There are times when an album just clicks. B. Dolan’s new album Kill the Wolf clicked with me on the first listen.
The year has been strong for hip hop.
I was pretty sure Kendrick Lamar’s album was going to be my favorite in the genre by a long shot, but then Lazarus hit my ears on the first track and I thought “well that’s pretty good”. B. Dolan as always been “pretty good”. He’s always been “the dude that plays before Sage”. To me he’s been the guy that kills it live but his Fallen House Sunken City album, well it was good. His mixtapes: there are some really good tracks on them.
After Lazarus, Graffiti Busters comes on, then Stay Inspired and on and on and I started to realize, every one of these songs are clicking.
If you’re me and you’re still an “album guy”, not an itunes fill up my playlist with one off singles kind of person you’ll understand how I feel about this album even if you don’t like it.
Kill the Wolf is a series of great songs, delivered in thoughtful order that kills on track after track after track. A series of songs that knows when to quiet down and when to ramp it up. It’s group of songs that knows what to say and when to say it.
The vocals are on another level. The delivery is tight to the beat on every song that it should be. B’s history as a spoken word king has helped him develop into one today’s best MCs. You get quality from every direction. The flow contains complex alliteration, well timed and interesting rhymes and most important of all a passionate passionate delivery. Let’s not forget the actual words, the lyrical content is meaningful, whether he’s on full fledged political mode, story mode, or keep you inspired mode everything he does on this album is a catalyst to make you want to listen again.
So I just went on about how strong this release is, surely there’s something bad about it. I have to dig deep for this but Kill the Wolf isn’t that original. B. Dolan has production credits on most of the songs (all of the best ones) and this album really sounds like an ode to all of his influences and the history of hip hop and I think that’s what it’s meant to be, which is perfectly fine to me.
Either that or he’s just trying to make good beats. So success.
There’s no revolution going on during the instrumentals, when you listen to Kill the Wolf the revolution is happening in your ears.