Ever since Kanye & Wiz got into it over the proposed title of Kanye’s latest album “The Life of Pablo” (which was originally “Wavy”), people have forgotten who popularized the term. None other than New York’s own incarcerated rapper Max B. Close friend, and one time label mate, French Montana decided to drop a surprise tape to keep the wavy movement alive for his brother behind the wall. With 12 tracks this tape is nothing short of star -studded. The features included Chris Brown, Kanye West, Nas, Big Sean, Future, Puff Daddy, Jada Kiss, (The Late) Chinx Drugs, and more. As Max B is currently serving a 75 year prison sentence, he appears on the tape via recorded phone conversions. On track 1 (Wave Gods Intro), French states “Tell Rozay happy B day kept it real wit me/ Always kept 100, no where near 50!” Some are saying that may be shade thrown a G-Unit boss 50 cent.
The production was better than I expected. They were more than synthesized instrumentals packed with high hats. Most beats were underlined with dope samples. It made tracks like “Sanctuary”, “Figure It Out”, and “Man of my City” feel more classic. However, after a while the mix of auto tune and Opera like samples got monotonous (“Lock Jaw”, and “Groupie Love”). One of my favorite tracks is “Old Man” featuring Puff Daddy & Jada Kiss due to it’s old school feel. I must mention some of the hooks seemed lazy and under thought.
In conclusion, this tape was better than I expected from the “Coke Boyz” CEO. A solid 5 out of 12 songs were worth a replay, and that’s much better than most can say. The project felt like an album and had the appearances to match. The only thing that kept me from giving this a 5/5, was I got the feeling that French used multiple features and auto tune to cover up his lack of lyricism. Lastly, I can admit I’ve never looked forward to a French Montana tape in the past, but at this rate I’ll be checking for them in the future. #StashIt -FlashFury1
Article By: Daniel "Flash" Carter // Photo Credit: Hitfix.com