really blends a new sound with an old school sound, good song.

10.HELP ME-bumping song, this is Esham at his best a nice fast paced song with a great twist to it. Esham holds it down on this song both lyrically and production wise on this track. One of the best songs on the album and just may very well be the best.

11.SERVIN'-this is another good song worthy of this album, it has a nice east coast feel to it. The hook for this song is catchy to so it is really well put together, and the instrumental is very east coast influenced. Good song, worth checking out.

12.BANGIN' DOPE-this song makes me think it was made for the clubs, if only for the lyrics it could have been. This is none the less a really good addition to the album the beat is bumping but annoying at times during the repeating part but the verses are good.

13.ONE HUNDRED-the first of two non Esham produced tracks, and this track is off the hook. POLAR BEAR did his thing heavy on this track, the beat for this track is highly original [at the time] and could have been a cool single for the album. I really like the whistling on the beat and the singing in the back ground. Of course Esham held it down hard on this track, and the hook is great. This is possibly the best song on the album.

14.GANGSTA DEDICATION-the second of the non Esham produced tracks and MARC LIVE did a great job on this track. Marc created a great instrumental for Esham on this track real old school sounding, really great in the car. Esham does his thing for all the gangstas out there, really great hook as well.

15.UNHAPPY-this is really good rock influenced track for all to enjoy, in fact I think it is really epic sounding. The instrumental for this track is amazing and real poetic in my opinion, Esham out did him self for this track, especially during the chorus. Lyrically Esham did his thing and created a real good song, beat switches at the end.

16.?-really heavy on the bass for this song, in fact the entire first part of the beat is based around the bass. The beat does have its cool moments though, and Esham holds it down on this track, and the chorus has some cool guitars on it.

17.SMILEY FACES-the final song is the most unlikely track of the entire album, a happy song by Esham. But unlike most people who hate on this song because of the subject matter, I actually like this song. I think the smooth instrumental is extremely well put together, and Esham rides the beat with ease.

Over all this was a pretty good album, and while not as good as previous albums it is still a worthy addition to your collection. Also the cd comes with a DVD that has a video for every song, first album to do that.
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October 05, 2012
Excellent review!
 
September 02, 2012
that CD album is pretty cool. Happy Labor weekend, Alex!!
September 07, 2012
Thank you
 
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Quick Tip by . September 02, 2012
Over all this was a pretty good album, and while not as good as previous albums it is still a worthy addition to your collection. Also the cd comes with a DVD that has a video for every song, first album to do that.
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