Growing up, I never liked West Coast Music. Sorry…I was an east coast guy. I enjoyed Murs and the production of Madlib, but never really got into California artists. Slowly but surely, I began to open my mind to that side. Within CHH, Chris Sandoe got me feeling the “left side“. This helped lead me to the path of Andre Balboa. With the release of his album “Forgotten“, I knew I had to review it. Even though this was released at the end of 2016, I wanted to make sure that Andre didn’t think that I had “forgotten” about reviewing it.
SKIN DEEP-FAVORITE BAR:”I WAS REALLY FOOLISH THEN/IN MY MIND IT WAS BETTER TO PRETEND” All I can say is…WOW! This is one of my favorite songs that I’ve heard in a long time. The first verse is so on point. I can really relate, because I actually lived through both verses. A video is needed for this track! For the first time in a while, I have found an artist that has a whole verse (the first one) as a REPEAT OFFENDER!
First off, I loved “Reassurance“. Not only is Andre’s flow catchy, but I love the production. TIt has a 80s feel which creates fun vibes on an uptempo psalm that Andre brings us. On”Remember Me“, Andre introduces me to Jarry Manna and causes me to want to hear more from him. “Memories Fade” gives us a wavy feeling as it gives a deeper understanding of time and space according to God’s timing and love. Andre gives fatherless kids an anthem with “Father” featuring Dwayne Reed. I could see this being a visual that could possibly encourage and lead to salvation.
Overall, this is a really fun and solid project. The production is very unique. Many tracks seem “out of box” for hip hop, but fit so well with Andre’s style. I feel like the features fit really well on the project. I feel like Andre’s collab with Joey Jewish on “How it Goes” is my favorite, followed by “Dreams” with Kevin Litemares and Kevin Mason Jr. The listener can hear Andre’s passion on every track. This is what really draws the listener in throughout the album. This is a great introduction to Andre Balboa and has some good gems on it. It keeps a positive feel throughout the project and gives a needed sound in CHH. If you check this project out, you won’t forget about Andre Balboa. Spread The Soup!