on March 20, 2008
His debut was one of my favorite albums in probably a decade. I picked this one up soon after it dropped. Where "The Darkest Cloud" seemed more boom-bap, this one came off to me as being more Melodic. I guess I wasn't in the right mood and it didn't do much for me. I recently pulled it out and listened to it more. Well, I was wrong back then, I don't think I could have been any more wrong. This album is *almost* perfect. Maybe not the best beats or lyrics ever, but close to the best combination. This album should be considered every bit as classic as Illmatic. A bold statement but the absolute truth. I like lyricists, Chino XL, Lord Finesse, Ras Kass, Kane, Masta Ace, Jean Grae. Vakill at his best can stand with anyone on the microphone. What sets him apart even more though is his ability to switch it up. He has some of the SICKEST punchline laced battle raps you'll ever hear, his metaphors and smilies are world class and will make your jaw drop. But he is also capable of dropping some of the most amazingly introspective lyrics you'll ever hear. And his story telling abilities are bar none the best. He is a complete emcee on every level. And Mole men providing all the beats keep the music nice and solid. He's a hard dude to quote to show off his skills, because so much of what he says will boggle the mind. I've listened to this album 50 times and I still notice I'm hearing things I didn't hear/understand before. "When is the last time" one of the best introspective tracks I've ever listened to. And it's just that much better with the perfect melodic beat behind it. One line that sticks out "and if so be it hammers won't hesitate, patients is a virtue/that can six feet dirt you/and have your spirit leaving earth/and what's even worse/a lot stop breathing before they mastered breathing first" quoted it's good but you have to hear the entire song to understand the insane depth this guy goes to paint a picture.
Va is better than your favorite rapper, I don't care who it is, or how many records they've sold. If skills determined your spot in the game, Va would constantly be on 106 & Park & TRL. There are a few down sides, one he sometimes tries too hard to cram too many words into a line. He can be hard to follow, but the upside to this you can hear the same verse 100 times and still go "OH S**T!" when you discover a new metaphor. There are lots of layers to his words so you really have to listen to catch what he's saying. This isn't a casual album, focus when you listen and you'll be left smiling. It really doesn't make any damn sense how gifted he is with words. He drops a lot of knowledge and makes you think. Which is something lacking in a lot of hip-hop today. His message is clear I just wish more people would hear it, it's a shame VA will probably never get the recognition he deserves. He's as good as Jay, Nas, pick any emcee. This album is proof he can make an almost classic album too.
on November 2, 2006
Best Rap album (so far) of 2006 by a rapper who has been in the game for over a decade.
For whatever reason, he was left behind when the Midwest started to really blow up (see Kayne West, Rhymefest, RJD2, Atmosphere etc) Criminally slept on is an understatement. This is one of the best albums in years. An eloquent rapper who will never receive the attention he deserves. Grimy. Also, you can buy this album for apx $15 off of Vakill's Myspace website or eBay. The Darkest Cloud is also a great album. My personal favorites on this album are "No Mercy". "When Was The Last Time", and "Farewell To The Game."
on July 30, 2006
So far the best CD of 2006, Vakill dropped a near classic.
Easily listenable with few or no skip tracks, Vakill demonstrates excellent lyricism and improved flow. Standout tracks include 'Serpent and the Rainbow', 'Worst Fears Confirmed', 'Heart Bleeds', and 'Acts of Vengance'.
Perhaps the best proof of Vakill's superb lyricism is that he outshines two of the best MCs ever in Royce Da 5'9" and Ras Kass.
on July 11, 2006
I bought this a while back, this man is chi-towns most lyrical man out right now, Worst Fears Confirmed is the follow up to his debut LP, THe Darkest Cloud.....He's one hell of a battle rapper, he has creative flows, punchlines, metaphors, and just str8 up raw wordplay....But not only does he use battle rhymes on this album, he does come out with pretty solid conceptual tracks like 'When Was The Last Time' 'Farewell To The Game' and 'Acts Of Vengeance'....Man is very slept on, yet gaining attn this yr with this album....definetely do not sleep on this one right here....He isnt as lyrical as he was on Darkest Cloud, but its a solid album, 52 mins long and one of the best releases to have dropped this yr.....Buy this and the Darkest cloud today......Support some talented chi town talent like this man: Vakill