Antonio Brown releases his first rap album, but is it good? – VIBE.com
Former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown takes his foray into the music business to the next level with the release of his debut album, Paradigm. An 11-track effort, the album includes a variety of hit features and beats from some of the game’s hottest producers. But we know the question most Hip-Hop fans ask: “Is- what music is good?”
Rolling the project around, you immediately get the sense that AB’s relationship with Kanye West has paid off, both in terms of the album’s cohesion and the costars that appear throughout.
The introductory salvo, “Champions,” which features recent Kanye collaborator and mentee Fivio Foreign, finds AB assertive, with the former Super Bowl winner rapping, “Always winning, always in winning / Always smiling, always smiling” on a frenetic background. Other guest stars whose tentacles also connect with West include DaBaby, who appears on “Business Boomin,” and Young Thug, who drops a verse and clings to the menacing headliner, “Get In My Bag.”
Paradigm is littered with contributors who assist AB in the heavy lifting for the majority of the album, but in the rare instances where he flies solo, the match works in his favor more often than not. One such occasion is the Chase Davis-produced banger “Put That Sh*t On,” as the Miami native drops clever banter mixing snapshots of his professional life with glib boasts referencing his life as a luxury: “Pull up, valet lift the door, my car was still running/ I left your bitch life like I was off the pitch or something/ AB, why you made the GOAT retire, what’s your market or something / Buffalo skin on my coat, she thinks I’m playing for the bills or something.
Other moments on Paradigm which showcase AB’s lyrical ability include “Chilly Waters”, a thoughtful offering which finds him singing alongside vocalist Blue Monae on the hook, and the “Pit Not The Palace (Remix)”, which finds him as a team. with 42 Dugg and French Montana. Supplemented with additional features from Keyshia Cole (“Don’t Leave”) and Jacquees (“Ptsd”), Paradigm is an impressive release from AB and is sure to add believability and validity rather than secondhand looks and sarcastic mockery to his musical endeavors in the future.
Listen to AB’s album Paradigm below.