Jay Rock of TDE, who you probably only know about because of Kendrick Lamar, put out on an album called 90059. I was slightly excited because of the dope single “Money Trees Deuce,” which is a follow up to the excellent “Money Trees” on Good Kid, Maad City. I did not like his first album Follow Me Home, so I hoped that this would be an improvement. It is, but not to the extent I wanted.
There is not any major problems with this album, it is a solid project. That doesn’t mean it is a diamond, more like a boring front yard rock. Sure sometimes there those awesome special moments, “Easy Bake” has a part where Kendrick and Rock rap back and forth, that lasts about 40 seconds. Or the entirety of “The Ways,” Jay Rock how you going to out Meek Mill Meek Mill’s entire album from this year on one track? On “90059” Rock brings out some of his hardest and best verses on the entire album. Again “Money Trees Deuce” is excellent, as well as “Fly on the Wall.”
“Vice City” was one of the more hyped records on this because it was a black hippy song. I thought it was pretty flat and mediocre (Schoolboy Q has the best verse). Which is not something I wanted from the immense talent of black hippy. “Telegram” was one of the other weak songs on this album along with opener “Necessary,” “Wanna Ride,” “Gumbo,” and “90059” are good, but not great cuts. The only real stands out to me are “Money Trees Deuce” and “The Ways.” “The Message” while not a bad song is not really a great album ender.
To reiterate this album is not bad, not great, just ordinary. A few great cuts and some subpar ones make up the tracklist. Jay Rock when at his best on this album is fantastic, when he is not it turns out lackluster. So I am a little disappointed because of how strong the single was, and how good I believe Jay Rock is. I just hope that the next album continues to improve Jay Rock.
by Addison Garry (@addisonagarry)