Born in New Jersey and currently based in the DMV (which I’m assuming is DC/Maryland/Virginia), Hip-Hop artist AoHamlin aims to show his genuine and artistic style with his album, Cloud 10: Daytime.
The album starts with two short tracks, first one is an introductory track featuring Kayla Hamlin who introduces listeners to Cloud 10 in fifteen seconds. The second track, “Turnttt!” begins with a radio-like intro and the song throughout is slightly distorted to sound like it’s coming from a radio speaker. It features a few short verses but it’s like a showcase to AoHamlin’s rapping style and musicality. Overall, it’s not a bad start so far.
The album takes an even more serious turn in sound with the third track, “Cloud 10,” with a darker instrumental and rap verses that go hard. The track starts with vinyl scratches, and AoHamlin’s vocals are distorted to make it sound like he’s yelling out of a loudspeaker. The fourth track, “Construction Myneframe,” takes on a chilled vibe, dominated by trebly piano chords, rhythmic drums, dreamy strings, and a driving bassline. AoHamlin doesn’t back down as well, continuing to impress with his aggressive delivery and tight flow. “Never Quit” hears a more spaced-out flow and a striking trap beat that would be welcoming for low-riding car speakers.
“Epiphany,” the sixth track, features Realbangaz. It’s a short track that clocks out under three minutes. It has a pleasing vocal delivery and a smooth instrumental vibe which carries over to the seventh track, “Soul Controllin’.” I really like this track because it can appeal to a wide range of listeners. With driving Rhodes piano chords and vibrato synths that bust out the funk sound, “Soul Controllin’” is the complete package to soul control the crowd. The song also introduces singing vocals to the album. The vocals could use some polishing in terms of delivery, but with that aside it sounds like the vocals certainly has an idea of what it wants to achieve with the song.
The eighth track, “Hold That Down,” is only two minutes long. It has a hard driving trap beat, but the vocal delivery is a little shaky here. Meanwhile, the ninth track “Goodbye Summer” has a chilled and slow beat. Its laid back vibe makes the track an appropriate send-off for the season. Cloud 10 ends off with “Nothing Can Stop Me Now,” which features Vance Venom. The short two and a half minute track starts with a sampled vocal track. It’s sampled all throughout the song and it complements the rap verses very well. The song has a pleasing old-school hip-hop sound, but I wish the song had a better ending rather than just abruptly ending with a quick fade out.
The album also features an “Extended Pav Bundy Mix” of the seventh track, “Soul Controllin’,” which is simply a longer version of the original.
Overall, AoHamlin’s Cloud 10: Daytime delivers the kind of Hip Hop that fans can respect, featuring a lot of both familiar old school and new elements.
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