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No Love Lost
on February 5, 2013
Jerseys own Joe Budden is back on the scene with his new album "No Love Lost". This album is basically his re-introduction to the mainstream since his debut self titled album "Joe Budden" which was released 10 yrs ago. Early fans of Joey will understand what he's trying to do with this album, fans who started listening to him when he made the "Mood Muzik" series might not like this album so much though. With him currently being on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop NY, I guess its only right he released the album so quick. Ive been listening to Joe since 2002 when he was killing those freestlyes on the DJ Clue and Cutmaster C mixtapes, but around 2006 I haven't been listening to him that much. For the newer fans ya'll might not know this but before he went the Mood Muzik route, he always made party/commercial songs. In addition to "Pump It Up, he made "Fire", "Ya Bodys Hot", "Gangsta Party", "Cut 2nite", "Nothing To Me", Etc.. So I have no issue with him trying to get that radio play. On No Love Lost he takes the same approach as he did on his debut. The first single is the T-Minus produced "She Don't Put It Down" (featuring Lil Wayne and Tank), its a smooth joint for the ladies and Joe pulled it off. I heard it on the radio a few times, so that's a good look. Tank did his thing, as well as Weezy.
The album starts off with a R&B intro called "Our First Again (Intro)", followed by "Top of the World" (featuring Kirko Bangz), this track sounds like something Drake would make, not to mention the collab sounds forced. "You And I" (featuring Emanny) is smooth as well, Emanny steals the show, he definitely improved as a singer. Jumpoff takes a trip down South on the Vinylz & Boi-1da produced "N.B.A. (Never Broke Again)" (featuring Wiz Khalifa and French Montana, that has a catchy hook "B****h I'm ballin', b****/ I'm ballin'/ racked up no wallet/ Keep a bad b**** in my team/, I should join the league/ NBA, never broke again, never going broke again/ NBA, never broke again, never going broke again" and "Last Day" (featuring Juicy J and Lloyd Banks, which has a chopped and screwed hook. Quick question, is it just me or does those songs sound like they were recorded a while ago and Joe just threw his verses on them? While I do enjoy those two tracks I gotta admit he seems out of place on them. Anyway, Joey gets back into his comfort zone on "All In My Head" (featuring Royce Da 5'9" and Kobe), "Skeletons" (featuring Joell Ortiz and Crooked I),"My Time", and "Castles". "Role Play" (Interlude), finds him trying to get his Biggie on with a "F****** you" type of skit, and it came off as cheesy as he imitates other rappers voices. The Omarion featured "Switch Positions" isn't good as they're past collabo. "Tell Him Somethin'" (featuring SLV) clocks in close to 7 mins, the song drags and should of been scrapped.
Some of the production comes from Mizfitz Soundz, Cardiak, A6, Sean C, LV and others. With all that said, at times Joe comes off like hes trying too hard to fit in with the mainstream. After the the Slaughterhouse album got criticized bad you would think Joe would of taken notes but he didn't. His "A Loose Quarter" mixtape was sick and it built anticipation for the album amongst Joe fans. The album is a little above average. This album is not really bringing nothing new to the table, I figured he would push the envelope, especially after the success of J Cole and Kendrick Lamar who are considered lyricist as well and just made the music they wanted to make. The main problem is that he always says he's a standout and doesn't do what other artist do. Instead of leading by example, Joe ends up playing follow the leader. In his recent interviews he said hes in a brand new space and not angry no more, so that's the reason for the new sound.