Being a fan of Lightheaded, it was only right for me to be a fan of Othello aka Ozay Moore. When I found out that he was releasing a new album with Illect and hearing his single “Good”, I knew that I had to review “In The Wake Of O“.
GOOD-FAVORITE BAR:” THERE’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN DESIRE AND DISCONTENT/ITS COMMON TO CONFUSE THE TWO, THE THRIST FOR MORE IS NEVER QUENCHED” I love his track! This track gives his fans a part 2 or updated version of “Active Balanced“. Speaking of balance, Ozay does a great job of balancing out the Good and bad of trying to live a Good life as an artist, husband, Christian and a man. Sto does an excellent job with the production. He is also balancing a dark subject matters with a bouncy beat. This track is an anthem for the everyday person. With all that mentioned, That makes it a REPEAT OFFENDER!
This album is what hip hop needs in 2018! The features on the album are perfect. There is just enough and every feature adds something flowing to the subject matter. Ozay has a skill of making you think that he could fit well within a or any group with all of his featured guests (duh about lightheaded). “Where you At” not only has great features with James Gardin and Jahshua Smith, but gives us a great reminder of our destination not defined by the state that we live in…but our state of mind. “Crowd React” gives me the feels! I was excited to hear Ohmega Watts and Braille on the album and the hook shows that they are about the art. I hope that this means we will hear more Lightheaded music in the near future. The production is another great aspect of this project. There isn’t one track that is lacking in production. “WSTCST” is a prime example. This track produced by Tall Black Guy gives homage to that “signature West Coast” sound. Personally, I can’t stand that sound…but Tall Black Guy and Ozay manage to make it sound fresh, updated and groovy at the same time. Ozay’s lyrics are Top Notch on this album. This is my favorite project from him. “Abracadabra“, “L.T.D.”, “WOW” and “Thumb Drive” allow Ozay to give his personal version of his “4:44” dealing with growth, maturity and wealth as a person and artist. “Transparent See” lives up to its name and shows us Ozay’s transparency in one of the best tracks I’ve heard this year.
Overall, This is one of the best projects I’ve heard this year! I know this will be in my top 3 albums of the year! It has brought back my love for boom bap and real hip hop. I enjoyed every track from start to finish. If you have been sleeping Ozay Moore, then this album will wake you up! Spread The Soup!